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Better Than We DreamedThe Story of Elaine Townsend

Better Than We Dreamed

The Story of Elaine Townsend

Simona Gorton
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Read the story of a life lived safely within the lines, that God turned upside down. From social star of 1930’s Chicago to a Wycliffe missionary in South America and the USSR, Elaine Townsend’s life was far from boring. Meet the woman who became Cameron Townsend’s wife, and discover how a life can be filled with adventure, by simply saying ‘yes’ to God.

Through each stage of Elaine’s life her trust and dependence on her Saviour shines as an example to believers everywhere, yet there are also weaknesses with which we can all identify. This account of her struggles and successes is filled with stories gathered from those who knew Elaine best, as well as insights into the mission work that renewed a generation’s passion for Bible translation.

Both encouraging and challenging, this thorough biography leads the reader to rightly recognise Elaine Townsend as one of the great Christian women of the 20th century – a demonstration of what God can do with a willing heart.

Simona Gorton

About Simona Gorton

Simona Gorton lives in Snohomish with her husband, little girl, and two big dogs. They spend lots of time outside and love to read books together. Simona also serves as the International Project Manager for 9Marks.


  • Author: Simona Gorton
  • Release Date: December 2018
  • Pages: 304
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781527102668
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: History & Biography > Biography > Biography & Autobiography
  • Series: Biography


Open Simona Gorton’s debut biography at your own risk. You won’t put it down. Prepare to be caught up in a fascinating journey, inspired by sacrificial service, warmly encouraged by the zealous devotion of a loving helper, delightfully absorbed in the epic life of Elaine Townsend. Gorton’s comprehensive work will thrill you with the power of the Word of God, in the language of the people, to transform hearts and lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Douglas Bond, Author of over 30 books, including ‘War in the Wasteland’ and ‘The Resistance’

This is the wonderful story of a woman who, together with her husband, was determined to fulfil the will of God for her life. In one poignant episode, at a time in life when they should have been considering a well–deserved retirement, her husband Cameron senses the Lord leading them to the USSR at the height of the Cold War. Elaine’s response was “if that’s what God wants you to do, that’s what I want to do too”. A life of obedience to God that is a challenge to us all.

Neil Wardrope, CLC International
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