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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 is a writer, photographer, traveller, wife, and an international operations 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 > Autobiography
  • Series: Biography


I highly recommend the story of Elaine Townsend’s life.  When one thinks of Wycliffe’s story, one immediately associates it with Cameron Townsend.  But as one reads ‘Better Than We Dreamed’, it is evident that without Elaine serving and sacrificing side by side with her husband, Wycliffe would not be what it is today.  Tens and tens of thousands will one day—on that Great Day, rise up and call her blessed.

Elliott Tepper, Founder and Director of Betel (WEC) and Pastor of Iglesia Betel, Madrid, Spain

This moving biography chronicles the life of one of the most impactful figures in modern missions and challenges readers to be like her: eager to see God’s Word spread, faithful in pursuing the work, and humble before the sovereign God who accomplished it.

Bob Creson, President / CEO, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA
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