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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 with her husband and three children in an old farmhouse in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which they love to fill with good food and better friends. Growing things out of the dirt, hearing her children’s made–up stories, and reading John Buchan are some of her greatest loves. She has authored youth and adult biographies of Elaine Townsend and worked as the International Operations Manager of 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


To read this story of Elaine Townsend is to step into the stream of a life lived on the move. Elaine’s life determination and grit are evident throughout. … We count it a special privilege to have worked in with her in Kingdom building endeavors. We commend this book to the next generation to take hold of the promises of God as Elaine so plainly did.

Jim & Sue Akovenko, Vice President of Mission Culture and Community, The Seed Company

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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