Released in the UK December 2018
Released in the US February 2019
Large trade paperback | 304 Pages
9781527102668 • £9.99 $14.99
BISAC – BIO018000
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.
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 is a writer, photographer, traveller, wife, and an international operations manager for 9Marks.
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.
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.
President / CEO, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA
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
Elaine Townsend, wife of the founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators, lived an eventful and inspiring life in service to her Lord and ours. Simona Gorton’s biography captures her unique personality and her love for the Savior in a delightful way. While this book will be an encouragement for women, young and old alike, men would be wise to read it as well.
Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformation Bible College, Sanford, Florida