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The Life of William Borden (1887–1913)

Kevin Belmonte
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The fascinating story of a young millionaire whose short life was lived in the service of his Lord

Although William Borden was taken from this world at the young age of 25, the years he lived were full of dedication to serve. Kevin Belmonte draws on letters, quotations and images to paint a unique picture of William’s life of commitment to God, delving into the ways ‘vital truth,’ as William called it, was the star he reckoned by. In the telling of the life story of William Borden, there is much to learn about living a life of devotion to God. The desire to live for Christ guided and shaped William’s life, from his school days, right up until his death.


With insightful extracts of letters and telling photos, the reader is taken on a journey through William’s life, from The Hill School, to Yale, to Princeton Seminary, and the beginning of his missionary training. Reading this book will give a wonderful view into Borden’s world, to know something of the voices and scenes he knew. A vital part of William’s life was his ‘Morning Watch’ (or what he also called his ‘breakfast’) – feeding on and contemplating the Word of God and growing deeper in his faith. It’s a privilege to have this unique insight into his life, and an inspiration for readers to strive to live such a life of devotion themselves.


Kevin Belmonte

About Kevin Belmonte

Award–winning author Kevin Belmonte holds a BA in English Literature from Gordon College, an MA in Church History from Gordon–Conwell Seminary, and a second master’s degree in American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine. He has twice been a Finalist for the John Pollock Award for Christian Biography, and in 2003, he won that award for his biography of William Wilberforce.


  • Author: Kevin Belmonte
  • Release Date: July 2021
  • Pages: 304
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781527107199
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: History & Biography > Biography > Biography & Autobiography


It was said of William Borden, ‘thousands will thank God that he lived.’ But how will the thousands of our own time be able to thank God for someone whose name they may not know? That is where Kevin Belmonte comes in. He rescues exemplary saints from the shadows of history. He gives us the lives of people like Borden for us to savor, and most especially, to join the thousands in thanking God for. This is a masterful book.

Michael Card, Songwriter

William Borden had the whole world open to him; but risked everything to follow the call of God’s love and share the gospel with those who needed to hear it. … Our hope is that this book will lead each of us to consider God’s call, and what He may ask us to undertake.

James and Lisa Dougherty, Co–Directors, Overseas Missionary Fellowship (US)
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