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The Life of William Borden (1887–1913)

Kevin Belmonte
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This product is available for pre-order and is due for release on 09 July 2021


Kevin Belmonte’s marvelous portrait of William Borden, ‘the millionaire missionary,’ not only inspires, but wistfully captures the time of a faith–prompted generation: one that modeled a decency, decorum, and dedication for which our hearts so yearn.

LaGard Smith , Former Professor of Law, Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama

With words carefully chosen and lovingly placed, Kevin Belmonte reverently tells the story of a short life lived brilliantly in service of God and God’s own. Belmonte’s Borden inspires and summons the reader to the noble destiny of being called by God to brightly bear God’s image in a world bedimmed and belittled by lesser aspirations.

Steve Bell, Singer/songwriter

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

For readers in the UK and places beyond, Kevin Belmonte’s well researched and stirring narrative of William Borden’s life will inspire a new generation to follow Christ courageously, and without reserve.

Alan Taylor , Church Leader, England

… a vivid, cinematic telling of William Borden’s life, his deep compassion, and the large circle of his friendships. Faith illumined his brief but vibrant life. In the ivy halls of college, and beyond, he knew the True North of belief.

Kelly Monroe Kullberg , Editor and co–author of Finding God at Harvard, founder of The Veritas Forum

… in this engaging new biography by Kevin Belmonte, ‘Borden of Yale’ comes to life again for another generation. A book to inspire and encourage followers of Jesus everywhere

Timothy George, Founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

An insightful, beautifully written, inspiring account of a remarkable life. It’s simply outstanding!

Trent Sheppard , Author of God on Campus and The Jesus Journey

… having been given the gift of this book, I am freshly reminded of the gift Borden was to so many, including many like me, who read about him decades after his death. His story ranks with those of George Liele, Adoniram Judson, Lottie Moon, John Paton, Jim Elliot and others who’ve left home to make Christ known to all. 

Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church and President,, Washington, DC

The life of William Borden has inspired my faith and walk with God since I first read his story as a young girl. I pray that this biography will inspire a new generation to follow in the steps of Borden’s whole–hearted, single–focused devotion to Christ, to choose Him above all this world has to offer, and to live their lives with eternity always in view.

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Author and founder & host of Revive Our Hearts

This book is an Olympian achievement: biography at its best, a very compelling and inspiring read.

David Naugle , Author of Worldview: History of a Concept, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas

Like a note sung and reverberating through a great cathedral space, his short life continues to reverberate into the modern missionary movement. There is no better biographer than Kevin Belmonte to keep Borden’s beautiful song continuing.

Jeff Johnson , Award–winning musician

In the tradition of Chariots of Fire and Eric Liddell, William Borden’s story reveals the hand of God at work in a remarkable way…Kevin Belmonte has brought to life another story from history that we desperately need today.

Chris Fabry , Moody Radio, host of ‘Chris Fabry Live’

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)

I wish every Christian college student would read this book. Life does not begin after college and graduate school. Life is now! The world awaits your impact!

Gary D. Chapman, Author of the New York Times No. 1 bestseller The 5 Love Languages

William Borden’s story will spur and encourage all of us to go into all the world…to preach God’s Word, in word and deed…

The Honorable Jim Ryun , Former Member of Congress, 3 Time Olympian, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Kevin Belmonte has done something remarkable. He’s taken a figure history had virtually forgotten, and revealed a man whose commitment and actions literally transformed the world around him. This is a life changing story that our culture today needs to know.

Phil Cooke , Filmmaker, media consultant, and author of The Way Back

William Borden’s life and example hearken back to earlier figures in the Christian tradition: he was a latter–day David Brainerd, motivated by a self–sacrificial missionary zeal…

Kenneth P. Minkema , Jonathan Edwards Center, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

In the pages of this book, it’s wonderful to see how much Kevin Belmonte has uncovered regarding this extraordinary man.

Gail Borden , Member of the extended Borden family

No one represented The Hill School motto, ‘Whatsoever Things Are True’ more than William Borden. His life, sacrifice, and many contributions unfold in this excellent biography.

Louis E. Jeffries , Archivist and Librarian, The Hill School (William Borden’s prep school), Pottstown, Pennsylvania

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