A. J. Gordon

An Epic Journey of Faith and Pioneering Vision

by Kevin Belmonte



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/22/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 382
ISBN : 9781512799743
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 382
ISBN : 9781512799736
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 382
ISBN : 9781512799750

About the Book

The story of A. J. Gordon recounts an epic journey—one of faith, character, and pioneering vision. A sterling educator, philanthropist, and herald of heaven, he was a great soul, and his life a resplendent legacy. This impeccably researched biography brings Dr. Gordon’s world to life, charting his rise to international prominence and his work with great peers and friends like D. L. Moody. Born in rural New Hampshire, he was, in many ways, a renaissance man: an educator, philanthropist, author, magazine editor, antislavery advocate, trustee of Brown University, and the pastor of Clarendon Street Church in Boston. He also led groundbreaking mission work among Boston’s immigrant communities, chiefly Chinese and Hebrew groups. ‑ They cherished his work among them. In 1889, Gordon founded the Boston Missionary Training School to give underprivileged young people an education they would not have had otherwise. Tuition was free, and courses (taught by Ivy League–educated instructors) were open to young men and young women of many ethnicities— African-American, Chinese, and Hebrew students among them. Gordon stoutly weathered storms of criticism over this, but he persevered. His gifts as an author resonate still, and his many books are now housed in places like the Bodleian Library, Oxford, Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

About the 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. His other books include literary biographies of G.K. Chesterton and John Bunyan, and in 2014 his widely acclaimed biography, D.L. Moody: A Life, was hailed as a “New & Noteworthy Book” by Christianity Today. For several years, his biography of Wilberforce has been required reading for a course on character and leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. On several occasions, he has served as a script consultant for the BBC, and also for the PBS documentary, “The Better Hour.” For six years, he was the lead script and historical consultant for the critically-acclaimed film, “Amazing Grace,” working closely with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight. He has spoken in a wide array of noteworthy settings, from the Houses of Parliament in London, and gatherings of legislators in Washington, D.C., to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He and his wife Kelly reside in a seaside village in Maine, with their son, Sam.