Title: The Good News Must Go Out
Author: Rebecca Davis
Series: Hidden Heroes, book 2
Major Themes: Margaret Nicholls Laird, Central African Republic, Nurses, Family Read-Alouds, Biographies, Christian Nonfiction, Christian Missions, Christian Missionaries, Africa
Synopsis: Though unwilling to be a missionary, Margaret found herself in the Central African Republic, experiencing some amazing things.
A year or two ago, I bought several books from a scratch and dent sale, and put them on the shelf for future reading, including The Good News Must Go Out. It looked really good, but we just never got around to choosing it (too many good books on our shelves!). Then, about six months ago I decided to go through a course with my 5-year-old, and saw that one of the recommended books was this one! I was happy to finally have an incentive to read the book, and we all really enjoyed it.
The subtitle of this book is, True stories of God at work in the Central African Republic. That made me think that it was a collection of stories about various missionaries, but once we started reading it, we soon realized that it was actually the account of one woman’s life. Margaret Nicholl Laird’s mother, though she loved God, married a man who was not a believer. She gave up her dream of becoming a missionary for him, but secretly prayed for many years that one of her children would be a missionary.
Margaret became a Christian as a teenager, but she was not going to be a missionary—she didn’t want to be boiled and eaten! Then one day, God changed her mind. Within a few years, she found herself in the center of Africa. What adventures she had! Probably the most memorable is the time she went to visit the sultan whose father took 300 women with him to the grave. Or, maybe the time she went by push-push to treat another sultan who had a hole in his chest. But then, what about the goat boy who suddenly quit his job after many years of faithful service? Or the wood and water boy who disappeared every evening—where was he going? What stories these are, of God’s work through a woman who determined to be willing to work for Him even when she really didn’t want to.
These are amazing stories. I’m not sure my 5-year-old got much out of The Good News Must Go Out, but the older children certainly did as they listened in. This book is very good for building faith and trust. It is one of the best missionary stories I’ve found for children. I’m looking forward to reading more books from this series.
WARNING: Chapter 33 mentions women being buried alive. Chapter 8 describes a bad chest injury. Other medical conditions are mentioned in other places.
Listening Level—Ages 5 – 8, 8 – 12, Family Friendly
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12