The Gold Miners' Rescue

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
"What I want to do," said Adam in a quiet voice, "is become a success 
like you, Dr. Jackson".

Book: The Gold Miners' Rescue by Dave & Neta Jackson, Bethany House Publishers, 1998
The Gold Miners' Rescue: Sheldon Jackson (Trailblazer Books #25)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 10-14
Subject: God's calling, serving others
Summary:  Adam may have come from Indian tribes, but now that he has become "civilized" he has no desire to return to his previous life. He now wants to become someone big and important. Winning a scholarship to travel with Dr. Jackson seems like the key to his success. Dr. Sheldon Jackson is a missionary to Alaska. His current project is introducing reindeer herds to some of the tribes in the Yukon in hopes of providing them with a way of life that will allow for survival. Adam joins him on his adventures.
Notes: Adam has to learn some hard lessons about what is truly important. He makes multiple mistakes in his attempts to get rich or successful until he realizes that God is calling him to be a light to his own people, not to be someone big and important.
This book tells the story of Sheldon Jackson. It is #25 in the Trailblazers series, a series designed to introduce readers to famous missionaries throughout history. The authors always have young characters who interact with the missionaries and who the story is centered around. These characters often are helped by the missionary, then learn to understand the heart for the lost themselves.
Recommendation Scale: 5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Mark 10:43 - Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.


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