The Gospel Coalition 2023 Book Awards have been announced, and David Livingstone: Missionary, Explorer, Abolitionist has received TGC’s Award of Distinction in the category of Missions and the Global Church. Here’s the TGC award citation:

Vance Christie, David Livingstone: Missionary, Explorer, Abolitionist (Christian Focus)

One of the most famous figures in Christian missions history is David Livingstone. This Scottish physician and missionary pioneer took the gospel into the heart of the African interior in the 19th century, documenting its cultural features and discovering natural wonders along the way. His amazing feats made him a hero in Victorian Britain, both in the church and broader society. But in more recent years, his legacy has been questioned and his work criticized.

In this detailed biography, Vance Christie gives a balanced account of Livingstone’s life. Using comprehensive research from numerous original sources, Christie provides a transparent telling of the man and his mission. Readers will no doubt see Livingstone’s flaws, but they also come away with an appreciation of his passion, convictions, accomplishments, and even humor. This in-depth biography is likely to become the standard work on Livingstone for generations to come.

Judges: Elliot Clark, Jenny Manley, Conrad Mbewe, J. D. Payne

The complete list of The Gospel Coalition 2023 Book Awards may be reviewed at:

Copyright 2023 by Vance E. Christie

About Vance Christie

An avid fan of historic Christian biography throughout his ministry, Vance has published nine books.

2 Thoughts on “David Livingstone Biography Receives a TGC Book Award

  1. Jim Folsom on December 7, 2023 at 10:34 am said:

    Congratulations, Vance, on the Award of Distinction! That is fantastic! You really poured yourself into all of the research, study, and writing (and rewriting, and writing again). The book is amazing (I haven’t finished it yet but am enjoying it).

  2. Vance Christie on December 7, 2023 at 6:56 pm said:

    Thanks for your encouragement, Jim. This award is a tremendous blessing from the Lord. May He be greatly glorified through this work, which showcases how God uses imperfect but committed believers to carry forward His Kingdom purposes. May you and yours have a blessed holiday season.

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