David Livingstone: Missionary, Explorer, Abolitionist

David Livingstone was one of the most consequential individuals who lived in the nineteenth century. An unpretentious Scottish missionary doctor, explorer and abolitionist, he opened the door for Christianity in southern Africa. Vance Christie’s biography is the most comprehensive and accurate ever written about Livingstone.

During his lifetime he was a hero in Britain and beyond, and gained a degree of respect, trust, appreciation and even affection with many African people. He was a man who overcame many deprivations and discouragements, and displayed the utmost measure of courage, self–control, faith, wisdom and ingenuity. Christie takes a balanced look at Livingstone’s amazing achievements, but also at his very real flaws. This gripping in–depth biography is a must–read insight into a fascinating man.


“I thank God for this fresh biography of David Livingstone, the pioneering missionary explorer of central Africa. He died in 1873 and his heart was buried in Zambia. On the centenary of his death, Zambians held commemorative events in several stadia in honour of this man. Also, the only town in Zambia that remains with a foreign name after its political independence from Great Britain is Livingstone. If you want to understand why a people who were once steeped in spiritual darkness should honour a Christian missionary in this way, read this definitive biography!”

-Conrad Mbewe (Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church, Kabwata, Zambia; Founding Chancellor, African Christian University, Lusaka, Zambia)

“By setting Livingstone in the context of his times and through exhaustive, scrupulous reliance on well–attested primary sources, Christie brings “the Doctor” to life as a historical figure, but also as a worthy example for our times as well.”

-Mark A. Noll (Author of ‘America’s Book: The Rise and Decline of a Bible Civilization, 1794–1911’)

“While sympathetic to Livingstone, Christie provides us with an honest portrayal of the renowned missionary–explorer of southern Africa, and through Livingstone, gives a window into 19th century African history, colonialism, and wider missionary endeavor.”

-William VanDoodewaard (Professor of Church History, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Greenville, South Carolina)

‘”For all the faults of Livingstone and those around him, the story speaks of a man who sought to serve God faithfully and the impact that his life had on Africa.”

-Alistair Wilson (Lecturer in Mission and New Testament, Edinburgh Theological Seminary, Scotland)

“David Livingstone was truly one of the towering figures of his time. And though the times have changed, his name lives on. That makes him a fitting subject for a biography of this magnitude―one that recounts his story and considers his impact on his nation, on this world, and on the history of Christian missions.”

-Tim Challies (Blogger at www.challies.com)

“Comprehensive and judicious, intended for edification, it is now the best place to start for people looking for a detailed description of this titan’s life and work interpreted in relation to the history of the modern British Empire and Western colonialism.”

-Douglas A. Sweeney (Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama)

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Publisher:  Christian Focus
Publication Date:  2023
Page Count:  768
ISBN: 9781527110076
Available Formats:  Paperback, Ebook, and Audiobook

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