The Keys of the Kingdom Author:A.J. Cronin This book is dedicated to a friend who was "FOR TWENTY YEARS A MISSIONARY IN CHINA." The author includes riveting descriptions of both Scotland and China, where the main character has his small successes and many varied misadventures. An entertaining and life-affirming read.
This has to be one of the most inspirational and skillfully written accounts of missionary work. It reads like an adventure story, without being preachy or sentimental, but nevertheless raises insightful questions about what it means to lead a Christian life.
Although the main character is a Catholic, based on a real person, the appeal of the story transcends any particular system of belief. A great read, especially for Christmas or Easter.