Item description for On the Back Road to Mandalay by Robert G. Johnson...
Overview "On the Back Road to Mandalay" is the story of the Johnson family's 20 years of life and work in the mountains of western Burma. To advance the Christian faith, they had an adventurous life raising their children, running schools, training men and women for ministry, translating the Bible, building churches, and more. (Christian)
Publishers Description "On the Back Road to Mandalay" is the story of twenty years of life and work in the mountains of western Burma. To advance the Christian faith, they had an adventurous life raising their children, running schools, training men and women for ministry, translating the Bible, building churches, producing Christian literature and Sunday school material, and promoting health and education.
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.16 lbs.
Release Date Dec 21, 2006
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1600347355 ISBN13 9781600347351
Availability 71 units. Availability accurate as of Jan 17, 2017 11:20.
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Reviews - What do customers think about On the Back Road to Mandalay?
Fascinating autobiography of an amazing life Jul 28, 2008
Ok-I also know Robert Johnson. He is a member of our church, and I purchased the book since I knew him. After having read it though, I can say that this book is truly an enjoyable read. The chapters are short and focused, so you can read in short sittings, or read several stories at a time.
The book tells the amazing story of twenty years of missions work in the remote hills of Burma (Myanmar). Through the stories, you learn about the Johnson family, the Chin people, and the solutions to the numerous practical problems faced on a daily basis. The stories are funny, and sad; uplifting, and challenging. As a whole, they demonstrate the amazing impact that two people who have devoted their life to God can have on the world.
Easy read, great stories, unbelievable May 12, 2008
Yes, I'm biased. The author is my uncle. Still, I've read it three times already, and plan to read it again. The matter-of-fact style makes this an easy read. The layout is a series of short vinettes, often disjunct. I think that adds to the charm, and it makes the book a great one for just picking up and reading a few pages, and then putting down again. The previous reviewer has said all that really needs to be said. And, like her, I'm buying more to share with church libraries and friends. Not just because it's family, but because the story is that compelling.
They Just Don't Make Missionaries Like They Used To Apr 13, 2007
On the Back Road to Mandalay was written by the father of a friend of mine. That's why I bought the book and read it, but I enjoyed it so much, I'm passing it along to other friends of mine.
The title for this book is a take off from the title of a poem by Rudyard Kipling, "On the Road to Mandalay." The author of this book had distinctly different ideas in mind than Kipling did when he wrote his poem.
Mandalay is a city in Myanmar, a country in south east Asia formerly called Burma. On the Back Road to Mandalay is a missionary autobiography, a delightful adventure story about the growth of the Christian church in a mountainous region of the country called the Chin Hills. The author, now 91 years old, lived and worked with his wife and kids in a village called Haka in the years from 1946-1966 with a group called the American Baptist mission. He and his wife were "general" missionaries, not specialists, and did everything from evangelism to Bible translation to medical work to printing Christian literature to drawing plans for a huge church building--all without electricity. This family would have stayed and worked longer except the government kicked them, and all other missionaries, out. But, they hardly needed to stay, for there remains to this day a healthy church in a strongly Buddhist country.
I was impressed with the work for Christ kingdom, no doubt. But I was really interested in his stories of "making do" with what he had to accomplished amazing things. I loved the stories about homemade washing machines, home built saws for cutting stones, building a house with rammed earth, making roofing shingles by dipping cardboard into melted tar, and my favorite, cutting glass with his wife's engagement ring.
I also learned about a vehicle called a Farm-o-Road and about a pre-calculator called an Add-o-Meter.
After reading this book I'm seeing some insights into my friend, like why she likes rice so much, which she likes things neat and in order, and why she's interested in the translation of the Bible into vernacular languages. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
I did find a few typos, and one place where a story was repeated. But I probably won't mention that to my friend. :)