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Book: Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer
Authors: Janet and Geoff Benge
Publisher: YWAM Publishing, 1998
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Suitable for anyone; makes a great family read aloud
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Benge, Janet and Geoff. Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer (published in 1998 by Youth With a Mission or YWAM Publishing, P. O. Box 55787, Seattle, WA 98155). We had read a couple of books from the “Christian Heroes: Then and Now” series, Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime and Eric Liddel: Something Greater than Gold, and found them to be excellent. This is one of the best set of biographies that I have read because they are so well written and interesting. Therefore, we have purchased and read several others, including Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer, Corrie Ten Boom: Keeper of the Angels’ Den, and George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans. It is beneficial to read about the lives of people whose actions were prompted by a deep faith in Christ.
We may not always necessarily agree with all of their religious beliefs and practices, but we can still appreciate their trust in God, their desire to help others, and the courage of their convictions which so prompted them to act. By the way, Nate Saint was the pilot who flew in four missionaries, one of whom was Jim Elliot, husband of well known writer Elisabeth Elliot, to make contact with the Auca Indians of Equador in 1956. All five men were killed. Saint was only 33 when he died. I also found it interesting that while he and his family were living in the jungles of Equador, it is said of Ruth Keenan, wife of Nate’s co-worker Johnny Keenan, that she “home-schooled her two boys and Kathy” Saint, Nick’s oldest daughter.