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Book: Trail Blazers for Christ
Authors: Gene and Betty Tope
Illustrator: Andy deKlerk
Publisher: Searching the Scriptures, 1977
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Suitable for anyone
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Tope, Gene and Betty. Trail Blazers for Christ (published in 1977 by Searching the Scriptures Publications). Gene Tope is a gospel preacher whom I have had the privilege of meeting and hearing on a few occasions. One of his daughters, Rebecca, and I were in Florida College at the same time; she was a year ahead of me. I believe that Gene was born and/or raised in the American West, perhaps in Arizona. I met his brother a few years ago when I spoke for a church in Prescott, AZ. However, Gene and his wife Betty spent many years living and working in South Africa. This book contains stories about several of their experiences and is designed to encourage others who have the ability and opportunity to take the gospel to foreign fields. There are questions for class use and personal motivation at the end of each of the nine chapters. I had heard of the book for years and read a copy from the library of the Affton Church of Christ near St. Louis, MO, while I worked there. When the Affton church disbanded and merged with the church in Ellisville, people were told to take whatever books from the library they wanted, so I kept a copy of the Topes’ book. It also includes some poems by Betty. The illustrations are by another preacher who spent a lot of time in South Africa, Andy deKlerk. The last I heard, the Topes lived in Chesterfield, VA, where Gene worked with the Courthouse church.