Gospel Planting Adventures! (Seed Sowers Book Review)

Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew have been reading a book authored by one of their own.  Seed Sowers: Gospel Planting Adventures is the brainchild of Gwen Toliver.   In additional to homeschooling her own family, since 2010 she has been serving with Wycliffe Associates where she’s been surrounded by retired missionaries and Bible translators from every corner of the globe.  According to Gwen “ Most of them possess this amazing wealth of spiritual knowledge and mission field experience that [would] be lost if it’s not recorded for future generations. Only a few had written or told their stories.”  Thus began Seed Sowers, a two year project of gathering, writing and editing  twenty-one of these stories.

Each chapter of the 165 page book features an individual or couple that played a prominent role in bringing God’s written word to a new people group.  Even in today’s fast-paced world of instant downloads and microwave dinners, the translation of the New Testament can require 20+ years of hard work: learning a new language and adapting to a new culture.  The chapters end with a note on when the translation was completed and what the missionaries are doing now.  In some cases, the names and locations have had to be changed to protect workers in countries not receptive to the Gospel. 

Although images appear on the cover, the quality of most pictures made available during the interviews was too poor for their inclusion in the book.  Curious readers can visit the Seed Sowers website to put  faces to some of the names.  The book is written on a sixth-grade reading level, but could be used as a read aloud for the entire family.   It is available in several formats.

List Prices

Softback         $13.95

Hardback        $30.95

Kindle              $3.99


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A big thank you to Beth B. of Ozark Ramblings  for writing this introductory post.

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  1. […] I personally did not read this book, but I got to enjoy having it read to me! LOL!  Vaughn is the one that traditionally reads the story every night, with the little girls on his lap and next to him, while the rest of us sit around and listen also.   I loved that the stories were full of adventure and suspense, but were kid friendly!   They are short enough to be read; nearly all are 6 to 8 pages, so it’s easy to fit an entire story in one sitting.  Also, the stories are stand-alone, so you can read them in any order.   They are full of wild animals, witch doctors, running the rapids in a canoe or a hollowed out boat, macheteing (yep, know it’s not a real word, but it should be) miles of jungle to share the gospel with remote villages, amputating a 10 year old jungle-boy’s arm (who then went on to become a pastor to his people)… it was hard to read only one story a night! LOL!   While Seed Sowers does not have any pictures printed in it, there is a link to find pictures for the stories online! This book was so great for our family – we are really trying to focus on helping others (both physically and spiritually), and love when we find a source that inspires us (and the kids!)! Seed Sowers is a 165 page softcover book that can be ordered here for $12.50 (or you can order it for your Kindle on Amazon). Other TOS Review Crew families also received Seed Sowers to check out – you can find their reviews here. […]

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