The Extraordinary Story of Ann Hasseltine Judson: A Life Beyond Boundaries traces, in narrative form, the life of Ann from childhood through her untimely death.  The unfathomable depth of faith and commitment of this trailblazing missionary are matched only by the incredible drama of what happened in the last years of her life. She saved her husband’s life during the war years in Burma, not one, but three times, carving her legacy permanently into the history of her time.  Her remarkable life remains a profound influence into this new millennium.  Her husband Adoniram used one word to describe her in an 1846 letter: Incomparable


Bless God and Take Courage

Since the publication of the Adoniram Judson biography To the Golden Shore in the 1950s, much more has been learned about his life and legacy.  Hunt provides an intriguing trail of never-before-published discoveries about America's first overseas missionaries.  She recounts events from the calling in America through the years in the field and the lasting legacy of four extraordinary people--Adoniram, Ann, Sara, and Emily Judson--who made Burma their home and spent their lives on behalf of the gospel.

Before there was a Woman's Missionary Union, there was Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend, a determined and courageous woman who transcended the societal constraints of the antebellum South to found a missionary society that would become the model for hundreds of others to follow. Hephzibah, mistress of a large plantation on South Carolina's Edisto Island, gave birth to fifteen children. Her passion was missions, and in order to fund missions and to found a church, Hephzibah and her beloved servant Bella started a baking business. Force of character and a profound sense of justice were the hallmarks of Hephzibah's life. This is her remarkable story.

The women whose remarkable courage and dedication glimpsed in the pages of this book are but a reflection of those dedicated women in "mite societies" and "women's circles" who never sought to be known, merely strove to make a difference.  For every story told, of an Annie, a Fannie, a Lottie, a Mallory, a thousand more will remain in obscurity.  But because of these women, today we stand on a firm foundation.  The Woman's Missionary Union story is one of sacrifice, courage, patience, and Divine Intervention in the course of human affairs.  This is the story of the venture of faith that became the largest missionary organization for women in the world.