The Henrietta Mears Story

© 1957  Barbara Hudson Powers

All Rights Reserved — Used by permission of the author 

Published by Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, NJ

1. Mears, Henrietta C. (Henrietta Cornelia) 1890-1963
BV1518.M4 P6 ~~ LCCN 57008135 ~~ OCLC: 3453464 ~~ 191p.

The Henrietta Mears Story is presently held by 71 libraries including Pepperdine University and the University of Oregon.

Table of Contents

From the Jacket of the Book

Introduction by Billy Graham     7

Preface     9

1.  Circling the Globe     17

2.  Today's Schedule     25

3.  Round and Round and Round     34

4.  Basting Threads and Heavenly Robes     48

5.  What Does She Teach?     55

6.  What Shall We Do?     67

7.  From Generation to Generation     82

8.  The Guiding Hand     90

9.  What's Wrong?     109

10.  Put the School Back in Sunday School     128

11.  What Shall We Teach?     146

12.  Called To Train Leaders     155

13.  Where Shall We Go?     173

14.  Prayer Meeting's Over     186

Epilogue: January 1, 2005

To my family
whose willing cooperation
made this book possible

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I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. JOHN 14: 12-13

From the Jacket of the Book

The life of Henrietta Mears is a marvelous demonstration of what one person can do to change the world when that person puts her life in the hands of God and makes His will her will.

   Henrietta Mears wanted to go to Japan. Instead she found herself called to train leaders and to nurture the spiritual growth in thousands who could go in her place to penetrate the world with the Gospel of Christ.

   This wonderful Christian woman has become a world traveler for Christ speaking at Sunday school conventions and conferences all over America and ministering to missionaries everywhere. Where she has not been, the young men and women she has won to work for Christ have surely gone, or the literature of the Gospel Light Press which she founded has reached souls for Christ.

   As Director of Christian Education at the First Presbyterian Church in Hollywood, California, she has served in developing the Sunday school from 400 to 6,500. From here grew her work with young people (she teaches 600 college-age men and women) and the Sunday school lessons now distributed throughout the world. Still another activity of Henrietta Mears is the Forest Home Christian Conference Center, which she founded and where tens of thousands have found strength and guidance for their lives.

   This book reveals the secrets of her spiritual success  the spiritual principles she has discovered and used. Here they are for you to use in your life and in your Christian work.

   "God will lead you and give you the desire in your heart for the one place He wants you to fill," promises Henrietta Mears from the experience of her fruitful life. You must begin your Christian life, your Christian ministry, where you are, she advises, and let God lead from that moment on. May God use this book about Henrietta Mears, as He has used her life, to lead men and women into Christian living and service  to lead you.

Dale Evans Rogers writes:

   I first had the pleasure of being in the company of Miss Henrietta Mears at the first meeting of the Hollywood Christian Group. On that memorable night in 1950, a small group of us in the Hollywood entertainment industry knelt in the living room of Dr. Mears' Westwood home and unconditionally surrendered our lives to be used of the Lord Jesus Christ in reaching others for His Kingdom through the industry. To be in the presence of Henrietta Mears is to feel the vibrancy of a great Christian faith; to me, she is one of the saints of this age. She challenges and stimulates faith in the Lord Jesus Christ everywhere she goes. She is the most sparkling Christian personality I have ever known, constantly radiating the warmth of Christ. I am sure that in glory Miss Mears will be greatly rewarded for the countless lives of young and old that she has influenced toward Christ in her remarkable ministry as Director of Christian Education at the Hollywood Presbyterian Church. May God bless her!

Dale Evans Rogers       

BARBARA HUDSON POWERS has been closely associated with Henrietta Mears in her work at the Sunday school of the First Presbyterian Church in Hollywood, California, for fifteen years. In addition, she has been active in the fields of Christian drama and films.

Introduction by Billy Graham

   I have known Dr. Henrietta Mears for approximately fifteen years. She has had remarkable influence, both directly and indirectly, on my life. In fact, I doubt if any other woman outside of my wife and mother has had such a marked influence. Her gracious spirit, her devotional life, her steadfastness for the simple gospel, and her knowledge of the Bible have been a continual inspiration and amazement to me. She is certainly one of the greatest Christians I have ever known!


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