New ABC Reads Selection Ties to Bicentennial Celebration

ABCUSA > Latest Features > New ABC Reads Selection Ties to Bicentennial Celebration

New ABC Reads Selection Ties to Bicentennial Celebration

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 9/19/12)—February 2012 marked the beginning of a year-long bicentennial celebration of Ann and Adoniram Judson’s historic undertaking of the first overseas mission. To encourage all American Baptists to learn this incredible story of unwavering faith, Judson Press has named Bless God and Take Courage: The Judson History and Legacy the 2012–2013 ABC Reads selection. ABC Reads is designed to bring the denomination together—literally and figuratively—through the power of a book.

In Bless God and Take Courage, author Rosalie Hall Hunt has provided a well-researched, thorough, and scholarly account of Adoniram, the three women—Ann, Sarah, and Emily—who served as his partners in life and mission, the Judson descendants, and the lasting impact of the Judson ministry. An engaging and in-depth tale of the people whose vocation led to the birth of American missions, Bless God and Take Courage documents the life and legacy of the Judsons with never-before-published discoveries and details.

Sponsored by Judson Press, ABC Reads highlights a book annually that’s appropriate for reading and discussion in small group settings, as well as individually. The book provides an opportunity for learning, sharing and growing in knowledge and faith in Sunday school classes and Bible studies, as well as men’s, women’s and youth groups. For a list of previous ABC Reads titles, visit

To order Bless God and Take Courage, call 800-458-3766, or visit to save 20% off the retail price of $21.00. A 15% discount for orders of ten or more copies can also be applied to the 20% standard web discount when ordering online. Customers must enter the code ABCREADS in the discount box at checkout or refer to it when calling customer service. A free study and discussion guide by the American Baptist Historical Society will soon be available for download on the ABC Reads web page:
Founded in 1824, Judson Press—a publishing ministry of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Churches USA—produces Christ-centered leadership resources for the transformation of persons, congregations, communities, and cultures.
American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with 5,500 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.