President Emeritus's Book Re-released for New Generation

fletcheJesse300.JPGSince its original release in 1963, Dr. Jesse C. Fletcher's classic biography Bill Wallace of China has seen ten hardback printings plus numerous foreign editions and has sold nearly 100,000 copies.

Nearly 46 years after its original publishing a new generation will certainly be inspired by this true hero of the faith.

Loved by a generation, Bill Wallace of China, which chronicles the extraordinary life and death of missionary Bill Wallace, has been re-released and updated by editor Ben Stroup, a young "20-something" pastor and writer.

Bill Wallace of China tells the heroic story of Bill Wallace, a medical missionary in China who dedicated twenty years of his life ministering to a people in need before dying as a martyr for his faith. During the Boxer Rebellion, World War II, and the communists' takeover of power, Wallace refused to escape for safety so he could continue his medical ministry and share the gospel of Christ. It cost him his life, but his story lives on. He was an ordinary man who, in the providence of God, lived an extraordinary life.

The story of Bill Wallace will leave readers inspired, challenged and changed. A must read for every young person struggling with where God wants to lead them, and every adult that is seeking to understand how to live a Christian life and function in the day to day grind.

"I originally wrote the book while serving what is now the Baptist's International Mission Board as a personnel officer," says Fletcher.

"The story had been on my radar screen since I first read of Wallace's martyrdom as a college student. When I realized I had access to the basic documents and people needed to write his story I undertook it with a strong sense of leadership as a moon-lighting venture," says Fletcher.

"It seemed to have a life of its own and its acceptance by the publisher and overwhelming reception more than confirmed the sense of leadership I felt. In the years since, that feeling has been reinforced over and over again by the testimonies of those moved by it."

Stroup, who has updated the book for re-release says, "The testimony of Bill Wallace, both his living and his dying, is one worth telling and serves as a compelling call to lay down the rights to oneself in response to the grace of God." Stroup says he was unaware of the Bill Wallace story until he started the project and was greatly moved by Fletcher's story of the missionary.

Dr. Jesse C. Fletcher is president-emeritus and former president and chancellor of Hardin-Simmons. He has an extensive history of involvement in ministry, education and community.

In addition to his leadership roles at Hardin-Simmons, Dr. Fletcher served as president of the Southwestern Seminary national alumni organization and was named a distinguished alumnus. He was elected to the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance and served as a trustee of Golden Gate Baptist Seminary.

Dr. Fletcher has received numerous awards throughout his career, and he has written ten books, including The Southern Baptist Convention: A Sesquicentennial History and Flashes of Light.

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