Packed with personal letters, insightful anecdotes, and riveting stories of missionary life in China, this superb biography shines with God s constant faithfulness and power over evil


10 thoughts on “Mountain Rain: A Biography of James O. Fraser, Pioneer Missionary to China

  1. Jeice Jeice says:

    I don t typically read biographies In my past feeble hearted attempts I found them too dry to keep me coming back, because a fact of life is that facts of life are rarely engagingly paced from beginning to end Many people with robust, dynamic lives have to endure long swaths of mundanity, and that doesn t always make for a can t put it down tale I was pleasantly surprised, then, when Mountain Rain opened up with a beautifully descriptive, action packed narrative worthy of a novel Just what I don t typically read biographies In my past feeble hearted attempts I found them too dry to keep me coming back, because a fact of life is that facts of life are rarely engagingly paced from beginning to end Many people with robust, dynamic lives have to endure long swaths of mundanity, and that doesn t always make for a can t put it down tale I was pleasantly surprised, then, when Mountain Rain opened up with a beautifully descriptive, action packed narrative worthy of a novel Just what was I getting myself into To be sure, Mountain Rain does not skip over the drawn out tedium and seeming inactivity that James Fraser had to endure, but through the judicious use of personal quotes, challenging life lessons, and a penchant for vivid imagery, I never found myself bored The narrative is excellently paced, with a different beat or trick to keep interest stoked throughout The story was not just informational, but educational, especially in the spiritual sense It was not just educational, it was entertaining And what a life Fraser lived If this series of adventures for God s kingdom took place in Middle Earth rather than the mountains of China I think there wouldn t be a noticeable difference My only slight quibble with the book was how the last pages took the focus off of Fraser and his biological family, however, following his spiritual descendants and learning about the endurance of his work was a worthy trade off James Fraser is suddenly my missionary prayer warrior action hero role model, but unfortunately this was his real life and there are no planned sequels in the works that I know of


  2. Tori Samar Tori Samar says:

    If we were alllike James Fraser, what a different world this would be Although this isn t a particularly long biography, it was long enough for me to see this man s heart for God, the gospel, and the Lisu people in China For about 200 pages, I got to walk with Fraser as he set aside promising futures in both music and engineering for the sake of missions, faced doubts and depression and unmistakable spiritual warfare, endured the struggle of faithful evangelism that seems to bear little If we were alllike James Fraser, what a different world this would be Although this isn t a particularly long biography, it was long enough for me to see this man s heart for God, the gospel, and the Lisu people in China For about 200 pages, I got to walk with Fraser as he set aside promising futures in both music and engineering for the sake of missions, faced doubts and depression and unmistakable spiritual warfare, endured the struggle of faithful evangelism that seems to bear little or no fruit, and celebrated the glorious moments when finally people understood and believed and became disciples of Christ I would ve gladly walked with Fraser for 200pages But since the biography isn t that long, it just means I will have to return to this book for many rereads.As I read Mountain Rain, I found it impossible to miss everything Fraser s life has to teach us about prayer Fraser himself was a man who learned to pray in faith in ways I haven t yet, and he also had a phenomenal group of prayer partners back home I amconvinced than ever that the missionaries my church supports, the churches they plant, the believers they disciple, and the lost people they share the gospel with need my and the rest of my church s diligent, fervent prayers Although financial support is a good and helpful thing, prayer support is just as probablyimportant When we pray, we, too, are participating in God s work around the world If we give missionaries our money but not our believing, relentless, faithful prayers, we are cutting them and their work off from a vital spiritual lifeline Oneword of praise Mountain Rain has one of the better openings you ll read in a biography Rather than starting with the tired line James Fraser was born on insert date in insert place and jumping right into his childhood, this biography opens with a riveting chase scene in China between Fraser and a Kachin man who wants to kill him Then the narrative backs up to Fraser s early life Like I said, great opening But what s even better is that the Kachin man shows up later in the story I won t say how, why, or when you ll just have to read the book All I ll say is that when he made his appearance again and I realized why, I was done for Tears Happy tears Just sitting in my bed late at night crying in wonder and joy When a book makes me do that, then I know I ve read a winner.Amazing biography Read for the 2017 Tim Challies Christian Reading Challenge A book by or about a missionary


  3. Joel Travis Joel Travis says:

    James Frazer s life was marked by consistent obedience and passion toward the calling on his life I was challenged by the very pragmatic way that he accepted his call to Chine and the same way he dedicated himself to prayer It was not rooted in emotion but it was a logical step of faith Knowing that it was only in the step of obedience that he would be able to be used by God Then it was only through the consistent lifestyle of prayer that his efforts would have any eternal impact He was a h James Frazer s life was marked by consistent obedience and passion toward the calling on his life I was challenged by the very pragmatic way that he accepted his call to Chine and the same way he dedicated himself to prayer It was not rooted in emotion but it was a logical step of faith Knowing that it was only in the step of obedience that he would be able to be used by God Then it was only through the consistent lifestyle of prayer that his efforts would have any eternal impact He was a humble realist and for that reason fell on his knees in prayer and shook a nation through it James Frazer is likely the single greatest example I have found of someone giving them self whole heartedly to prayer and proclamation of the Gospel In his case the fruit was 10 years in the making but the fruit was good and now 70 years later the region he labored in prayer is 90% Christian and is sending people into other areas The heart of a man is known by his fruit and the fruit of James Frazer was shown to be pure as was his heart The letter he wrote back home on the power of prayer can also stand on it s own as a must read That is 30 pages of the 200 pages and should be read if you don t have the time for the whole book


  4. Jeff Shelnutt Jeff Shelnutt says:

    James Frasier was a pioneer missionary of the highest class Few have undergone the hardship, deprivation and suffering that he did for the sake of the Gospel His church planting methods were revolutionary at the time, not to mention controversial But now his indigenous approach is widely accepted and promoted among modern missionary societies I highly recommend this book for any one considering missions as a career Beyond that, every believer would be ministered to at some level by Frasie James Frasier was a pioneer missionary of the highest class Few have undergone the hardship, deprivation and suffering that he did for the sake of the Gospel His church planting methods were revolutionary at the time, not to mention controversial But now his indigenous approach is widely accepted and promoted among modern missionary societies I highly recommend this book for any one considering missions as a career Beyond that, every believer would be ministered to at some level by Frasier s self sacrificing example He died young 42, I believe , but accomplished great things for the Kingdom in the span of time that God gave to him


  5. Rudy Cordeiro Rudy Cordeiro says:

    I was deeply challenged by the life of this man Less than 300 pages, it reminded me of a two volume biography about Hudson Taylor that I had started but never finished I will never look at the ministry of prayer again in the same way Additionally, the reality of spiritual warfare became muchreal and now I am seeing so many distractions all around me Thoroughly convicted by this work, I challenge any believer in Christ to read it and see if he or she will come away unchanged, let alon I was deeply challenged by the life of this man Less than 300 pages, it reminded me of a two volume biography about Hudson Taylor that I had started but never finished I will never look at the ministry of prayer again in the same way Additionally, the reality of spiritual warfare became muchreal and now I am seeing so many distractions all around me Thoroughly convicted by this work, I challenge any believer in Christ to read it and see if he or she will come away unchanged, let alone unchallenged


  6. Jeremy Giles Jeremy Giles says:

    I was very impressed by this book I had previously read Hudson Taylor s from the same OMF series They both gave me a very different view of missionaries.I had always assumed missionaries went and converted people This is only part of their work Their main task was praying for a work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the people they are serving They also send information back to their supports asking them to pray for very specific evangelical needs.Prayer is at the heart of evangelism.


  7. Jimes Jimes says:

    Inspiring biography about J.O Fraser which describes his hardships and years of no visible fruit Progress began when a regular prayer group started meeting to intercede for the Lisu people Then God s arm stretched forth in incredible ways Today, the Lisu are majority Christian and evangelized the people groups around them.


  8. Shelby Stafford Shelby Stafford says:

    I absolutely love this book Fraser s thought on prayer are very thought provoking You get to see the very real power of the demonic but you also see Christ aspowerful, Christ as Lord This 3 on my top five missionarybooks.


  9. Noai Leidenfrost Noai Leidenfrost says:

    Excellent book on the life of James O Fraser, missionary to the Lisu people in China Amazing Christlike man His prayer life was astounding This book is full of adventure and great stories of how God powerfully worked amongst the Lisu through him.


  10. Kimberly Kimberly says:

    Some may find that Fraser s way of expressing his thoughts too old fashioned or not politically correct enough, but that was the era, and there is no question that his love and work were sincere I ve found his insights on prayer particularly helpful.