A Disciplined Life
This rating doesn't reflect on the life of Henry Martyn, himself, who was an outstanding Christian missionary to Persia, but on the book, itself.
The book was not easy reading, reflecting the English of the times, with long run-on sentences and double negatives. It covers a period of only eight years and was not intended to be anything other than a private journal.
Unfortunately, I read the entire book, not realizing until the end, that the actual correspondence he had with the love of his life, Miss Greenfell, was in the back of the book all along. It would have helped me understand his journal comments and his heartbreak.
He was in love with a young woman back in England, but her family would not allow her to follow Henry to the mission field. He died broken hearted.
Martyn was a very disciplined, serious-minded Christian, whose intense love for His Saviour is evident. His journal reveals an introspective man, who would examine his spiritual growth routinely, on his birthday, in the New Year, and on the anniversary of his conversion.
His life and letters have inspired many other famous Christians, like David Brainerd and William Carey.