I want to thank Christian Focus Publications for providing me with an audio copy of Jungle Doctor and the Whirlwind in return for my honest opinion.
Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.
– Proverbs 22:8….
In the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, Paul White served as a medical missionary to Tanganyika (now known as Tanzania). Paul and his wife Mary were forced to return home to Australia due to family illness, but Dr. White’s mission to share the love of Christ lived on. He shared fictionalized stories of his time in Tanzania on the radio weekly as Jungle Doctor Broadcasts, then as books in both the Jungle Doctor middle grade series (there are 20), and the Jungle Doctor Animal Stories series (there are 6).
I am so delighted to tell you all that the Jungle Doctor stories are now available as audiobooks! So far, the first four books in the series have been recorded for your children. I was able to review book 1, Jungle Doctor and the Whirlwind by Paul White (Christian Focus Publications). The first four books are available for download at ChristianAudio.com, or as a CD with all four recordings at ChristianBook.com.
Jungle Doctor and the Whirlwind is a fantastic story. Filled with humorous characters, exciting (dangerous!) situations, and a genuine medical crisis, there is plenty in the audiobook to get excited about. My boys (8 and 9) were wide-eyed the entire way through the audiobook. Because we have the book in paperback form as well, they huddled together looking at the black-and-white drawings and the way the African names are spelled. They giggled at the antics of the hospital staff, and gasped at the terrible choices made by the villain.
I love any book that portrays well the life of a missionary. I want my children to have a broad view of this small planet, and a clear understanding of the Great Commission. I also really love engaging books from a Christian worldview with an accurate teaching of Scripture.
Dr. White did a terrific job of sharing a Scriptural idea (we reap what we sow) in a natural way through his narrative. Bwana, the chief doctor (a missionary from Australia), speaks biblical truth as he mentors his interesting and hilarious cast of hospital staff. These new Christians speak truth right back to him as they work through their situations with their eyes on the Lord (or sometimes as they fail miserably and are drawn back into old lives).
Paul Michael narrates Jungle Doctor and the Whirlwind, and does a terrific job with different voices and accents.
Jungle Doctor and the Whirlwind is written for ages 8-13, and is a great read-aloud (and, conveniently, the audiobook is read-aloud for you!) for children as young as 7.
You can purchase Jungle Doctor Audiobook Collection #1 with the first four books in the series at:
You can purchase the Jungle Doctor middle grade series (Ages 9-13) and Animal Series (Ages 6-8) at:
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.