As a young man, Albert Schweitzer seemed destined for
greatness. His immense talent and fortitude propelled him to a place as one of
Europe’s most renowned philosophers, theologians, and musicians in the early
twentieth century. Yet Schweitzer shocked his contemporaries by forsaking
worldly success and embarking on an epic journey into the wilds of French
Equatorial Africa, vowing to serve as a lifelong physician to “the least of
these” in a mysterious land rife with famine, sickness, and superstition.
Enduring hardship, conflict, and personal struggles, he and
his beloved wife, Hélène, became French prisoners of war during WWI, and Hélène
later battled persistent illnesses.
Ken Gire’s page-turning, novelesque narrative sheds new
light on Schweitzer’s faith-in-action ethic and his commitment to honor God by
celebrating the sacredness of all life.
The legacy of this 1952 Nobel Prize honoree endures in the
thriving African hospital community that began in a humble chicken coop, in the
millions who have drawn inspiration from his example, and in the challenge that
emanates from his life story into our day. Download and start listening now!