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Brazilian Sketches   By: (1868-1934)

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In Brazilian Sketches, T. B. Ray provides readers with a captivating account of his experiences while living in Brazil. Through his vivid descriptions, the author invites us to explore the multifaceted culture and natural beauty of the country, giving us an intimate glimpse into the everyday lives of its people.

Ray's writing style is fluid and engaging, drawing readers in and transporting them seamlessly to the streets, markets, and rural landscapes of Brazil. Each chapter presents a different facet of the country, highlighting both its charms and challenges. Whether he is chronicling bustling city life or venturing into remote regions, the author's passion for Brazil shines through, enriching the narrative with authenticity and depth.

What sets Brazilian Sketches apart is Ray's ability to capture the essence of Brazil through his encounters with its diverse population. His interactions with locals from all walks of life provide a microcosmic view of the country's social fabric, shedding light on its historical, racial, and economic complexities. From impoverished communities to wealthy elites, Ray presents a nuanced perspective devoid of judgments, allowing readers to form their own understanding.

Moreover, Ray's descriptive prowess undoubtedly shines in his portrayal of Brazil's natural landscapes. With his words, he paints lush images of dense rainforests, expansive coastlines, and majestic waterfalls. Whether he is navigating the Amazon River or reveling in the beauty of Iguazu Falls, the author's immense respect for the environment is palpable, further highlighting the importance of preserving Brazil's rich biodiversity.

Though Brazilian Sketches paints a mostly positive picture of Brazil, Ray does not shy away from tackling the country's social and economic issues. His candid observations on poverty, corruption, and inequality add an essential layer of realism to the narrative, offering readers a more comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by the nation.

While Brazilian Sketches is undoubtedly a captivating travelogue, it also serves as an excellent resource for anyone seeking to delve into Brazilian history and society. Ray seamlessly weaves historical context into his personal anecdotes, grounding the reader's experience in a broader socio-political framework and providing valuable insights that go beyond superficial observations.

In summary, Brazilian Sketches by T. B. Ray is an immersive and enlightening journey through the heart of Brazil. Ray's evocative storytelling and keen observations afford readers an up-close and personal understanding of the country's vibrant culture, beautiful landscapes, and complex societal issues. Whether you are planning a trip to Brazil or simply curious about its rich heritage, this book is an essential companion that will leave you yearning for more.

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Brazilian Sketches

By

Rev. T. B. Ray, D.D.

Educational Secretary of the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

TO MY WIFE WHO SHARED THE JOURNEY WITH ME

CONTENTS

I. THE COUNTRY II. THE CAPITAL, RIO DE JANEIRO III. A VISIT TO A COUNTRY CHURCH IV. TWO PRESIDENTS V. THE GOSPEL WITHHELD VI. SAINT WORSHIP VII. PENANCE AND PRIEST VIII. THE GOSPEL TRIUMPHANT IX. JOSE BARRETTO X. CAPTAIN EGYDIO XI. FELICIDADE (Felicity) XII. PERSECUTION XIII. THE BIBLE AS A MISSIONARY FACTOR XIV. THE METTLE OF THE NATIVE CHRISTIAN XV. THE TESTING OF THE MISSIONARY XVI. THE URGENT CALL XVII. THE LAST STAND OF THE LATIN RACE APPENDIX

FOREWORD.

I was dining one day with a very successful business man who, although his business had extensive relations in many lands, was meagerly informed about the work of missions. I thought I might interest him by telling him something of the effects of missions upon commerce. So I told him about how the civilizing presence of missionary effort creates new demands which in turn increases trade. He listened comprehendingly for a while and then remarked: "What you say is interesting, but what I wish to know is not whether missions increase business we have business enough and have methods of increasing the volume What I want to know is whether the missionary is making good and whether Christianity is making good in meeting the spiritual needs of the heathen... Continue reading book >>




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