Subscribe now

Review

Let God arise

By Marcus Loane
July 2009 | Review by Timothy Alford
  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • ISBN: 978-1-84550-380-2
  • Pages: 126
  • Price: £6.99

My reading of this book reminded me of the prophecy of Daniel – ‘Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever’ (Daniel 12:3). The author selects people who once spread gospel light throughout Britain and were luminaries in the history of the church.

He chooses Aidan and the legacy of Lindisfarne as his starting point, and then proceeds with biographical sketches of John Wycliffe and the early Lollards, Thomas Bilney, George Whitefield and William Wilberforce.

Under the title Let God arise an implicit appeal is made to the Head of the church to raise up Spirit-anointed leaders in our day, whose lives and ministry may similarly impact the nations.

Sir Marcus Loane, previously Primate of Australia, condenses his subject matter into quite brief and readable chapters, but he is not deeply analytical. Perhaps he is content to whet the appetite for further reading and fuller examination of these ‘landmarks in church history’.

The penultimate chapter is considerably longer than the previous ones, and introduces J. B. Lightfoot and New Testament scholarship. I found it hard to wade through the mass of detail, some of which did not seem very significant or harmonise too well with the preceding subject matter.

So it was a relief to reach the Appendix in which the real heartbeat of the author is detected in his appreciation of Elizabeth Clephane and her hymns. Anyone who appreciates the rich thought of her most famous hymn, ‘Beneath the cross of Jesus’, deserves to be read with appreciation.

Perhaps this little volume will stimulate readers to pray that the message of ‘Christ and him crucified’ will again impact church and national life as illustrated in this paperback. The dark days through which we are now passing cry out for those who will lead many to righteousness and will shine like the stars.

Clearly, the author and publishers desire this, and have expressed it in the introductory text: ‘We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago’ (Psalm 44:1).

Timothy Alford
Stowmarket

Book Reviews

Read our latest book reviews

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Speaking of Women: Interpreting Paul
Andrew Perriman

Andrew Perriman’s book seeks to provide biblical justification for the ordination of women as ministers of the gospel. On the rear cover Dr R. T. France, formerly principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, claims that the volume ‘offers the best hope…

See all book reviews
Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? Larry Norman and the perils of Christian rock
Gregory Thornbury

What are we to make of Larry Norman, the controversial pioneer of Christian pop music in the late 1960s and ‘70s? Gregory Alan Thornbury (son of occasional ET contributor John) tells the fascinating story with riveting style and careful accuracy.…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
That Hideous Strength: How the West Was Lost
Melvin Tinker

A book offering to tell us ‘how the West was lost’ has set itself a very ambitious target. Perhaps it needs a few more pages to quite hit that target. But it succeeds admirably in drawing our attention to a…

John Henry Newman: Becoming Rome’s first ecumenical saint
Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
John Henry Newman: Becoming Rome’s first ecumenical saint
Richard Bennett and Michael de Semlyen

The German-born Pope Benedict XVI is due to carry out a state visit to the UK from 16-19 September. The climax of this visit is a Mass in Coventry at which the Pope will beatify John Henry Newman (1801-1890). Newman…