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Chains of Grace: Peter Jeffery’s Story

February 2009 | Review by Paul Bassett

Synopsis

Chains of grace, the story of Peter Jeffery, is an engaging and insightful account of how God took an ordinary man — who had little knowledge of the Bible — and converted him, even though the very day he was converted, he vowed these words: 'I will never become a Christian!' Commencing his ministry in Wales, he faced challenges and difficulties in his pastorate, but learnt to trust God in all circumstances. His faithful preaching of the Bible led to many people having their lives transformed, and the knock-on effect of God's grace was often like the links of a chain, with one conversion leading to another. Peter's ministry took him to many different parts of the world, including Australia and North America. His writings have been translated into various languages, and he has over forty books in print. Enjoy reading all about how God took an ordinary man and used him as an instrument to build his church!

  • Publisher: Day One Publications
  • ISBN: 978-1846251276
  • Pages: 128
  • Price: £6.00
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Book Review

I believe Peter Jeffery’s book will be a blessing not only to those who know him, but also to ministers beginning their training or ministry, and even to future ministers not yet born.

Peter Jeffery’s ministry was rounded and balanced. He most certainly taught the great doctrines of the faith and yet always did the work of an evangelist. This book will challenge today’s preachers and tomorrow’s to go and do likewise.

The author rightly reminds us that although preachers are born they can most certainly learn from those who have gone before them. There is a danger that young preachers may ‘serve up two meals’ every Sunday but never preach the gospel — reasoning that unbelievers do not come in.

Certainly they won’t, replies the author, when we don’t preach the gospel in one of our Sunday services! Peter Jeffery did so preach the gospel, and that ‘in season and out of season’.

Peter never loses sight of the place of the Holy Spirit in our pulpit ministry and a need for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in revival. If this book gives us revived ministers, we will soon have revived churches.

Peter Jeffery’s story doesn’t cover over the problems and troubles encountered in the ministry. Ill-health and suffering have dogged his steps for several years. He challenges us to stand for the faith, no matter how painful it is for us personally.

His testimony of how God’s grace has sustained him will help and encourage ministers experiencing such times — and will keep any who regard the ministry through ‘rose-coloured spectacles’ from entering it unadvisedly.

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