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Catch the Vision – Roots of the Reformed Recovery: the Men and Movements in the Mid 20th Century

By John J. Murray
September 2008 | Review by Lyn Davies


A fascinating read about notable leaders who were used mightily by God to revive Reformed, Puritan, experiential truth in mid-twentieth century United Kingdom, which, in turn, had far-reaching ramifications for much of the English-speaking world and beyond.

  • Publisher: Evangelical Press
  • ISBN: 978-0852346679
  • Pages: 191
  • Price: £3.81
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Catch the vision is a fascinating read about notable leaders – such as Dr M. Lloyd-Jones, Geoffrey Williams, Iain Murray, John Murray and others – who were used mightily by God to revive Reformed, Puritan, experiential truth in mid-20th century UK and beyond.

It presents instructively the various strands that were woven together in the providence of God to bring about this recovery. In most cases, it was the discovery of some treasure of Christian literature that set these men on the course they took. The purpose of this work is to trace these providential links that set in motion a recovery of the vision.

We see the beginnings of Dr Lloyd-Jones’ ministry and the conception of the Evangelical Library. We learn how the Banner of Truth began its work and of the significance of the Puritan Conference (later replaced by the Westminster Conference). Then there was the launch of several Christian magazines, followed by the founding of Evangelical Press and the first issue of Evangelical Times.

It is written in a most readable style. The chapters are not too long and the book, illustrated with several photographs, has two helpful chronologies and a useful index.

This book is an encouragement to hope and pray that God will work again in this century – and that in doing so he will use the wealth of Christian literature available to us today.

Murray concludes: ‘The Reformed faith has had a wonderful history. We have seen a recovery of it in the last fifty years. It is destined to have a glorious future. If our longed-for desires for the restoration of the church in Britain to her former glories have not been fulfilled we must not faint in the present day of adversity. “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Hababkuk 2:3).’

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