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Out of the Shadows

By Faith Cook
November 2011 | Review by Julia Milner


A collection of nine short and very diverse inspiring biographies: Many of the names will be unfamiliar, but their stories are full of interest and inspiration, each in its own way bearing witness to the faithfulness and goodness of the God whose love and mercy know no bounds. James Lackingston, Richard Rodda, Fanny Burnett, Michael Bruce, Lorenzo Dow, Elizabeth Singer Rowe, William Dell, Hallgrimur Petursson, Patricia St John.

  • Publisher: Evangelical Press
  • ISBN: 978-0-85234-749-2
  • Pages: 160
  • Price: 6.99
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If you enjoyed Stars in God’s Sky, or any of Faith Cook’s other books featuring stories of ordinary people of extraordinary faith, this book will not disappoint. Most of the names of the nine biographies will be unfamiliar to many of us but the situations are not, as each life offers hope, challenge, and encouragement.

      The men and women of faith in this book have experiences common to our own or those we know: a teenager who made a profession of faith but swiftly departed from it, a woman who lives for this world and takes no thought of God, and a man involved with the politics of the day who seeks to uphold the name of God in a godless government. Out of the Shadows is also a book where some believe in the eternal truths from very young and hold fast to their faith right to the end. It’s about God using the ill and weak for His purpose and glory, God taking a jar of clay and turning it into something beautiful in His eyes. Mrs. Cook also ventures beyond our English-speaking boundaries to explore the life of an Icelandic national poet who had his life transformed by Christ. Finally, the book concludes with a lovingly written biography of a missionary and friend of the author which takes on a different tone, as personal memories are mixed with the biography.

      This would make an excellent holiday book, or a gift, as it will add to the gallery of heroes of faith who have gone before us and continue to encourage us to the end.


Julia Milner


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