I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It comprises 33 short overviews of the lives of believers throughout history who were dedicated to serving God by spreading the gospel at home and abroad.
For me it was a memory jogger, bringing back salient particulars of renowned servants of God. Beginning with the Apostle Paul, it then jumps to John Wycliffe and the 16th century Reformers, subsequently working through the Evangelical Awakening and missionary movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, to finish in modern times with C. S. Lewis, J. I. Packer, Jim Elliot, and Chuck Colson. I was also introduced to James Hannington, John Sung, and William Cameron Townsend – but left wondering about the inclusion of Martin Niemuller.
Sketches of Faith could be a primer for the younger generation and an incentive to explore, learn, and emulate. It might also make suitable reading for family worship, educating and informing the next generation.
Its publication is surely timely, as there is a real need to stir again the vision given by our Lord’s example and his command to preach the gospel to the whole world. If put into the right hands, this title will stir readers to pray and to act.