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November 2020
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The Pastor of Kilsyth: The Life and Times of W. H. Burns

This is a slow-burn biography about what often looks like a slow-burn life. First published in 1860, its approach can seem ponderous. Some elements might bewilder anyone but a two-hundred year old Scotsman. So why persevere with the book? Because it is at once so far removed from us and so close to us.…

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In Japan the Crickets Cry

This is the life story of Steve Metcalf, who was born of and brought up by missionary parents in SW China. Steve later served God with his wife, Evelyn, in Japan. The book is written by Dr Ronald Clements, who is himself a lecturer in a Chinese university. It is well written and gives…

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Anne Bradstreet: Pilgrim and Poet

Faith Cook’s biography of one of the first Puritan refugees is both inspiring and challenging. Here is a woman who fled England at the age of eighteen for the glorious New World, in the hope of a life free from religious persecution. But here is a child of God who experienced the full range…

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A Day’s March Nearer Home: Autobiography of J. Graham Miller

A. W. Tozer said that next to the Bible, Christian biography is the most valuable reading for Christians. A day’s march nearer home is valuable and enjoyable reading. One unusual aspect of this autobiography is that it was not written to be published. It was simply ‘memories…that, later on, children’s children’ would read. But…

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Preacher to the Remnant: The Story of James Renwick

Those familiar with Maurice Grant’s biographies of Donald Cargill and Richard Cameron will welcome this new and timely biography on James Renwick. Renwick was successor to Cargill and Cameron and is described as the ‘last of the great trio of field-preachers who preached to the suffering remnant of the Church of Scotland in the…

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Heroes

At first sight Heroes may appear to be only a collection of mini-biographies of well-known and not-so-well-known Christians. However, in his foreword, Iain Murray tells us that his aim is deeper, to highlight certain aspects of these Christians’ thought. The chapters on Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, John Newton and C. H. Spurgeon become a…

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R.B. Jones: Gospel Ministry in Turbulent Times

This is an excellent and much needed biography of Rhys Bevan Jones (1869-1933). ‘RB’ (as he was referred to) is popularly remembered in connection with the 1904-05 Welsh Revival; and his influence was much wider. The author helpfully brings out RB’s commitment to training others for gospel work at home and overseas. In 1916…

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