A prisoner on a galley once said, "Give me Scotland or I die!"
Jesus taught that we should beware when all men speak well of us. Few have ever spoken well of John Knox, either in his own lifetime or in the centuries since. Was he excessively harsh and fanatical as his critics have painted him? Or was he appropriately hard and firm as his time and calling required? In John Knox: Stalwart Courage, Douglas Wilson staunchly defends this great Reformer, not only lauding his courage but also upholding his much-neglected gentler virtues—love, mercy, tenderness, and humility.
At Knox’s funeral, one of his friends said, “Here lies one who neither flattered nor feared any flesh.” John Knox sought the approval of neither commoner nor queen, but only his God. John Knox was a Reformer of Church and culture worthy of honor and emulation, and his story should be one we know well.
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What People Are Saying:
"Douglas Wilson has not only captured the real essence of Knox's life, his times, his leadership traits, and his continuing legacy, he has apprehended that essential tenacity rooted in humility that so marked his ministry and message." -George Grant, pastor and author in Franklin, Tennessee
"This study of the life, character, and ministry of John Knox makes a valuable contribution to an understanding of the Reform Movement, particularly during the sixteenth century in Scotland. Its accuracy is enhanced by the selected words of Knox which reflect the courage, the intellect, and the proactive faith of this spiritual giant. This book will be accepted as an important building block, not only of Presbyterian doctrine, but of the literature of theology in general." -D. James Kennedy, Ph.D., Senior Minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and Chancellor of Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Douglas Wilson is the minister of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, which is a member of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC). He is a Senior Fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College and the author of numerous books, including Reforming Marriage, The Case for Classical Christian Education, and When the Man Comes Around. He and his wife Nancy have three children and a horde of grandchildren.
PUBLISHER: Canon Press
PAGE COUNT: 304 pages
ISBN 10: 195241086X
PUB. DATE: March 2, 2021 (originally published April 1, 2000)
I like the short chapters because it helps you focus on the topic at hand. It helped me learn the history around his life and at the same time the man. How he fit into and reacted to the events of his lifetime were well presented.
This book is excellent both as a biographical resource as well as being an a stirring depiction of a great reformer as an example for modern reformers.
This was a wonderful read. As a history major in college I noticed how there were two figures whose importance was undeniable but who were roundly vilified and despised: John Calvin and John Knox. Of the two even among the historically astute Knox is something of the forgotten man. This wonderful book goes a long way towards remedying that. A fine and encouraging book, especially for our time.
I bought this book after already having read some of the more well known biographies on Knox and it was a welcome addition to my book shelf. One thing I love about Doug is his ability to show people what we can learn from history and how to apply it rightly in our own times. I wish the courage of John Knox was more abundant today but the first step in creating that courage is showing people what it looked like. Doug did a great job and because of him I’m proudly more stubborn in these tumultuous times.
Great historical book, really enjoyed the history behind John Knox.
Awesome history. I'm reading it through a second time. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to know more about John Knox.
I had no idea how impactful John Knox was on the reformation. Right up there with Martin Luther, and John Calvin. I think the thing I liked most about the book was the shorter length of each chapter, which helped me blitz read through the book, rather than having to devote an entire hour for each section, I was able to read it over 14 days 7-10 minutes at a time. The book is divided into two sections, the first half as a general biography, the second half as a bullet for bullet breakdown of specific categories that his life exhibited. Doug Wilson is clear and concise, and brings his own unique wit and charm to the book. I would absolutely recommend to you, and buy a few extra copies for other men in your life who need a little Scottish Reformation zing in their life.
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