This book was entitled God's Polished Arrow because that is what Burns desired that he himself would be. He longed, he wrote that God might find him as a polished arrow, and that He might use him as an arrow flying straight, swift and true towards its target. This volume is divided into four main sections. The first section is account of the life and labours of William Burns, from his journal entries. Hardcover 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 352 pages.
Dr. Michael McMullen is Professor of Church History at Midwestern Baptist Seminary, Kansas City.
"Burns was only twenty-four when he preached in Dundee for the saintly Robert Murray McCheyne and we know him best for that great flood of revival. However, Dr. Michael McMullen warmly presents the whole of this godly man's revival preaching and missionary zeal, with portions of his compelling journal, and letters and sermons never before published. God's Polished Arrow is about the sacrifices and massive affect of an eminently holy man."
"Sometimes while reading stirring biography I wonder why I read anything else. The life of W.C. Burns falls into this category. Like David Livingstone, John Paton, and Burn's colleague in China--Hudson Taylor, he was a flint-faced pioneer. Few men have seen more of the Lord's evident blessing on their preaching than Burns. Fewer still have seen such dramatic results both in their own homeland and among previously unreached peoples. I am delighted to see Michael McMullen providing the church with a fresh reminder of what God has done--and can do--through men like W.C. Burns."
"Burns was used mightily of God in his native Scotland but turned his back on the acclaim gained from revival to respond to the passion of his life, sharing the gospel in China. Burns sacrificed material comforts, suffered illness and harassment, and labored unto death in order bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the interior of China. This unique biography by Dr. Michael McMullen, including Burns' letters, sermons and journal entries, will be an inspiration and blessing to all who read it and a model for those in the twenty-first century."
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