Life of John Knox
Life of John Knox offers its readers a wonderful overview of this Scottish ReformerÃ¢ÂÂs fight for GodÃ¢ÂÂs truth to be proclaimed. This mossy olive green colored book with its jagged cut pages would be a handsome edition for any personal library. Originally published in 1833, this book still contains an Old World type print as well as an Old English flavor in wordage. It's helpful that each chapter contains a short summary of its contents at the beginning of the book, as well as at the beginning of each chapter to allow the reader to find certain places more easily.
I learned more about John Knox in this book than I have anywhere else and I really enjoyed the fact that the book was written in a historical account style with lots of dialogue. Readers will come to learn:
Of Knox as a courageous pastor with trials and struggles, but will also learn how of he found encouragement in Ã¢ÂÂcounting it all joy.Ã¢ÂÂ
Details of Knox fleeing his homeland, and how he dealt not only with the broken promises of monarchs, but the constant threat of death for his ministry.
How he argued in defense of his faith in front of various monarchs including: Bloody Mary, Queen Mary of Guise, and Mary Queen of Scots. The fact that he stood in front of them unsurpassed in respect, but unchanged in conviction came clearly through the pages of this book.
Many opportunities to preach the Gospel were covered in the book and I loved reading about how he took advantage of delivering sermons to his fellow inmates while in prison, and also to a group of townspeople who had gathered to see him stand trial.
John KnoxÃ¢ÂÂs life was a mural of passion, strength, and undying faith rooted securely in the bedrock of his LordÃ¢ÂÂs Word. His actions and course of life are perhaps best captured in his own words written to encourage some of his fellow believers, Ã¢ÂÂDo as you will answer before God, who at present, works powerfully, however blind the world remains; fight ye in the truth, and for the liberty of the same; and be assured of triumphing with Jesus ChristÃ¢ÂÂ¦Ã¢ÂÂ ( Life of John Knox Ã¢ÂÂ pg.110)
A book such as this could be used by anyone desiring to gain a Ã¢ÂÂsnapshotÃ¢ÂÂ view of a reformers life. I know that it could be a valuable research aid for adults, high school students, and families that enjoy studying great men of the faith.
*Thanks to Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group for providing a free copy to me in exchange for my honest review.
May 24, 2013
Short but power-packed with inspiration and truth!
John Knox. Have you heard of him?
If you are fairly knowledgeable about The Reformation, then you probably have. But honestly, before receiving this book to read and review from Attic Books, I had not heard of him.
This short, easy-to-read biography of "The Scottish Reformer" was written and published by the American Sunday School Union (now American Missionary Fellowship at InFaith.org) back in 1833 and has recently been reprinted beautifully and republished by Attic Books.
Here is their description of him and of this biography:
Rare vignettes featuring the Protestant Reformation's fiercest defender! John Knox had a life of exciting adventure, harsh imprisonment, and brilliant scholarship. Fighting battles both political and religious, Knox bravely defied royalty, nobility, and the established power of the Papacy to speak the truth. A fiery and inspirational preacher, he fiercely upheld the authority of Scripture and salvation through Christ's sacrifice. In perilous times, Knox risked his life daily in a fearless and tireless defense of the faith!
After reading Life of John Knox, I am inspired once again to continue living a life that speaks with actions as well as words of the Truth, power, and encouragement of the gospel of Jesus Christ and who He is in my life.
This man had the conviction and courage to stand up to---of all people---Mary, Queen of Scots! He engaged both politically and theologically in a passionate yet respectful manner in order to stand for the Truth of God's Word and not just follow along with the accepted ways of living and practicing "religion."
I hope to daily become more and more like him in my walk of faith.
I leave you with this quote from John Knox himself as you go about your days in this life on earth:
Do as you will answer before God, who at present works powerfully, however blind the world remains; fight ye in the truth, and for the liberty of the same; and be assured of triumphing with Jesus Christ, to whose mighty protection I unfeignedly commit you.
Amen and amen!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Attic Books, an imprint of New Leaf Publishing Group. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.
September 10, 2011
Marvelous little Knox Bio
Ã¢ÂÂThe Life of John Knox,Ã¢ÂÂ written by an unknown author (I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt find his name anywhere in the publication) is a fantastic little volume. In this work there are several scenes in KnoxÃ¢ÂÂs life that are unavailable in other biographies, most notably his encounters with Mary, Queen of Scots.
Myself being on a bit of a Knox bent lately, when I heard about Attic BooksÃ¢ÂÂ republication of a long forgotten work, I was interested right away. Of course the book can be somewhat difficult to read at times, but not nearly enough to have no idea what the author is trying to convey. At times, the specificity is quite helpful, and the thoughtfulness of his writings is much appreciated.
The book does hammer away at the Roman Catholicism of KnoxÃ¢ÂÂs day (and for good reason), so do not be shocked at some of the authorÃ¢ÂÂs bold statements in this regard; intertwined with this are the leaders of that day, political and otherwise, who were generally evil people in search of power and affluence. This power and affluence could in many ways be granted by the corrupt Roman church, which in many ways helped to give rise to the Reformation.
KnoxÃ¢ÂÂs encounters with Mary, Queen of Scots are marvelously portrayed in the book. Also, her character is unveiled as a duplicitous and unworthy Queen, oftentimes herself lying and going back on her word to the detriment of the people under her leadership. If you are interested in a small Knox biography, this perhaps may not be the first to read (for that I would recommend WilsonÃ¢ÂÂs Ã¢ÂÂFor Kirk and CovenantÃ¢ÂÂ), but it is great for looking into those points of KnoxÃ¢ÂÂs life that you are left hanging in the other biographies. Highly recommended.
I would like to thank New Leaf Publishers and Attic Books for the complimentary review copy of this wonderful book.
September 3, 2011
Old fashioned language requires reader's attention
I love old books. And I'm finding I really do like books that just have an appearance of age. This "new" series of biographies by Attic Books is one that is designed with the appearance of age. Distressed cover, funky & uneven pages.
And of course, the fact that it was originally published in 1833 and includes fairly extensive quotes of a guy born in 1505 means that the language most assuredly adds to that antique feel.
Life of John Knox is a biography of a man I really didn't know. Given the language being used in the book, I wish I had found even a Wikipedia article and read a little bit about him before diving into the book.
This isn't a long book... 140 pages in all. But it isn't light reading. This is one of those books I ought to keep next to me for the next time one of those little Facebook games comes along. You know, "Grab the nearest book. Turn to page 58. Type the 2nd complete sentence as your status."
For this book, that would be:
"The affairs of the protestants, however, soon after took an unfavourable turn ; and after several reverses and disasters, they were at length compelled to leave Edinburgh, and retire in great confusion to Stirling ; but during their calamities, Knox spared no exertions to revive the languid spirit of his countrymen."
At least in this example sentence (which is random), I did understand each individual word!
The point here is that this book is definitely written in the style prevalent in the early 19th century, with plenty of lengthy quotes from the 16th century as well. That means modern readers need to be paying attention, or you'll be like me... finishing a sentence and wondering what in the world I just read. And it also means that the biographer doesn't try to make it look like he is being objective (like any biographer could achieve that anyway!) which "sounds" funny to modern ears.
It is fascinating. But definitely to be read when you are actually able to be paying full attention!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.
June 29, 2011