The Mighty Weakness of John Knox
Author: Douglas Bond
John Knox, the great Reformer of Scotland, is often remembered as something akin to a biblical prophet born out of time strong and brash, thundering in righteous might. In truth, he was low in stature, and of a weakly constitution, a small man who was often sickly and afflicted with doubts and fears. In The Mighty Weakness of John Knox, a new Long Line Profile from Reformation Trust Publishing, author Douglas Bond shows that Knox did indeed accomplish herculean tasks, but not because he was strong and resolute in himself. Rather, he was greatly used because he was submissive to God; therefore, God strengthened him. That strength was displayed as Knox endured persecution and exile, faced down the wrath of mighty monarchs, and prayed, preached, and wrote with no fear of man, but only a desire to manifest the glory of God and to please Him. For those who see themselves as too weak, too small, too timid, or simply too ordinary for service in God s kingdom, Knox s life offers a powerful message of hope the biblical truth that God often delights to work most powerfully through people who are most weak in themselves but most strong in Him.
Another volume appears in the Long Line of Godly Men Profiles series, this time a profile of John Knox by Douglas Bond. To this very interesting book about a very interesting man, Bond brings his compelling narrative style, honed in his previously written novels. The preface ('John Knox: A Weak Man Made Mighty') sets the tone for the volume, as Bond demonstrates in a variety of ways how God took Knox's several weaknesses to make him one of the Reformation's strongest figures. Citing Knox's greatest strength is his submission to Christ, Bond then traces 'power' in Knox's life, whether it be power of prayer, pen, or predestination, or power in Knox's preaching. For those wondering whether the Pauline mystery of strength in weakness can become true for them, Bond's portrait of Knox will prove as edifying it is instructive. --Dr. T. David Gordon: Professor of religion and Greek Grove City College, Grove City, PennsylvaniaThough I love John Knox, I rarely enjoy reading about John Knox. Most biographers leave me feeling like a pathetic worm beside this mighty lion of Scotland. But to my great surprise, this book lifted my spirits and even inspired me. Why? Because Douglas Bond has capture and communicated the secret of John Knox's power- a genuinely felt and openly confessed weakness that depended daily and completely on the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. Mighty weakness- what an encouraging message for all worms who want to be lions. --Dr. David P. Murray: Professor of Old Testament and practical theology Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MichiganIn the compass of this small volume, Douglas Bond somehow manages to corral all the mysterious paradoxes of John Knox: the thunderous pulpit and the closet intercessions, the soaring intellect and the humble home life, the boldness and the meekness, the might and the weakness. In other words, Bond has captured the very essence of this remarkable model for reformational ministry. --Dr. George Grant: Pastor, East Parish Presbyterian Church Franklin, Tennessee
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Publication Date: 20150215
Subject: BIO018000-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Religious,REL012040-RELIGION / Christian Life / Inspirational
About The Author:
Douglas Bond is the head of the English Department and a longtime teacher at Covenant High School, a classical Christian school in Tacoma, Wash. He holds degrees from St. Martin s University, (M.I.T. in education; B.A. in history) and a preliminary certificate in theology from Moore Theological College in Australia. He has written numerous works of fiction, many of them for young people, including the Crown & Covenant trilogy (focusing on a Covenanter family in Scotland) and the Faith and Freedom trilogy (following the same family to Revolutionary America). His fictional works also include The Betrayal, a novel on John Calvin. Among his non-fiction titles are Stand Fast in the Way of Truth and Hold Fast in a Broken World. In addition to his teaching and writing, Bond has an active speaking schedule, lecturing on literature, history, writing, and church music. He has led several study tours to France and the United Kingdom for high school students. Bond and his wife, Cheryl, have four sons and two daughters. They live in Tacoma.