Monday, February 21, 2011

Book Review: Martyn-Lloyd Jones biography

In this biography of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones written by Iain Murray we have an account of the life of a godly man used by God. This book is part one of two volumes, and contains the first forty years of Lloyd-Jones' life. In the first three chapter's Murray writes about Martyn's childhood, his joys, sorrows, struggles, schooling, and concluding with events about his promising medical career. Chapter four deals with his conversion, and his early convictions about the current state of Christianity in Wales, with Chapter five dealing with his call to the ministry, and the majority of the rest of the book reveals to us Lloyd- Jones' ministry in Aberavon.

Reading through these pages I learned that Dr. Jones was a gifted, humble man who desired not to make a name for himself, but to lead people to the Savior whom he so loved. He believed in the sufficiency of Scripture, the doctrine of the new birth, doctrinal preaching, the importance of reading the Puritans, and that God alone was the sole author of revival.

This biography should be required reading for anybody thinking about going into the ministry, and also many Christians would enjoy reading about the glory of God revealed through this man. With that said, I think Lloyd-Jones would want us to say the following after reading this biography, "Don't talk about me, talk about my Saviour" (page 226). 

You can find my review on Amazon here.

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