Saturday, November 28, 2015

Book Review: Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Martyn Lloyd-Jones: His Life and Relevance for the 21st Century. Christopher Catherwood. 2015. Crossway. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]

This biography of Martyn Lloyd-Jones was written by his grandson, Christopher Catherwood. Why should Christians still read Martyn Lloyd-Jones today? That is the question Catherwood sets out to answer in his biography. He hopes to prove that Lloyd-Jones legacy is solid and strong. He is worth reading today. He has not lost relevance. His message is still very much needed by the church.

First, the book presents a brief biographical sketch of Martyn Lloyd-Jones' life. Then the  book mainly focuses on his ministry--his preaching, his writing, his friendships--and his books. I appreciate that the book not only provides quick summaries of his books, of his beliefs, but also provides context for understanding and appreciating them.

The book is not as in-depth as titles in Crossway's Theologians on the Christian Life series. (I would love to see him included in this series in the future!) The book is definitely more casual and less organized. (Not that it is un-organized, mind you, just that the Theologians on the Christian Life series seems to be super-organized and very purposefully laid out.) The book also seems to be more argumentative and a ready-defense. That is, the author anticipates arguments and seeks to clarify and reconcile when possible. One strength the book has is the personal nature of it. The focus isn't exclusively on his sermons, on his church, on his ministry. The book shares to a certain extent what he was like in private with the family.

It was an enjoyable read that held my interest. I have read at least four or five books by Martyn Lloyd-Jones, so I was curious to learn more about his life. I am glad I got the opportunity to review this one.

Have you read any Martyn Lloyd-Jones? Do you have a favorite?

If you haven't read him yet, I'd definitely recommend starting with Walking With God Day by Day: A 365 Day Devotional. What I love about that devotional book is that each month of the year has a theme. And most entries from any given month come from one book. So that by the end of the year, you've had a good overview of some of his best works. AND also you've covered some essential doctrines of the Christian faith.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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