Summary: Have you heard of the two men who went to a small island, preached faithfully, sparked a revival and then had to flee for their lives because of the resulting persecution? Have you heard of the slave ship captain becoming a slave himself, only to be gripped by the gospel and become a preacher in his later years? Do you know of the man who felt burdened to free those Negroes who lived their lives as slaves--not by emancipating them, but by preaching the gospel to them? These men, (and many more), are true heroes. Learn their stories.
Personal Thoughts: I learned a lot by reading through this selection of mini-biographies of our true heroes. I found it interesting that in almost every one of these men's lives, each 'hero' at some point, was brought very low--either in circumstances or spirit. Each 'hero' was deeply burdened by his sins, before the Lord, by His Word and Spirit, raised him up for the great work appointed him. It really was an excellent read and many more pages and biographies could be added to this book.
Interesting Tidbits from each Biography:
Jonathan Edwards: "He preached with a candle in one hand and a manuscript in the other. It's a miracle people weren't bored to death!" --pg. 10
George Whitefield: He was looked down upon when he read the Puritans! --pg. 65
John Newton: "His house was an asylum for the perplexed or afflicted." --pg. 97
Thomas Charles: He was the minister who gave Mary Jones her Bible. --pg. 136
William Hewitson: Asked by Robert M'Cheyne to be his assistant. --pg 150
Robert Kalley: Before his conversion, he left seminary because..."I could not bear the thought of being obliged to preach that which I considered a pack of lies." --pg. 152
Charles Jones: "In November 1832 that Jones exchanged his pulpit in Savannah for the dirt floors of cotton houses, sheds, and makeshift plantation chapels." --pg 196