Thrilling Escapes by Night
Summary: It's 1524 and William Tyndale is determined to translate the Scriptures into the working man's language--English. Armed with his manuscripts and his Hebrew and Latin grammar, Tyndale is constantly on the run from John Cochlaeus, Deacon of the Catholic church and well known heretic hunter, who is determined to stop Tyndale's work. Along the way meet a pirate lord who pillages ships, a brave forest ranger who knows the woods well, a printer who is willing to risk imprisonment as he brings Tyndale's Bible to print, and many more heroic men and women who count their life as nothing in exchange for the living word of God.
Personal Thoughts: Well, this certainly is an exciting read! I've always thought that Tyndale gets so little recognition in Christian circles. Much of his translation work has been used in the printing of the King James Version of the Bible. One caution while reading this book: while based on real events and people, I would say the book is mainly fictious writing. As far as I could find, Cochlaeus was indeed the man who pursued Tyndale doggedly. I know that Tyndale came through many dangers and encountered many thrilling escapes. And I know that he did indeed settle in the city of Worms. After reading this book I encourage you to learn more of Tyndale.
Quote: "Dear Lord, did I not solemnly vow, long years ago, that if my life were long enough, I would cause the boy who driveth the plow to know the Scriptures?"
The words came more earnestly.
"Oh God, the task set for me is great. The burden is almost too heavy for me! And I am compassed about with dangers. I tremble lest something should come to bring ruin to my endeavors. Yet, Lord, it is not the thought of threatening death that troubles me. My fear is lest my enemies should compass my destruction before I have done my work and placed the Word of God within the reach of people at home. Spare me until I have fulfilled my task, and then I will say, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace."