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Faith on Fire, Norman Grubb and the building of WEC

Faith on Fire

Norman Grubb and the building of WEC

Stewart Dinnen

Subtitled, Norman Grubb and the Building of WEC, this book traces the growth of the Worldwide Evangelisation Crusade under the leadership of Norman Grubb, son-in-law to C.T. Studd. When Grubb came to take over the mission it had fallen upon lean times. Although Studd had been a powerful and dynamic leader the work of WEC was in turmoil. He brought the society into the prominent and effective place it now holds. He did this with inspiring leadership and a vision of what God could do with faithful servants.

The work of WEC is inextribably bound up with Grubb. However, it would be a mistake to see this as his only sphere of influence. His interests and influences were very wide and a short chapter is devoted to other areas of his labours. He was one of the formative leaders of the IVF, took a prominent role in CLC and was closely linked with International Christian Leadership. There were other groups and organisations also. The author has been fortunate in obtaining an enormous number of letters and communications, both from, to and about, Grubb, which gives the book a sense of intimacy and meeting the man. Clearly, he was an exceptional individual who did not fit into the traditional mould. It is a thrilling story and worthy of reading.

A final chapter deals with Grubb's emphasis upon Union with Christ. There is no doubting the centrality of this to his thinking, spirituality and motivation. There were a number of men and women who were uneasy with his emphasis and an important evaluation of his ideas is given in an Epilogue. This is an important addition and should be read. Although it gives a necessary corrective to our understanding of Norman Grubb, it does not in any way diminish the powerful, formative and important influence that he had and which is still felt by those who knew him. This is a fine read and a true inspiration to attempt great things for God.

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