...Lawson has captured the essence and main contours of Knox's vital ministry-no easy task. Read and ponder, and then pray that God would raise up again such thunderers of the Bible as Knox-yes, in Scotland, and to the ends of the earth.
Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
Steven Lawson has written an excellent popular introduction to the life and achievements of John Knox. Indeed one can sense the fire of Knox's own faith burning in these pages. Outside of his native Scotland, Knox has been overshadowed by other giants of the Reformation, such as Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin. I trust, however, that this biography will bring Knox to life for a new generation of readers, enabling them to appreciate the man's true greatness, and his eminent services to the Reformation of the 16th century.
Nick Needham, Lecturer in Church History, Highland Theological College, Dingwall, Scotland
...writes with characteristic verve and passion and captures the aroma of Christ in the lives of his subjects... Dr Lawson helps us catch the vision and passion of this 'lion' in the pulpit.
Liam Goligher, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This is a little gem of a book... outlines Knox's contribution in a clear, lucid style, giving the narrative an engaging manner. What is particularly noteworthy is the way Lawson is able to introduce significant aspects of Knox's thinking on various issues in an easy to absorb elegance. This is an excellent production and I thoroughly recommend it both to the general reader and to the student who is looking for an introduction to Knox's life and faith.
Bruce Ritchie, Lecturer in Church History, Highland Theological College, Dingwall, Scotland
Readers of Stephen Lawson's biography will gain an understanding of why Knox has retained his position in the history of the Scottish Church down through the generations. This is a popular history, characterized by passion, quoting throughout the words of Knox himself, and written in the tradition of Knox's own History of the Reformation of Religion in Scotland.
John R. MacIntosh, Edinburgh Theological Seminary, Edinburgh, Scotland
Steven Lawson, himself a bold preacher, has given us a biography of Knox that inspires similar courage. In this day of jellyfish, may God use this book to raise up more Christians like Knox!
Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dr Steven Lawson is exactly the church history writer the church needs today. John Knox is exactly the church history figure the church needs today. And here we have them both together. Read this book, and pray for a measure of the passion for the gospel you will read about in these pages.
Stephen J. Nichols, President, Reformation Bible College, CAO Ligonier Ministries, Sanford, Florida
...Take a deep breath as you turn the first page; this story may leave you breathless; but you will almost certainly feel spiritually fitter by the end!
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi
It was 'fearless faith' that enabled a man from an unlikely backdrop to transform a Church and a nation. When John Knox came on the scene in the mid 16th century darkness, ignorance and corruption prevailed in Scotland. Satan had, through subtlety, deprived the Church of the spiritual weapons potent to destroy the kingdom of darkness. Knox, emboldened by a vision of the majesty of God and full of zeal for the glory of Christ, used the mighty weapon of the preached Word to remake the Church and the nation. He succeeded under God to see a Church founded on God's Word and cleansed by God's Spirit. Steven Lawson here relates the story with a similar passion to have that same preached Word restore the Church in our day. May many catch that vision as a result!