The Mighty Weakness of John Knox is the third installment of the Long Line of Godly Men Profile series by Reformation Trust Publishing. The first installments, The Expository Genius of John Calvin and The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards, were both written by Steve Lawson. In this installment, he serves as series editor. Taking the helm for John Knox is Douglas Bond, a high school English teacher and notable fiction and non-fiction writer.
As the titles in this series convey, these are not exhaustive biographies but rather brief biographies highlighting a key overarching characteristic of a famous subject. In this case, Douglas Bond handles the impact of John Knox, the key figure of the Scottish Reformation. The great battles Knox fought for the Gospel and against the corruption of the Catholic Church and politics in Scotland are even more amazing when understood in light of Knox’s timid beginnings and unimpressive stature on the world’s scale.
Bond has done an excellent job in giving us a succinct yet totally sufficient clarifying work of what made John Knox’s contribution to the Reformation so impactful. The lessons from Knox’s courage are not lost to history but ring loud and true for our generation and we have Bond to thank for communicating this relevancy through this more than apt work. Although Bond does not have Lawson’s energetic writing style, his thoroughness and richness make for a worthy contribution in this series. I look forward to number four. – Todd Burgett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
John Knox, the great Reformer of Scotland, is often remembered as something akin to a biblical prophet born out of time—strong and brash, thundering in righteous might. In truth, he was “low in stature, and of a weakly constitution,” a small man who was often sickly and afflicted with doubts and fears. In The Mighty Weakness of John Knox, a new Long Line Profile from Reformation Trust Publishing, author Douglas Bond shows that Knox did indeed accomplish herculean tasks, but not because he was strong and resolute in himself. Rather, he was greatly used because he was submissive to God; therefore, God strengthened him. That strength was displayed as Knox endured persecution and exile, faced down the wrath of mighty monarchs, and prayed, preached, and wrote with no fear of man, but only a desire to manifest the glory of God and to please Him.
For those who see themselves as too weak, too small, too timid, or simply too ordinary for service in God’s kingdom, Knox’s life offers a powerful message of hope—the biblical truth that God often delights to work most powerfully through people who are most weak in themselves but most strong in Him.