This Quaker classic (first c. 1959), Through Flaming Sword has been a favorite of Christians of many denominations. In this reprinting with revisions, a whole new audience can enjoy learning about one of the heroes of our faith. George Fox was born in 1624 into an honest, unpretentious, devoutly Christian home. A time of much confusion within society and the church, 17th century Christians were, as we are today, greatly attracted by the world. George Fox burst on the scene much as John the Baptist did – seeking to serve only God, not taking time to fit into the stereotypes and fashions of his day. As his contemporary John Bunyan, Fox preached and witnessed extensively from prison, put there for his faithfulness to his Lord. From his teachings and active, loving, peaceful work, rose the Society of Friends/Quakers. He exemplifies Paul’s statement, “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).
The author, noted Quaker professor, Arthur O. Roberts, whose admiration for George Fox adds a personal touch to this scholarly book, capably presents Fox the man, as well as Fox the iconoclastic believer living out the injunction, “be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God” (Lev. 20:7). Through Flaming Sword divides neatly into two halves. The first part is a clear, concise biography. The second part looks more closely at Fox’s ideas and how he impacted his era all the way through to our era. It also seeks to display who the Quakers are and what they believe. I enjoyed reading this book and then comparing it to 17th century history and other Christian heroes and martyrs of that era. But greater than this was the challenge I received to let go of my life completely, living only for Jesus. – Donna Eggett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Arthur O. Roberts illuminates the passion, struggles, and legacy of a man committed to authentic Christian living at a critical time in history. George Fox, desiring a kingdom of truth and love on this side of “the flaming sword of Eden,” led a seventeenth-century spiritual awakening that attracted thousands of people—people who became known as the Society of Friends (Quakers). Through Flaming Sword is both a spiritual biography of Fox and a closer look at Fox’s legacy, particularly his thoughts on Christian holiness and the nature of the church. Today’s restless pilgrims, troubled by the world and diligently trying to follow Jesus, will find in Fox a spirited companion for the journey.
This new book is a fiftieth-anniversary edition with revisions to the original work published in 1959.