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The Mighty Weakness of John Knox

The Mighty Weakness of John Knox


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.


"Another volume appears in The Long Line of Godly Men Profiles, this time a profile of John Knox by Douglas Bond.  To this very interesting book about a very interesting man, Douglas Bond brings his compelling narrative style, honed in his previously-written novels.  The Preface (“A Weak Man Made Mighty” sets the tone for the volume, as Bond demonstrates in a variety of ways how God took Knox’s several weaknesses to make him one of the Reformation’s strongest figures.  Citing Knox’s greatest strength in his submission to Christ, Bond then traces “power” in Knox’s life, whether it be power of prayer, pen, or predestination, or power in Knox’s preaching.  For those wondering if the Pauline mystery of strength-in-weakness could become true for them, Bond’s portrait of Knox will prove as edifying as it is instructive."

Dr. T. David Gordon , Professor of Religion and Greek, Grove City College

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