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In our day, biographies of various Evangelical leaders in the West are so numerous that many Christians are not certain how such literature should be valued. How much can be said about so many Christian leaders, since their lives and ministries seem to be copies of one another? But in the case of the biography of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, by Iain H. Murray, this cannot be said. This review covers the first of the biography’s two volumes.

As the sub-title (The First Forty Years 1899-1939) indicates, the first volume describes the first forty years of his life. Lloyd-Jones grew up in Wales. Around the age of twenty, he began studying medicine in London and soon was on the path to a very prestigious career. However, in the midst of his medical work, Lloyd-Jones was converted. He immediately began to see the emptiness of worldly pursuits and soon developed both an undeniable concern for lost souls and a desire to preach. Thus, despite scorn from his peers and from many others in the medical field, he abandoned medicine and assumed the pastorate of a chapel in Aberavon, a sleepy, poverty-stricken community in Wales.

This first volume of the Lloyd-Jones biography largely covers his remarkably Christ-like preaching ministry in Aberavon, along with glorious, gospel-magnifying accounts of mighty works wrought by God in the souls of Christians and sinners alike. Some of the most notorious sinners in Aberavon were mightily convicted and saved through his preaching. His ministry stood apart in that it was so thoroughly based upon and saturated with Scripture.

Any Christian who harbors evangelistic desires will find this first volume tremendously encouraging. Also, Christians familiar with the preaching of Lloyd-Jones through his books will greatly enjoy it, since it records large sections of his sermons, many of which will not be found in other published materials. Finally, Murray’s biography of the life, convictions, and ministry of Lloyd-Jones will thoroughly edify all who intentionally read it and motivate them to greater concern for gospel proclamation in their own communities.

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For Volume 1:

When Martyn Lloyd-Jones, physician, preacher and Christian leader, died in 1981, after more then 40 years in London, few knew the remarkable story of his formative earlier years which, in the authorised biography, is now told for the first time. From his rural Welsh backround to St Bartholomew's Hospital (where at the age of 23 he was Chief Clinical Assistant to Sir Thomas Horder, the King's Physician), then, suddenly at 27, to a struggling Calvinistic Methodist Church in Aberavon, South Wales, he appears successively as schoolboy, dairyman's assistant, political enthusiast, debater, doctor, and finally Christian preacher.

Some regarded his change of career as romantic, others as foolish. The one thing of which Dr Lloyd-Jones was sure was that his settlement amid the industrial depression of South Wales was no sacrifice: 'I gave up nothing. I received everything. I count it the highest honour God can confer on any man to call to be herald of the gospel.'

This volume traces the unforgettable events of his first pastorate, his wilder ministry in Wales (where, by 1933, the press reported, 'he draws thousands to hear his message in all parts of the Principality'), his first visits to North America, and finally his settlement at Westminster Chapel, London, on the eve of World War II. While some saw him as 'the modern Moody', and others as 'the last of the Calvinistic preachers', Iain H. Murray's work makes constant use of the hitherto unpublished material, and is able to present Dr Lloyd-Jones's own view of his life and ministry.

'Certain to be one of the major biographies of any Christian leader of the twentieth century.' Sword and Trowel (Australia)

'If D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones' life were a novel it would be panned by critics as too unrealistic. Because his life is a historical reality we are left to wonder at the providential energy that could have effected such an astonishing career.... This book is an electrifying apologetic for the powerfully theologized pulpit emphases of the Reformers and Puritans.' Christianity Today

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Iain H. Murray
Banner of Truth
ISBN (vol. 1):
8.75 x 5.75 x 1.25 inches