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Winner of the 2001 John Pollock Award for Christian Biography! John Stott stands as one of the towering figures of Christianity in the twentieth century. He was a key framer of the historic Lausanne Covenant (1974). And he wrote Basic Christianity which has sold over three million copies in more than fifty languages. From his home base of All Souls Church in London's West Winner of the 2001 John Pollock Award for Christian Biography! John Stott stands as one of the towering figures of Christianity in the twentieth century. He was a key framer of the historic Lausanne Covenant (1974). And he wrote Basic Christianity which has sold over three million copies in more than fifty languages. From his home base of All Souls Church in London's West End, he has shaped the face of evangelicalism around the world. But what has shaped John Stott? How did he become what Christianity Today calls "evangelicalism's premier teacher and preacher?" Timothy Dudley-Smith, a longtime friend and co-worker, offers in this book the beginning of a monumental study of Stott's life--tracking the early influences, challenges and achievements that set the course for a lifetime of Christian ministry. Dudley-Smith traces the growth of young Stott, who even as a child attended church and Sunday school at All Souls. He shows us Stott's conversion as a teenager and the subsequent influence upon his growth of Scripture Union's E. J. H. Nash. Here and in the British Inter-Varsity Fellowship of Cambridge, Stott's leadership abilities and concern for evangelism were already apparent. But strain between Stott and his father was pronounced as Stott began to follow his call to ministry while World War II embroiled his country. After his ordination at the close of the war, he renewed his association with All Souls, and he launched creative and energetic evangelism campaigns while providing leadership for the emerging evangelical movement within the Anglican Church and around the world. Covering Stott's first forty years, this volume reveals his lighthearted humanity and his resolute focus on God's Word and God's work in the world. Here you'll discover the fascinating detail and rewarding overview of a life that is at once instructive and inspiring.


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Winner of the 2001 John Pollock Award for Christian Biography! John Stott stands as one of the towering figures of Christianity in the twentieth century. He was a key framer of the historic Lausanne Covenant (1974). And he wrote Basic Christianity which has sold over three million copies in more than fifty languages. From his home base of All Souls Church in London's West Winner of the 2001 John Pollock Award for Christian Biography! John Stott stands as one of the towering figures of Christianity in the twentieth century. He was a key framer of the historic Lausanne Covenant (1974). And he wrote Basic Christianity which has sold over three million copies in more than fifty languages. From his home base of All Souls Church in London's West End, he has shaped the face of evangelicalism around the world. But what has shaped John Stott? How did he become what Christianity Today calls "evangelicalism's premier teacher and preacher?" Timothy Dudley-Smith, a longtime friend and co-worker, offers in this book the beginning of a monumental study of Stott's life--tracking the early influences, challenges and achievements that set the course for a lifetime of Christian ministry. Dudley-Smith traces the growth of young Stott, who even as a child attended church and Sunday school at All Souls. He shows us Stott's conversion as a teenager and the subsequent influence upon his growth of Scripture Union's E. J. H. Nash. Here and in the British Inter-Varsity Fellowship of Cambridge, Stott's leadership abilities and concern for evangelism were already apparent. But strain between Stott and his father was pronounced as Stott began to follow his call to ministry while World War II embroiled his country. After his ordination at the close of the war, he renewed his association with All Souls, and he launched creative and energetic evangelism campaigns while providing leadership for the emerging evangelical movement within the Anglican Church and around the world. Covering Stott's first forty years, this volume reveals his lighthearted humanity and his resolute focus on God's Word and God's work in the world. Here you'll discover the fascinating detail and rewarding overview of a life that is at once instructive and inspiring.

30 review for John Stott: The Making of a Leader: A Biography of the Early Years

  1. 5 out of 5

    Filip Sylwestrowicz

    The first volume of Dudle-Smith's massive biography of John Stott covers the period from 1920s to 1950s. The book describes Stott's childhood, studies in Cambridge, curacy in All Souls, appointment as a rector and first university missions in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada, Australia and South Africa. The biography is very informative, well-researched and filled with amusing anecdotes. Dudley-Smith has a lucid and entertaining writing style that helps to read this bulky volume at a The first volume of Dudle-Smith's massive biography of John Stott covers the period from 1920s to 1950s. The book describes Stott's childhood, studies in Cambridge, curacy in All Souls, appointment as a rector and first university missions in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada, Australia and South Africa. The biography is very informative, well-researched and filled with amusing anecdotes. Dudley-Smith has a lucid and entertaining writing style that helps to read this bulky volume at a relatively fast pace. Since this biography was written by a personal friend of John Stott, other books should be consulted for critical evaluation of Stott's legacy. Dudley-Smith does not hide his admiration for John Stott. But this does not detract from the value of this book as a source of information and sympathetic portrayal of Stott. For me it was also a helpful introduction to the history of English evangelicalism in the 20th century. Dudley-Smith puts much effort to place Stott's life against the background of his times and provide historical background for events described in the book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lynnette Goebel

    This book was an exercise in learning for me. I'm not familiar with many of the terms used in the Anglican church, nor the English way of speaking or living. I learned. I enjoyed learning. While I have always admired John Stott, it was encouraging to read about his life. I found many familiar names that were his contemporaries. I was encouraged by the many testimonies of salvation, to see how God worked in England (Australia, South Africa, USA) through the ministries begun or supported by Stott. This book was an exercise in learning for me. I'm not familiar with many of the terms used in the Anglican church, nor the English way of speaking or living. I learned. I enjoyed learning. While I have always admired John Stott, it was encouraging to read about his life. I found many familiar names that were his contemporaries. I was encouraged by the many testimonies of salvation, to see how God worked in England (Australia, South Africa, USA) through the ministries begun or supported by Stott. Many may find it tedious, but I enjoyed it very much. Did you know that Stott attended Urbana Conferences in Illinois? That he was a friend and encourager of Billy Graham? A contemporary of J I Packer? Have you read his book Basic Christianity? (It is now on my list to read again.) Did you know he was a bird-watcher extraordinaire and that he wrote a book on birds using his own photos? I have this book, and will now go back and read it again!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Frank Peters

    The book is outstanding, and very well written. I was quite absorbed into the of John Stott, and am even more thankful for God, for this godly man. The book was a bit of a cultural shock to me, given the privilege and money surrounding Stott as an upper-class Englishman. I could not relate. However, I am encouraged that God can transform someone who started life with servants into such a humble servant of His Kingdom. My only real criticism of the book was that it was double the length it needed The book is outstanding, and very well written. I was quite absorbed into the of John Stott, and am even more thankful for God, for this godly man. The book was a bit of a cultural shock to me, given the privilege and money surrounding Stott as an upper-class Englishman. I could not relate. However, I am encouraged that God can transform someone who started life with servants into such a humble servant of His Kingdom. My only real criticism of the book was that it was double the length it needed to be. For example, I really don’t care about what birds he saw on his various trips. Had the author merely stated that once again John Stott went bird watching, that would have been more than sufficient. With the exception of the book’s length, I can certainly recommend it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Payne

    The portrait of Stott is fascinating for its detail, but often there is simply too much! Dudley-Smith needed a stronger editor to cut out much unnecessary material - too many letter quoted in full, too many diary entries about bird etc. But the story overall is hugely encouraging and informative.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Very nice biography. Dudley-Smith is a bit wordy at times, but altogether very informative of bio of the great evangelical Brits.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David

    I love reading Biographies of those who have served the Lord. Timothy Dudley-Smith has evident affection for his subject but still gives us an honest accessment the factors that made John Stott the leader that he became. Well worth your time.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mathias Seiwert

    “I am fascinated by the ways the LORD prepared, matured, and equipped John Stott for a world-wide, fruitful, and life-long ministry.”

  8. 5 out of 5

    John Dearing

    A biiography of John Stott, one of the most influential evangelical theologians in England. Kind of dry, but most biographies are.

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