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John Stott: The Making of a Leader : A Biography : The Early Years [Hardcover]

By Timothy Dudley-Smith (Author)
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Pages   513
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.34" Width: 6.39" Height: 1.79"
Weight:   2.01 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 4, 1999
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830822070  
EAN  9780830822072  

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He's loved and trusted by believers worldwide. Christianity Today calls him "evangelicalism's premier teacher and preacher." But how did this soft-spoken Londoner become the man he is today? In this definitive biography, Stott's friend and colleague Dudley-Smith chronicles Stott's life from his conversion as a teenager to his groundbreaking leadership in the Anglican evangelical movement.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dudley-Smith, formerly Bishop of Thetford in the Anglican Church, is widely known as the writer of many hymns. A longtime friend and co-worker of John Stott, Dudley-Smith has edited an anthology of Stott's writings and compiled a bibliography of his works in addition to his current work on a multi-volume biography of the evangelical leader.

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What it takes to be a global preacher and writer  Nov 14, 2003
This is the 2nd volume of the authorized biography of John Stott, Bible scholar, evangelical preacher and Anglican leader. The 1st volume, "John Stott: The Making of a Leader: A Biography: The Early Years (also by hymn writer and former Bishop of Thetford, Tim Dudley-Smith)", should be read first. In similar style, it has been thoroughly researched from John Stott's personal writings, correspondence and diaries and interviews with colleagues. As in the first volume, the writing is rich and detailed - peppered with references to John Stott's many worldwide friends, coworkers and acquaintances. Like the first book it does have a few repetitions and could be more concise.

In this volume, John becomes "Uncle John" and as Rector Emeritus of All Souls Langham Place has the freedom to travel from the swamps of the this site, to the tundra of the Arctic - preaching and teaching, with ornithological expeditions in between. In the 1990s, he finally sees a Snowy Owl in the Arctic after 25 years of searching. His ornithological joy is reflected in his diary (journal) as he feels like Simeon and records "I felt I could now say my Nunc Dimittis. "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace... (Luke 2:29,30)." Who else could feel like Simeon on such a quest?

The self-discipline continues as does his vigorous defense of the biblical message and packed travel schedules. Any preacher or Bible student, whether professional or amateur, who uses John Stott's commentaries and study materials will gain from reading about the preparation, planning and thought that goes into his books. Whether it be finding an author for a gospel commentary, or debating at Regent College in Vancouver, Tim Dudley-Smith delves into challenges and struggles behind John Stott's life of biblical exposition.

The book starts in the 1960s and covers some of the more important evangelical conferences - Keele in 1967, Lausanne in 1974 and Manila in 1989 - at which John Stott drafted documents and resolutions that shaped evangelical thinking for decades to come. Quotations from John Stott's writings pepper the book and bring to light some of his inmost thoughts at these events.

Besides exploring the professional side of John Stott's life, the biography notes many friendships - not least the avuncular relationships with his own sister's offspring. Insights illustrate the support given by his faithful secretary of 40 years - Frances Whitehead - and a study assistant (who does everything from shopping to research). Black and white photos cover John receiving honorary degrees to John with the birds.

John's perseverance and persistence, noted throughout the book, is illustrated in his leisure life at his Welsh retreat - the Hookses. As he builds a compost heap from damp pond weed he humps 12 loads up stairs - all this in his late 70s - to the consternation of his much younger study assistant.

A study assistant claims that he observed rigorous self-discipline, absolute humility and a prayerful spirit as three hallmarks of John Stott's life. This book will make you want to have these qualities too.

In the end, Dudley-Smith concludes that John Stott is the 20th century counterpart to Charles Simeon, Holy Trinity, Cambridge's 19th century preacher - both expositing the Bible and both influencing global ministry. Stamina, scholarship and service to a needy church are recurring themes that make this an inspiring and challenging read.

A fine biography for anyone interested in conversion  Oct 30, 2003
Anyone running a Christian camp, college Christian Union or entering the ministry should read this excellent, authorized biography by another Christian leader - Tim Dudley-Smith.

Time discipline, God and principles drive the man. Meticulous attention to scholarship, biblical interpretation and evangelism characterize Stott's life. Even the Christian schoolboy camps he organized as a scholar and student were superbly run. Here is a great primer for Christian camp leaders. One doesn't usually think of the immaculately dressed and well spoken John Stott as a camper, but this book covers both his professional and personal life.

The book has extensive quotes from correspondents and writers, as well as Stott himself. As Buddism has the Dalai Lama, Christianity has John Stott. John Stott is one of the few who has the intellectual capacity, clarity of exposition and genuine enthusiasm to lead the thinking person to Christianity. This book shows that he's been at it since his conversion at Rugby School, during his student days at Cambridge and continuing through his long association with All Souls Langham Place, London and various Langham Partnership organizations.

Dudley-Smith describes how Stott received his call to ministry, diligently studying both the Bible and his academic books. Stott's avid enthusiasm for bird-watching, which has peppered his sermons on occasion, is woven into the book's fabric.

CICCU (Cambridge), OICCU (Oxford), Inter-Varsity and other Christian student organizations owe a debt to John Stott. Any student Christian leader can gain ideas and insights from this biography.

The many groups that use John Stott's numerous Bible study books would also profit from learning about the man, his motivation and his friends. In particular, his friendship with Billy Graham was described in some detail and together they helped evangelize the student world.

If you are considering being a pastor or missionary, you will learn what a Passion for Mission means from John Stott.

My one criticism is that Tim Dudley-Smith tends to write less efficiently than John Stott, some anecdotes are repeated. But this is a minor flaw and the writing is never weak from this great hymn writer. It is a very human account of a global Christian leader that deserves a larger audience. Take a Sunday afternoon and go to a quiet place like John Stott's Welsh retreat - the Hookses - and be inspired as you read this manuscript. When I bought this book I was stuck after the first chapter, but when I heard John Stott, in his 80s still going strong and speaking at a 30th anniversary John Stott Ministries dinner, I picked up the book again and once I was into chapter two (the chapters are long, but broken into subsections) I could not put it down.

Review of John Stott : The Making of a Leader  Mar 7, 2000
John Stott, The Making of A Leader, The Early Years, by Timothy Dudley-Smith. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1999, 526 pages.

This, the first volume of the first full length biography of John R. W. Stott, will set the standard of excellence for the many biographies which will follow. Timothy Dudley-Smith's excellent biography paints a complete portrait of the public and private life of one of the greatest Christian leaders of the last one hundred years. Dudley-Smith draws extensively from Stott's diaries, letters and books and from interviews with both friends and adversaries. He captures the formative experiences that have shaped the life and ministry of John Stott.

Arranged in sections covering ten year increments from the 1920s through the 1950s, the chapters within each section relate key friendships, public challenges and personal struggles. These engaging accounts bring into view a compelling story of the forces that have shaped and which drive Stott.

Far from the doting account of a saintly life by an admiring follower, Dudley-Smith frankly describes Stott's struggles and doubts as well as the excitement of his expanding ministry. Directness and sensitivity mark the recounting of Stott's lifelong rivalry with his sister and the years of alienation from his father. His concern for his local congregation at All Souls Church in London as he begins evangelistic tours of Great Britain, the United States, Autrailia and Africa reveal his pastor's heart and sensitivity.

The first volume of this biography projects a three dimensional picture of a man of God. Don't wait for the companion volume, not due out for at least another two years, before reading this book. This account of a contemporary Christian will hearten and challenge you.


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