I recently had the opportunity to read Bitesize Biographies Samuel Rutherford and write a review as a part of the Cross-Focused Reviews program. I had heard of Samuel Rutherford, but knew nothing about him prior to reading the book. In reading the book, I found myself challenged by this man's life and his commitment to Christ throughout the adversities he faced.
The book is laid out in nine chapters that briefly follow Rutherford's life from birth to legacy. The book also contains a brief timeline of his life. Rutherford came from humble means in a small village in Scotland. He would become one of the greatest preachers and pastors Scotland has ever known. God's hand of providence is seen quite clearly throughout his life.
The author, Richard Hannula organizes the material in a way that is interesting and engaging. I found myself captivated by Rutherford's story. One of my favorite things about the book was the large amount of quotations from Rutherford that Hannula includes. Many of these quotations come from Rutherford's sermons.
"Hang upon the Word, but with all to look beyond the Word and with the use of the Word, call for the inward grace of the Spirit."
Rutherford even wrote letters to his flock at Anwoth while in exile.
"Hold fast Christ without wavering and contend for the faith because Christ is not easily gotten nor kept."
Reading biographies of old saints from days gone by is an excellent way for the believer to be challenged in his faith in and commitment to Christ. I found myself challenged and encouraged by this short biography. I would recommend it to all who are interested in being challenged by the saints of yesteryear.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review as a part of the Cross-Focused Reviews program.