Thursday 1 March 2012

Collin Hansen on Alister Chapman on John Stott

This is the first full-ish review I’ve seen of Alister Chapman’s new book of John Stott – Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement (Oxford: OUP, 2012).

Hansen notes that Chapman writes ‘with an appreciative but critical posture’, pursuing a narrower goal (compared to other biographers) ‘of portraying Stott as motivated by godly ambition to lead a global revival of basic Christianity’. According to Hansen, ‘we learn more from this critical evaluation of his unexpected triumphs and excruciating failures than from merely laudatory obituaries’. Chapman helps us remember Stott ‘as immensely gifted, dedicated, and ambitious for God's glory’.

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