Book Review: “The Mighty Weakness of John Knox”


When thinking about the great men who were responsible for the lasting effects of the Reformation, usually it is Calvin and Luther that come to mind first and foremost. But if not for John Knox, the post-Reformation world would have been a very different place. Indeed, many thanks are in order for the heroic courage displayed by Knox and the valiant burden he had for lost souls to be reached with the Gospel.  While The Mighty Weakness of John Knox is not an exhaustive look at the life of this Reformer, what is brought out in Douglas Bond’s biography will be not be merely helpful head knowledge, but truly edifying knowledge to the heart.

What was the strength to the successful ministry of John Knox? Bond is convinced that his strength was his weakness. The words of 2 Corinthians 12:10 parallel the success of Knox: For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hard- ships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” I was not aware of the fact that Knox suffered so dearly. A not simply was his suffering of physical discomfort, but he was also virtually a man to be hunted down – by a lot of people. Nevertheless, Knox was almost outrageously firm against the elitist, anti-Protestant members of society. He didn’t have an axe to grind; he had a Gospel to defend. And Knox did so fearlessly. Douglas Bond’s biography dives deep into the depths of John Knox’s greatness: his weaknesses. It is a highly recommendable book for historical understanding, for Christian edification, and for reason to praise a God who is mighty enough to use the weak for His glory.


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