John Stott: The Humble Leader
In the Trailblazers Series!
Kicked out of Sunday School at All Souls Church as a boy, for hiding a dagger in his sock, John Stott was certainly not expected to grow up to be a pastor! Even John’s father had other hopes and ambitions for his eldest son. So John received the best education that money could buy. He went to the best schools and the best university. John’s family wanted him to be a success and a credit to the Stott name.
And he was. John was bright, energetic and dedicated. However, something happened that changed the direction of his life. Family ambitions took second place to serving the Lord Jesus Christ and working for God’s glory. So, in a bizarre twist of God’s providence the little boy who had been banished from All Souls Sunday School eventually became its minister!
John was so highly regarded in England, he even became Chaplain to the Queen. What was it that brought the naughty little Sunday School student full circle? How did he get into Time Magazine as one of the 20th century’s most influential people? Why is ‘Uncle John’ listened to by many, read by thousands and recognized across the world as a pastor, friend and leader?
About the Author
Author Julia Cameron is Director of Publishing for The Lausanne Movement. She lives in Oxford, U.K.
“Uncle John was a unique man with an extraordinary sense of self discipline, which I am sure children today can learn from. His clear conviction of the gospel, willingness to work hard, determination to live simply and truthfully and his authentic relationship with Jesus, are a real challenge and encouragement. This account of his life has been written in a way that engages young readers, and will make them feel they have met the man who was named as Time Magazine’s top 100 most influential people in the world!” — Brenda Beckett
This is a brief biography of John Stott, which is specifically aimed at younger readers. It takes us through Stott’s formative years, firstly growing up with family in London, then his student days and conversion during his time at Cambridge University. We go on to read of his beginnings as a curate (assistant minister) at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, ultimately becoming the Rector of the church at a reasonably young age. We then discover his growing influence amongst students in particular, but also throughout the world as a preacher and writer.
The author gives a simple but detailed account of Stott’s life and ministry, which is accessible for younger readers. At the end of several chapters there are some brief fact-files with further information about some of the subjects covered. There are also some maps of some of the different locations mentioned within the book.
This book will serve as a useful introduction to one of the finest preachers and Bible expositors of the twentieth century. As this book is directed at younger readers, it does not mention some controversial issues such as the 1966 debate with Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones or Stott’s views on eternal punishment. It does however, detail some of the key moments in his ministry, such as his acquisition and use of the Hookes retreat in South Wales, student missions with Billy Graham, and overseas trips.
There is still much to learn from his ministry today, and the full influence of his ministry still remains to be seen. This book could be a good for stimulating some discussion within Christian youth groups. Hopefully, this book will whet a few appetites to go on with further reading in later years. — Andrew Young, Fraserburgh, UK