The Mighty Weakness of John Knox
A Long Line of Godly Men Profile
John Knox, the great Reformer of Scotland, is often remembered as something akin to a biblical prophet born out of time—strong and brash, thundering in righteous might. In truth, he was “low in stature, and of a weakly constitution,” a small man who was often sickly and afflicted with doubts and fears.
In The Mighty Weakness of John Knox, author Douglas Bond shows that Knox did indeed accomplish herculean tasks, but not because he was strong and resolute in himself. Rather, he was greatly used because he was submissive to God; therefore, God strengthened him. That strength was displayed as Knox endured persecution and exile, faced down the wrath of mighty monarchs, and prayed, preached, and wrote with no fear of man, but only a desire to manifest the glory of God and to please Him.
For those who see themselves as too weak, too small, too timid, or simply too ordinary for service in God’s kingdom, Knox’s life offers a powerful message of hope—the biblical truth that God often delights to work most powerfully through people who are most weak in themselves but most strong in Him.
- Foreword: Followers Worth to Be Followed
- Preface: John Knox, A Weak Man Made Mighty
- Knox’s Life and Legacy
- The Power of a Christ-Subdued Life
- Power of Prayer
- In the Pulpit
- Power of the Pen
- Power of Predestination
- Empowering the Weak
- A Legacy of Strength
Appendix A: Timeline
Appendix B: The Scots Confession of Faith
About the Author
Douglas Bond is author of thirty books of historical fiction, biography, devotion, and practical theology. These include two novels translated and published by Dutch publishing houses. He has been married to his delightfully patient and supportive wife Cheryl since 1983. They have been blessed with six children and two grandchildren. Bond has earned a Masters in Teaching (MIT) from St Martin’s University, and a Preliminary Certificate in Theology from Moore Theological College, NSW Australia. He is adjunct Instructor in Church History at Western Reformed Seminary (WRS). His Church history tours can be taken for graduate elective credit.
Bond has taught English and history for many years, and was awarded by the Pierce County Library Foundation and Arts Commission the “2005 Teacher Award” for teaching young adults how to write; his high-school-aged writers have consistently dominated local and regional writing contests, including a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place sweep of the three-state and British Columbia Optimist 2015 essay writing contest; the Optimist Club awarded Bond the 2015 “Teacher of the Year.” He is an adjunct instructor of English Literature and writing at Northwest Nazarene University, and frequently speaks on writing at various conferences. Additionally, Bond has ministered overseas in Peru, and taught in the Kingdom of Tonga, and with Equipping Leaders International (ELI) in Uganda. He is on the advisory board of Glorious Films (Montreal) with Derek Thomas, Michael Haykin, and others (2014).
Among Bond’s recent writings are:
- The Resistance
- The Battle of Seattle
- War in the Wasteland
- Hammer of the Huguenots
- The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts
- Faith and Freedom Series (3 volumes)
- Crown and Covenant Series (3 volumes)
- Fathers and Sons: Stand Fast
- Fathers and Sons: Hold Fast