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Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847) stood at the centre of events that would change the face of the church in Scotland. Without his vision, organizational skills, and his ability to mobilize opinion, it is unlikely that the Free Church would have come into existence. Through his preaching, the light of the gospel shone forth and through his schools and work for the poor, lives were changed.
This new and updated biography tells the story of visionary thinker, minister, and preacher Thomas Chalmers and the many years of struggle for the spiritual independence of the Church of Scotland. It traces his journey from his childhood in a small fishing community to his academic prowess and calling into active gospel ministry. Discover the unforgettable story of the man who Thomas Carlyle called the “chief Scottish man of his time”.
This volume contains most of the material that appeared in the original Bitesize Biographies, but with additional details to flesh out some areas Thomas Chalmers life and an entirely new chapter on his preaching and pastoral leadership.
“Clear, concise and accessible.”
– Rev. Dr. Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Grove City College
“This volume will inform, encourage, and equip you to grow in your effectiveness as a shepherd of God’s flock.”
– Rev. Dr. Timothy Witmer, Professor, Westminster Theological Seminary
“A thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring read.”
– Rev. Iver Martin, Principal, Edinburgh Theological Seminary
"Sandy Finlayson has written a clear, judicious, and lively biography of Victorian Scotland’s Chief Man. I learned from it, was inspired by it, and highly recommend it.”
– Dr. Timothy Larsen, author, A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians.
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