of Faithful Saints
by Herman Hanko
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Without a doubt, this work—a collection of articles
from Professor Hanko's "Cloud of Witnesses" series in the Standard
Bearer—will become a favourite of today's saints. Readers at the close
of the twentieth century are the beneficiaries of the research and long
experience of the author, who has taught church history at the Protestant
Reformed Seminary for more than thirty years.
The united testimony of many different saints from different times in the
new dispensation is a powerful witness to the grace of God in the lives of
His people. Reading them in historical order gives the reader a grasp of
how God revealed his truth in stages, and how and why the battles over
that truth were fought.
For members of Protestant Reformed Churches, the final chapters detailing
the Reformed faith as it came to them through its Dutch roots is
Parents will find in these fifty-two "portraits" moving stories to read to
their children. The godly men and women whose lives are described will
serve as a "cloud of witnesses" to young and old.
Line drawings, signatures, and photographs have been used to illustrate
the cover and chapter openings, and the old-style alphabet letter that
starts each chapter, coupled with a pleasing book design, make this an
attractive book. Timelines are provided for each new historical section
showing the birth and death dates of each saint in relation to important
This book will serve as a source book of information on church history and
contains a helpful index for locating facts. It is an excellent tool for
teaching, both in Christian schools and homes. It is the kind of book to
give to children and grandchildren because it will find an important place
in their own libraries.
"While Portraits of Faithful Saints
may not make the official textbook lists in some seminaries, students are
going to latch on to Hanko's latest as an indispensable cheat-sheet on the
biography of theologians—the Halley's Handbook of its field" (Christian
Pastor Paul Goh, Singapore: "I would like to recommend
to you a book on church history by Prof. Herman Hanko. The author is well
qualified ... He has been the Professor of Church History in the
Protestant Reformed Seminary for many years and is now emeritus. Reading
this book is a course on church history by itself ... interesting ...
biographical. Fifty two important eminent theologians and Reformers are
described in those pages. And so, if you would read a chapter, a character
once a week and within, a year you would have completed the book and had a
course in church history. So, let me encourage you to buy and read it."
Yang Zhi, Singapore: This book "as the title suggests, tells
of [about 55] faithful saints of God who stood for the Truth
in spite of heavy opposition ... its rich history concerns
us as the descendants of our Reformed forefathers. How are
we to truly understand the Reformed doctrines unless we know
of the history behind it, with all the blood, sweat, and
tears these faithful men have shed for us? God has so
graciously preserved the influential works of His saints for
His own. And thus it is a great gift to receive (and be) the
fruit of the Reformation."
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