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The Life of Arthur W Pink

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Pink's biography, first written by Iain Murray in 1981, is here revised and enlarged with the benefit of new material, including some of Pink's own re-discovered manuscripts. It is the heart-stirring and compelling story of a strong, complex character a 'Mr Valiant-for-truth' who was also a humble Christian. In 1922 a small magazine Studies in the Scriptures began to ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Banner of Truth (first published June 1981)
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Douglas Adu-Boahen
Sep 13, 2010 Douglas Adu-Boahen rated it it was amazing
Misunderstood and misrepresented. That's the view of A.W. Pink which the open-minded reader will leave with when they read "The Life of Arthur W. Pink"

Murray peels back the covers and introduces us to Pink from childhood and his conversion through his pastoral and itinerant ministry and (most well-known) his writing ministry. But this is more than just a running narrative - Murray also incisively comments on various aspects of the life and ministry of Pink.

Particularly invaluable is the chapter
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Trisha
May 22, 2015 Trisha rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this biography! It was encouraging, convicting, and illuminating. Murray does an excellent and gracious job of portraying the life of Pink and addressing those criticisms and controversies surrounding this diligent servant of the Lord.
Martyn
Nov 27, 2016 Martyn rated it really liked it
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It's not exactly true to say I 'really liked' this biography. There was much about A.W.Pink that really frustrated me. And for a while, indeed, I thought this biography would frustrate me too. I was already familiar with some of the story, having read Murray's original articles about Pink in the Banner of Truth magazine. Reading about him again enabled me to do so with less surprise and with perhaps a more critical eye.

What frustrated me about the biography for much of the time was that every t
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Todd Wilhelm
May 15, 2013 Todd Wilhelm rated it really liked it
I mainly wanted to read this book to see why Pink lived a life of seclusion for the last 12 years of his life. He rarely attended a church and spent most of his time studying and writing. Each day he would take a walk for 60-90 minutes. Iain Murray did a good job of explaining what the probable causes of this were. Overall it was an interesting book about an interesting man. His wife, Vera, seemed like a charming person and it would be nice to read more about her. There wasn't a whole lot of ...more
Ho Christopher
Nov 05, 2013 Ho Christopher rated it really liked it
I always enjoy any biography by Iain H. Murray, he has an eye to give a good biography, with warts and all, and he does so by highlighting their strengths and their weaknesses too. This biography on A. W. Pink is no different.

First Murray traces the history of Pink, how he grew up in a pious home, but became attracted to the occultist realm. He then traces how Pink was slowly advancing in the occult society until one night where Pink’s father, as his custom, waits for Pink to return and speaks s
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Nathan
Jul 28, 2011 Nathan added it
I love A.W. Pink. His writings have always rung a strong chord in my soul. Eventually I decided to look at the man behind the pen. That's this book.



"[A]t the heart of Pink's desire for a wider ministry was his burden that so few cared for a deeper understanding of the Word of God," writes Murray. "It distressed him that so many struggling Christians remained unfed" (pg 209). I hear that. In this sense, Pink and I are kindred spirits.



Yet I also spotted a deep concern in his lifestyle: his growing
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Mwansa
Jan 17, 2013 Mwansa rated it it was amazing
Well written book about a great but humble man. Though the amount of information on his life is not as vast as it is about some others e.g C.H. Spurgeon. Nevertheless Ian H. Murray managed to grasp the character of the man presenting his genius, and character as well as his flaws. This is the life of a man who wished to not only know more of and draw closer to God himself but desired to help others do the same. He had a real passion for people though he was a man who knew a lot of solitude. The ...more
Pete Williamson
Nov 08, 2010 Pete Williamson rated it really liked it
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I came to this book knowing next to nothing about Pink except from what a few others had told me. Part of the reason for that appears to be the very limited amount of material that we actually possess of his life aside from his voluminous writings. Murray has done another great job of cobbling together the various bits of correspondence and personal testimony to paint the picture of a very compelling man who really stood out in his day (early-mid 20th cent.) for his intent to teach Christians ...more
Mark Sylvester
May 06, 2015 Mark Sylvester rated it liked it
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Introverted, misunderstood, secluded, and isolated from the world around him, but Pink continues to have great influence in his writings. He dealt with a lot of misrepresentation, and was forced to stop preaching and persevere in his writing ministry despite low numbers and harsh criticism. Learned a lot from this book, like how one is always learning and developing in their knowledge of God and His Word. I Wish there was more info about his life, but it's largely limited because Pink rarely ...more
Logan
Jan 28, 2014 Logan rated it really liked it
I was a fan of Pink and enjoyed reading his life. He was far from perfect but was used in many great ways.
Peter Clegg
Feb 08, 2016 Peter Clegg rated it it was amazing
An excellent telling of the life of a man who stood strong for the truth of the true knowledge of God. I related a lot to Pink's life.
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I was very encouraged reading of Pink's commitment to writing and preaching in the face of extreme attacks by the lukewarm.
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Iain Hamish Murray is a British pastor and author. He was educated in the Isle of Man and at the University of Durham before entering ministry in 1955. He served as assistant to Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel (1956–59) and subsequently at Grove Chapel, London (1961–69) and St. Giles Presbyterian Church, Sydney, Australia, (1981–84). In 1957 he and Jack Cullum founded the Reformed ...more
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