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Basic Christian: The Inside Story of John Stott

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Did you know. . . . . . John Stott's father stood strongly against his desire to be ordained in the Church of England and his pacifist leanings during World War II? . . . John Stott once got lost following birds in the Amazon rainforest? . . . John Stott once dressed up as a street urchin, fashioned a "strong Cockney accent" and lived under a bridge near the Thames in Lond ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 12th 2010 by IVP Books (first published February 12th 2010)
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Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: auto-biography
John Stott had gradually slipped off the world stage over the last few years. But when he died at the age of 90 this past July, suddenly he became an object of conversation. He was without peer as an evangelical Christian leader in Britain and the world. It is a testament to his talents as a bridge-builder that tributes to him came from all over the world and all over the spectrum of political and religious belief. There was even a tribute from Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times. Reading it, ...more
John Wolfe
A must read for anyone interested in the individuals who gave shape to the Evangelical movement in the 20th Century.
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Though the biographical writing style here is sometimes a tad clumsy, I read this cover to cover because of a personal history with All Souls and with John Stott, whose preaching at All Souls -- along with Michael Baughen's -- was instrumental in bringing me back to faith in the early '80s.

This book is a wonderful look at both the career and personal life of "Uncle John," but also a great overview of the rise of 20th century evangelicalism. Stott was a key player in the Lausanne conferences alon
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Basic Christian is a eye opening look into the life of a Protestant Pastor who gave up a great deal (including having a wife) to serve the world in the best tradition of Pastor/scholar/theologian. A fun read full of crusty english anecdotes.
Rose Marie
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first half of this book more than the second. It seemed to drag on after a while.
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Inspiring read about a life well lived to the glory of God.
Amy Young
Mar 14, 2010 marked it as to-read
Read about on Scot McKnight's blog
Tyler Hartford
Have always appreciated this man - and really appreciate what this book did to reveal more about him.
Colin Lewis
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Worth reading if one wants to understand a person who has made an indelible impact on 20th (and 21st) century evangelicalism.
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