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When Martyn Lloyd-Jones, physician, preacher and Christian Leader, died in 1981, after more then 40 years in London, few knew the remarkable story of his formative earlier years which, in the authorised biography, is now told for the first time. From his rural Welsh background to St Bartholomew’s Hospital (where at the age of 23 he was Chief Clinical Assistant to Sir Thoma ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published June 1st 1983 by Banner of Truth (first published December 1st 1982)
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Nate H
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading Iain Murray's most recent single-volume on Dr. Lloyd-Jones, I decided to take up the first of his two volume biography of The Doctor. I'm a bit obsessed as the Lord was with him so extraordinarily in both doctrine and power. That's such a rarity in modern men of God and I find it compelling to say the least.

If you've read the single volume edition of Murray's biography, the only reason you should get this one is if you're really really interested. The naritive is the same, but wit
Tori Samar
In case you couldn't tell from its title, this book is volume 1 of 2 of a comprehensive biography of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. It is well-written, informative, and chock-full of quotations from Lloyd-Jones himself (gathered mostly from letters and sermons). I always love it when a biography gives its subject opportunity to speak for himself or herself. Those are the times when I really feel as if I can get to know the person. And from volume 1 at least, what I have learned most especially about Llo ...more
Demetrius Rogers
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
I have known of Martyn-Lloyd Jones for years, but have never had a chance to be intimately acquainted with his life and ministry. And I must say now, after finishing volume 1, I immensely like the man. What an interesting fellow. Intense, serious, genuine, and passionate. For some reason he doesn't strike me as the typical orator, but he was a God-ordained, anointed preacher nonetheless. I like his focus on the pulpit. He loved to read, learn, and prepare his sermons. He had a logical, tightly r ...more
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love biographies, Iain Murray is one of my favorite writers of biographies and I especially love comprehensive biographies so I was destined to enjoy this first volume of what will be 1200 pages on Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones. I was not disappointed... though neither can I say that I was wowed. While I love comprehensive biographies they are by their very nature a bit on the dull side at times and even my favorite biography writer could not completely counteract that tendency.

One thing that sets th
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
The definitive bio of the Doctor. This is the first in a two volume set about one of the great heroes of evangelicalism in the 20th century. To truly understood MLJ, I think one has to have a healthy diet of his works, Preaching & Preachers, and this biography. I look forward to reading more about ML-J's time in Westminster in book 2.
Enoch Thomas
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read! So looking forward to volume two.
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Martyn Lloyd-Jones was one of the key figures in the course of Evangelical history in the twentieth century, particularly in Great Britain but also worldwide. His legacy is primarily the restoration of Calvinistic preaching in a nation that had largely forgotten it since the voice of C.H. Spurgeon had been stilled late in the nineteenth century. His impact cannot really be overstated, and elsewhere historian Michael Haykin has stated that "if there was one man who, under God, spearheaded the re ...more
Luke Evans
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I first read this book soon after it was published over thirty years ago. My Mother used to get up early on Sunday mornings to read one of Dr Lloyd-Jones' sermons and saved birthday money to buy his books as they were published.

It was interesting to come back to this book after many years and now, as someone who, like Dr Lloyd-Jones has left a career as a physician.
Dr Lloyd-Jones was a successful young physician when in the late 1920s, he left Barts Hospital for a poor South Wales church. Sout
Jim Layman
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I reread this and will go on to reread volume 2 as well after many years, to re-examine the remarkable life and preaching of this great 20th century pastor.
What is most striking to me about The Doctor is how much I admire his preaching even though he most likely would not fully approve of my own ministry endeavors. Yet on the terms of devotion to the Word of God, I can only aspire to follow far in the rear in his footsteps. Why did his preaching so stir the hearts of common Welsh laborers and
May 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I actually didn't know much about D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones before my friend Mark lent me this book. I'd heard his name attached to Christian quotes here and there, but I didn't really know much about him, his ministry, or his legacy as a pastor and preacher in England.

Well, Iain Murray has opened my eyes to the treasury of wisdom contained in the words of Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

Murray is a faithful biographer who actually had the privilege and blessing of working for the subject of his biography
Adam Ziarnik
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Late summer 2017 I heard a sermon delivered by Paul Washer titled "Four Pillars of Walking With God" (an excellent message with +373,000 views on YouTube as of this writing). At some point during his sermon, Washer highly recommends Iain Murray's 2-volume biography of David Martyn Lloyd-Jones. As much as I respect Washer and what he has to say, I knew that Murray's biography would be a worthwhile read, so I ordered it from Amazon. I'm not an avid reader of biographie ...more
Nov 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
While Iain Murray and I didn't mesh well, and I almost stopped reading this after chapter 2, I'm glad I pursued the matter awhile longer. David Martyn Lloyd-Jones is well worth reading about, despite a lack of material available on his inner life. Heavy on the state of the church in Great Britain in the early 20th century, Murray relies most on D.M.L-J's sermons for clues to his personal thought-life. (A worthy resource indeed!)

The Doctor is primarily concerned with the glory of God, and out of
Brian Collins
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Iain Murray always writes biographies for the purpose of edification. This does not mean that he writes hagiographies or that he tolerates historical inaccuracies. It does mean that his biographies are no mere record of events. He attempts, as much as is possible with external records, to chart not only the life events but also the spiritual and theological growth of his subjects. Lloyd-Jones is without a doubt a worthy subject for such a biography. His growing conviction that the world and the ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed getting to know Lloyd-Jones and the godly influence he had during a period of intense liberalization of the church. I liked Murray's writing but I suspect that his more recent one-volume edition is more for a popular level. This volume seemed crammed full of lots of snippets from newspapers and letters and memories of people, as though he wanted to capture as much as he could about the man as possible (his admiration is obvious). And the second volume is twice as long as this on ...more
Steve Alde
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book about an exceptional pastor, Bible expositor, preacher, evangelist, husband, father, and author. Both this volume and the second are well worth reading. They encouraged me to persevere in the faith, study the word of God, meet God in prayer, and share the gospel which is my delight.
Nick Sommers
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read. A look into the life of an old world preacher in a rapidly modernizing church. This book has so much to say regarding the present state of the church. A classic. I love Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Every Christian should know of this wonderful man. I highly recommend it.
Brian Moon
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
Still not a fan of Murray's biographies. More than needed in some areas while still leaving ML-J feeling only lightly explored. At its best when it gets out of the way and allow ML-H to speak for himself.
Dwight Walker
Jan 21, 2016 is currently reading it
This is the biography with some excellent Christ honoring sermons of a great early 20th Century Welsh preacher (ex medical doctor). He doesn't pull any punches! Unconventional preacher. I really enjoy being challenged by this powerful preacher. It shakes my complacency in my faith.
Jul 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Had a deep impact on my life. Dr. Lloyd-Jones was physician to the throne of England, but stepped down to become a pastor in Cardiff, Wales. From there he became the longest-standing pastor at Westminster Abbey. His writing and preaching has formulated a lot of my view about God.
Alasdair Peterson
Fantastic. Edifying and challenging account of the lesser known part of the Doctor's ministry. A clear call to trust in the power of the Gospel and the foolishness of preaching above modern fads and received wisdom.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Compelling and surprisingly relevant
Michael Jones
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology-history, bio
yes I particularly like the historical setting in Wales and some of the characters who influenced Dr. Jones
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Also read 12/28/02; 11/27/01; and in 1997
Oct 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Murray is a great biographer and was Lloyd-Jones personal assistant for many years. There are many lessons to be learned from The Doctor's life.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, biography, piety
A very powerful biography.
Jacob Aitken
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The first volume is better than the second. Gives a very interesting inside look to Lloyd-Jones' early life.
Peter Stonecipher
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great Christian biography of a man who left a lucrative career path for a humble pastorate.
James Williamson
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a great man with a major impact in the 20th century among Christians, especially through WWII and beyond. I've benefitted personally from many of his sermons and writings as well. Furthermore, Iain Murray is one of my favorite writers of Christian Biography.

However, this book came across as a compilation or draft, more than a polished definitive biography. It could have been significantly more selective in its contents and smoother in its flow. There is still a lot to be g
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well-written account the life of a great man.
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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 publish ...more

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