32 years ago today D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones—perhaps the greatest preacher of the 20th century—was laid to rest.

It’s a fitting occasion to mention he arrival of The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones—1899-1981, a new and revised one-volume edition of Iain Murray’s classic two-volume biography.

The publisher’s description explains:

This book is a re-cast, condensed and, in parts, re-written version of the author’s two volumes D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years (1982) and The Fight of Faith (1990). Since those dates, the life of Dr Lloyd-Jones has been the subject of comment and assessment in many publications and these have been taken into account. The main purpose of this further biography, however, is to put Dr Lloyd-Jones’ life before another generation in more accessible form.

The big story is all here. When Lloyd-Jones left medicine, he intended only to be an evangelist in a mission hall in South Wales. No one was more surprised than he in being called to a ministry which would eventually affect churches across the world. How this happened is here explained, but the theme is the person described by F. F. Bruce: “a thoroughly humble man. He was a man of prayer, a powerful evangelist, an expository preacher of rare quality, in the fullest sense a servant of the Word of God.”

Behind that theme a greater one emerges. In ML- J’s own words: “My whole life experiences are proof of the sovereignty of God and his direct interference in the lives of men. I cannot help believing what I believe. I would be a madman to believe anything else—the guiding hand of God! It is an astonishment to me. “

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8 thoughts on “Iain Murray’s New, Condensed, Reworked One-Volume Biography of Lloyd-Jones”

  1. Pete says:

    Wouldn’t that be 32 years ago he was laid to rest?

    1. Justin Taylor says:

      Well, if you are using the Gregorian calendar—then yes. :)

      Thanks for pointing out the typo!

  2. Kent Scantlin says:

    I read the 2 volumes of the original bio by Murray. Ranks among my all-time favorite bios. Power to encourage and shape drips from every page. Such wisdom.

  3. Luma Simms says:

    Thanks for the heads–up on this, Justin. I’ve been wanting to read a biography on Lloyd–Jones for a long time.

  4. Have you seen Paul Helm’s criticism of some revision that Murray did, in making the new edition.

    1. Justin Taylor says:

      I saw that, but I think that was about Banner’s editing of Pink’s book on sovereignty. An interested post indeed!

      1. Ah yes, of course you are right. Sorry for the mistake!

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