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5.0 out of 5 stars God moves in mysterious ways!, 11 April 2008
`God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform.' These words were penned many years ago by a man named William Cowper. If you read through this short biography, of a relatively unknown man of God, you will realise that these words were very appropriate in his life. The eighteenth century is noted for being the time of a great evangelical revival, featuring men such as George Whitefield and John Wesley. It was during this period that William Cowper lived. He has been described as `the evangelical poet.' He was regarded as a literary genius and the greatest poet of his era. Many believed that he paved the way for figures such as Wordsworth, Tennyson, Byron and Keats. However, Cowper would use his gift of poetry to point people to God. In spite of all this, as you read this book you will see a sad and tragic figure, who was tortured by bouts of mental depression. He even attempted suicide on more than one occasion.
Nevertheless, here is a biography, which although it is brief, will raise awareness of a man of God, whose influence has spread way beyond these shores. Different aspects of his life are explored. Cowper was never married, although he enjoyed many close friendships with others. No doubt, the most well known of these would be the preacher and hymn-writer John Newton.
This book is part of the Day One Travel Guide series, and therefore, in addition to the biographical sketch, it contains lots of additional information. There are notes concerning places of interest to visit, contact addresses and web-sites. There are also many colour photos, along with maps and travel guides, for anyone interested in following in Cowper's footsteps! The book only gives a brief biography, however, at the end it gives us a list of other works that can be consulted, for further information.
I have to confess that I was largely ignorant of the life and works of William Cowper prior to reading this work. I think this is worth a read, simply to remind us that God's servants are only human and prone to weaknesses and failings along with everyone else. The author gives us an honest biography, which has been well researched and is written in a very clear and simple fashion.
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