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4.0 out of 5 stars A good history; however..., 5 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Banner in the West: A Spiritual History of Lewis and Harris (Paperback)
This book represents a decidedly one-dimensional view of the history of the island, namely, that of the Free Church of Scotland, the dominant religious grouping throughout the northern part of the isles. I confess to subscribing to these solidly Evangelical-Reformed views. I feel, nonetheless, that one ought rather balance this book by reading 'yon' other paperback. Certainly, Duncan Campbell has received much more than is his due - and rightfully appropriate - percentage of praise. Yet, I do sincerely wonder whether any of the Free Church elders/ministers of that time were equipped to cope with the exigencies of such an outpouring of the Holy spirit. I am of southern, covenanter stock: descended from John Brown of Priesthill. I am saddened that those of my own persuasion have all-but forgotten the power and love and joy that comes from the Holy Spirit, and have opted, instead, for an academic, cognitive, self-assuring 'truth' that misrepresents the dynamic of God's Truth. To be sure, we could all do with a doze of humility, engendering the fruits of the Holy Spirit: 'Love, joy, peace....' Rediscover these, and live them to the full, and mayhaps, then, we shall find among our ranks someone who might be equipped, even at this removed stage, to render a balanced version of Lewis History.
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