Isaac Watts: His Life and Thought (Biography) Paperback – 20 Sep 2013
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Beynon's own style is uniformly smooth and clear... a worthy and helpful introduction to an important 18th-century character and man of God. (The Monthly Record)
I can think of few men who have impacted my life and thought more than Isaac Watts. He is a model pastor, thinker and poet. In this engaging and thorough book, Graham Beynon presents a full and fascinating picture of Watts' legacy, from his hymns to his pastoral work to his logic. In an age of celebrity pastors, heavy on flash and low on substance, Watts presents an alternate vision: a rigorous mind at work for the glory of God and the good of the church. (Mike Cosper ~ Pastor of Worship and Arts, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky)
In this thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating book, Graham Beynon does an excellent job of showing just how relevant Watts and his thought are for today. We get to see how his beautiful hymnody flowed out of deep theological and pastoral convictions, and the result is both challenging and stirring. (Michael Reeves ~ President and Professor of Theology, Union School of Theology, Oxford, England)
All of us have benefited from the ministry of the hymn writer, Isaac Watts His courage to promote a Biblical theology of hymnody united with his competency to produce hymns of musical excellence while singable for congregations, marked by excellence in style and Biblical faithfulness have provided a legacy which finds its fulfillment in the worship of the triune God of glory. But now, in this volume, Graham Beynon, allows us to meet Isaac Watts, himself, his redeemed life, saturated with the grace of God and absorbed with the glory of God. It will be hard to stop turning the pages. (Harry L. Reeder ~ Pastor of Preaching & Leadership, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama)
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But before reading this, I was unaware of what a prolific writer and preacher he was. He wrote hymns, textbooks, treatises and even children's books. One of my favorite quotes from the book was this one by Watts himself:
"I content myself with this thought: that nothing is too mean for a servant of Christ to engage in, if he can thereby most effectually promote the Kingdom of his blessed master. If the God whom I serve will bless my labors to sow the seeds of religion in the understanding and hearts of children, I shall hope there will arise a fair harvest of the fruits of holiness in the succeeding generation, and some revenue of glory to my creator and redeemer."