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James Henley Thornwell: His Life and Letters
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"Thornwell (1812-1862) was one of the greatest preachers that America has ever produced. Here, I think, we have the perfect combination of brilliance of intellect and profound theological and philosophical knowledge, together with pulpit eloquence of the highest order." - Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones The biography by Dr. Palmer is a masterly piece of work. While it abounds in information and often fascinating detail, Thornwell's main concerns on such matters as the true nature of preaching, the purity and renewal of the church, and the rule of Scripture, receive their true prominence, and they supply not a few lessons of abiding importance to the Church universal. B.M. Palmer does not disguise his belief that Thornwell was the greatest preacher and theologian he ever knew, but it is the impression given us of Thornwell as a Christian which moves us most. Such a volume as this must kindle the spirit of prayer, and not the least, to use Thornwell's words, for 'what of all things we need most, a revival of pure religion in all our churches.'