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The Mighty Weakness of John Knox - A Long Line of Godly Men (Bond)

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"Knox's life teaches that the most timid saint becomes a formidable giant when strengthened by the almighty power of God in Christ alone." - Douglas Bond

John Knox, the great Reformer of Scotland, is often remembered as something akin to a biblical prophet born out of time—strong and brash, thundering in righteous might. In truth, he was “low in stature, and of a weakly constitution,” a small man who was often sickly and afflicted with doubts and fears. In The Mighty Weakness of John Knox, a new Long Line Profile from Reformation Trust Publishing, author Douglas Bond shows that Knox did indeed accomplish herculean tasks, but not because he was strong and resolute in himself. Rather, he was greatly used because he was submissive to God; therefore, God strengthened him. That strength was displayed as Knox endured persecution and exile, faced down the wrath of mighty monarchs, and prayed, preached, and wrote with no fear of man, but only a desire to manifest the glory of God and to please Him.

For those who see themselves as too weak, too small, too timid, or simply too ordinary for service in God’s kingdom, Knox’s life offers a powerful message of hope—the biblical truth that God often delights to work most powerfully through people who are most weak in themselves but most strong in Him. 


Table of Contents: 

Preface: John Knox: A Weak Man Made Mighty 

  1. Knox’s Life and Legacy  
  2. The Power of a Christ-Subdued Life
  3. Power of Prayer
  4. Power in the Pulpit
  5. Power of the Pen
  6. Power of Predestination
  7. Empowering the Weak
  8. A Legacy of Strength

Appendix A: Time Line 

Appendix B: The Scots Confession of Faith 



Douglas Bond is the author of a number of books of historical fiction and biography. He and his wife have two daughters and four sons. Bond is an elder in the Presbyterian Church of America, a teacher, a conference speaker, and a leader of church history tours. 



“I am delighted to recommend Douglas Bond’s latest book, The Mighty Weakness of John Knox.” – Rev. Ian Hamilton, Pastor Cambridge Presbyterian Church  

“Bond’s portrait of Knox will probe as edifying as it is instructive.” – Dr. T. David Gordon, Professor of religion and Greek, Grove City College

“Though I love John Knox, I rarely enjoy reading about John Knox. Most biographers leave me feeling like a pathetic worm beside this mighty lion of Scotland. But to my great surprise, this book lifted my spirits and even inspired me. Why? Because Douglas Bond has captured and communicated the secret of John Knox’s power – a genuinely felt and openly confessed weakness that depended daily and completely on the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. Mighty weakness – what an encouraging message for all worms who want to be lions.” – Dr. David P. Murray, Professor of Old Testament and practical theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary