Bitesize Biographies Samuel Rutherford Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  November 24, 2014
Bitesize Biographies Samuel Rutherford Book Cover Bitesize Biographies Samuel Rutherford
Richard Hannula
EP Books
June 15, 2014
128 pages

Samuel Rutherford was 36 years old when he was exiled to Aberdeen, feeling that he was an outcast and withered tree. He had served the little church at Anwoth in Galloway faithfully, but in those August days of 1636 he seems to have felt for a while that his useful service was over.

Little could he have known that his exile would end in less than two years when Scotland rose up to resist the king's domination of the church. He could hardly have imagined that he would serve a key role in reasserting biblical doctrine, worship and government to the Scottish church. He would also play an important part in the Westminster Assembly, defining Christian doctrine for much of the English-speaking world for centuries to come, and nearly two dozen influential books would flow from his pen, winning the admiration of the Reformed churches of Britain and the Continent. He would even have the most prestigious universities in the Netherlands and Scotland clamor to have him fill their chairs of divinity, and as a professor of theology, he would mold the minds of a generation of Scottish pastors and theologians.

Alexander Whyte wrote, No man of his age in broad Scotland stood higher as a scholar, a theologian, a controversialist, a preacher and a very saint than Samuel Rutherford.
Nor could Rutherford have envisioned in his wildest dreams that a collection of letters that he sent to friends from his exile in Aberdeen would rank among the most beloved Christian classics, a timeless source of spiritual inspiration to millions of readers.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Bitesize Biographies Samuel Rutherford (EP Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I highly recommend you read this book in order to be introduced to this man of God.”
Reviewer: Shawn Covington
Rating: 5 Stars

“This small book will enable you to quickly learn about Rutherford.”
Reviewer: Sarah Lambert
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a well-written and lucid biography on Samuel Rutherford.”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very helpful and insightful book on Samuel Rutherford.”
Reviewer: Beverly Terry
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very good and insightful biography.”
Reviewer: Val Belley
Rating: 5 stars

“This is a very well good biography on Rutherford.”
Reviewer: Rachel Hillesland
Rating: 5 Stars

“I have been immeasurably blessed through the reading of this book.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 5 stars

“This biography in particular, is a gift from God to his Church.”
Reviewer: Don Haflich
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a good and brief read.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very helpful biography on Samuel Rutherford.”
Reviewer: Suzanne Jackson
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book helps us to long for the kind of deep love for Christ that characterized this Rutherford’s life.”
Reviewer: Crystal Nale
Rating: 5 Stars

“an excellent brief introduction to Rutherford’s life, thought, and place in history. Suitable either as an easy point of entry into fuller study of Rutherford or as a quick standalone overview for the merely curious…”
Reviewer: David Hodges
Rating: 5 Stars

“This was a quick, informative, and pleasant read.”
Reviewer: Jimmy Regan
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommended this book for anyone who wants to have a good introduction to the life of Samuel Rutherford.”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 5 Stars

“Hannula gives a balanced treatment of Rutherford’s life that includes his shortcomings.”
Reviewer: Mike Knox
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this biography on Rutherford.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to know more about Samuel Rutherford or christian history in general.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

“Those who read Richard Hannula’s excellent treatment of his life, ministry, and influence, will gain a much greater appreciation for this great man of God.”
Reviewer: Mike Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you are interested in the man, the time, or Westminster divines or related subjects you will enjoy this short read.”
Reviewer: Kenneth Clayton
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this work to everyone from the elementary school student all the way up to the DMin.”
Reviewer: Paul Horne
Rating: 5 Stars

“I am grateful for this short bitesize biography.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 4 Stars

“Get your hands on this bitesize biography right away.”
Reviewer: Kevin Sorenson
Rating: 4 Stars

“I enjoyed going back and being encouraged by a man of great faith and great love for his Savior.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman
Rating: 3 Stars

“This biography packs a whole bunch of information into a small package.”
Reviewer: Wendi Bevitt
Rating: 4 Stars

“Samuel Rutherford is a Scottish Divine that all christians should acquaint themselves with… Hannula gives a gorgeous glimpse into this remarkable man’s life.”
Reviewer: Anthony Mathenia
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this biography to all who are interested in being challenged by the saints of yesteryear.”
Reviewer: Adam Blosser
Rating: 4 Stars

“This biography is the perfect introduction to the life and times of Samuel Rutherford.”
Reviewer: Marjolaine Belley
Rating: 5 Stars

“Rutherford wasn’t exactly a household name, even among lifelong Presbyterians. This little book by PCA elder Richard Hannula tries to remedy that, and it does so admirably.”
Reviewer: Sarah White
Rating: 5 Stars