Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life


This authoritative biography draws on over 150,000 words of specially collected oral history to reveal who Francis Schaeffer was and how he became one of the foremost shapers of modern evangelical Christianity.

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This authoritative biography draws on over 150,000 words of specially collected oral history to reveal who Francis Schaeffer was and how he became one of the foremost shapers of modern evangelical Christianity.

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"Francis Schaeffer was an amazing man-intellectually brilliant and set on truth, emotionally intense, devoted to God and compassionate; like Jeremiah, perplexed by the world, not because he didn't understand it but because he did. As one of his editors, I came to know him well, but only after he emerged as a writer. For me Colin Duriez fills in the fascinating details of his early years. Yes, this was the man I knew-one who was surprised by God as his influence grew from his pastoring small churches to teaching thousands in auditoriums around the world, from conversations one on one or with a handful of students to intellectual sparring with elite secular scholars and pundits. Duriez knows his subject; Schaeffer, the Jeremiah of the twentieth century, walks and talks again in these pages."
James W. Sire, Author, The Universe Next Door and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics

"An excellent biography of this influential thinker, mingling personal memories and theological analysis. A must for Schaeffer's admirers and those wanting to develop his heritage today."
Alister McGrath, Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education, King's College, London

"Francis Schaeffer taught evangelicals how to understand their world, exerting a profound influence over the next generation of young leaders after the publication in 1968 of The God Who Is There and Escape from Reason. His ministry at L'Abri, a Swiss center for caring for the hurt and the doubtful, had persuaded him of the need to discern how alternative worldviews had interacted over time with the Christian faith. He led the way, long before it was fashionable, in analyzing culture. Colin Duriez, who studied under Schaeffer and has interviewed many who were shaped by him, has written a lively biography that will introduce this powerful apologist to the twenty-first century."
David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling

"I thank God for this unique servant of the Lord and now for this book. Dr Schaeffer was one of the most influential men in my life and in the movement of O.M. He affirmed us when many leaders were still keeping their distance. In 1966 he was the main speaker at an O.M. conference in Forest Hill, London, and our movement was never the same. This unique book is way overdue, and especially those of us who were impacted by this amazing man are very grateful. What Dr. Schaeffer wrote years ago is even more relevant in this postmodern era."
George Verwer, Founder, Operation Mobilization

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581348576
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,149,912
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Duriez has appeared as a commentator on several mainstream documentaries, has authored biographies of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and studied for several months under Francis Schaeffer in Swiss L’Abri before reading English and philosophy at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. He writes books, edits, and lectures.

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Table of Contents

Preface     9
Beginnings (1912-1935)     15
Pastor and Denominationalist (1935-1945)     33
New Vistas (1945-1948)     59
Switzerland (1948-1950)     81
Crisis and Catalyst (1951-1954)     103
The Shelter (1955-1960)     127
The Pilgrimage to L'Abri (1960-1976)     153
The Last Battles (1977-1984)     181
The Undivided Schaeffer: A Retrospective Interview with Francis Schaeffer, September 30, 1980     205
Acknowledgments     223
Bibliography     225
Index     231
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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    This man has a very clear revelation of who I believe God is, a must read for anone with questions about God!!

    Doubt the existence of God? Give this mans books a read and really listen to the voice within you, then ask God to reveal himself.... and finally EXPECT God to answer you.

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