Posted by: Billy Marsh | July 10, 2008

An Authentic Life

I’m pretty excited about this book! Somehow I’m going to have to find time to read it alongside my Ph. D. studies bibliography.

An Authentic Life ~ Colin Duriez

Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life ~ Colin Duriez

This book is an important and priceless addition to Schaeffer scholarship because no one has yet to write a full-length biography on his life. Edith Schaeffer, Francis’ wife, wrote somewhat of an autobiography called The Tapestry which I think is now out of print. According to the publisher’s blurb on the back of Duriez’s new bio, his account of Schaeffer’s life has been constructed mainly by oral history, interviews, and other recorded accounts of the man in order to reproduce the intimate and personal nature of Schaeffer’s identity. I think that Duriez could not have chosen a more perfect subtitle than “An Authentic Life” because that is exactly the overarching theme of who Schaeffer was: authentic. If you read enough of his work, you will soon realize that you are not being toyed with in any manner. This man has unashamedly laid his heart out on the table for all the world to see, and what is even more amazing, not only did this occur in his writings, but even more so, in his daily life and ministry with people. After having plumbed through most of Schaeffer’s books now, I’ve found myself more anxious to learn about how to be the kind of person he was rather than hammering out and mastering every point of his theology. So I commend to you this biography and hope that you will be incredibly inspired by this man’s life the way I have. Click here to purchase the book and Click here to access a pdf of the Preface and Chapter 1.
Another good book that comes close to a biography on Schaeffer is Bryan A. Follis’ Truth with Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer.
The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer ~ Bryan A. Follis

Truth with Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer ~ Bryan A. Follis

I read this book last year and was deeply moved as well as informed concerning Schaeffer’s approach to evangelism, apologetics, and ministering to people in a loving and genuine manner no matter their questions or circumstances. This is a great work that began as a dissertation and doubles as a bio/how-to book. I highly recommend it as well. I was surprised to see how much opposition that Schaeffer sometimes faced from the academy, especially from Clark Pinnock.
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