Through Flaming Sword: Spiritual Autobiography of George Fox

 My guess is that many younger Evangelical Quakers know little about George Fox‘s life, ministry and faith or have found reading through his Journal a rough go (myself included). I think Quaker historian Arthur Roberts newly updated and classic text, “Through Flaming Sword” will help to change this. This spiritual autobiography does a splendid job of outlining the early  formation, faith and later theology and practice of Fox the revolutionary Christian. While reading through it I found myself jotting down questions for potential youth group discussions, blog posts and new theological revelations about Fox’s ministry. it’s a wonderful introduction not only to Fox but to the early Friends as well. The Friends church will need to continue to wrestle with Fox the Christian preacher, missionary and revolutionary, Roberts has provided a new generation with an easy-to-follow itinerary.

Here’s what Barclay Press has to say about the book:

Arthur O. Roberts illuminates the passion, struggles, and legacy of a man committed to authentic Christian living at a critical time in history. George Fox, desiring a kingdom of truth and love on this side of “the flaming sword of Eden,” led a seventeenth-century spiritual awakening that attracted thousands of people—people who became known as the Society of Friends (Quakers).Through Flaming Sword is both a spiritual biography of Fox and a closer look at Fox’s legacy, particularly his thoughts on Christian holiness and the nature of the church. Today’s restless pilgrims, troubled by the world and diligently trying to follow Jesus, will find in Fox a spirited companion for the journey.

This new book is a fiftieth-anniversary edition with revisions to the original work published in 1959. 

Visit Barclay Press if you’re interested.

Here are some more resources:

You can read the forward by Barclay Press publisher Dan McCracken here.

Read Irv Brendlinger’s Review.

Here’s the introduction to the book.

And finally, the table of contents:

 

Foreword ……………………………………………….. xiii

Preface …………………………………………………… xv

Introduction ………………………………………….. xvii

ONE Childhood and Youth ……………………………. 1

TWO Darkness and Light ………………………………. 7

THREE Vision and Fulfillment ………………………….. 15

FOUR Suffering and Success …………………………… 31

FIVE Travel and Administration …………………… 41

SIX Peace and Promise ………………………………… 53

SEVEN Legacy ……………………………………………………. 57

Notes ……………………………………………………… 129

Bibliography…………………………………………… 139

George Fox’s Lifetime…………………………….. 142

 

Have you read the this or the earlier edition? What are your thoughts on it?

 

 

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...is the William R. Roger Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC., PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with a friend, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.