Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life by Colin Duriez

41Afxxr3d+L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_In 1992 I took a YWAM course which lasted about 8 months. One weekend a month a friend and myself would drive to Harpenden and spend the weekend. The course was called ‘Think Again’ – a worldview course. It was there that I first read and encountered James Sire (The Universe Next Door) and Francis Schaeffer. I remember each weekend looking forward to watching another segment of Schaeffers film How Then Should We live which is a great analysis of the rise and decline of Western culture from a Christian perspective. He tackles each period of history The Roman Age ,The Middle Ages , The Renaissance, The Reformation, The Revolutionary Age , The Scientific Age , The Age of Non-reason , The Age of Fragmentation, The Age of Personal Peace & Affluence, Final Choices. 

Colin Duriez studied for a while at L’Abri with the Schaeffers and interviewed Schaeffer in the 80’s. This is book is not an indepth analysis of Schaeffer himself as a person, but rather a look at his work and ministry. The book is well written, and is a fascinating account of how the Schaeffers ended up starting L’Abri in Switzland.

A great read.

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