As Geoff Thomas observes, ‘Every Christian should know more about the life of Dr Lloyd-Jones’. This concise, and easy-to-read, biography gives an excellent overview of “The Doctor” and is a good place to start. Dr Lloyd-Jones, as the author observes, knew the Lord and it is therefore his hope that this biography will constrain many to know God better.
The date was the 14 December 1926 and the national newspapers were using startling headlines concerning him: ‘Harley Street Doctor to become a Minister’ and ‘Leading Doctor turns Pastor’. For two days, Lloyd-Jones’ family home in London was besieged by newspaper reporters who all waited in vain to interview him. Lloyd- Jones even refused to pose for a photograph.
There were good reasons for his negative response. He was essentially a shy man and disliked the publicity intensely. But more to the point, he had not yet informed his employers at the hospital of his decision to leave medicine to become a church pastor – and they were not pleased to hear the news first from the newspapers.
There was a deeper reason for Lloyd-Jones’ dismay at this unexpected publicity. For him, the newspapers could not understand why he was leaving the medical profession, especially when he was set for a brilliant medical career and then only 26 years of age. The press was only interested in news, and the more sensational it was the better. However, the living God had been dealing with Lloyd-Jones and he felt an irresistible call from heaven to preach the Gospel of Christ.
‘No other man equalled Dr. Lloyd-Jones in a recognized command of the situation. There is the fascination of the great adventure he set out on when he left his medical career in London to become a preacher in Aberavon. There are the books and the recordings of his preaching which evidence his remarkable clarity and warm cogency, his unswerving loyalty to Christ, his undaunted courage. A profitable couple of hours lie before anyone reading Dr. Eryl Davies’ study of this admirable man‘.
Geoff Thomas – Pastor, Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales
Dr Davies is Research Supervisor at WEST (Wales Evangelical School of Theology) where he was principal and lecturer from 1985 until 2006, and is an elder in the Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff. He has written many books and papers, such as Heaven is a Far Better Place; Human Cloning; and Truth Under Attack: Volumes 1 and 2, all published by EP Books.