It’s a General Election year in the UK. But politics aside, we thought we’d look at some of the greatest Christians to have been a blessing to the country. They were all Godly believers – and their influence is still felt today.
Who gets your vote? Perhaps you have a favourite already – or maybe there’s someone in the list you’d like to find out more about? In most cases we’ve got books and booklets by them – and about them.
Although wonderfully gifted in many ways, these Christians from history pointed other men and women to one who was far greater than themselves – the Lord Jesus Christ.
Some Great British Christians (in chronological order)
John Wycliffe (1331-1384) was a Bible translator and preacher who would have a major influence on the Reformation that would follow. John Wycliffe – The Dawn Of The Reformation (David Fountain, £1.00) tells his story.
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) was indeed a politician – and become Lord Protector of the Country. But he was also a military leader and devoted Christian. Oliver Cromwell – To Honour God (Michael Haykin, £8.99) looks at his speeches, letters and prayers.
Isaac Watts (1674-1748) has been described as the “Father of English Hymnody” and is credited with some 750 Christian hymns. Many of these are in use today, including ‘Joy to the World’ and ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’. We’ve got a special interest in Watts as Mayflower Christian Bookshop published his official biography (commissioned by Southampton City Council). We still have copies available of the book – Isaac Watts Remembered (David Fountain, £1.00). A good companion to this is Hymns and Spiritual Songs (£1.00), a collection of 50 lesser-known hymns by Watts.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon 1834–1892) was described as the ‘prince of preachers’ – and it’s reckoned that, over his lifetime, he preached to 10 million people in today. A reformed Baptist. Most of his ministry was in London. He was a writer too – and many of his sermons and thoughts became books and wonderful collections of daily readings. We’re delighted to be able to offer a large collection books by him and about him. See them all here.
Granville Waldegrave, 3rd Baron Radstock (1833–1913) is far less well-known. He was British missionary best known for his work as a missionary during the Great Russian Awakening. At Mayflower Christian Bookshop, we have another special interest in him because he was also from Southampton and lived at Mayfield Park, about one mile from our shop. We were delighted to publish a book about him – Lord Radstock And The Russian Awakening (Mayflower, £1.00).
Other Great Christians in Britain
Scottish reformer John Knox: See books
Pilgrim’s Progress author John Bunyan: See books
Preacher George Whitfield: See books
Orphanages pioneer George Muller: See books
Anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce: See books
Missionary to China, Gladys Aylward: See books
‘Chariots of Fire’ athlete and missionary Eric Liddell: See books
Evangelical preacher and writer JC Ryle: See books
Church minister Robert Murray M’Cheyne: See books
For many more books about (and by) other British Christians – and believers from other countries, see our biographies section.
Some books of the books above are proving very popular and we may be low on stock – or sell out. If books are marked as unavailable and you want a copy, please contact us with the details. We may be able to order more stock. Some books may also be available in our second-hand section.