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Title: Sublimity of Faith
Author: Frank Murray
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
A biography of Frank W. Sandford by one of his most ardent admirers, Frank Murray.
Sandford felt called by God to live by Faith and ended up establishing churches across America and Canada, a large Bibleschool in Maine and several missionary outposts across the world.
Murray chronicles Frank Sandford’s start as a young pastor until his death in the mid 1900’s.
A lot of personal things are in this review, just so you know.
I read this book in preparation for attending Bibleschool in 1997.
So far in my short life, there are 3 books that have quite literally formed me and my thoughts.
The Sublimity of Faith
Seventh Day Adventists Believe…
As a young man, I’d read about Biblical heroes, men and women of Faith who lived out God’s will in the far past. However, there are times that the young need something more immediate to look up to.
This book provided me that in spades. A man who stepped out from the traditional into what God was calling him to. Sacrifice. Hardwork. Trusting in God when it didn’t make sense. Answers to prayer that were miraculous.
It inspired me and made what might have been theoretical in the Bible into flesh and blood.
As I’ve gone on in life I’ve met others who didn’t have the same view of Sandford as Frank Murray did. Some of those people who had a different viewpoint were my own grandparents. According to them, Murray had rose tinted glasses on when viewing Sandford. I knew Frank Murray before he died and actually had him scold me in church one time because I was fooling around in the audio/visual booth instead of paying attention. And he was in the pulpit, so everyone heard.
I also knew my grandparents.
Murray was one of the most loving, kind, bold,gentle and stern men I’ve ever met. My grandparents on the other hand, were some of the most bitter and hard people I’ve ever met.
[that being said, there were reasons they were the way they were. It makes me proud to know that they prevented those things from passing to the next generation. So don’t get me wrong, I loved my grands, it is just that they weren’t the warm and loving grandparents one usually thinks of]
So if I had to choose one viewpoint over the other, I’d choose Murray’s any day but I acknowledge that my grands had some legit things in what they said.
This book showed me that a lifestyle called for by Christ Himself can be lived in this world. Since I graduated from Fairwood Bible Institute in 2000, life has thrown things my way that I never thought I’d have to deal with. Things that broke me, bent me, hurt me and generally tried to make me doubt the Goodness of God. And there are times that I need to be reminded that there are others who have gone through worse things and still kept their faith. They kept on going towards the goal God had called them toward even though everything around them called for them to stop.
In the end, this book called me to be more like Christ.