May Book Giveaway – Matthew Henry: His Life and Influence by Allan Harman

Matthew Henry: His Life And Influence by Allan HarmanOur May book giveaway features Matthew Henry: His Life And Influence by Allan Harman.

About the Book:
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) is highly-valued by contemporary preachers and Bible users. Here we get a closer look at the life of Matthew Henry by an author who has had a life-long interest in Matthew Henry and his writings. Matthew Henry was the son of a Puritan pastor who had been silenced by the government of the time. Nevertheless Philip Henry, a godly man reared his family on Christian principles and Matthew followed the Lord from an early age. Although it was difficult to find suitable ministerial training, Matthew Henry eventually studied for the ministry. With government opposition relaxing, he became a Presbyterian pastor in Chester in 1687 and later in London from 1712. It is astonishing to note the amount of preaching and writing that he accomplished despite suffering from ill-health and knowing intense sorrow in his family life.

About the Author:
Allan HarmanAllan Harman has had a life-time interest in exposition of the biblical text, and also in the history of interpretation. He is Research Professor of Old Testament at the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne, Australia. He has lectured and preached in many countries, and continues to serve as the senior editor of the Reformed Theological Review, Australia’s oldest theological journal.

How to Enter:
This contest is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

Terms and Conditions:

  • This contest is limited to residents of the 48 state continental United States and the UK..
  • The contest will run through end of day June 1, 2012.
  • After the contest closes, we will choose 1 winner, who will receive a copy of the book.


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  • I found it interesting (and I’m sure a great practice) that Matthew, and many during this day, reflected on a sermon they heard and then intentionally wrote down what they remembered. This practice should be “resurrected” in our day. How might our churches change if disciples did this?

  • Constantly amazed at the amount of work these old pastors and theologians were able to crank out. It is truly inspirational, especially in light of the many health afflictions that many of these guys suffered from. Pastors today could really take note. We have so much access to so many great tools and modern conveniences, yet we seem to do so little. Much too often we are more distracted than equipped by the accesses we enjoy.

    Would love to get my hands on this book.

  • I appreciate Matthew’s recording and recollections of their family times of worship. This was evidently a central event that was influential to his upbringing and one characteristic of Puritan households. This practice probably ought to be brought back into the home in our day, especially as the modern lifestyle has become so busy.

  • I’d like to enter. Looks like a great book!

  • I would love to win this copy!

  • Wow, right at the beginning… Didn’t know he was born the same year as the Great Ejection. Henry’s works have been a constant companion since I started preaching 9 years ago. Looking forward to reading the bio!

  • I thought he was from a later time period. He really was ahead of his time. I also didn’t know that he also was ill and lived with sorrow, like so many others.

  • Mary Mclain

    I do not know much about Matthew Henry. So, I learned many things. Despite his hardships and difficulties he accomplished much and his influence has continued ever since. I was reminded of how blessed I am to have freedom to worship and how much God has blessed me.

  • Peter Gadsby

    Allan Harman is an old friend, teacher, and former colleague in the ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia. We still see him from time to time when he visits Canberra. Many years ago, Allan’s father, the Rev. J.A.’Joe’ Harman, gave him a book containing hand-written sermons by Matthew Henry, and these were first published by Christian Focus in 2002 under the title, The Covenant of Grace. It is good to see that Allan’s long interest in Mr Henry has resulted in the publishing of this new work about the latter’s life and work. May the Lord bless it to the edification of many. Soli Deo Gloria.

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  • I didn’t know that he kept a diary which has since been lost. I wonder how much we don’t know about Henry that is contained in his diary.

  • I’ve enjoyed learning about Matthew’s godly heritage. It makes me want to read sermons and letters of Philip Henry (which I found at Google Books)!