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Leona Choy: Andrew and Emma Murray


Leona Choy, Andrew & Emma Murray: An Intimate Portrait of Their Marriage and Ministry (Winchester, Virginia: Golden Morning Publishing, 2000), 269 pages.

This book did not disappoint me. Historical biographies that are both easy reading and entertaining are, after a hard day’s work, to be valued. This is one such biography. Written in a style that is both popular and easy to digest, it is at the same time a book that leads the reader into an ever deepening appreciation and admiration of the subjects, the Rev. Andrew Murray and his wife Emma. No reader should be afraid of this book. It is accessible and understandable to anyone who can read.

Before absorbing this book, my knowledge of Andrew Murray was only fleeting: I had read one of his books, but was aware of little about him. Leona Choy’s work so captured my interest that it drew me onto the internet, where a few of Murray’s works are freely available, and this has led me into a treasure trove of rich, spiritual Christian writing at the hands of this leader of the South African church and “higher life” movement at the beginning of the twentieth century. Murray’s works have a devotional depth and love of Scripture that make them an invaluable for Christians today, especially for those wishing to engage with issues of spiritual renewal who come from a Reformed background.

This engaging biography has an invaluable appendix containing a bibliographical listing of Andrew Murray’s works. To be fully recommended as both an entertaining and edifying read.

Reviewed by James Purves


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Category: Church History, Winter 2004

About the Author: James Purves, Ph.D. (University of Aberdeen, Scotland), has been serving in pastoral ministry since 1980 and is presently Mission and Ministry Advisor to the Baptist Union of Scotland. He is a research tutor at the International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague, Czech Republic and author of The Triune God and the Charismatic Movement (Paternoster, 2004). His blog is

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