On the Side of God: The Life and Labors of Andrew Fuller
by Jeremy Walker
Many modern pastors suffer from two tragic deficiencies: a lack of a biblical paradigm for pastoral ministry and the absence of the unique wisdom that comes from faithful pastoral mentors outside our present generation. You hold in your hands the remedy for them both. Jeremy Walker in his book On the Side of Godbrings to life the noteworthy character and ministry of the eighteenth century English Baptist, Andrew Fuller. As one of the most credible modern voices on Fuller, Walker writes with a clarity and precision that reminds us of why Andrew Fuller continues to be one of the most important voices for pastors in any generation. Pastors, read this book! You will be freshly challenged and inspired by the faithfulness of this man and his ministry.
We need the examples of godly men who have gone before us, who have served the Lord with faithfulness and excellence. This is precisely what we have in the noted English Baptist pastor-scholar Andrew Fuller. In this book, Jeremy Walker has done outstanding work to take us back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when Fuller was one of the key leaders of the Modern Missions Movement, and makes this seminal figure come alive. Read this book, walk in the footsteps of Fuller, and you will be greatly helped.
—Steven J. Lawson
In this brief work on the life of Andrew Fuller, Jeremy Walker has once again placed a great deal of treasure in a very small box. I cannot decide whether to call this book a biography, a devotional, or an instructional manual on practical ministry. It fits all three categories without a fault. I recommend this work to all without reservation and with the greatest expectation of benefit. It will place the aspiring minister on the right track and remind the seasoned minister of the true character and duty of a faithful steward of Christ.
—Paul David Washer
Fuller was essentially a man of the people pastoring a growing congregation in a market town in the English Midlands. He was not one of the famous preachers of the eighteenth century, but his faithful ministry deserves to be more widely known and understood. He has been misrepresented by some who seem never to have read his writings, while others who have admired his work, have completely failed to understand the strength of his Calvinism. Here we have an excellent introduction to Fuller’s life and work. This is more than a biographical record; Walker has dug deeply into Fuller’s pastoral writings and it becomes evident that Fuller has ministered to his own soul and strengthened his desires to be a faithful servant to Jesus Christ. Andrew Fuller may at first appear an austere character, but the reader soon discovers his heart of gold and deep love for Christ and his gospel. This is a challenging book; I warmly recommend it.
—Robert W. Oliver