The writing of this book by Teems is somewhat hard to follow. For a biography, this book jumps around quite a bit. I was also disappointed in the fact that so little of the book seemed to actually be about Tyndale. Much time and space is given to the people who were a part of Tyndale’s life. I was intrigued by their stories, but would have loved to learn more about Tyndale. If you are looking for a book on Tyndale alone, I would advise to look for something else.
With that being said, what can we learn from Tyndale? One thing is for sure, and that is that English speaking people owe a debt of gratitude to Tyndale. With millions of bibles in English now, we take for granted the fact that we have them. I think of the videos of tribes who get the bible in their language for the first time. I can only imagine what it feels like to hear God speaking in your own language for the first time. Tyndale died the death of a “heretic” for us to have that privilege. Tyndale was also an artist when it came to the English language, having given us thousands of words that we still use today. It has been said that there would be no Shakespeare without Tyndale. God used Tyndale greatly to reach English speaking people. In 1536 Tyndale was choked to death and then burned at the stake. This was symbolism by the Catholic church to silence Tyndale forever before going into eternity. The Catholic church succeeded in killing him, but not in silencing him. Every time we open and English bible, we should be thankful to God that He gave us William Tyndale. Tyndale’s last words were “Lord! open the king of England’s eyes.” And the Lord did, as the king authorized an English bible the following year.
I received this book free for review from Thomas Nelson Inc.