A.B. Simpson was the founder of The Christian & Missionary Alliance. Simpson was among the better known religious leaders of his era. That in itself makes this book an enlightening and educational read. However, it is at least as interesting for what it reveals about the author A.W. Tozer who is perhaps the best known figure to emerge from the C&MA.
Simpson’s influence represents something of a convergence in the late 19th century of Calvinistic doctrine with the holiness movements of that time, particularly the Keswick movement.
The C&MA and Simpson subsequently went on to have a tremendous influence upon the evangelical foreign missions movement of the 20th century. Influence was also exerted upon the holiness movements of Azuza Street and the formation of the Assemblies of God.
Simpson is an interesting and vital figure to understand from several perspectives, particularly as his teachings on the Four-Fold Gospel and healing represented major influences upon 20th century evangelical thinking and practice.
What makes this book a special treat however, is to see the treatment of Simpson by Tozer who is widely regarded by many as one of the most influential prophetic (in the sense of forth-telling, not future predicting) voices of our time. His sympathetic presentation of Simpson and integration of the man with his teaching and influence reveals a great deal about the author as well as the subject.
This is a classic biography worthy of reading and study regardless of why you come to it. A great many crossroad’s branch out from here. You’ll be glad you invested the time to read this biography.