By Aaron Earls
In conjunction with the publication of Ron Dunn: His Life and Mission, the new biography from Ron Owens, B&H Publishing is rereleasing two classic works by Dunn with forewords by men who knew him best.
Dunn’s second book Faith Crisis features a foreword from Tom Elliff, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board. Originally published in 1894, Faith Crisis is intended to help the reader learn the nature of true faith, despite the circumstances swirling around.
In the foreword, Elliff, who was pastoring the church in which Dunn preached his last sermon, notes that the book flows from a man who endured more than one of his own crises of faith. “These are not the musings of an ivory tower theologian, cloistered away from the familial, social and emotional strains that face the average believer,” Elliff writes. “As you read, you will discover that he is you, and he has faced the same kind of struggles that test your faith today.”
The rereleased fifth book Will God Heal Me? has a foreword from Michael Catt, pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. First released in 1997, this book confronts the misconceptions around suffering and God’s sovereignty.
In describing the book by a man he considered a mentor, Catt writes in the foreword that Ron “did not take the popular path.” Instead of writing the book publishers believed would sell, “Ron was too committed to an accurate exegesis of Scripture to worry about sales.” In his foreword, Catt contends, “While others were proclaiming a health-and-wealth theology, Ron went deep in Scripture to see what God said about healing and miracles.”
Aaron Earls is a writer for LifeWay Christian Resources.