Radiant Glory - the life of Martha Wing Robinson by Gordon P. Gardiner is the only existent biography of a relatively unknown woman who lived in the mid-West at the turn of the 20th century. Gordon P. Gardiner spent over 20 years writing this account of Martha Wing Robinson's life, drawing from personal rememberances as a boy and young man in Illinois, many interviews with her closest associates, sheaves of correspondence, and notes and dictations of her talks.
Martha Wing Robinson was born in 1874, converted in 1898, healed of several severe maladies under the ministry of John Alexander Dowie, and was then led by God into the Pentecostal outpouring in 1906. A great hunger and thirst for more of Jesus welled up in her soul and, in November of 1907, after months of intense prayer, Jesus granted her heart's desire: The resurrected Christ took possession of her - body and soul and spirit - to a much greater degree than what most Christians today believe is possible. (see chapter 24)
Radiant Glory is a detailed account of Mrs. Robinson's life and ministry with special attention given to her writings and talks after her tremendous experience in 1907 to her death in 1936. Although Mrs. Robinson was granted very unusual access to the "mysteries of God", her ministry and focus was to always exalt Jesus, to point people to Him and never to draw attention to herself, to love and serve Him, shunning the spectacular and showy for the sake of following the meek and lowly One. (At some date soon after November 1907, the Lord showed her two paths for her life and assured her that she could choose either one with His blessing - the one path leading to fame and great outward success as an evangelist, the other to a life of relative obscurity with much suffering and criticism being her portion. She allowed the Lord to choose for her - and "(the Lord) chose the hidden path, the path of suffering." (see chapter 26 )
There is a natural tendency in all but the most discerning believers to look for and make much of the spectacular, wanting to hear about dreams and visions, angelic visitations and such like. There is little of that here. The book tells only a small portion of Mrs. Robinson's personal experiences. Mrs. Robinson kept many of her experiences and understandings in strict confidence between herself and her Lord. But with things hinted at in public or spoken of in hushed tones by her associates, truly it can said that the half has not been told in this book and is known now only to the saints above and the Lord whom she loved.
But the simplicity of Mrs. Robinson's teaching to always love and obey Jesus, to abide in Him moment by moment, was accompanied by powerful demonstrations of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Those who had the privilege of hearing her teach or receiving her letters knew that it was the Lord Himself ministering through her.
And now, thanks to the meticulous work and determination of Gordon Gardiner, she being dead, yet speaketh to us....
The reader who plows through the early chapters of her life and continues to the end will recognize that the book not only follows the development of Mrs. Robinson's spiritual life and ministry but it provides a wealth of practical Christian teaching for those who have ears to hear. For that reason, portions of this book can be read time and time again with great benefit to one's own soul. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, divine healing, speaking in tongues, the gifts of the Spirit, the importance of Bible study, means of evangelism, how to have Spirit-led meetings, victorious Christian living, the value of praise, dying to self, trusting God for finances, and many other topics are dealt with using the words of Mrs. Robinson or examples from her life and ministry.
Mrs. Robinson was familar with and recommended several books for others to read and utilize in their Christian walks. Here is a short list of reading:
Christ the Healer by F. F. Bosworth
Kept for the Master's Use by F. R. Havergal
Other works recommended by the editor:
Interpreting Prophecy by Philip E. Hughes
The publisher of Radiant Glory - the Life of Martha Wing Robinson has many fine books, booklets, and tracts available. A complete list and ordering information may be found on the Publication List.
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