Christmas Evans – no ordinary preacher
£8, 154 pages
One thing is certain, this book is a real conversation started. Whenever I left my copy on the coffee table, visitors would pick it up and ask in bemused tones “What sort of a name is Christmas Evans?”.
I knew a little about Christmas Evans before reading this book, but as I read I realised there’s far more to this one-eyed Welshman, dubbed ‘the John Bunyan of Wales’. I learnt of the far reaching effect of his ministry all over Wales and that we have Christmas Evans to thank for the Gospel witness in Anglesey today; it might be fairer to call him the ‘remarkable itinerant evangelist of Wales’.
This book is the story of how God can transform a poor, uneducated, illiterate man with a difficult childhood and a fiery temper into a faithful husband, caring minister and mighty man of God. It inspires and challenges. Even after God had reformed Christmas’ character, he faced many struggles during his life, both in his ministry and in his home life; by not glossing over these incidents, Tim Shenton allows the reader to see the real man. The way God remained faithful to Evans through adversity and doubt is something we can all relate to.
I enjoyed reading this book. It gave me a fuller understanding of my Christian heritage and I was encouraged to read of the way the LORD worked in Wales during the time Christmas Evans was ministering His Word.
I don’t possess a particular interest in history, so this wouldn’t have been a natural choice for me. Though I enjoyed and benefited from reading it, this book would be of most interest to those who are keen Historians. Some knowledge of Welsh geography might also be useful, you may need to practice pronouncing your double l’s before reading it aloud!