Sue Thurgood: Letters from the Grateful Living

The many events held during the Quincentenary year in the UK and abroad and Professor Daniell's three Tyndale publications from Yale University Press have stimulated a wide and passionate response. Thank you to all of you who took the time and trouble to put pen to paper and voice your appreciation. Here are just a few of your comments:

In general:
'I think this uprush of interest in and information about cherished William Tyndale, is marvellous!'

'Thank you for bringing Tyndale to me, a poet and a champion of freedom.'

The Testaments
'I feel I must offer my sincere thanks and congratulations on your editions of William Tyndale's Old and New Testaments. What a worthwhile and wonderful achievement to have accomplished. Thank you for opening my eyes to the A.V.'s indebtedness to Tyndale. I had no idea of this.'

The Biography
'I am writing to tell you how much I enjoyed the hook. A modern biography of the man was long overdue and you have filled the gap admirably. I am especially impressed with your appreciation of Tyndale's desire to make available to the English speaking people the simple text of the Bible, that they might know the gospel which had been for so long overshadowed by empty traditions.'

'I have found this stimulating, enjoyable and immensely instructive.'

'It gave me great pleasure. Not only was your book so obviously well researched, it was also so easy to read.'

'I thought you might enjoy hearing that your recent biography of Wm. Tyndale has made something of a splash among the booksellers with whom I work at Canterbury Booksellers Coffeehouse in Maddison, Wisconsin (USA). I was immediately interested in it when I first saw it. And, when the manager of the coffeehouse asked me to recommend some books she might consider giving to her mother for Christmas, I suggested it along with three or four others. At that point another colleague spoke up saying that she was in the middle of reading it — I daresay it is the first non-fiction book of history she's read since college. It's remarkable - or perhaps it isn't — what a diversity of people have found it fascinating: People who read practically nothing but modern novels, people who know little or nothing about English history have fastened on it. It's rare for two or more booksellers at our shop to read the same new non-fiction book. For two or more to read one at the same time is almost unknown. I've found it appeals both to people who hold religious beliefs and to those like myself, who do not. For me, it brought the term 'REFORMATION' out of fuzzy obscurity and made it a vivid drama.'

The British Library Exhibition
'I was greatly impressed by the books and other documents that you have put together I the current exhibition. The British Museum certainly has a store of irreplaceable treasure The greatest benefactor to the English-speaking nations is indeed worthy of more honour Thousands of writers have given us the words of men in our own language but only or, has given us the word of God - and that at the cost of his life. I never expected to set eyes on the last letter that Tyndale wrote from prison - how it brings to mind the request of the apostle Paul, at the end of his second letter to Timothy, for his cloak and books.'

'It is superbly laid-out — so comprehensive, and yet not so overwhelming in content as to be counterproductive.'

The Oxford International Conference, 5th- 10th September 1994
'Tyndale will never look the same again.'

'A wonderfully stimulating experience; superb subject, people and organization.'

'Could only attend for one day, but what a day! Excellent.'

'A wonderful and well-organized Conference. I have enjoyed every minute of it and can't wait for the next.'

'Enough inspiration in this week's events to take us all well into the 21st Century — where the genius and spirit of Tyndale has without doubt gone striding ahead of us!'

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