Knight of Faith, Volume 1
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The title, Knight of Faith, is taken from Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard. This knight is an ordinary man who believes God’s word to him against all appearances—like Abraham, the original knight of faith, did with Isaac. He enters this narrow way of faith, where few venture. Kierkegaard says he is very different from the knight of infinite resignation who believes the answer will come sometime, if not in this life then in the next.
About this knight of faith Kierkegaard writes, “But if I knew where there was such a knight of faith, I would make a pilgrimage to him on foot, for this prodigy interests me absolutely. I would not let go of him for an instant, every moment I would watch to see how he managed to make the movements, I would regard myself as secured for life and would divide my time between looking at him and practicing the exercises myself, and thus would spend all my time admiring him.”
This knight of faith is found in Norman Percy Grubb. He looked the ordinary man, such as any ordinary man, but he had discovered the keys of the kingdom…faith…and shared it with all.
As you read his letters you too will find a remarkable, yet very human, person who spent a lifetime seeking God’s face, believing “by virtue of the absurd” and relentlessly sharing in every way possible that which God had given him. The world will not always recognise the true knight, but he is there…butcher, baker or candlestick maker…or…a housewife with a vision of the impossible!
Norman Grubb was truly a man “out of season” - a “revolutionary” who brought a message that will forever be an eternal rebuke to the one who is satisfied with a recommended life of security and performance living for Jesus or under the letter of the law. So may it be said of Norman, our present day reformer, as was said long ago of another reformer, Martin Luther:
“Great men need not that we praise them; the need is ours that we know them. They are our common heritage. Whether we stand where they stand or tread another path, we are the richer that they lived.
He was very human, this hero of ours, fiery-tempered, passionate, imperious, loving withal, warm-hearted and generous, with quickness of perception and subtle English humor.
Full of contradictions, he had the frankness and carelessness of genius, and what he was he fully revealed without concealment or diplomacy. He was unsurpassed in his human sympathies, simplicity of character and transparent honesty.”
Martin Luther - The Man and His Work. The Century Company, 1910, 1911
The hallmark of Norman’s life is borne out in the scores of us whom he took aside to “explain the ways of God more perfectly.” Only through this book and the endearing love that comes from the hearts of those who shared their letters of a personal relationship with him will one begin to understand the quality of love that came from his pen. To understand others one must understand himself, and that he did, as those who knew him will attest. He was gifted with a Spirit intuition that guided him to catch the heart of the man. So whether we were in the wounding or binding up of his tongue, whether he gave criticism or compliment, we knew beyond measure that we were loved.
Norman Grubb was a missionary to the Belgian Congo in the 1920’s with the Heart of Africa Mission founded by C.T. Studd. After C.T.’s death N o rman became the head of the mission which had been renamed Worldwide Evangelization Crusade (WEC).
N o rman married Pauline Studd Grubb in 1919 and they had four children. They moved to the United States in 1957 to take over the leadership of WEC U.S.A. Norman was involved in many other Christian organizations, including: Christian Literature Crusade, Faith at Work and International Christian Leadership. He was a prolific writer, producing numerous books, articles and letters! His most well-loved writings are Rees Howells Intercessor, C.T. Studd Cricketer and Pioneer and The Key to Everything.
He saw his retirement from WEC in 1965 as God’s “redirection” for him to bring to the body of Christ the truth of Galatians 2:20 which God had given him long ago in Africa: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Through the last years and days of his life his joy continued to be bringing the world the message that the Apostle Paul called his second commission, “to fulfill the word of God; even the mystery hidden from ages and generations, but now is made manifest to His saints…which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
DeeDee Winter lives in Arlington, T e xas with her husband, Gary. They have one daughter, Kim. DeeDee’s thirteen-year friendship and co-working relationship with Norman Grubb was formed around their mutual understanding of union with Christ and developed through their exchange of letters, travel together throughout the U.S. and many visits in one another’s homes. DeeDee hosts the website www.normangrubb.com dedicated to his life. Other writings of Norman Grubb may be found at www.christasus.com.
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