Paul Rees: Portrait of a Preacher by Glenn D. Black
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Paul Rees was endowed with many physical, mental and spiritual qualities of a great preacher. He had the appearance of a preacher. There was an air of dignity, scholarship, and, at the same time, warmth of personality about him. The expressiveness in his eyes held your attention while he was preaching or lecturing. His resonate voice was rich with radio quality, very pleasant to the listening ear. His vocabulary was versatile. A winner of oratorical contests during his college days at the University of Southern California, he often produced the striking phrase, the skillful use of vividly descriptive words, carrying his listeners with him in thought and feelings.
Paul Rees revered the Bible. He truly worshipped Christ. He loved God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength, and others as himself. He was a convinced advocate of Christian holiness. He was sure of his vocation. He loved his family. He served the Church. He had an incredible love for his fellow preachers. He was a consumer of truth and not merely a connoisseur of theological terms. Such convictions as these gave his soul the “surge of the seas” and his ministry the “strength of the oak.”
This book is not the typical biography. This book is, instead, an endeavor to develop selected pictures of Paul Rees as a person, preacher, pastor and penman, with a postscript reflecting editorially on him and his ministry. He was “A man of great stature, A man of humility, A man with God-given radiance, We cannot help but see!”