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Festo Kivengere (Bitesize Biographies)
by Frank Retief
Publisher:EP (Evangelical Press)
Bishop Festo Kivengere was one of the greatest African Christian leaders of the 20th century. Here is a story of the man who loved Christ and loved to preach the cross. Born in 1919, he lived through and was part of the revivals that swept Uganda in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Eventually he became an Anglican bishop and an internationally known preacher.
This biography summarises the key points in Bishop Kivengere's life with many quotes from his official biography and those who were close to him. The author takes time to stand back and review his actions and is not afraid to criticise. We learn about the dangers of excess in revival. We see a man struggling to maintain balance between family life, work life and evangelism. We see a man who believed in the Keswick higher life teaching and we see the effect this has on his ministry and the church.
Bishop Kivengere also lived through the turbulent political times that Uganda experienced not the least being the wicked rule of Idi Amin. His experience helps us to understand the pressures and difficult decisions that Christian leaders have to take in such situations.
Those who have a love for the continent of Africa will find this book especially interesting.
Reviewer: Alan Hill (03/05/13)