Author(s): Oliver R. Barclay
The small group of Christian students active in Cambridge in the 1820s hardly expected their work to have remarkable effects. Yet out of 'the Jesus Lane lot', as they were nicknamed, grew the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (CICCU), whose influence has been world-wide. Oliver Barclay and Bob Horn tell the story of the CICCU to mark its 125th anniversary. The life and times of this Christian Union are interwoven with evangelical Christianity and some of its most significant figures. The story points above all to God, who gives the vision and the strength to pursue it.
"This book changed the way I viewed serving God at University. I read it in my first year of uni and was so blown away by it because it wasn't about one particular person but about how God worked over decades to bring about a faithful proclamation of his gospel. One of my top 10 favourite books!" – Emily Lane
For I went up to Cambridge a very wobbly and vulnerable young Christian. I could easily have been overwhelmed by the world,the flesh and the devil. But the Christian Union brought me friendships, teaching, books and the opportunities for service, which all helped me to stand firm and grow up. I am profoundly grateful.' Quote by John Stott in the foreword by Timothy Dudley-Smith