"The Fountain of Life" by William Huntington
(Collected Writings of William Huntington S.S.)
Published by Grace and Truth Online
Publications, price £10.50 or $16.99 in the U.S. 340pp paperback, ISBN
1 4116 5856 6
"Lovers of Huntington will welcome this well-produced book, in clear print, of
some of his works."
Gospel Standard Magazine, April 2006
"The writings of William Huntington have long been valued by free grace
believers with good reason. However, getting hold of volumes of his works has
not always been easy. My own six volumes were bought over fifteen years ago and
I know that people have been searching for sets in recent years.
Now, Ian Potts has done a valuable service in making some of Huntington's most
significant essays available in paperback form, including an overview of
Huntington's conversion and ministry by Dr George M. Ella. The book is
important because it allows readers the opportunity to access some of the very
best Huntington material for themselves. This happy prospect is, we believe,
the best way to lay to rest the unfounded criticism that has been levelled in
recent years at Huntington's clear gospel emphasis.
In six chapters we are provided with The Dimensions of Eternal Love, The
Destruction of Death by the Fountain of Life, The Eternal Setting of the Sun,
The Saint’s Seed-time and Harvest, An Innocent Game for Babes in Grace and
The Broken Cistern & The Springing Well."
New Focus Magazine, October/November 2006
"It is always a matter of great encouragement to us to be able to inform our
readers of those things which are of great benefit to the Church of God.
Mr Ian Potts of Honiton, Devon (who is unknown to us) has for some time
maintained an internet Web-page with the title of "Grace and Truth Online." On
this web-page he has made available articles and Christian literature which
exalts in the free grace of God. He has now taken advantage of modern printing
technology of producing "books on demand" and entered the realm of Christian
publishing. He has published two books. The first is Christ, the Sun of
Righteousness. This book comprises of articles which he has written
and which have been included in other journals and on his web-page. He sets
forth the Lord Jesus Christ as being the only Saviour of sinners, and as being
the sum and substance of all the Scriptures. Mr Potts says, "May God the Holy
Spirit be pleased to use the chapters of this book to point the reader towards
Christ, the Saviour, the 'Sun of Righteousness'."
The second book published by Mr Potts is of particular interest to us as it is a
volume of William Huntington's writings. For many years Huntington's works were
out of print. They could only be obtained via the secondhand book market, but
now there appears to be a much greater interest in and desire to obtain
Huntington's writings. Some of Huntington's works were made available in the
early twentieth century by Messrs Farncombe and Sons but nothing appeared in
print by him until the Sovereign Grace Union republished in 1966 Huntington's Kingdom
of Heaven Taken by Prayer. Such was the influence of that
republication that a few Christian people (including this writer) desired to
know more of Huntington. Books were obtained about and by Huntington, they were
eagerly read and a desire to republish more of Huntington's works were
implanted in the heart. Contemplations on the God of Israel by
Huntington was given to this writer many years ago and, after reading it back
in the early 1970's, he has had a desire since then to see this particular book
back in print. (It has been out of print since the Farncombe edition of 1940).
But we digress!
Recent years have seen an interest in Huntington's Works being revived. There
has been the birth of the Huntingtonian Press. The Gospel Standard Baptist
Trust Publications republished the 6 volumes edition of Huntington's Select
Works (some of which are still available). Gospel Mission of Choteau,
Montana, USA have published a number of volumes by Huntington in paperback
format and now, Mr Potts of Grace and Truth Online Publications has published a
volume of choice works by William Huntington: The Fountain of Life. As
we said at the beginning of these editorial remarks, it is a matter of great
encouragement to report such things.
The book The Fountain of Life comprises six of Huntington's smaller
works. They are:
The Dimensions of Eternal Love - This is a sermon on the text Ephesians
The Destruction of Death by the Fountain of Life - This is an
exposition of Proverbs 13:14 in a letter addressed to his congregation at
Providence Chapel, London. It appears to owe its origins to Huntington having
read the Scougal's tract The Life of God in the Soul of Man.
The Saint's Seed-time and Harvest - This is a lengthy letter addressed
to his brethren in the ministry, Jenkins at Lewes and Brook at Brighton.
An Innocent Game for Babes in Christ - A sermon preached at Providence
Chapel, London delivered from Isaiah 11:8.
The Broken Cistern & The Springing Well - This was a tract
addressed to John Ryland Snr. In reply to one written by Ryland himself.
(Ian Potts: Actually, this review fails to mention that the book also includes
'The Eternal Setting of the Sun'.)
The book concludes with two appendices by Dr George Ella.
Whilst in recent years there have been a number of voices raised against the
ministry of William Huntington, it is refreshing to read the publisher's
comments that "it is the publisher's hope that by reprinting these works in a
modern paperback format, in a smaller, more affordable volume than previously
available, that the writings of the Lord's servant William Huntington might
become more widely known and appreciated amongst God's people." We agree! This
volume is available from The Christian Bookshop, Queen Street, Ossett, West
Yorkshire, Price £10.95. (Actually £10.50 - Ian Potts)"
'The Sinner Saved' Magazine, No. 14. Autumn 2006
Editor: J E North