Published by Evangelical Press £7.99
The book consists of the stories of 21 men and women who all trusted in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, and they were all from Yorkshire. Some of the characters I had heard of, such as Titus Salt from Saltaire, Anne Bronte, William Wilberforce, John Fawcett, William Grimshaw and Hudson Taylor.
The rest of the people were new to me, such as Ruth Clark – born in Leeds in 1741, one of 10 children. She went to work as a servant for Henry Venn and to her dismay, Ruth found that her master called the household together each morning for an act of worship before the day began. Ruth thought it was such a waste of time and, in addition, all the staff were expected to attend Sunday worship as well. Her mistress had shown a special concern for Ruth and spoke to her about her spiritual state. Ruth was deeply affected by her words, and in her bedroom she cried out to God to have compassion on her and save her soul. Ruth started to listen to the sermons, and at last knew her sins had been forgiven and Jesus was her Saviour.
It is a very readable book – only 152 pages – with a foreword and postscript by Roger Carswell; it makes a good present to buy for Christmas from our bookshop.