Faith Cook is among the most loved of modern British Christian authors. Her mainly biographical works have inspired and delighted thousands. But how did she become interested in her subjects and what has Faith herself read and most appreciated over the years? Here she weaves those books into a brief autobiographical account of her life after she returned to the UK from China.
‘Troubles will be no troubles; distresses will be no distresses, dangers will be no dangers, if you can but secure the presence of God with you’ (Thomas Brooks). In this book, Faith Cook honestly and humbly describes her own quest to secure the felt presence of God through a life which has had its own share of trouble and distress. Her personal experience of the love of Christ has been nurtured and enhanced by extensive reading, and she shares highlights from many of the books which nudged her back into a closer walk with God. Reading this made me want to read some of the great works she commends. But more than anything it reminded me that the pearl of great price – for which we should be willing to give up all else – is enjoyment of the love of our wonderful Triune God.
‘Like walking into the wardrobe and entering a magical landscape, this is a book about a world that is almost lost and which urgently needs to be rediscovered. The life–changing impact of Christian literature, the extraordinary heritage of Christian hymns, the spiritual provocation of Christian biography, the unexpected relevance of church history – all of this is captured in a short and highly readable story of God’s work in one Christian family. Truly heart–warming!’ Jonathan Lamb