BOT.- 1997. d.w. 368pp.
Faith Cook has drawn on unpublished and little-known sources to produce this comprehensive new biography.
For twenty years in the mid-eighteenth century a scarcely-known village on the Yorkshire moors became one of the strongest centres of Christian influence in England. George Whitfield and John Wesley were often drawn there, along with many others. The explanation lay in the life and ministry of William Grimshaw, curate of Haworth from 1742 until his death in 1763. ‘A few such as him would make a nation tremble’, wrote Wesley, ‘he carries fire wherever he goes.’ Under Grimshaw’s ministry the church’s empty pews filled and non-attenders were startled to hear, ‘If you will not come to church, you shall hear me at home’. Revival followed and persecution. But not even Grimshaw’s opponents could deny that Haworth people now worked, and cared for their families, as they had never done before. What Charles Wesley called his ‘triumphant love’ was Grimshaw’s supreme motivation. It led him to break through ecclesiastical rules and to preach far and wide: ‘The most indefatigable minister of Christ that ever was in England’ (William Romaine). It led also to his eagerness to help all — Church of England or Dissenter, Moravian or Methodist, Arminian or Calvinist: ‘I love Christians, true Christians of all parties. I do love them; I will love them; and none shall make me do otherwise.’ – from dust jacket.
‘Perhaps this century has not produced another who could say with more justice and propriety to his hearers (if his great humility would have permitted him). “be ye followers of me, as I am of Christ”.’ — JOHN NEWTON
‘A few such as him would make a nation tremble. He carries fire wherever he goes.’ — JOHN WESLEY
‘Grimshaw’s unflagging energy and vigorous defense of the faith was matched by a charitable spirit that was a model of true Christlikeness . . . a surprising measure of what he said and wrote is germane to the times in which we live. This is a welcome addition to the rich treasure trove already available from the Banner of Truth. It is also a classic example of what a good biography ought to be.’ — JOHN MACARTHUR
‘A biography that I hold dear because it is a challenge to my wimpishness, something this Canadian Christian historian deeply laments. Grimshaw was a true radical.’ — MICHAEL HAYKIN
‘Atmosphere, action, great character: it’s Wuthering Heights meets Whitfield-Wesley revival.’ — MIKE REEVES