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.
Ralph Ireland has written this preface:
Faith Cook has written 22 books largely biographical, and they have influenced a great many people – most of whom look forward to her next work. This book is different.
Over the past few years it has been my privilege to appraise draft manuscripts of several of those books and offerconstructive comments. This book tells us how Christian books have influenced the author herself. It offers rich insights into how she grew as a Christian under their influence. It does more: it challenges the reader to read (or re-read) the books she refers to. In my own case it challenged me to re-read her own Grace in Winter: Rutherford in verse (Banner of Truth 1989). With better understanding of what drove her to write it, I read it as if I had never read it before !
This book complements her autobiography: Troubled Journey: A Missionary Childhood in war torn China (Banner of Truth Trust, 2004) – and those who haven’t read that book
will almost certainly want to do so after reading this one.
This book also reveals two other major literary sources that have strongly impacted her life: the writings of John Bunyan, and Christian hymns that have been written down the ages; here you can gain some insights into how she was impacted.
If these insights whet your appetite there are two other volumes you might like to read:
Fearless Pilgrim: the life and times of John Bunyan, and Our Hymn Writers and their hymns.
Meanwhile, enjoy this one.
‘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.
Sharon James, author and Pastor’s wife
Faith Cook takes us on her journey of life through books that spoke to her heart during the difficulties of growing up without parents, marriage to a pastor, and raising five children through it all. At each stage, a book spoke truth, courage, and encouragement to a woman eager to know the will and ways of her Heavenly Father. A must read for those who desire the same.
Rose Marie Miller, author of numerous books, including Nothing Is Impossible With God
Faith Cook is a widely published author. Troubled Journey: A Missionary Childhood in war-torn China and Selina, Countess of Huntingdon are both published by Banner of Truth. Faith has fifteen titles in print with EP, including Fearless Pilgrim: the life and times of John Bunyan and Our Hymn Writers and their hymns, Lady Jane Grey: Nine Day Queen of England, Caught in the Web and Surprised by God.