Autobiographyof a Yorkshire Christian
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Star Rating: 4
In just 87 pages this little book charts the life of a man who reached his 100th year in 2014. It is an absorbing, fascinating and spiritually profitable read. It is also of historical and sociological value, casting light on several aspects of twentieth-century life.
The book reminds us that it is always God who converts the sinner and that he uses his Word to do so. Sometimes this occurs without the aid of other people, and even in spite of those who profess to be his servants.
It also shows the importance of holding to the doctrines of grace with graciousness. The good that can arise from prudent association with Christians is also revealed, even if their background and biblical understanding are, initially, different from one’s own.
Douglas Higgins is undoubtedly a remarkable man. He is a gifted artist and has many interests. As well as photographs and small drawings, the book is enhanced by inclusion of several colour pictures by Higgins. Doubtless he was inspired by the rugged beauty of the Peak District on his doorstep.
During the Second World War he served in the RAF. He was an airframe fitter and part of the ground crew of a Mosquito squadron. On returning to civilian life he became an art teacher for 30 years. When in his 90s, a succession of Chinese students lodged in his house and benefited from his wisdom and testimony.
This book has triggered a number of memories for me and has converted the name ‘Gleadless’ (the village where Higgins grew up) from just a road sign I often passed, to the place where a man of God has lived all his life. I hope that many readers will pay a similar ‘visit’ through acquiring a copy of this book.