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Remembered mercies recorded

Remembered mercies recorded
Tim Martin
01 March, 2015 1 min read

This is a beautiful book, redolent of Christ and breathing that rare candour and humility which in spiritual autobiography we associate with such works as Augustine’s Confessions or the diaries of Kenneth A. MacRae.

It is a riveting read, steeped with spiritual food. Some of the writer’s experiences will bear out the old saying that ‘truth is stranger than fiction’.

Raised from lowly origins and labours in Black Country foundries, Rose was converted as a young man and called into the Strict Baptist ministry. He held three pastorates: in Cranbrook, Croydon and Kirkland (near Garstang). Retiring from pastoral work in 1952, he moved to Sussex, continuing to preach the Word into his early 90s.

Rose was a pastor devoted to his people. Although his credentials were highly Calvinistic, he was the most fervent of evangelists and a true lover of souls. His daily walk adorned the doctrine of his Saviour.

His Croydon ministry (1923-1940) witnessed a remarkable reversal of the general decline which set in after World War One, with vast crowds thronging Tamworth Road Chapel.

In later life, his Christ-like grace had acquired an almost legendary quality in the Garstang area of his day. Even out on the street he was referred to most affectionately as ‘the saint’ by people of all persuasions.

Remembered mercies recorded first appeared in 1952 and has long been out of print. Graham Chewter has done a fine job by adding a final chapter to this brand new edition, effectively completing the account of this dear man’s life. A short selection of his sermons and addresses are included as an appendix.

Tim Martin

Wolverton

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