This is the story of the Holy Spirit at work in the life of Smith Wigglesworth, a simple and otherwise unremarkable 19th century Yorkshire man. Born into poor and challenging circumstances, with limited education and resources, he went on to an exceptional life of ministry and a key role in the spread of Pentecostalism around the world.
Wigglesworth preached the word of God with power, healed the sick, and reached out to the poor and disenfranchised wherever he encountered them. It is telling that the first sermon he preached was based on the first verse of Isaiah 61. Here's how the author describes it:
"Smith walked the length of the hall and, with a small Bible in his hand, ascended the three short steps to the platform. As he walked towards the front of the hall he did not know what he was going to say in his sermon. But as he ascended the platform steps God spoke to him. He was told to begin with the words in Isaiah 61:'The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison for those who are bound'.
Then he began to preach. Soon he felt the mighty power of God surge through him, and though he had a limited vocabulary, words rushed out of him like a torrent of water."
As it was with his preaching, so it was with his bold healing ministry and his effective outreach to the poor.
All this is told in engaging fashion by author Jack Hywel-Davies. Wigglesworth and his times are brought to life and make for a very good read.
It's an inspiring account, and one that demonstrates in an very real sense the words recorded by the prophet Zechariah, "Not by might nor by power, but in My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts".