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Baptised by Fire: Story of Smith Wigglesworth (Hodder Christian paperbacks) [Paperback]

Jack Hywel-Davies
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1 Jun 1987
Smith Wigglesworth was an uneducated, straight-talking Yorkshire lad, who never fully mastered the art of reading and writing. One day, in a small Methodist chapel, he heard God’s call and immediately began the work of challenging all those he met to ‘only believe’. In the subsequent fifty years he was to become a figurehead for the growing Pentecostal Movement, leading missions all over the world.

In Baptised by Fire Jack Hywel-Davies tells the striking story of this passionate man of God whose unquestioning faith and powerful ministry are a source of inspiration even today.

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  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (1 Jun 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340407409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340407400
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.1 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have had the privilege of reading other biographies of Wigglesworth and this is by far the best. It is refreshing to read the story of a man who, without human refinement and education, was able to tap the infinite resources of God. I was personally blessed in reading the story. (Eldin Corsie )

About the Author

Dr Jack Hywel-Davies has enjoyed a distinguished career as pastor, writer and broadcaster. He is now retired and lives in the village of Whyteleafe, Surrey.

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5.0 out of 5 stars baptised by fire 18 Sep 2011
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This is an excellent record of a true man of God,for any man or woman who has doubts of the the truth of the gospel and just who jesus really was should read this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit of the Lord God 17 Nov 2012
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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".
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Biography 9 May 2010
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I knew the author, who died a few years back. Jack was an intelligent man whose career included time spent as a Pastor as well as a broadcaster on the BBC and Premier Radio in the U.K. Jack told me about the research he had done and how he had met people who had been healed (and remained so) decades after the occurrence.
Jack was a young man when he met Wigglesworth. He didn't know him closely unlike Stanley Frodsham, but this book has been well researched. I'd recommend this inspiring book to anyone, knowing that it is an excellent account and not exaggerated.

Another great Christian Book: Chosen Ones (Aedyn Chronicles, The)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baptised by Fire 15 Dec 2008
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This book, Baptised by Fire is a book about the life of Smith Wigglesworth life of Faith. It shows the power of Faith at work through a un-educated man of God, whom when he first started his ministry did'nt even know how to read, but through his faith in God, miracles were wroth. It also shows the challenges in life he faced which shows he was just a natural man like others. The difference was, he chose to believe in God.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Baptised by Fire 1 April 2000
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This book is an auto-biography. The author, a pastor of his church, and a pilot, was heading home for thanksgiving, to be with his family. The weather was dreadful as he took off in his light aircraft. The carburettor froze and the engine stalled just after take off. He attempted to turn the plane and return to the airstrip as there was nowhere else to land, a task that he nearly completed sucessfully, but just managed to clip the last tree between him and a safe landing on the runway. The plane cartwheeled, crashed and exploded into a ball of flame. Jack was knocked unconscious, and when he came to, he was inside an inferno. Jack tried to release his seat belt but due to the force of the impact it had become jammed. In desperation, with his bare hands, Jack ripped the seat belt webbing in two. He was able to open the door and he fell from the plane into the snow and crawled away from the crash before passing out. Jack sustained horrific burns in the crash. For many weeks he was on the raw edge of survival. He describes a "meeting with Jesus" during this period where he was given a choice to live and carry out God's work, or if he felt the pain and suffering would be too great he could choose to die. The book describes the long slow road to recovery, the multitude of skin grafts and other operations, the love and support of his wife and his subsequent ministry. I have rated this with three stars because I think that although the story is a marvelous tale of courage, it was a bit drawn out in places.
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