'Historical novels are a recognized way of letting us live in the
age about which we are reading. They bring a different perspective on
historical events. This is a good read for teens and adults alike and is
sure to engender an interest in going further into the lives of these great
preachers and delving into a period of history that saw remarkable turnings
-- New Life,30 December 2006
From the Publisher
Imagine you are growing up in an eighteenth-century village
high up in the Yorkshire Moors. Times are very hard, and you have to work
long hours to help your family to have even the basic essentials. Disease
and death are all around you -- even the death of young children.
This is the life of Tom Whittaker. Early events left deep scars and many
unanswered questions. Is there really a heaven? Does God hear prayer? How
can I ever forgive?
Although Tom is a fictional character, his life of hardship was typical of
the days in which he lived, and has been drawn from many true-life
incidents. Most importantly, he comes into contact with William Grimshaw,
the unconventional and fiery curate of Haworth. Grimshaw's desire to teach
God's truth brought him into many a conflict, with even a riot against him
and his friend John Wesley. Yet his love and care for his flock, and, above
all, the message of hope and salvation he brought, changed the lives of
thousands of men, women and children.
But what about Tom? Read the book and follow the adventures and challenges
he faced, his ever-growing respect for William Grimshaw... and what
happened to him `under the scaffold'.