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This review is from: I Did it His Way (Paperback)
In many ways this is an extraordinary book written in a most readable fashion. I virtually went through the 200 pages in one session which for me is a rarity. (I usually have several books to wade through all the time). Hugh Hill writes as he speaks in the language of ordinary people and with some rare insights.
The story of Hugh's conversation has been shared with hundreds of people across the United Kingdom. I first came across him when he was a relatively new Christian, Circumstances which he unpacks caused him to leave Glasgow and head to the coastal resort of Worthing which he dubs as `not exactly the ends of the earth'! Here he commenced work with the CPO an organisation committed to Christian Literature he also joined the church which I pastored for nearly thirty years. He showed marked signs of leadership and an obvious preaching gift. I encouraged him to attend the London Theological Seminary, a course well geared to allow him also to superintend our branch church on a working class estate.
His experience as a businessman with its successes and failures along with the attendant problems of alcoholism was to give him a rare background to draw on in the future. He received in the university of life an education which even the benefits of LTS could not equal. The threat also of a broken marriage in his pre Christian days would give him great sensitivity as a pastor. His radical John-Newton-type conversion is proof of the power of the gospel in the life of an ordinary person. Billy Graham is quoted as saying that one can argue against a theology but not against a changed life.
As for style, the book is unusually if not uniquely constructed. Not only does the author unravel his story and follow the twists and turns of his journey he gives room for testimony of those who have accompanied him - his wife, son and daughter. He brings in folk whose lives impacted him and those he too has impacted. Their accounts serve as little capsules of God's grace which show how a single life affects others. As John Donne put it, `no man is an island entire in himself'.
This is not a book of systematic theology but it is a winsome presentation of the outworking of biblical truth in the experience of the writer, a modest compendium of practical theology which plainly explains the Gospel and will prove be an excellent evangelistic tool. Story telling as a vehicle for conveying truth is a well know method for successful communication. And this is not only a rattling good story it unpacks the work of the Spirit of God in the experience of a man whose life was well nigh shipwrecked by the time he was forty.
I have tracked the pilgrimage of Hugh Hill as an evangelist and pastor. I have witnessed churches being born and renewed as a result of his compelling ministry and observed how a man of conservative dress and demeanour has become one of the most effective speakers to men that I have known in a fairly long and extensive ministry.
I hope this book will have great success.
REV DR TONY SARGENT
INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE GLASGOW