As in the other volumes in the They Knew Their God Series written by Edwin and Lillian Harvey, the men and women in this book are from a variety of eras, cultures, and denominational backgrounds. The first sketch presents us with the commentators Philip and Matthew Henry whose lives spanned the years 1631-1714. Philip began his ministry as an Anglican priest but refused to sign the Act of Uniformity and so became a non-conformist. The second and third sketches cover the lives of American Methodists Freeborn and Catherine Garretson, both born in the mid eighteenth century. Next comes John Gossner, a Roman Catholic priest from Bavaria who eventually and rather reluctantly became Protestant in order to have more freedom to preach the Word.
They Knew Their God Book Five, Edwin and Lillian Harvey
The first four volumes in They Knew Their God Series were written by Edwin and Lillian Harvey. Even although Edwin passed away in 1983, his wife continued to use much of the material they had prepared together before his death. The last two volumes, however, do not have Edwin’s name on them.
They Knew Their God Book Six, Lillian Harvey
The last two volumes in the They Knew Their God Series are written by Lillian Harvey. The previous four, Lillian co-authored with her husband who passed away in 1983. Volume Six was the last book Lillian ever wrote although she left some material for the seventh and what she intended would be the final book in this series. I hope, one day, to complete this final volume.
Trudy Harvey Tait
They Knew Their God Volume Three, Edwin and Lillian Harvey
They Knew Their God Vol. 3 begins with the fascinating story of the Frenchman, Marquis DeRenty, who was born in the early seventeenth century. He is followed by another Frenchman, Stephen Grellet, who was forced to seek refuge in America during the French Revolution and became a Quaker and worldwide traveling preacher. The third sketch presents the life of the Englishman Samuel Pearce, sometimes known as “the Brainerd of the Baptists.” Pearce is followed by the Methodist preacher from Yorkshire, John Smith, known as “The man with calloused knees.” The fifth sketch is short but moving and introduces the reader to Ann Cutler, who was born in Preston, England in the mid eighteenth century.
They Knew Their God Book Two, Edwin and Lillian Harvey
They Knew Their God Vol. 2, like its predecessor, contains a wide variety of men and women who illustrate that knowing God is available to every Christian irrespective of nationality, gender, or religious affiliation. Unlike Volume One, however, the first sketch in this book was born in the late seventeenth century. He is Gerhard Terstegen, the German Pietist, mystic and hymn-writer. We then move into the eighteenth century in the next two sketches: two Americans—the Quaker John Woolman, and Methodist itinerant bishop, Elijan Hedding. The fourth sketch in this volume is about Robert Aitken, the Scotsman who became an Anglican minister and labored in Pendeen, a small town in Cornwall.
They Knew Their God Book One, Lillias Trotter, John Hyde, Robert Cleaver Chapman
In each of the six-book series, They Knew Their God, the authors, Edwin and Lillian Harvey have been careful to include a wide variety of men and women to illustrate that knowing God is available to every Christian irrespective of nationality, gender, or religious affiliation. Generally, the sketches in each book are placed chronologically. There are some exceptions. Take for instance in the first of this series.
The Christian’s Daily Challenge
There are many daily reading books out there on the market right now. The Christian’s Daily Challenge by E. F. and L. Harvey is one of them. The authors, however, felt the need when this book was compiled, to produce a daily devotional that would prove a real challenge to readers to strive after a deeper devotional life with Christ.