An Apprenticeship of Faith
Those familiar with the great books on answered prayer, including Norman Grubbs's Reese Howells, Intercessor and the Autobiography of George Mueller, will find this volume similarly moving and inspiring.
At the time of his death, Dr. Orr (D.Phil., Oxford) was doubtless the world's leading revival scholar. Most of his more than forty publications deal with this exalted theme. An Apprenticeship of Faith is, however, not a scholarly work but the delightful autobiographical insights and spiritual experiences of a young Belfast evangelist just beginning his world-wide faith ministry.
This exciting record of Orr's early years first appeared in the 1930s as three separate volumes. The best of these three have been combined as one by Orr's life-long friend, H. Stanley Donnan.
the Introduction: "Altogether too
few men in recent decades have borne the burden for a revived church throughout
their entire lives. A few such saints come to mind, including Armin Gesswein,
Leonard Ravenhill and, of course the author of these memorials, J. Edwin
Orr. Many have taken up the cause from time to time, and some are sticking
faithfully to it, but many have laid their burden down long before the heat
of the day was past and long before God of heaven moved over the earth in
mighty awakening power."
From An Apprenticeship of Faith: "Most of these poor men, genuinely seeking work, were forced by hard circumstances into vagrancy. A man who presented himself at a casual ward was required to work all next day for his shelter. The next nearest ward being twenty or thirty miles away, he could not possibly reach shelter before nightfall and there he went to work again. But many stopped by the roadside, sleeping in outhouses or under haystacks, thus becoming disreputable in dress and making it harder to retain work. In less populated regions, the hardships increased. I found that these outcasts of the unemployed masses had become so bitter and despairing that the ordinary Christian could not reach them...
"Up in the Salop hills near Craven Arms, I met a Glasgow artisan who lost his employment through the depression. He was forty years old and had no living relatives. My particular method with tramps was to tell them that I had been on the road for a month and stir their curiosity. It was then easy to tell of answers to prayer. The fact that I knew what it meant to sleep out under the stars or walk all night in winter to keep warm gave me ready access to their hearts."