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British Church Newspaper reviews the life story of a Godly Yorkshire man

British Church Newspaper reviews the life story of a Godly Yorkshire man

Peter Murcott from British Church Newspaper, has written about John Mollitt's latest book 'Faith on the Line'

Peter Murcott introduces the book, it’s main character James Pratt, and the author John Mollitt, who is the grandson of James.

“This is the life-story of a godly Yorkshire man, called James Pratt (1880-1968), a Primitive Methodist, who remained as such in spirit after Methodist Union in 1932, and a long-serving local preacher.”

He points out his own personal connection with the places where James Pratt preached, mentioned in the book.

Peter notes, “Amidst the personal memories, the author records much about James Pratt’s preaching, and in chapter nine he provides several of his sermon outlines that he inherited.”

Reflecting on the fact that having known men like Mr James Pratt, “whose steadfastness for and attention to the true profession of the Gospel were monumental”, Peter realised that the era written about may have long passed, but the values have not.

Read the full review below.


The Gospel has not changed, and the commission to make Christ known and to be a light in a dark place remains.

Peter Murcott

British Church Newspaper

About the Book

James Pratt, born in north England in the late nineteenth century, spent much of his life working on the railway. But whilst he was a signalman by profession, he was a preacher of the Word by vocation. For 70 years, he served the Methodist Church as a local circuit preacher, and preached Christ not only with words but also by example, holding fast to the gospel and timeless Christian values. He also took these values into the local community, contributing for over 40 years to the National Union of Railwaymen, and serving as a parish councillor.

As you read this story of an ordinary man whom God used to have a great impact for his kingdom, you too will find yourself encouraged to remain faithful to Christ in your own life and, as the apostle Paul wrote, to ‘run in such a way as to get the prize’.





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