In his second letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul tells him that he has "finished the race." He is now passing the torch to Timothy who must now run with it. The history of the church is filled with those who have borne the torch before us and there is a lot that we can learn from them. In many ways, the church's history is like one very long relay race. In this book, Stephen Gorham highlights twenty-five "torchbearers" who have run the race well including William Wilberforce, John Hus, St. Vincent de Paul and King Alfred the Great. These men and women of faith come from all walks of life. There is the monk Telemachus who put a stop to the gladiatorial games and the hospital reformer Florence Nightingale known as the "Lady with the Lamp." The book also includes those who have been martyred for the faith including Lawrence of Rome, Jim Elliot and Bishop Shi. What they all have in common is a deep abiding faith in God and the grace and courage to put that faith into action. It is the author's hope and prayer that the reader will be inspired by these men and women of faith to run their portion of the race well and one day like the Apostle Paul be rewarded with the "crown of life" for doing so.
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Stephen Gorham is a freelance writer from Tacoma, Washington, where he was born and raised. He received a bachelors degree in theology and history from Multnomah University and a masters degree in American church history from Wheaton College (IL). He is a Benedictine oblate at St. Martin's Abbey in Lacey, Washington and an active member at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Tacoma. He enjoys gardening, travel, photography, rosary making and singing in the church choir. He has a church history blog on Wordpress entitled “Cloisterwalk.”
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