On Giant’s Shoulders by Patrick McElligott is a true and inspiring account of a life lived for over thirty years as a missionary in Japan.
Patrick McElligott writes in a very personable style, with the result that the reader feels as if we are reading an account from a dear friend. We hear about the author’s poor beginnings in Deptford and about a Christ-filled, servant-hearted life in Japan.
We all have a God-shaped hole that nothing else can fill. “I set my heart seeking until I found.” God longs to be found by each and every one of us.
God has uniquely created us. “The Lord had not called me to copy others.” God has planted our own hopes, dreams and talents within us. We are called to follow our own paths and not the paths of others.
Nothing can be established without bathing it in prayer. We need to bring both our small and our large concerns to God. “She spoke to the Father as if He were right beside her.” Prayer is for our benefit, as we establish a relationship with God.
We are called to do life in partnership with God. When we do, we can expect opposition from the evil one. “I am no match for Satan, but Jesus is!… It is He who builds, not I.” The church of God will be built as we faithfully obey God.
Becoming a Christian is different for each of us. Sometimes we will hear the booming voice of God. At other times, it will be a whisper but just as powerful however we are called.
There are no coincidences in the kingdom of God, only God instances as He answers our prayers.
On Giant’s Shoulders is inspirational as we witness the faithfulness of God to His children, and the faithfulness of the author and his family to God.
On Giant’s Shoulders is a fascinating read as we see the progression of the kingdom into Japan as Patrick McElligott obeys the call to go and make disciples of all nations.
I received a free copy. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.