New book ‘a wonderful witness’

Heroes of the Faith celebrates men and women whose lives have proclaimed Christ and inspired faith in others.

By Chris Shearer

November 5 2015What do Michael Leunig, Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa, Abraham Lincoln, C.S. Lewis and J.S. Bach have in common? They all feature in the new book Heroes of the Faith, launched by Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne Dr Philip Freier on Wednesday 4 November.

Heroes of the Faith is a collection of profiles from the popular TMA series of the same name, encompassing 55 men and women whose lives have proclaimed Christ and inspired faith in others.

Barney Zwartz, Communications Advisor to Dr Freier, said part of the appeal was in the broad range of people gathered in the collection. 

“There are obvious giants such as Augustine, perhaps the greatest theologian after the Apostle Paul, and Martin Luther and Anselm, and obscure figures such as… Bartholomaus Ziegenbalg, the first missionary to India,” he said.  

Roland Ashby, who edited the collection and also wrote a profile on Benedictine monk John Main, said he was proud to have been a part of the book. 

“It has been a great joy for me to be involved in this book, which, in all its rich diversity, is a wonderful witness to the transforming love and power of the risen Christ and the Holy Spirit,” he said. “Each life and profile is like a fragment of stained glass through which the light of Christ pours.” 

A number of writers have written for the “Heroes of the Faith” series over the years, including The Revd Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Australia, Rowan Callick, Asia-Pacific Editor of the The Australian and Walkley Award Winner, and Dr Muriel Porter OAM, author and church historian. Each of their accounts is imbued with personal insights into how their heroes’ lives shaped their own and their faith. 

Archbishop Philip Freier thanked the writers for their contribution and said that their work would provide readers with the encouragement to live out their Christian faith. “Through the lives of the remarkable men and women insightfully portrayed here, the reader is given a glimpse of the love of Christ and its power to transform. Each profile is a profound testimony to the belief that ‘God is, and God is love’,” he writes in the forward to the book.   

Heroes of the Faith is published by Garratt Publishing, and is available in bookstores and online. Email or phone 1300650878