One of my two fathers in the Lord, Pastor P.H.P. (“Percy”) Gutteridge, was born this day, September 26th, in 1909. I was speaking with my friend Brian Fettes from Calgary, Alberta, today, and we both marveled that Percy has been in the presence of Jesus for thirteen years already.
Some of my readers knew Percy well; others, not at all (except perhaps through his writings found on FinestOfTheWheat.org and his audios both there and on this site in the Grains from Gutteridge podcast). An overview of his life is told by his son and daughter-in-law, John and Ann Gutteridge, in their Brief Timeline of the Life of P.H.P. Gutteridge. Another son, Peter, relates some humorous and poignant anecdotes in “Snapshots” from a Son's Memories.
It's hard to believe that it has been two years already since we celebrated the centennial of Percy's birth by releasing a new edition of his book, Faith Is Substance. It is, bar none, the best book on faith I have read in my 43 years as a Christian (not counting the Bible, of course!). All the book's chapters can be read freely online, starting with the Foreword by Dr. Robert Frost. Or, if you're one of those folks who prefers to skip over forewords and introductions, jump right into Chapter One, The Author and Foundation of Faith. If online reading isn't your “thing,” a paperback version can be purchased online, and all profits from online sales of the book go to one of Pastor Gutteridge's favorite missions, Foundation for His Ministry, Inc.