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The Titanic's Last Hero: Story about John Harper
Testimonies and tributes originally published in Scotland in 1912. Compiled and edited by John Climie at the request of John Harper's brother, George. Also published as: John Harper: a hero on the Titanic, 1997--t.p. verso.
Paperback, 158 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Olive Press (SC)
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Apr 20, 2016 Olivia rated it it was amazing
How many Titanic books do you read that talk about John Harper, the Baptist minister who gave his life jacket for the life another; who preached salvation to the end? I'll say right now that besides this book I have read no other books about this man! We talk about how men stepped aside to let woman and children get on the lifeboats, we exclaim over the beauty of a couple staying on the boat together to the end...but let's talk about John Harper for a bit. How many of us, while drowning in freez ...more
This is a riveting narrative about a man of titanic faith. John Harper was faith and evangelism personified. In the tale of that catastrophic sinking of the ship, you hear little about this dynamic man of God and his off the chain faith and courage. For those of us needing spiritual encouragement and a template on what great faith should look like...John Harper is surely one of those.
This book was originally written and published in 1912. The first chapter contained the information about John Harper's final moments on the Titanic. I was moved by his dedicated efforts to win souls for Christ to the very end of his life. Next there are a couple chapters on his life story. Then there are several tributes from friends and fellow pastors. After that there are several testimonies by people that he led to the Lord. The appendixes contained more information about the Titanic and Joh ...more
Nov 03, 2015 Lisa rated it it was ok · review of another edition
A two-star rating on Goodreads reflects an opinion that the book was "just ok" -- not great, but certainly not bad. The positives: great concept from which we learned of Reverend Harper's life through others and the retention of 1912 language. The negatives: too heavy on the religious angle (which I would expect to some degree but it was unfamiliar to me as I am of a different faith) and the narratives were repetitive. I did enjoy the appendix that put the story into historical perspective and w ...more
Let me say that I was very touched, as well as challenged by the amazing story of John Harper and his faithfulness to the Gospel, even unto his death. The problem I have with the book itself was that for me, the story was over at the end of chapter two. The rest of the book was just a combination of John Harper's friends and family talking about his life. And due to the fact that different people were discussing his life, it just seemed rather repetetive, as they were saying the same basic thing ...more
This is a spine-tingling tale of one man's claim to be the last convert of an inspiring minister who could have survived the Titanic but gave his life vest to non-believers. Is this fact or is it fiction. The debate may go on for another hundred years but the fact that this story continues to be told speaks for itself.