The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain
The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain, written by Hannah More in 1795, is a wonderful little book containing the two true accounts of men who, though of humble means, live out authentic lives of faith. Their ardent pursuit of the Lord and the souls of the lost result in the conversion of many.
Both men resorted “to the Bible as their resource in the day of trial.” They pray continually, being watchful against sin, and prepare their minds to go into the presence of the King of kings, careful to avoid turning worship into a mere form.
The simple shepherd teaches us that “poverty is a great sharpener of wits,” either making us more resourceful or causing us to cease to care for honesty and goodness. Poverty itself does not prevent us from influencing the world around us. Rather, our choices do. This shepherd, by his honesty and faithfulness, leaves a lasting legacy of faith.
This volume also includes a second story, The Mountain Miller, written by William Hallock in 1831. The miller demonstrates how God can take a willful man and transform him into one who seeks to win the lost and teach them to serve Christ. His life is an example of God’s power to change lives.
May these two narratives lead us to develop a more enduring relationship with Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think.