Born in 1919, Cyril Handel Grant grew up in a close, loving family in Sparkbrook, Birmingham. But when a tragedy occurred at the age of eight, Cyril's life changed dramatically and he found comfort and hope in religion. As a young Free Church minister Cyril travelled to the United States shortly after the Second World War and witnessed the birth of a nation as leader of the free world. On returning to England with an American wife, Cyril and a fellow minister spent ten years in the industrial North, attempting to build up a chapel and its neglected congregation. After a world tour he returned to Bristol, where he had spent his teenage years, and set up the first branch of the Samaritans in the city. Cyril's story, covering a remarkable ten decades, is a triumph of hope and inspiration. His evident good humour and deep commitment to helping humanity shines through and today, in his mid-90s, Cyril continues to exude positivity and warmth. This is the story of a remarkable, yet modest man.
Foreword Introduction Chapter One Beginnings Chapter Two Preaching the Word Chapter Three Go West, Young Man, Go West! Chapter Four Waking up to the American Dream Chapter Five America, Coast to Coast Chapter Six A not-so-Brief Encounter Chapter Seven A Mission to the North Chapter Eight A Chequered History of Masbro' Chapel Chapter Nine Finding Our Feet Chapter Ten The End of an Era Chapter Eleven A Well-Earned Break Chapter Twelve The Founding of Herringthorpe Chapter Thirteen Farewells and New Beginnings Chapter Fourteen A New Home Chapter Fifteen A Good Samaritan Chapter Sixteen Retirement and Beyond Chapter Seventeen Giving Thanks