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Mr Eternity: The Story of Arthur Stace

Roy WilliamsElizabeth Meyers

Mr Eternity: The Story of Arthur Stace

Roy WilliamsElizabeth Meyers

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Shortlisted for the 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award.

Almost every day for 35 years, Arthur Stace spent hours writing a single word - Eternity - on and around the streets of Sydney. Sometimes his mission took him much further afield, to country New South Wales and even to Melbourne.

Stace's identity was a mystery for more than two decades. Then, after his 'unmasking' in 1956, he became a reluctant folk hero. By the time he died, in 1967, his was a household name and the word Eternity was ingrained in the soul of Sydney. It still is.

In this long-awaited biography, the full story of Arthur Stace's life is told for the first time in vivid and often surprising detail. Drawing upon many original sources, some never before made public, this book will engross Christians and non-believers alike - anyone who loves a great Australian story.

Black and white illustrations; colour plates.

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Roy Williams won the Sydney University Medal in law in 1986 and spent 20 years in the legal profession before turning his hand to writing. His first and best-known book, God, Actually (2008), was a defence of Christianity for the educated layperson. A bestseller in Australia on release, it has since been published in Britain and North America. Roy's next two books - In God They Trust? (2013) and Post-God Nation? (2015) - focused on Australian history and society, and have been widely praised by believers and agnostics alike. Mr Eternity is his first full-length biography.

Elizabeth Meyers' father, Lisle Thompson, was the minister of Burton Street Baptist Tabernacle in Darlinghurst from 1951 to 1964 and also a dear friend and mentor of Arthur Stace. Elizabeth worked as a teacher for 26 years after attending Sydney Unversity and qualifying in early childhood/special education. She and her husband Lionel have two daughters and four grandchildren. Elizabeth has written this biography of Arthur Stace with Roy Williams to fulfil a promise to her mother, May, as Lisle Thompson received permission from Arthur to write his life story 'only after his death.'

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Shortlisted for the 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award.

Almost every day for 35 years, Arthur Stace spent hours writing a single word - Eternity - on and around the streets of Sydney. Sometimes his mission took him much further afield, to country New South Wales and even to Melbourne.

Stace's identity was a mystery for more than two decades. Then, after his 'unmasking' in 1956, he became a reluctant folk hero. By the time he died, in 1967, his was a household name and the word Eternity was ingrained in the soul of Sydney. It still is.

In this long-awaited biography, the full story of Arthur Stace's life is told for the first time in vivid and often surprising detail. Drawing upon many original sources, some never before made public, this book will engross Christians and non-believers alike - anyone who loves a great Australian story.

Black and white illustrations; colour plates.

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Roy Williams won the Sydney University Medal in law in 1986 and spent 20 years in the legal profession before turning his hand to writing. His first and best-known book, God, Actually (2008), was a defence of Christianity for the educated layperson. A bestseller in Australia on release, it has since been published in Britain and North America. Roy's next two books - In God They Trust? (2013) and Post-God Nation? (2015) - focused on Australian history and society, and have been widely praised by believers and agnostics alike. Mr Eternity is his first full-length biography.

Elizabeth Meyers' father, Lisle Thompson, was the minister of Burton Street Baptist Tabernacle in Darlinghurst from 1951 to 1964 and also a dear friend and mentor of Arthur Stace. Elizabeth worked as a teacher for 26 years after attending Sydney Unversity and qualifying in early childhood/special education. She and her husband Lionel have two daughters and four grandchildren. Elizabeth has written this biography of Arthur Stace with Roy Williams to fulfil a promise to her mother, May, as Lisle Thompson received permission from Arthur to write his life story 'only after his death.'
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Almost every day for 35 years, Arthur Stace spent hours writing a single word - Eternity - on and around the streets of Sydney. Sometimes his mission took him much further afield, to country New South Wales and even to Melbourne.Stace's identity was a mystery for more than two decades. Then, after his `unmasking' in 1956, he became a reluctant folk hero. By the time he died, in 1967, his was a household name and the word Eternity was ingrained in the soul of Sydney. It still is.In this long-awaited biography, the full story of Arthur Stace's life is told for the first time in vivid and often surprising detail. Drawing upon many original sources, some never before made public, this book will engross Christians and non-believers alike - anyone who loves a great Australian story.
- Publisher

Meet the Authors

Roy Williams

One of Australia's emerging public intellectuals and writers, Roy Williams' distinguished 20-year career in the legal profession was cut short in 2004 when he experienced a life-changing illness. Forced to leave the law, he took time to recuperate before deciding to become a writer. His book reviews appear regularly in The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald. He also contributes to Australian Literary Review, Dissent and Inside Sport, he recently authored God Actually.
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Elizabeth Meyers

Elizabeth Meyers¿ father, Lisle Thompson, was the minister of Burton Street Baptist Tabernacle in Darlinghurst from 1951 to 1964 and also a dear friend and mentor of Arthur Stace. Elizabeth worked as a teacher for 26 years after attending Sydney Unversity and qualifying in early childhood/special education. She and her husband Lionel have two daughters and four grandchildren. Elizabeth has written this biography of Arthur Stace with Roy Williams to fulfil a promise to her mother, May, as Lisle Thompson received permission from Arthur to write his life story `only after his death.¿

Table Of Contents

  • Foreword; Introduction: Mr Eternity; 1. Suffer The Little Children; 2. Sins Of The Fathers; 3. The Road To Perdition; 4. And Lead Us Not Into Temptation; 5. He That Doeth; 6. The Lot Is Cast Into The Lap; 7. The Furnace Of Affliction; 8. Lost In The Wilderness; 9. From Darkness To Light; 10. Echoes Of Eternity; 11. Rivers In The Desert; 12. More Precious Than Rubies; 13. Growing In Faith; 14. As Iron Sharpens Iron; 15. Knock And It Shall Be Opened; 16. Fruits Of The Spirit; 17. The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death; 18. At Home With The Lord; 19. If What Has Been Built Survives; 20. What Do These Stones Mean?; Epilogue: Reflections On Eternity; Notes; Sources; About The Authors.

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Shortlisted for the 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award
5 stars By 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year Judges, Aug 20 2018
With Arthur Stace's iconic copperplate script emblazoned on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australians ushered in the third millennium. Together with Sydney-siders, the whole world was called to consider their eternal destiny. Arthur would have been pleased. In a style appropriate to the piety of his time we read about his appalling childhood, tragic descent into crime and degradation, astonishing conversion, and fruitful life as a street preacher and pavement artist. This is a vivid and valuable portrait of a man and his era, and a tribute to Christian visionaries who preached the gospel and ministered to the needy. A potent story of God's grace.

Akos Balogh, Bill Brown and Judith Nichols. 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year Judges
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Great Aussie Story of Transformation
3 stars By Rebecca , Mar 05 2018
This was an informative read.  I spent much of the book wishing it was written as a novel rather than a more informative style. I believe this story deserves a re-write as the gripping narrative that could be, rather than its present format, as this would gain a greater audience and do the amazing transformation of Authur Stace in the hands of a gracious God, justice.  
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  • Catalogue Code 492967
  • Product Code 9780994616654
  • ISBN 0994616651
  • EAN 9780994616654
  • Pages 312
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Acorn Press
  • Publication Date Oct 2017
  • Sales Rank #114
  • Dimensions 208 x 148 x 19 mm
  • Weight 0.475kg

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