I had stopped building for the architects and recently finished a new home for a Mrs. Shellenor who had recently lost her husband. She had sold her home in Bradford Road, Mt Martha and had asked me to build a new home for her in Frankston.
After moving into the new home she rang me to ease a window and as it was still in the three months maintenance period. After doing this we started to discuss religion. In my spare time I had studied for many years endeavouring to find an answer to war and had already researched many religions.
Entering another room she came out with a little book and handed it to me and said, ‘Take this home and study it, it has helped me tremendously to understand about God, Christ and religion’.
I declined to take the book. I did not know why at the time.
A couple of weeks later she rang me again to do something to the house stating she would not be there and would leave the key under the doormat. When I had finished the job I picked up the little book to glance at it and found myself still reading it an hour later. It was answering all my questions about life, Christ and God. As she had previously offered to loan it to me I took the book home. It completely changed my life.
The title of the book was, ‘God Calling’, written by Two Listeners and edited by A. J. Russell. There were messages for every day of the year alleged to be direct from Christ. For example, the entry for October 19th reads:
“The cry of the human soul is never unheard. It is never that God does not hear the cry, but that man fails to hear the response. Like parts of a machine made to fit, each into the other, and to work in perfect harmony, is the human cry and the God-response. But man treats this cry as if were a thing alone, to be heard, or not, as it pleased God, not realising that the response was there in all eternity, awaiting the cry, and only man’s failing to heed, or to listen, kept him unaware of the response, and unsaved, unhelped by it”.
James Hearn – World Peace, p. 26