Frances Whitehead was working for the BBC when Stott asked her to become his secretary. For 55 years she was his right hand: gatekeeper, administrator, typist, encourager and enabler. In his Will, Stott named her as his 'friend and Executor'.
Their partnership--unique, effective, and not without humour--has been described as 'one of the greatest Christian partnerships of the 20th century'.
But what lay behind the dogged determination, fiercely protective streak, occasional imperious tone, and ready, warm laughter Frances brought to her role? This book tracks her life and glimpses her ancestry to find the answer.
""This thoroughly-researched account from an insider's privileged viewpoint is an important addition to the history of the period.""
--Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith, John Stott's authorized biographer
""What strikes me most, as I read Julia Cameron's beautifully-crafted biography, is the awesome providential sovereignty of God. What might look like random choices (a lunchtime walk; a visit to an art-gallery), led to two individuals with very different life experiences and mixtures of personality traits ... serving each other in multiple human and hum-drum matters, and serving God's mission in their generation.""
--Chris Wright, International Ministries Director, Langham Partnership
Julia Cameron has served on the boards of three of John Stott's initiatives. She is Director of Publishing for the Lausanne Movement, and lives in Oxford.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Author's Preface xiii
Part I London, 13 January 2012
1 Memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral 7
Part II From Childhood to the BBC
2 Early years: 1925-36 17
3 Boarding school: 1936-43 23
4 Massive changes: 1943-47 29
5 Switzerland and Cape Town: 1947-51 33
6 London, the BBC, and a new-found faith: 1951-56 37
Part III Interlude
Snapshots from family history 49
Part IV Secretary John Stott's
7 A calling, and a new beginning: 1956 67
8 Changes at home enable wider reach 79
9 The growth of a global ministry 95
10 The 'happy triumvirate' 107
11 The Hookses 121
12 Lambeth Palace, 24 July 2001 131
13 Bourne End 139
14 The end of an era 155
15 L is for legacy 173
I The story of a biography 193
II Books typed by Frances Whitehead
III All Souls pastoral staff, 1950-70 201
IV Study assistants in 'the happy triumvirate' 203
Further Reading 205