Book Review of
The Last of the Giants
In its early years, Duluth was a gold mine for lumber barons. Men were employed as lumberjacks and worked like beasts, only to be tossed aside like used equipment when no longer needed. The grand forests were raped for their prime timber, the balance burned wastefully. The men were coarse and hard, but they had to be to survive. More than any other people that ever lived in our land, these old-time lumberjacks could truthfully say, “No man cared for my soul.”
That is, until God sent three men to the great Northwoods of our country ¬– Frank Higgins, John Sornberger, and Al Channer. These men blazed new trails of the Spirit and founded an empire for God. They reached a sector of humanity for which no spiritual work had ever been done before, storming the Northwoods with a consuming passion for Christ. And with that passion, they also brought a heart as big as all outdoors, a love for men that burned like a flame, and a desperate desire to see these men saved.
This was one of my favorite books of 2016. I love finding lesser known books about ordinary people that do extraordinary things. This book is just that. It is a book about lumberjacks that God used to do great things. I grew up in the middle of logging country in the far NW corner of Oregon. The town I grew up in is surrounded by the logging industry and loggers. This book takes places in Minnesota and the northern part of the United States, but much of it I understood because I grew up around loggers. Logging is one of the most dangerous jobs there is to do. It is a rough and tough life. This book does not hide that fact, but it shows that God’s love and grace can change even the roughest and toughest people and use them for His good. If you like Christian biographies, I think you will enjoy this one.