Harris, E. Lynn
Born a Cockney, Cyril Hart spent his childhood on a large housing estate at Dagenham, just outside London's East End. He was raised in an evangelical Christian family, but by the age of 18 he was a card-holding Communist. He passed this phase and during the war served in the ranks in the army, and with a commission in the RNVR, where he was an air engineer. Subsequently he entered Barts and graduated in medicine. He married, and for over 30 years was the senior partner in a large country practice in Huntingdonshire. He studied local history at Leicester, where he became the university's first MA and was awarded its first DLitt. He has written extensively in medicine and in English history, and is currently completing a book on England in the Tenth Century. In retirement he also turned to philosophy and water colours. This unusual range of interests is the range of his autobiography, and the book also presents a fascinating social history of one English family during the whole of the present century.1992 0-7734-9872-9
Though much work has been done in the fields of Catholic and Oriental spirituality, Protestant spirituality has been neglected. After a brief biography of Tozer, this study compares Tozer's mysticism to thirty-five mystical classics he recommended, such as John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, etc. The focus is on the nature of contemporary Protestant mysticism and the examination of a twentieth-century figure operating within a very conservative section of Protestantism who was influenced by mystical prayer. The position which Tozer reached may be of value to others also having to cope with the pressures of contemporary life in a metropolitan environment.