A. J. Russell
The two authors were ladies with a deep Christian faith, one an Anglican, one a Roman Catholic, and retired school teachers. They were good friends of many years standing. They both developed cancer in the 1930s, and were in some distress. Inspired by a book they had been given called For Sinners Only by A. J. Russell, a London journalist, they began to practice what he suggested-the idea of listening to God in daily silence and jotting down the thoughts given to them at that time. They found the practice invaluable, and wrote to Mr Russell thanking him for his suggestion and enclosing some of the inspired thoughts given them. Mr Russell took the next train to Birmingham, seeing this as a perfect example of the practice he recommended. He asked their permission to compile and edit a book using what God had given them. At his urging they finally agreed but did not wish their names to be used. The books were first published in England with an introduction by Mr Russell. The copyright in the book was eventually passed to Arthur James Russell, who went on to found Arthur James Ltd. the authors died in the 1940s and late 1960s.