A Day's March Nearer Home: Autobiography of J. Graham Miller

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In Graham Miller’s autobiography, A Day’s March Nearer Home, we discover why there is seldom a day of national mourning appointed for an evangelical, as happened in Vanuatu upon his death of Graham Miller in 2008. He had contributed to the nation’s history, and elsewhere- especially in New Zealand and Australia- the lives of individuals and churches were changed by his ministry. Many were his roles during 94 years: lawyer,  missionary, preacher, author, and intercessor. His great aim was to point others to Jesus Christ, and so winsomely did he do this that the influence extended far beyond the southern hemisphere. After his teaching at the Keswick Convention in 1963, the Daily Express (a leading British newspaper) reported, ‘the popular New Zealander can claim to have 7,000 new friends’.

The value of this autobiography is increased by the fact that it was not written for publication. The author’s modest hope was that ‘children’s children will browse through these family archives with interest and surprise’. But the appeal of what he writes will be far wider. His personal experiences- in the home of his childhood and youth, and in the 65 years with his beloved Flora- cannot be read without a deepening appreciation of what the Christian life really means. He lived the line of the hymn he learned in his youth, A day’s march nearer home. The approval of God, and faithfulness to Scripture, were Graham Miller’s first concerns, and his autobiography will surely stir the same ambitions in others.


Table of Contents:

1. Childhood in New Zealand

2. The Dunedin Years

3. New Hebrides, ‘the uttermost part of the earth’

4. Growth on Tongoa

5. The Teacher Institute

6. Blame and Praise

7. Ministry in New Zealand

8. Overseas: Letters to Flora

9. ‘An Unexpected Bend in the Road’

10. New Hebrides Again

11. St. Giles Sydney

12. Wangaratta: ‘Home Sweet Home’

13. Books for Islands and Nations

14. Grateful Recollections

Appendix 1: Preaching and Public Worship

Appendix 2: Sermons Preached at St Giles’, 1975-1980

Appendix 3: Published Writings

Appendix 4: The Miller Family

Appendix 5: Letter from President of Vanuatu 



Iain Hamish Murray, born in Lancashire, England, in 1931, was educated at Wallasey Grammar School and King William’s College in the Isle of Man (1945-49). From 1956 he was for three years assistant to Dr Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel and there, with the late Jack Cullum, founded the Banner of Truth Trust in 1957. He left Westminster in 1961 for a nine-year pastorate at Grove Chapel, Camberwell. With the world-wide expansion of the Trust, Iain Murray became engaged full-time in its ministry from 1969 until 1981 when he responded to a call from St Giles Presbyterian Church, Sydney, Australia. Now based again in the UK, he and Jean live in Edinburgh.  



"I have counted the friendship of Graham and Flora Miller as one of the richest privileges of my life." –- IAIN H. MURRAY

"The chapters on his old age are remarkably moving. I want to grow old like Graham Miller. He is an example for ministers in retirement." — PAUL LEVY

"I finished the autobiography of Graham Miller yesterday. I’m sorry that it has come to an end! If I judge the helpfulness of a Christian biography by the number of times I note things that are helpful or subjects I would like to add to my index, then this comes at the top of the list of those I have read in recent years. I hope it has a wide readership." — DEREK PRIME