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Author Guide: Samuel Zwemer

This is a bibliography of works by Samuel Zwemer, adapted from Apostle to Islam by J. Christy Wilson, Sr.

Zwemer may have been the most famous missions mobilizer of the 20th century. He pioneered in Bahrain, Iraq, and Egypt, in addition to missions tours and conferences virtually everywhere that Islam is found. He preached in English, Arabic, and Dutch. His sermons and books called the Church to acknowledge the challenge of Islam head-on.

While some of his works are left for specialists in religion, many of his devotional works are just as compelling today.

***Asterisks mark those that are highly recommended.

 

Works by Samuel Zwemer

  1. Arabia: The Cradle of Islam. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1900. 434 pages.
  2. Raymond Lull: First Missionary to the Muslims. Funk and Wagnalls, New York. 1902. 172 pages. (Spanish edition.)
  3. The Muslim Doctrine of God. American Tract Society, New York. 1905. 120 pages.
  4. Islam, A Challenge to Faith. Student Volunteer Movement, New York. 1907. 295 pages.
  5. The Muslim World. Young People’s Missionary Movement of the United States and Canada. Eaton, New York, 1908. 239 pages. (Revised edition of Islam, A Challenge to Faith.)
  6. The Unoccupied Mission Fields of Africa and Asia. Student Volunteer Movement, New York. 1911. 260 pages.
  7. The Muslim Christ. Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, London. 1912. 198 pages. American Tract Society, New York.
  8. Mohammed or Christ. Seeley Service and Company, London. 1915. 292 pages.
  9. Childhood in the Muslim World. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1915. 274 pages.
  10. The Disintegration of Islam. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1916. 227 pages.
  11. The Influence of Animism on Islam. Macmillan, New York. 1920. 246 pages.
  12. Christianity the Final Religion. Eerdmans Sevensma Co., The Pilgrim Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1920. 108 pages.
  13. A Muslim Seeker After God: Life of Al-Ghazali. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1921. 302 pages.
  14. The Law of Apostasy in Islam. Marshall Brothers, London. 1923. 164 pages.
  15. The Call to Prayer. Marshall Brothers, London. 1923. 79 pages.
  16. The Glory of the Cross. Marshall Brothers, London. 1928. 128 pages. (Arabic edition.)***
  17. Across the World of Islam. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1929. 382 pages.
  18. Thinking Missions with Christ. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1934.
  19. The Origin of Religion. Cokesbury Press, Nashville, Tenn. 1935.
  20. Taking Hold of God. Marshall, Morgan and Scott, London 1936. 188 pages.
  21. It is Hard to be a Christian. Marshall, Morgan and Scott, London, 1937. 159 pages.
  22. The Solitary Throne. Pickering and Inglis, London. 1937. 112 pages.***
  23. Studies in Popular Islam. Macmillan, New York. 1939. 148 pages.
  24. Dynamic Christianity and the World Today. Intervarsity Fellowship, London. 1939. 173 pages.
  25. The Glory of the Manger. American Tract Society, New York. 1940. 232 pages.
  26. The Art of Listening to God. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1940. 217 pages.
  27. The Cross Above the Crescent. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1941. 292 pages.
  28. Into All the World. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1943. 222 pages.
  29. Evangelism Today. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1944. 125 pages.
  30. Heirs of the Prophets. Moody Press, Chicago. 1946. 137 pages.
  31. The Glory of the Empty Tomb. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1947. 170 pages.
  32. How Rich the Harvest: Studies in Bible Themes and Missions. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1948. 120 pages.
  33. Sons of Adam. Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1951. 164 pages.

 

Works of Joint Authorship

  1. Topsy Turvy Land, with Amy E. Zwemer. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1902. 124 pages.
  2. Methods of Mission Work among Muslims, with E. M. Wherry. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1906. 232 pages.
  3. The Mohammedan World of Today, with E. M. Wherry. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1906. 302 pages.
  4. Our Muslim Sisters, with Annie Van Sommer. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1907. 299 pages.
  5. The Nearer and Farther East, with Arthur J. Brown. Macmillan, New York. 1908. 325 pages.
  6. Lucknow, 1911, with E. M. Wherry. Madras, 1912. 298 pages.
  7. Zig-Zag Journeys in the Camel Country, with Amy E. Zwemer. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1911.
  8. Daylight in the Harem: A New Era for Muslim Women, with Annie Van Sommer. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1912. 224 pages.
  9. Islam and Missions, report of the Lucknow conference with E. M. Wherry. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1912. 300 pages.
  10. Christian Literature in Muslim Lands, with a committee. Doran, New York. 1923.
  11. Muslim Women, with Amy E. Zwemer. United Study Committee, New York. 1926. 306 pages.The Golden Milestone: Reminiscences of Pioneer Days Fifty Years Ago in Arabia, with James Cantine. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1939. 157 pages.

 

Short Works and Contributions

“Report of a Mission Tour Down the Euphrates from Hillah to Busrah.” The Christian Intelligencer, Jan. 4 & 11, 1893.

“Report of a Journey into Yemen and Work among the Jews for the Mildmay Mission.” The Christian Intelligencer. c. 1894.

“Mohammedan World of Today.” 1898.

“Epilogue: A Sketch of the Arabian Mission.” Kamil Abdulmasih. [Formerly Kamil Abdul Messiah.] 1898.

“Advice to Volunteers.” Advice for Student Volunteers. [Formerly The Call, Qualifications and Preparation of Candidates for Foreign Missionary Service Ed. Robert Speer. 1901.

“Thinking Gray in Missions.” n.d.

“The Impending Struggle in Western Asia.” An address delivered January 2, 1910.

“Islam, the War, and Missions.” c. 1914.

“Introduction.” The Vital Forces of Christianity and Islam, with W. H. T. Gairdner, et al. Oxford, London. 1915.

“A Primer on Islam.” Continuation Committee, Shanghai. 1919. 24 pages.

“Report of a Visit to Mesopotamia, the Persian Gulf and India.” Summer of 1924.  American Christian Literature Society for Muslims, New York. 1924. 31 pages.

“Report of a Visit to India and Ceylon.” September 23, 1927, to February 28, 1928. A.C.L.S.M., New York. 1928. 33 pages.

“A Factual Survey of the Muslim World.” Fleming H. Revell, New York, 1946. 34 pages.

“The Glory of the Impossible.” 1950.

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Author Guide: F. W. Boreham

This is a guide to where to find the many books of F. W. Boreham, prolific English writer who ministered for three decades down under, in New Zealand, Tasmania, and Australia. His writing can be broken up into the following four eras: The Early Days, Finding His Voice, The Texts That Made History, Writing Ministry, and After Retirement.

Of his 49 books, only 15 of them have clearly outlined themes. For that reason, I’ve attempted to give brief summaries here, with a little info about where to find hard copies.

1. The Early Days

When F. B. Meyer wrote a foreword for “Won to Glory,” Boreham started to win the attention of publishers. In this period, The Whisper of God most closely resembles Boreham’s classic style; George Augustus Selwyn is also notable for being the only full-length biography written by Boreham, despite his lifelong preoccupation with the genre.

Won to Glory
A sermon on Boreham’s testimony in relation to Genesis 25. Extremely rare.

Loose Leaves (Our Review: ★★★)
A travelogue of a trip around the world. Boreham mostly comments on historical incidents, scenery, and tourist anecdotes. Mildly interesting, but it has almost no spiritual content.
Reprinted by John Broadbanks Publishing, $10.00

From England to Mosgiel
Boreham’s second travelogue.
Reprinted by John Broadbanks Publishing, $9.00.

The Whisper of God (Our Review: ★★★★)
His first full book of sermons. The titular sermon is excellent, and was a foreshadowing of the style Boreham would take up in future works. This book carries the flavor of the pulpit with it; it has a very different tone and style than Boreham’s other books, and for that reason it is worth reading.
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, $11.99.

George Augustus Selwyn (Our Review: ★★★★★)
Biography of the first Anglican bishop of New Zealand. This biography, in the fast-paced style of the popular writing of the day, is an inspiring story of preparation, calling, and discipleship. Selwyn had a great chance to pioneer in not only New Zealand, but all of Melanesia as well, due to a clerical mistake that made him bishop of the South Seas. Although there are many biographies of Selwyn, Boreham’s is a classic and a downright fun read.
Reprinted by GraveRobber Publishing, $5.99.

2. Finding His Voice

At this time, Boreham began in earnest to publish the style of essays that would mark his career. These earlier books are a little bit more of a ramble; he may take a while to get to his point, and he is usually not expositing Scripture. He takes anything as his text, from luggage to linoleum. But he is working out his voice, and in the process, he is becoming a master of illustration.

The Luggage of Life
Reprint coming soon.

Mountains in the Mist (Our Review: ★★★★★)
Reprint coming soon.

The Golden Milestone (Our Review: ★★★★★)
Reprint coming soon.

Mushrooms on the Moor
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, on sale for $9.99 until December 1.

Faces in the Fire (Our Review: ★★★)
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, on sale for $9.99.

The Other Side of the Hill
Reprint coming soon, 2018.

The Silver Shadow
Reprint coming soon, 2018.

The Uttermost Star
Reprint coming soon, 2018.

3. The Texts That Made History

Boreham began a sermon series on “Texts That Made History,” apparently on a whim. But it turned out to be, as he wrote, “his most popular and most evangelistic sermon series.” Boreham was always a student of biography, but this period was characterized by intense biographical research.

A Bunch of Everlastings (Our Review: ★★★★★)
The first of the Texts That Made History.
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, $14.99.
Listen along on LibriVox.

A Reel of Rainbow
Reprint coming soon, 2018.

The Home of the Echoes
Reprint coming soon, 2018.

A Handful of Stars
The second of the Texts That Made History.
Reprint coming, December 1, 2017.
Listen along on LibriVox.

Shadows on the Wall
Reprint coming soon, 2018.

Rubble and Roseleaves
Includes “The Fish-Pens.”
Reprint coming soon, 2018.

A Casket of Cameos (Our Review: ★★★★★)
The third of the Texts That Made History.
Reprint coming, December 1, 2017.

Wisps of Wildfire (Our Review: ★★★★)
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, $14.99.

The Crystal Pointers
Reprint coming soon, 2018.

A Faggot of Torches
The fourth of the Texts That Made History. This is the only volume of Texts that is out of print because of its copyright status.

A Tuft of Comet’s Hair
Reprint coming soon, 2018.

The Nest of Spears
Reprint planned, 2019.

A Temple of Topaz (Our Review: ★★★★★)
The fifth and final of the Texts That Made History. Masterfully researched, engagingly written.
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, $14.99.

4. Writing Ministry

Boreham’s writing at this point in his life has became very refined. In our opinion, this is when he produced several of his best books.

The Fiery Crags
Reprint planned, 2019.

The Three Half Moons (Our Review: ★★★★★)
Includes “On Sowing Hopeseed.”
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, $9.99.

The Blue Flame (Our Review: ★★★★★)
One of Boreham’s longest and best books of essays.
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, $9.99.

When the Swans Fly High
Reprint planned, 2019.

A Witch’s Brewing
Reprint planned, 2019.

The Drums of Dawn (Our Review: ★★★★★)
No reprint currently available. Available for Kindle.

The Ivory Spires
Reprint planned, 2019.

The Heavenly Octave
Essays on the Beatitudes.

Ships of Pearl
Reprint planned, 2019.

The Passing of John Broadbanks (Our Review: ★★★★★)
“With the passing of John Broadbanks, I myself must pass.” Thus Boreham introduces the book he intended to be his last. Most of the essays are themed on “the road” in some way.
Reprint coming, 2019.

5. After Retirement

After “notionally retiring” in 1936, Boreham actually published fifteen more books—but there is a big difference in these later volumes. Aside from I Forgot to Say, the books that follow are compilations of shorter articles that were not yet published in book form, books compiled on themes that he loved,

I Forgot to Say
The first of fifteen books published after Boreham’s notional retirement. Includes “Wet Paint.”

My Pilgrimage
Boreham’s autobiography.

The Prodigal
Exposition of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, one of Boreham’s favorite themes.

Boulevards of Paradise
Short articles.
Very rare.

A Late Lark Singing
Short articles.

Cliffs of Opal
No reprint available.

Lover of Life (Man Who Saved Gandhi) (Our Review: ★★★★★)
A short biography of Rev. J. J. Doke. (First printed as The Man Who Saved Gandhi.) Doke was a great encouragement to Boreham in his early pastorate, and eventually gave his life as a pioneer missionary.
John Broadbanks Publishing, $7.00

Arrows of Desire (Our Review: ★★★★★)
Short articles.

My Christmas Book (Our Review: ★★★★★)
Twelve short Christmas devotions. About half of these are taken from previous books, under different titles. But they are attractively edited to make a perfect Christmas devotional, wisely themed not only around the holiday, but around “the Word became flesh”—the mystery of God incarnate in Christ.
Reprinted by John Broadbanks Publishing, $6.99. (Hardbacks run around $15.)

Dreams at Sunset
Short articles. Includes “The Ideal Congregation.”
No reprint available. Hardbacks run $15.

In Pastures Green
An exposition of Psalm 23. We are grateful to John Broadbanks Publishing for cheaply reprinting this short and valuable work.
Reprinted by John Broadbanks Publishing, $10.00.

The Gospel of Robinson Crusoe
Essays from the classic adventure novel, Robinson Crusoe.
Reprinted as a 2-in-1 by John Broadbanks Publishing, $7.99.

The Gospel of Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Essays from the classic anti-slavery story, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Reprinted as a 2-in-1 by John Broadbanks Publishing, $7.99.

The Tide Comes In
A very rare book of short articles, some only one or two pages. Includes the essay “God.”

The Last Milestone
Short articles, published posthumously with a lovely biographical introduction.

6. Post-humous (not including compilations)

Slices of Infinity
Previously unpublished articles.
Published by John Broadbanks Publishing.

Nuggets of Romance
Previously unpublished articles. Mostly biographical articles about literary figures, some overlap with Texts That Made History. Very few of the essays are devotional in any traditional sense, but the book will prove very enjoyable to lovers of Boreham’s biographical style.
Published by John Broadbanks Publishing.

Author Guide: Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray has been one of my favorite authors since I became a Christian. I consider him the quintessential devotional author: Short books, short chapters, fluid writing, and always spiritual.

Some sources claim quite vaguely that Andrew Murray wrote 240 books; that is an exaggeration. His 1920 biography points out that he published 240 books and tracts, but many of these were published in both English and Dutch. It was not easy to put this together, but it looks like he published about 46 unique books in his lifetime, and the manuscripts and booklets he left at his time of death was arranged into three more books, meaning Andrew Murray’s legacy is 49 books. (Amazingly, all but four of these books have been in print recently.)

His Pocket Companion series of twelve booklets was also important to the people to whom he ministered directly, and those are listed separately. Though they are short, some publishers have arranged them today into books numbering over 100 pages each, so that the number of his books could be counted at 61, if we included these and his posthumous books.

In reality, it is impossible to know for sure how many published works he had. During his lifetime he published many dozens of books, booklets and tracts in two languages, on three continents.

In addition to his bilingualism, modern publishers have changed titles—apparently The School of Obedience doesn’t entice the megachurch crowd. I have included here in brackets books that were taken from his older works. All the numbered books, however, are unique material that was put together by him before he died.

His style is simple and always devotional. When asked about his style, he joked that he thought in Dutch, and wrote in English, and that accounts for his lack of literary flare. His messages almost always involve surrender and dependence on the Holy Spirit.

*** Those marked with three asterisks are the most highly recommended.

Books by Andrew Murray (alphabetical)

  1. Abide in Christ: Thoughts on the Blessed Life of Fellowship with the Son of God
  2. Absolute Surrender and Other Addresses
  3. Aids to Devotion: Thoughts on the Holy Spirit in the Epistle of Ephesians
    [Andrew Murray’s Yearbook = compilation]
  4. An Apostle’s Inner Life (posthumously arranged)
  5. Back to Pentecost: The Fulfillment of the Promise of the Father (Acts 1:4) (posthumous)
  6. Be Perfect: A Message from the Father in Heaven to His Children on Earth
    [The Believer’s Call to Commitment = Aids to Devotion]
    [The Believer’s Daily Renewal = The Inner Chamber and the Inner Life]
    [The Believer’s Full Blessing of Pentecost = Full Blessing of Pentecost]
    [The Believer’s New Covenant = The Two Covenants and the Second Blessing?]
    [The Believer’s New Life = The New Life]
    [The Believer’s Prayer Life = The Prayer Life]
    [The Believer’s Prophet, Priest and King = The Prophet-Priest]
    [The Believer’s School of Prayer = With Christ in the School of Prayer]
    [The Believer’s Secret of Holiness = Holy in Christ]
    [The Believer’s Secret of a Perfect Heart = Be Perfect?]
    [The Believer’s Secret of Living Like Christ = Like Christ]
    [The Believer’s Secret of the Master’s Indwelling = The Master’s Indwelling]
    [The Believer’s Secret of Waiting on God = Waiting on God]
    [Believing Prayer = The Secret of Believing Prayer, edited]
    [The Blessings of Obedience = The School of Obedience]
    [The Blood of Christ = ?]
  7. The Blood of the Cross (sequel to The Power of the Blood of Jesus, sometimes published together)
    [Called by Christ = ?]
  8. The Children for Christ
    [Confession and Forgiveness = Have Mercy upon Me]
    [Confession: The Road to Forgiveness = Have Mercy upon Me]
    [Consecrated to God = ?, edited]
  9. Convention Addresses Delivered at Bridge of Allan, 1895 (unavailable)
    [Covenants and Blessings = The Two Covenants and the Second Blessing]
    [Daily Experience with God = The Inner Chamber and the Inner Life, edited]
  10. The Deeper Christian Life***
  11. Divine Healing: A Series of Addresses
  12. Eagle Wings
    [An Exciting New Life = The New Life?]
    [Experiencing a Deeper Christian Life = The Deeper Christian Life]
    [Experiencing the Holy Spirit = The Full Blessing of Pentecost]
    [Every Day with God = ?]
  13. Faith in the Power of God
    [Faith: Why Do You Not Believe? = Why Do You Not Believe?]
    [The Fruit of the Vine = The True Vine, British title]
  14. The Full Blessing of Pentecost: The One Thing Needful
    [Full Life in Christ = ?]
    [The Fullness of the Spirit = The Full Blessing of Pentecost, edited]
    [God’s Best Secrets = ?]
    [God’s Plans for You = How to Work for God? Working for God?]
    [God’s Power for Today = Andrew Murray’s Yearbook]
    [God’s Will: Our Dwelling Place = Thy Will Be Done]
    [Growing in Christ = ?]
  15. Have Mercy upon Me: The Prayer of the Penitent in the Fifty-First Psalm Explained and Applied
    [Healing Secrets = Divine Healing?]
  16. The Holiest of All: An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews
  17. Holy in Christ: Thoughts on the Calling of God’s Children to Be Holy as He Is Holy
    [How to Be Perfect = Be Perfect]
    [How to Bring Your Children to Christ = The Children for Christ]
    [How to Raise Your Children for Christ = The Children for Christ]
    [How to Strengthen Your Faith = Why Do You Not Believe, edited]
  18. Humility: The Beauty of Holiness***
    [The Indwelling Spirit = The Spirit of Christ]
  19. The Inner Chamber and the Inner Life
    [The Inner Life = The Inner Chamber and the Inner Life]
    [In Search of God’s Perfection = Be Perfect?]
    [In Search of Spiritual Excellence = The Full Blessing of Pentecost]
    [Jesus Christ, Prophet/Priest = The Prophet-Priest]
    [Jesus Heals the Sick = Divine Healing]
  20. Jesus Himself: Two Addresses
    [The Joy of Being Forgiven = Have Mercy upon Me]
  21. The Key to the Missionary Problem: Thoughts Suggested by the Report of the Ecumenical Missionary Conference, Held in New York, April 1900
    [The Kingdom of God Is Within You = Within]
    [Let Us Draw Nigh: Meditations on Hebrews 10:19-25 is an excerpt from The Holiest of All]
    [A Life of Power = Power for Your Life]
    [A Life of Obedience = The School of Obedience]
  22. Like Christ: Thoughts on the Blessed Life of Conformity to the Son of God (sequel to Abide in Christ)
    [Living the New Life = The New Life]
    [Living to Please God: Light for Your Pathway to Spiritual Maturity = ?]
  23. Living Words: Addresses Delivered at the Rothesay Convention (unavailable)
  24. The Lord’s Table: A Help to the Right Observance of the Holy Supper
    [Love and Light = ?]
  25. The Master’s Indwelling
  26. The Ministry of Intercession: A Plea for More Prayer***
    [The Ministry of Intercessory Prayer The Ministry of Intercession + Pray without Ceasing]
  27. Money: Thoughts for God’s Stewards
    [The Mystery of the True Vine = The True Vine, South African title]
  28. The New Life: Words of God for Young Disciples of Christ
    [Not My Will = Thy Will Be Done, edited]
  29. Out of His Fulness: Addresses Delivered in America (unavailable)
    [The Path to Holiness = Holy in Christ, edited]
  30. Power for Your Life
    [Power in Prayer = compilation]
  31. The Power of the Blood of Jesus
    [The Power of the Blood of Christ =The Power of the Blood of Jesus]
  32. The Power of the Spirit: With Additional Extracts from the Writings of William Law
    [Prayer and the Coming Revival = The Ministry of Intercession]
    [Prayer Guide]
  33. The Prayer Life: The Inner Chamber and the Deepest Secret of Pentecost
    [The Promise of the Spirit = ?]
  34. The Prophet-Priest: Four Addresses Delivered at Mildmay Conference, 1895
    [Raising Your Child to Love God = The Children for Christ]
    [Reaching Your World for Christ = The State of the Church]
    [Revival = The Ministry of Intercession, edited]
  35. The School of Obedience (Addresses at the Students’ Convention at Stellenbosch, South Africa, July 28-31, 1898)
    [The School of Prayer = With Christ in the School of Prayer]
  36. The Secret of Believing Prayer [= two booklets compiled posthumously]
    [The Secret of God’s Love = The True Vine]
    [The Secret of God’s Presence = Be Perfect]
    [The Secret of Holiness = Holy in Christ?]
    [The Secret of Obedience = The School of Obedience?]
    [The Secret of Spiritual Strength = ?]
    [Secrets of Authority = six titles compiled]
  37. Shepherd’s Song (on Psalm 23) (unavailable)
  38. The Spirit of Christ: Thoughts on the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the Believer and the Church
    [The Spirit of the Cross]
    [Spiritual Help for Daily Living = ?]
  39. The Spiritual Life: A Series of Lectures Delivered before the Students of the Moody Bible Institute
    [Standing in the Gap = The Ministry of Intercession?]
  40. The State of the Church: A Plea for More Prayer
    [Teach Me to Pray = With Christ in the School of Prayer, edited]
  41. Thy Will Be Done: The Blessedness of a Life in the Will of God
  42. The True Vine: Meditations for a Month on John 15:1-5***
  43. The Two Covenants and the Second Blessing
  44. Waiting on God
    [Walking with God = Waiting on God + Working for God + Be Perfect]
  45. Why Do You Not Believe?
    [Wings Like Eagles = Eagle Wings]
  46. With Christ
  47. Within, or, The Kingdom of God Is Within You
    [With Christ in the School of Obedience = The School of Obedience]
  48. With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on Our Training for the Ministry of Intercession***
    [With Wings as Eagles = Eagle Wings]
    [Working and Waiting = Working for God + Waiting on God]
  49. Working for God (sequel to Waiting on God)

 

Pocket Companion Series

Murray ministered in a large rural area, and saw the immediate usefulness of advances in paperback publishing. After his retirement, this gave him a strong impetus to continue publishing daily devotional material for the rural districts, in which some people could only visit a worship service once every few weeks. The twelve booklets listed here are 30-day devotionals for his parishioners, and they comprise a substantial body of work in themselves.

  1. The Secret of the Abiding Presence 
  2. The Secret of Adoration
  3. The Secret of Brotherly Love
  4. The Secret of Christ Our Life
  5. The Secret of the Cross
  6. The Secret of the Faith Life
  7. The Secret of Fellowship
  8. The Secret to Inspiration
  9. The Secret of Intercession
  10. The Secret of Power from On High
  11. The Secret of the Throne of Grace
  12. The Secret of United Prayer

Tracts & Pamphlets (50 pages or less)

Most of these are presumed to be excerpts from other books; a few of them, like The Kingdom of God in South Africa, have perhaps never been republished.

  1. Be Ye Holy For I Am Holy
    [Boldness in Prayer is probably an excerpt from With Christ in the School of Prayer]
    [Carnal and Spiritual (1 Cor. 3:1-4) is probably an excerpt from The Spiritual Life]
  2. The Cleansed Heart
    [The Cross of Christ is an excerpt from The Blood of the Cross)
  3. The Dearth of Conversions
  4. Exhortations for the Morning Watch
  5. Faith in the Power of God
  6. Faith That Stands in the Power of God
  7. Foreign Missions and the Week of Prayer, Jan. 5-12, 1900
  8. Have Faith in God
  9. Helps to Intercession
    [Impossible with Man, Possible with God is probably an excerpt from Absolute Surrender]
  10. In Defense of the Boers
  11. In My Name
  12. In Time of Trouble
  13. Introduction to Made Exceeding Glad: A Memoir of William James Neethling, by Mrs. Neethling
  14. The Kingdom of God in South Africa: A Survey of Missions to the Heathen South of the Zambesi
  15. A Lecture on the Modern Theology
  16. The Life of Faith
    [Lord, Teach Us to Pray is an excerpt from With Christ in the School of Prayer]
  17. Love Delights to Give
  18. Love Made Perfect
  19. Meditations on Psalm 51
  20. The Morning Watch
  21. The Mother’s Great Enemy
  22. Out of the Grave a New Life (Address on Luke 23:39-43)
    [Pray Without Ceasing = Helps to Intercession]
    [The Power of United Prayer is an excerpt from With Christ in the School of Prayer]
  23. The Self Life
  24. Suggestive Thoughts
  25. The Supreme Need: In Response to a Call to the Church, in Mrs. Head’s Booklet, “The Forgotten Friend”
  26. Sweeter Than Honey
    [Thoughts for God’s Stewards is probably an abridgement of Money]
  27. Three Things a Christian Needs to Know
  28. Thy Sun Shall Nevermore Set
    [Two Addresses to Mothers = excerpts from Convention Addresses and Have Faith in God]
  29. We Can Love All the Day (Gal. 5:22)
  30. We See Jesus Crowned
  31. What Full Surrender Means
  32. The Will of God
    [Ye Are the Branches (John 15:5) is probably an excerpt from Absolute Surrender]

 

Edited Works

Wholly for God: The True Christian Life: A Series of Extracts from the Writings of William Law

 

Biographies of Andrew Murray

The Life of Andrew Murray by J. du Plessis. 1920. 618 pages.

Andrew Murray: Apostle of Abiding Love by Leona Choy. 1978. 274 pages.

Andrew Murray by William Lindner, Jr. 2011. 144 pages.

Andrew Murray: Christ’s Anointed Minister to South Africa. 2016. 336 pages.

 

Note: It is impossible to know if some Dutch titles, like Wat Zal Toch Dit Kindeke Wezen? and Wast Op in de Genade, have been translated or not, since the titles were often changed substantially after translation.

Herbert Lockyer

Who Is Herbert Lockyer?

Dr. Herbert Lockyer (1886-1984) is one of the most quoted Bible expositors of the 20th century. His 21-volume All series takes a comprehensive look at thousands of biblical topics, with full volumes on such unexpected topics as All the Kings and Queens of the Bible and All the Trades and Occupations of the Bible. The series is a landmark in Bible study; volumes such as All the Miracles, All the Promises, and All the Messianic Prophecies have a wealth of devotional content to explore, in addition to their informative value.

But no one has written a biography of Herbert Lockyer. In fact, one can hardly find a scrap of anecdote about his life story. His Wikipedia page, which I created, is the result of hours of Internet searches—and all the information there comes from two publishers’ websites, one of which no longer exists. But I’ve learned some more about Lockyer since, and here’s what I can piece together:

Herbert Lockyer began as an orator. He studied “voice culture” and eventually published two books on the topic. (1) He even wanted to pursue a career as an actor—but the Lord redirected his steps, and he chose to be a pastor. After training at Glasgow Bible Institute, he held several pastorates in both England and Scotland, ministering for twenty-five years. (2)

He was influential in the Keswick Higher Life movement. Whitaker House’s author page (2) says that Dr. Lockyer gained influence in the movement while pastoring in Bradford, England. His sermons published in the 1930s are still inspiring, biblical, and concise. Evidently, he was ministering intermittently on both sides of the Atlantic, until he was called to minister in the United States.

A turning point came to his ministry in 1936. As a leader at Keswick, he must have received some invitations to minister in the United States, because in 1935 he began publishing sermons in Chicago. Dr. Lockyer was invited to speak at Moody Bible Institute’s 50th anniversary in 1936. From that time, other major evangelical publishers picked him up; within that year alone he published five books of sermons with Eerdman’s, and at least a dozen pamphlets with Zondervan and Moody. Within a couple of years, he was publishing even more compilations of sermons. These sermons—most of them were topical—formed the groundwork for his most influential ministry: his comprehensive topical Bible studies, better known as the All series.

From 1936, Dr. Lockyer mostly ministered and published in the United States, where he became even more well known than he had been in England. Around 1955, he returned to England. He published many books during the 1950s, but as his speaking ministry waned, his writing ministry eventually gave him an even wider influence. The gifted orator had turned writer.

In his later years, his ministry focused almost exclusively on writing. As his gift and influence as a writer became evident, he focused more and more on his writing projects. After crossing the Atlantic yet again to live in Colorado Springs, Dr. Lockyer spent years painstakingly studying the Scriptures, so that others could benefit from his comprehensive topical studies. These studies resulted in the All series, published between 1958 and 1976. His son, also a minister, acted as his editor during that time. As his corpus grew, many of these later books expanded on his earlier works and gave his writing more polish. All about God in Christ, for example, takes most of its material from his 1942 book of sermons, The Christ of Christmas, but the content is edited and expanded considerably, and it is a little easier to read. (3)

Dr. Lockyer may be one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century. He had an unbelievably long ministry and writing career—he passed away in 1984, just a couple years shy of becoming a centenarian. Even while writing this article, I have found a full-length book of his that I had never heard of. It is difficult to ascertain how much original work he actually published, since so many works were re-titled, and others are impossible to find. Even accounting for repetition, his authored volumes, on both sides of the Atlantic, number above 100. (This does not include short works such as pamphlets.)

Billy Graham wrote, “Dr. Lockyer was unquestionably one of the spiritual giants of our century, and his prolific writings will continue to make an impact on countless Christians for generations to come if our Lord tarries.”


(1) Voice Culture for Speakers and Students (Parry Jackman, 1955), and The Art of Praying and Speaking in Public: Practical Hints for Christians Who Desire to Witness (Parry Jackman, 1955).

(2) https://www.whitakerhouse.com/DeskTop.aspx?page=AuthorInfo&author=399. Accessed August 12, 2017.

(3)  Some of Dr. Lockyer’s works were also published under new titles to fit with the All series. All the Teachings of Jesus was first titled Everything Jesus Taught and What Jesus Taught About —All the 3s in the Bible is a repackaging of the three-volume Triple Truths of Scripture. This, in turn, drew from earlier material, all the way back to his 1936 sermons, The Three Crosses on Calvary’s Hill, Triads in Scripture, and The Trinity in the Scriptures. In this way, one can see how the All series was compiled laboriously over the course of many years. It is the capstone of four decades of study and ministry.

Author Guide: George MacDonald

This is a guide to the works of George MacDonald. The books in each section are in chronological order.

Fantasy

Phantastes: A Fairie Romance for Men and Women (Our Review: ★★)
“Cross Purposes”
Adela Cathcart, containing “The Light Princess”, “The Shadows”, and other short stories
The Portent
Dealings with the Fairies , containing “The Golden Key”, “The Light Princess”, “The Shadows”, and other short stories
At the Back of the North Wind
The Princess and the Goblin (Our Review: ★★★★★)
The Wise Woman: A Parable (also published as “The Lost Princess: A Double Story”; or as “A Double Story”)
The Gifts of the Child Christ and Other Tales (republished as Stephen Archer and Other Tales)
The Day Boy and the Night Girl
The Princess and Curdie, a sequel to The Princess and the Goblin (Our Review: ★★★★★)
The Flight of the Shadow
Lilith: A Romance

Realistic fiction

David Elginbrod (updated as The Tutor’s First Love)
Alec Forbes of Howglen (updated as The Maiden’s Bequest)
Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood (Our Review: ★★★★★)
Guild Court: A London Story (updated as The Prodigal Apprentice)
Robert Falconer (updated as The Musician’s Quest) (Our Review: ★★★★★)
The Seaboard Parish, a sequel to Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood (Our Review: ★★★★★)
Ranald Bannerman’s Boyhood (updated as The Boyhood of Ranald Bannerman)
Wilfrid Cumbermede
The Vicar’s Daughter, a sequel to Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood and The Seaboard Parish
Gutta Percha Willie, the Working Genius (updated as The Genius of Willie MacMichael)
Malcolm (updated under the same title)
St. George and St. Michael
Thomas Wingfold, Curate (updated as The Curate’s Awakening) (Our Review: ★★★★★)
The Marquis of Lossie (updated as The Marquis’ Secret), the sequel of Malcolm
Paul Faber, Surgeon (updated as The Lady’s Confession), a sequel to Thomas Wingfold, Curate
Sir Gibbie (updated as The Baronet’s Song) (Our Review: ★★★★★)
Mary Marston (updated as A Daughter’s Devotion and The Shopkeeper’s Daughter)
Warlock o’ Glenwarlock (updated as Castle Warlock and The Laird’s Inheritance)
Weighed and Wanting (updated as The Gentlewoman’s Choice) (Our Review: ★★)
Donal Grant (updated as The Shepherd’s Castle), a sequel to Sir Gibbie
What’s Mine’s Mine (updated as The Highlander’s Last Song)
Home Again: A Tale (updated as The Poet’s Homecoming)
The Elect Lady (updated as The Landlady’s Master)
A Rough Shaking (updated as The Wanderings of Clare Skymer)
There and Back (updated as The Baron’s Apprenticeship), a sequel to Paul Faber, Surgeon (Our Review: ★★★★★)
Heather and Snow (Scotch; updated as The Peasant Girl’s Dream) (Our Review: ★★★)
Salted with Fire (updated as The Minister’s Restoration)
Far Above Rubies

Poetry

Within and Without: A Dramatic Poem
Poems (1857)
“A Hidden Life” and Other Poems
“The Disciple” and Other Poems
Dramatic and Miscellaneous Poems
Diary of an Old Soul (Our Review: ★★★★)
The Threefold Cord: Poems by Three Friends (privately printed, with Greville Matheson and John Hill MacDonald)
Poems (1887)
The Poetical Works of George MacDonald (2 vol.)
Scotch Songs and Ballads
Rampolli: Growths from a Long-planted Root

Nonfiction

England’s Antiphon
The Miracles of Our Lord (Our Review: ★★★★★)
The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke: A Study With the Test of the Folio of 1623
Unspoken Sermons (3 vol.) (Our Review: ★★★★★)
A Cabinet of Gems

The Hope of the Gospel (Our Review: ★★)
A Dish of Orts (expanded from Orts)
George MacDonald in the Pulpit
Getting to Know Jesus
Proving the Unseen
(edited sermons) (Our Review: ★★★★)

Compilations

God’s Words to His Children (sermons & sermonic novel excerpts)
Works of Fancy and Imagination
(short stories & poetry)
Cheerful Words from the Writing of George MacDonald (compiled by E. E. Brown)
George MacDonald: An Anthology (compiled by C. S. Lewis)
Beautiful Thoughts from George MacDonald (compiled by Elizabeth Dougall)
Knowing the Heart of God (compiled by Michael Phillips)
Discovering the Character of God 
(compiled by Michael Phillips)

Herbert Lockyer

Author Guide: Herbert Lockyer

Herbert Lockyer was an astoundingly prolific writer and a thorough student of the Bible. A few years ago I stumbled on two Herbert Lockyer pamphlets while digging through the top shelf of an antique store. After I made both available for Kindle, I began to discover how many pamphlets and sermon collections Herbert Lockyer has to his name. The list turns out to be well over a hundred!

I’ve republished eight full-length books of his writings, listed below. My favorite works by him are in this collection of sermons, which is exclusively published by Pioneer Library.

The Christ of Christmas
The Gospel in the Pentateuch
A Lump of Clay & Other Sermons (exclusively from Pioneer Library)
Roses in December and Other Sermons
Sorrows and Stars 
The Swan Song of Paul: Studies in Second Timothy
When God Died 
When Revival Comes (previously titled The Mulberry Trees)

Keep scrolling to see the full list of his publications.

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Who Is F. W. Boreham?

I want to tell you about my favorite author: F. W. Boreham. If you asked him his profession, he would say he was a pastor; but he was superlative as a writer. You would think that I was joking if I told you that, when he was a child, a gypsy told his nanny that if she put a pen in his hand, he would never want for work. But it is a story that he laughed in recounting. He was among Charles Spurgeon’s last personally chosen students for his Bible school. When Charles’ brother, James Spurgeon, returned from New Zealand needing a replacement in those remote islands, Boreham accepted the charge. It was the start of a long life of ministry and writing in New Zealand and Australia.

In the early twentieth century, at a preachers’ conference, one preacher said of F. W. Boreham that his books were on all their shelves, his name was on all their lips, and his illustrations were in all their sermons. Many years later, in 1959, Ruth Graham, wife of Billy Graham, said that she had read almost all of his books and was in the process of acquiring and finishing the last few. While preaching in the area, Billy Graham made a special trip to visit this famous writer and preacher. Impeccable timing, as it turned out to be the last year of the author’s life.

 Today writer and apologist Ravi Zacharias reads an essay by him everyday. That is, some call them essays; others call them sermons. They straddle the line between preaching and storytelling; they are deep enough to be studied by a trained philosopher, creative enough to captivate anyone in need of a great story, inspiring enough to satisfy any Christian thirsty for living water.

I suppose Boreham’s writings should speak for him, although several eminent men have spoken for him too. Spurgeon, one of the 19th century’s greatest preachers, and an Englishman; Billy Graham, one of the 20th century’s greatest evangelists, an American; and Ravi Zacharias, one of the 21st century’s greatest apologists, an Indian—they all tipped their hat to this writer. Because of his long life and early commitment to read a book every week, he seems to quote or reference every famous Christian of his time, including not only preachers, but missionaries, inventors, scientists, storytellers, and adventurers.

F. W. Boreham wrote over 2000 biographical articles for an Australia newspaper during his lifetime, many of which were put into his books. With 52 full-length books and dozens of booklets to his name, he was, until 1990, the most prolific religious writer in Australia’s history. Today his readers agree that no one else has such a knack for taking a commonplace topic or story, and zooming out his lens until, at the end of almost every essay, you gain a glimpse of Christ that impels you to worship. He also had an unparalleled way of saving his punchline until you thought it would never come.

If all this sounds like creative hyperbole to you, then consult his writings for yourself; and tell me if he has ever been beaten in his superlative skill to take an ordinary topic and point you to an extraordinary Savior.

Of course, I can’t forget the one who taught Boreham all he knew. The rabbi who wrote no books and died young, but awed the world by using everyday stories, untapped Scripture insights, God’s creation, or mere questions. He found his sermons in a coin, a fig tree, a highway robbery, a shepherd, the flowers, the birds, the harvest, the weather—and among his loftiest subjects, a meal including bread and wine. Following in the God-man’s footsteps, Frank William Boreham had a perfect ally and ample approval to point from the creation to the Creator.