Category Archives: Authors

Who Is Watchman Nee?

Living Stream Ministry has kindly kept Watchman Nee’s entire written works available online, barring three or four in which copyright belongs to the publisher.

I was going to just post a list of his books, but I thought it would be better to put down some thoughts about his life, suffering, and theology, since these are so much less known than his books, which are sold everywhere.

Watchman Nee’s Life and Suffering

Watchman Nee (Chinese name: Ni Tuosheng) was a Chinese pastor who was considered a key pioneer in a Chinese church-planting movement from 1922. His parents baptized him as a Methodist; from age 13 he was educated at a CMS (i.e. Church of England) school; and he was profoundly impacted by the writings of the Plymouth Brethren. He was a great lover of the works of T. Austin-Sparks and helped to keep them in print. You can see how, theologically, he was not just connected to one stream, though the Brethren probably had the largest influence on him.

Nee suffered ongoing persecution for much of his lifetime. Churches in China came under great pressure from the government after the 1949 Communist Revolution under the infamous Mao Zedong. Watchman Nee was arrested in 1952 under trumped-up charges, and had to undergo “re-education.” Many of his co-workers were arrested or coerced into bringing accusations against him. His scheduled release date in 1967 came and went, and the years continued to roll by. Nee’s wife, Charity, died during his last year in prison, but he was not allowed to attend her funeral. Finally, in 1972, Watchman Nee himself died after twenty years in prison.

His Theology and Writing Style

Because of his orthodox preaching, his voluminous writings, and his endurance under pressure, he is regarded as one of the treasures of the Chinese church.

His treatment of Scripture is always accessible and written in simple language. Perhaps because he is not European, his illustrations rarely come from expected directions; but they are always homely, brief, and straightforward.

Theologically, he was orthodox, but never dull. On the central topics, like soteriology or Christology, his stance would be utterly orthodox; he approaches other topics in ways that are more speculative.

Essential Books By Watchman Nee

His most popular books are those where he talks about the basic elements of walking with Christ:

  • Sit, Walk, Stand is my personal favorite, where he pulls the titular metaphor for Christian life from Ephesians;
  • The Normal Christian Life deals with topics like Christ’s blood, sin, and “the flesh” and “the spirit”;
  • Several of his books, like The Messenger of the Cross, Spiritual Knowledge and The Release of the Spirit, have been deeply challenging to me as they focus on the meaning of being conformed to Christ in his death and resurrection.

Other books include straightforward, devotional Bible studies. Three that come to mind are:

  • The Practical Issues of This Life (on various topics);
  • Changed into His Likeness (on the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) and
  • Love Not the World (1 John 2:15).

On some topics he takes more of an independent or speculative line—usually with great confidence. In some places, he is following the ideas of Brethren writers, but in other places his thought processes are quite novel. I can think of four books that I have read with mixed enjoyment, where he is (for good or for ill!) definitely outside of mainstream evangelical thought:

  • Mystery of Creation promotes gap theory, an idea which had several prominent Brethren advocates, but is definitely not in the main stream;
  • His book on The Song of Songs is mainly allegorical, a mode of interpretation roundly criticized in Western seminaries;
  • The Latent Power of the Soul is not exactly recommended for family devotions, as it deals with the occult;
  • Lastly, whatever your pastor says, Nee’s ideas on Authority and Submission (or Spiritual Authority) were undoubtedly influenced by East Asian culture!

The “Local Churches”

Before I conclude, Watchman Nee’s connection to the local church movement needs to be mentioned. The “local churches” are a global movement that grew out of the church-planting movement with which Nee was connected. Some sources say that he founded the movement, but this is probably a little misleading, since the movement has obviously metamorphosed over the decades since his death. “Local church” leaders say that, according to a strict interpretation of 1 Corinthians 3, adopting a name (or denomination, which is just a fancy word for a name) or organization other than the name of Christ is heresy——and, I might add, I have argued elsewhere that this kind of exclusion itself is exactly what Scripture means by ‘heresy’! “Local churches” only take names like “the church of Jesus in Owensville,” and they typically can be found handing out their “approved” Recovery Version of the Bible, another sign of their cultish tendencies.

It is not easy to trace Nee’s connection to the “local church” movement, but it didn’t spread to the West until Nee had already been imprisoned for many years. Apparently, Witness Lee—whose books are also online—is the one who more or less codified their mode of worship and ecclesiology, following off of Nee’s principles. And it is not all wrong. I sympathize with their point that denominations can be unhelpful. But I find it to be an utter abomination to cast off the billions of Christians who accept a church orientation or a theological name like “Protestant,” “Baptist,” or “Calvinist.” These names are only powerful inasmuch as we believe what they entail; and they are only divisive inasmuch as we empower them to be so. In a rare inversion, I believe the “local church” movement is actually right about what’s right but they’re wrong about what’s wrong.

Conclusion

Watchman Nee’s life speaks for itself. China was known for many years as one of the places of dire need in evangelical missions; now it is known for its vast networks of underground churches, often functioning, as far as we can tell, without any institutional backing (like in Korea), or any British colonial influence (like in Uganda and Fiji), or any unscriptural prosperity preaching (as is disappointingly widespread in Kenya and much of subsaharan Africa). In terms of both Nee’s writings and the Chinese underground church, “great is the company that has published” the word, and it would be as unjust to give all the credit to a simple preacher like Watchman Nee as it would to give him none.

Advertisements

Did C. S. Lewis Really Say That?

How You Can Help End the Flood of False Quotations

The monetization of social media, especially Facebook and Instagram, has depended largely on visual media, meaning that motivational quotes, once posted as status updates, now get posted as images or even videos. The reason for this is that Facebook intentionally privileges visual media, because it keeps readers engaged for longer times, which ultimately means more ad revenue.

Without the text readily available, few people would re-type it to check if the quote is real. This is taxing work for Christian writers and media editors who want to have an influence on social media, but don’t want to reinvent the wheel.

Fortunately, it has become easier and easier to find original sources, since so many modern books are in digital (i.e. searchable) formats.

I’m going to illustrate my process for checking the original source of quotes, using a C. S. Lewis quote that I found near the top on a simple Google Image search. Vetting a quote usually takes just five to seven minutes, and it can save you a lot of pain if you are publishing a book or article, and don’t want to embarrass yourself by finding out after the fact that one of your quotations was spurious.

If you found an interesting quote or phrase, but you think it might be fake, here’s what you can do to find out for sure:

1. Check for a primary source.

1cs_lewis_1016_slide5

This image is taken from a slideshow on the Guideposts website called 10 Inspiring C.S. Lewis Quotes. In the case of our featured image, it has a small Guideposts watermark; however, I am pretty sure that C. S. Lewis did not write for Guideposts, so our quote clearly comes without a primary source.

2. Run a simple Google search.

If you are searching for a quote, be sure to put it inside quote marks. For less famous quotations, those quote marks are really important.

The purpose of running a basic web search is to scan for primary sources, and to see if it’s widely attributed to anyone else. So leave out the author’s name and see if Lewis comes up.

asdf.png

Here it’s most widely attributed to C. S. Lewis, but we can already see someone has listed it as something “C. S. Lewis didn’t say.” They could be wrong, though; C. S. Lewis wrote more than 20 books, some of which are not easy to find, and many of his letters were published after his death. So we will finish our quick search.

3. Search Google Books.

Google Books is a game changer when you’re searching for a quote, because, unlike other sources, it includes even brand new books. Blogs are nice and all, but we want to know what is the earliest published source of this very famous quotation.

4. Sort by date on Google Books.

Google Books allows you to sort by date, which means we can find easily look for the earliest published source there.

Screenshot 2019-06-14 11.03.53.png

Google’s “sort by date” function can be a little dodgy. For some reason, it only goes in one direction, so if you want to find the earliest source, you’ll have to click the last number. “Sort by date” also filters out results that have no date, which can cause some wonky effects.

Untitled.png

After we click on the last page in our sorted search, we can see the dates of publication. In this search, the second link appears to be an ebook, with no date, so our earliest available source on Google Books is a 2001 book by Gary Onks called Sold on Seniors.

Screenshot 2019-06-14 11.06.16.png

Now, the fact that the quote dates only to 2001 on Google Books should already clue us in that C. S. Lewis most likely didn’t say this, since he died in 1963. Fifty years is generally a long time for a quote to suddenly resurrect and become popular. Click on the book’s title for the details, and you’ll see the quotation in Google Books’ “Snippet View”:

Screenshot 2019-06-14 11.06.45.png

Bingo. In 2001, it was attributed to Les Brown, and afterwards, it somehow became misattributed to C. S. Lewis.

This simple process on Google Books is the quickest way to check who first originated a pithy saying. (And Google’s Ngram Viewer is also a great way to check on the origin of an idiom or phrase.)

Tip: If you’re still stuck on Google Books, and web searches, try shortening to only include half the quote. It only takes a few words to pinpoint a unique saying.

Now that I’ve shown you how I check a quote, here is an overall rating of Guideposts’ 10 Inspiring C.S. Lewis Quotes:

1. You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.

✖ NOT C. S. LEWIS (0.0 / 1.0)

As seen from our detailed search, this quote actually originates from Les Brown, a motivational speaker. (Further research has shown that it was first printed in one of his books in 1998.)

2. Love is unselfishly choosing for another’s highest good.

✖ NOT C. S. LEWIS (0.0 / 1.0)

A search on Google Books uncovers only four sources, starting in 2009. Incidentally, I remembered that Oswald Chambers had used the phrase “highest good”; this turns out to be the title of one of his books. Chambers says that “the highest good” is a phrase or concept that he adapted from Aristotle; and, whoever originated the above quote, may have adapted or paraphrased the quotation from Chambers’ book.

3. There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

✖ PARAPHRASED (0.5 / 1.0)

Fortunately, William O’Flaherty has done the legwork for us on this one, and he tells us the original quote, with context, is:

Can you not see death as the friend and deliverer? . . . Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave it with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

O’Flaherty points out that Lewis’ meaning suffers by being divorced, not only from its literal context, but from its historical context:

[These words] are found in a letter Lewis wrote to Mary Willis Shelburne on June 17, 1963. It’s available in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 3.
Ironically, Lewis would die less than five months later. This is ironic because his words are part of comments expressed to Shelburne to comfort her as she was in the hospital and it was thought that her days were numbered. She actually went on to live twelve more years!
When you read the actual letter Lewis penned to Shelburne you find that early on he is challenging her about being fearful of dying by saying, “Can you not see death as the friend and deliverer?” At the close of the same paragraph he states “Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave it with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

4. Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose.

✅ AUTHENTIC—BUT OUT OF CONTEXT! (0.5 / 1.0)

This one is quite odd, because in context, Lewis is actually paraphrasing Augustine, but goes on to say that he disagrees with him! To Lewis’ mind, Augustine is advocating a kind of “emotional safety” after the death of his friend Nebridius. But Lewis believes that God emphatically directs us away from such safety by commanding us to love. “To love at all is to be vulnerable,” he writes.

(You can read the full passage here.)

5. Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.

✖NOT C S LEWIS (0.0 / 1.0)

This quote actually from the 2010 film adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, so it did not originate with Lewis himself. Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, and Michael Petroni were the screenwriters.

6. Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

✖ PARAPHRASED (0.5 / 1.0)

The order of this quote was inverted from The Four Loves, in the chapter on “Friendship”:

The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, “What? You too? I thought I was the only one.” . . . It is when two such persons discover one another, when, whether with immense difficulties and semi-articulate fumblings or with what would seem to us amazing and elliptical speed, they share their vision—it is then that Friendship is born.

7. We meet no ordinary people in our lives.

✖ PARAPHRASED (0.5 / 1.0)

If you look for this exact quote, you will not find C. S. Lewis saying it anywhere. The quote is short enough that there is no sure way of knowing who originated the paraphrase; but the actual quote is from a famous passage in The Weight of Glory—one of Lewis’ most underrated books:

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.

The full passage is an eloquent statement of the eternity of every human soul, whether saved or damned.

8. You can’t know, you can only believe—or not.

✅ AUTHENTIC (1.0 / 1.0)

This quote is from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Some overly theological readers might think that Lewis was advocating a Kierkegaardian “leap of faith”—however, probably, he just wanted to point to young readers that we can move forward without 100% certainty.

9. We must lay before him what is in us; not what ought to be in us.

✅ AUTHENTIC (1.0 / 1.0)

This comes from Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, Letter 4. The quote itself is very similar to ideas found in the theology of George MacDonald, wherein MacDonald directs his readers to draw near to God in all circumstances, and not to endeavor to “clean themselves up” before approaching God in prayer.

10. Believe in God like you believe in the sunrise. Not because you can see it, but because you can see all it touches.

✖ PARAPHRASED (0.5 / 1.0)

This one is really a very odd paraphrase, and a Google search gives only a few inspirational websites and blogs. The actual quote is:

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it, I see everything else.

The original quote comes from “Is Theology Poetry?”, one of Lewis’ addresses in The Weight of Glory. Lewis himself was paraphrasing a profound analogy used by G. K. Chesterton decades earlier, in the concluding paragraph of “The Maniac,” a famous chapter in Orthodoxy. So Lewis may have originated this pithy saying, but he probably took the analogy—consciously or unconsciously—from Chesterton, who had a profound influence on him.

Here is Chesterton’s analogy, which is couched in a more poetic style:

Symbols alone are of even a cloudy value in speaking of this deep matter; and another symbol from physical nature will express sufficiently well the real place of mysticism before mankind.  The one created thing which we cannot look at is the one thing in the light of which we look at everything. Like the sun at noonday, mysticism explains everything else by the blaze of its own victorious invisibility. . . . But that transcendentalism by which all men live has primarily much the position of the sun in the sky. We are conscious of it as of a kind of splendid confusion; it is something both shining and shapeless, at once a blaze and a blur.

Conclusion

The final score was 4.5 out of 10, with several very generous half-points awarded. Overall, this Guideposts slideshow of 10 quotes included only 3 authentic C. S. Lewis quotes, and one of them was so out of context that it was Lewis explaining an argument he didn’t agree with.

Based on this slideshow, chosen at random, it is very discouraging to think that only 30% of the quotes attributed to C. S. Lewis on that slideshow were actually said or written by C. S. Lewis. It just goes to show that there are two ways to get a quote to spread on the Internet:
1. It needs to be a simple, positive message;
2. It needs a name like C. S. Lewis to give it an almost papal authority.

 

 

Bibliography of Joseph Parker

The following is a chronological list of publications by Joseph Parker, D.D., preacher of City Temple, London, with links to PDF copies where available.

Joseph Parker was one of the most prolific writers of the century. His output is certainly comparable to that of his friend, Charles Spurgeon. Nearly all of these books are above 300 pages, and there is no way of guaranteeing that this is all that he published, since some of them are very rare.

Almost all of these are out of print, but we have worked tirelessly to make his crowning work, The People’s Bible, widely available in digital format.

Our collection of links below is undoubtedly the most complete list of Joseph Parker books on the Internet, compiled mainly from worldcat.org, which aggregates library data, and The Online Books Page.

  1. Six Chapters on Secularism. 66 pages. 1854.
  2. Helps to Truth-Seekers. 279 pages. 1857.
  3. The Working Church: An Argument for Liberality and Labour. 94 pages. 1857.
  4. Congregational Economist. 1858.
  5. Emmanuel. 161 pages. 1859.
  6. Selected Psalms and Hymns. 1861.
  7. Church Questions. 361 pages. 1862.
  8. Hidden Springs. 413 pages. 1864.
  9. The Chastening of Love: Words of Consolation for the Christian Mourner. 179 pages. c. 1864.
  10. The Cavendish Hymnal, Compiled for Use in Homes and Churches. [Compiler.] 1864.
  11. Wednesday Evenings in Cavendish Chapel: Homiletic Hints. 133 pages. 1865.
  12. Pulpit Analyst. 1866-1870.
  13. Ecce Deus: Essays on the Life and Doctrine of Jesus Christ. 338 pages. 1867.
  14. Springdale Abbey: Extracts from the Diaries and Letters of an English Preacher. 517 pages. 1868.
  15. Ad Clerum. 266 pages. 1869.
  16. The City Temple: Sermons. 798 pages. 1870.
  17. A Homiletic Analysis of the Gospel of Matthew. 358 pages. 1870.
  18. Pulpit Notes: With an Introductory Essay on the Preaching of Jesus Christ. 340 pages. 1873.
  19. Job’s Comforters: Scientific Sympathy. 49 pages. 1874.
  20. The Paraclete: An Essay on the Personality and Ministry of the Holy Ghost. 438 pages. 1874.
  21. The Priesthood of Christ: A Restatement of Vital Truth. 327 pages. 1876.
  22. The Ark of God: The Transient Symbol of an Eternal Truth. 355 pages. 1877.
  23. Tyne Chylde: My Life and Teaching. 352 pages. 1880.
  24. Ingersoll Answered: “What Must I Do To Be Saved?”. 44 pages. 1881.
  25. Adam, Noah, and Abraham: Expository Readings on the Book of Genesis. 1882.
  26. The Inner Life of Christ as Revealed in the Gospel of Matthew. 1881-1882. (Also included in The People’s Bible.)
    vol 1: “These Sayings of Mine”;
    vol 2: “The Servant of All”;
    vol 3: “Things Concerning Himself.”
  27. Apostolic Life, As Revealed in the Acts of the Apostles. 1883.vol 1: [Acts 1-12] From the Ascension of Christ to the Withdrawal of Peter;
    vol 2: [Acts 13-19];
    vol 3: [Acts 20-28].
  28. The People’s Bible. 1885-1895.vol 1: Genesis;
    vol 2: Exodus;
    vol 3: Leviticus to Numbers 26;
    vol 4: Numbers 27 to Deuteronomy;
    vol 5: Joshua to Judges 5;
    vol 6: Judges 6 to 1 Samuel 18;
    vol 7: 1 Samuel 18 to 1 Kings 13;
    vol 8: 1 Kings 15 to 1 Chronicles 9;
    vol 9: 1 Chronicles 10 to 2 Chronicles 20;
    vol 10: 2 Chronicles 21 to Esther;
    vol 11: Job;
    vol 12: Psalms;
    vol 13: Proverbs;
    vol 14: Ecclesiastes to Isaiah 26;
    vol 15: Isaiah 27 to Jeremiah 19;
    vol 16: Jeremiah 20 to Daniel;
    vol 17: Hosea to Malachi;
    vol 18: Matthew (The Inner Life of Christ vol. 1, “These Sayings of Mine”);
    vol 19: Matthew (The Inner Life of Christ vol. 2, “Servant of All”);
    vol 20: Matthew (The Inner Life of Christ vol. 3, “Things Concerning Himself”);
    vol 21: Mark and Luke;
    vol 22: John;
    vol 23: Acts [1-12] (Apostolic Life Revealed in the Acts of the Apostles, part 1);
    vol 24: Acts [13-19] (Apostolic Life Revealed in the Acts of the Apostles, part 2);
    vol 25: Acts [20-28] (Apostolic Life Revealed in the Acts of the Apostles, part 3);
    vol 26: Romans to Galatians;
    vol 27: Ephesians to Revelation.
  29. Every Morning: First Thoughts for First Hours. 1889.
  30. The People’s Family Prayer Book. 390 pages. 1889.
  31. Weaver Stephen: Odds and Evens in English Religion. Novel. 331 pages. 1889.
  32. Someone: Notes for Inquirers Concerning Christ and His Truth. 1890. (Scarce.)
  33. Well Begun. 1893. (Scarce.)
  34. None Like It: A Plea for the Old Sword. 284 pages. 1894.
  35. Today’s Bible. 160 pages. 1894. (link is search only)
  36. Today’s Christ. 1895.
  37. Walden Stanyer, Boy and Man. [Under pseudonym Hugh Kolson.] Novel. 312 pages. 1895.
  38. Wilmot’s Child. [Under pseudonym Atey Nyne.] 194 pages. 1895.
  39. Christian Profiles in a Pagan Mirror. 305 pages. 1896.
  40. Tyne Folk: Masks, Faces, and Shadows. 232 pages. 1896.
  41. Might Have Been: Some Life Notes. 309 pages. 1896.
  42. Studies in Texts (vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5, vol 6). 1898.
  43. Paterson’s Parish: A Lifetime amongst the Dissenters. Novel. 291 pages. 1898.
  44. Preacher’s Life: An Autobiography and an Album. 464 pages. 1899.
  45. The Gospel of Jesus Christ. 1903. (posthumous.)

In addition to the above, many of Parker’s sermons and speeches were published in pamphlets, tracts or very small volumes:

  1. The Testimony of an Enemy: A Sermon to the Young. 29 pages. 1861.
  2. American War and American Slavery: A Speech. 9 pages. June 3, 1863.
  3. John Stuart Mill on Liberty: A Critique. 38 pages. 1865.
  4. The City Temple. (Numbers 1 to 45.) 1869-1870.
  5. The Larger Ministry: An Address. 1884.
  6. Orthodoxy of Heart: An Address. 1884.
  7. Memorial of the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher. 1887.
  8. The Religious Outlook: An Address. 1890.
  9. Gambling in Various Aspects. (A Speech.) 1897.
  10. Peacemaking: A Sermon for the Times. n.d.
  11. An Address Delivered from the Chair of the Congregational Union of England and Wales. 1901.
  12. A Word for the Present Crisis. 8 pages. n.d, c. 1902. (search only.)

Compilation:

  1. Detached Links: Extracts from the Writings and Discourses of Joseph Parker. Compiled by Joseph Lucas. 503 pages. 1884.

Biographical:

  1. Dawson, Albert. Joseph Parker, D.D.: His Life and Ministry. 184 pages. London: S. W. Partridge & Co., 1901.
  2. Adamson, William. The Life of Joseph Parker, Pastor of City Temple, London. 447 pages. New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1902.

 

A Detailed Bibliography of Samuel M. Zwemer

This is a bibliography of works by Samuel Zwemer, adapted and corrected 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, his devotional works are just as compelling today. I highly recommend The Glory of the Cross and The Solitary Throne.

Books by Samuel M. Zwemer

  1. Arabia: The Cradle of Islam. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1st Edition, 1900. 434 pages.
    4th Edition, 1912.
    Urdu Translation (Unauthorized): Pesa Akhbar, 1910.
  2. Raymond Lull: First Missionary to the Muslims. Funk and Wagnalls, New York. November 1902. 172 pages.
    German Translation: Sudan Pioneer Mission, Wiesbaden, 1912.
    Arabic Translation: Nile Mission Press, Cairo, 1914.
    Chinese Translation: 1924.
    Spanish Translation: Sociedad de Publicaciones Religiosas, Madrid. 1926. [Raimundo Lulio, Primer Misionero a Los Musulmanes, tr. Alejandro Brachmann.]
    Dutch Translation (Unauthorized): 1928.
  3. The Moslem Doctrine of God. American Tract Society, New York. 1st Edition, 1905.
    2nd Edition, 1924. 120 pages.
  4. Islam, A Challenge to Faith. Student Volunteer Movement, New York. 1st Edition, 1907. 295 pages.
    2nd Edition, Marshall Brothers, London, 1909.
    German Translation: 1909. 324 pages. [Der Islam: Eine Herausforderung an Den Glauben, tr. Elisabeth Grouben.] (Link is view only.)
    Danish Translation: Copenhagen, 1910.
    French Translation: Paris, 1922.
  5. The Moslem 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, abridged for use by the Young People’s Missionary Union.)
  6. The Unoccupied Mission Fields of Africa and Asia. Student Volunteer Movement, New York. 1911. 260 pages.
    German Translation: Basel, 1912.
    Danish Translation: Copenhagen, 1912.
  7. The Moslem Christ. Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, London. 1st Edition, 1912.
    2nd Edition, 1927. 198 pages. American Tract Society, New York.
    Arabic Translation: Nile Mission Press, Cairo. 1916.
    German Translation: Stuttgart, 1921. [Die Christologie des Islams, tr. Dr. E. Frick.]
    Urdu Translation: 1929.
  8. Mohammed or ChristSeeley Service and Company, London. 1916. 292 pages.
    Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1916.
  9. Childhood in the Moslem World. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1915. 274 pages.
    Danish Translation: Copenhagen. 1917.
    Arabic Translation: 2nd Edition, Cairo, 1921.
  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.
    S.P.C.K, London. 1921.
  12. Christianity the Final Religion. Eerdmans Sevensma Co., The Pilgrim Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1920. 108 pages.
  13. A Moslem Seeker After God. Life of Al-Ghazali. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1920. 302 pages.
    Arabic Translation: Nile Mission Press, Cairo, 1922.
    Urdu Translation: 1925.
  14. The Law of Apostasy in Islam. Marshall Brothers, London. 1924. 164 pages.
    German Translation: Guetersloh, 1926.
  15. Call to Prayer. Marshall Brothers, London. 1923. 79 pages.
    Dutch Translation: Kampen, 1926.
  16. The Glory of the Cross. Marshall Brothers, London. 1st Edition, 1928. 128 pages.
    2nd Edition, 1935.
    3rd Popular Edition, 1938.
    Arabic Translation: 1928. [السر العجيب في فخر الصليب]
    Urdu Translation: 1929.
    Swedish Translation: 1930.
  17. Across the World of Islam. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1st Edition, 1929. 382 pages.
    2nd Edition, 1932.
  18. Thinking Missions with Christ. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1st Edition, 1934.
    3rd Edition, 1935.
  19. The Origin of Religion. Cokesbury Press, Nashville, Tenn. 1st Edition, 1935.
    2nd Edition, 1936.
    3rd Revised Edition, 1946.
    Loizeaux Brothers, New York. 256 pages.
  20. Taking Hold of God. Marshall, Morgan and Scott, London 1936. 188 pages.
    Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1936.
  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.
    Sheldon Press, London.
  24. Dynamic Christianity and the World Today. Inter-Varsity 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: Message Not Method. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1st Edition, 1944. 125 pages.  (Copyright renewed.)
    4th Edition, 1948.
  30. Heirs of the Prophets. Moody Press, Chicago. 1946. 137 pages. (Link is view only.)
  31. The Glory of the Empty Tomb. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1947. 170 pages. (Copyright renewed.)
  32. How Rich the Harvest: Studies in Bible Themes and Missions. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1948. 120 pages. (Copyright renewed.)
  33. Sons of Adam: Studies of Old Testament Characters in New Testament Light. Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1951. 164 pages.

Works of Joint Authorship

  1. Topsy-Turvy Land: Arabia Pictured for Children, with Amy E. Zwemer. Fleming H. Revell, New York. July 1902. 124 pages.
  2. The Mohammedan World of Today, with E. M. Wherry. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1906. 302 pages.
  3. Our Muslim Sisters, with Annie Van Sommer. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1907. 299 pages.
    Swedish Translation: Stockholm, 1908.
    Danish Translation: Odense, 1909.
  4. The Nearer and Farther East, with Arthur J. Brown. Macmillan, New York. 1908. 325 pages.
  5. Lucknow, 1911, with E. M. Wherry. Madras, 1912. 298 pages.
  6. Zigzag Journeys in the Camel Country, with Amy E. Zwemer. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1st Edition, 1911.
    2nd Edition. 126 pages.
  7. Daylight in the Harem, with Annie Van Sommer. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1911. 224 pages.
  8. Islam and Missions, report of the Lucknow conference with E. M. Wherry. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1912. 300 pages.
  9. Christian Literature in Moslem Lands, with a committee. Doran, New York. 1923.
  10. Moslem Women, with Amy E. Zwemer. United Study Committee, New York. 1926. 306 pages.
  11. The Golden Milestone, with James Cantine. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 1938. 157 pages.  (Copyright renewed.)

Short Works and Contributions

  1. “Report of a Mission Tour Down the Euphrates from Hillah to Busrah.” The Christian Intelligencer, Jan. 4 & 11, 1893.
  2. “Report of a Journey into Yemen and Work among the Jews for the Mildmay Mission.” The Christian Intelligencer. c. 1894.
  3. “Epilogue: A Sketch of the Arabian Mission.” Kamil Abdul Messiah. 1898.
    Reprint edition: Kamil Abdulmasih. Pioneer Library. 2017.
  4. “Mohammedan World of Today.” 1898.
  5. “Advice to Volunteers.” The Call, Qualifications and Preparation of Candidates for Foreign Missionary Service Ed. Robert Speer. 1901.
  6. “Thinking Gray in Missions.” n.d.
  7. “The Message and the Man.” Student Volunteer Movement. 1909. (Link is view only.)
  8. “The Impending Struggle in Western Asia.” An address delivered January 2, 1910.
  9. “Are More Foreign Missionaries Needed?” Student Volunteer Movement. 1911. 19 pages.
  10. “Islam, the War, and Missions.” c. 1914.
  11. Introduction to The Progress and Arrest of Islam in Sumatra. Gottfried Simon. London: Marshall Bros., 1914.
  12. Introduction to The Vital Forces of Christianity and Islam: Six Studies by Missionaries to Moslems. W. H. T. Gairdner, et al. Humphrey Milford, London. 1915.
  13. “A Primer on Islam.” Continuation Committee, Shanghai. 1919. 24 pages.
    Chinese Translation: 2nd Edition, 1927. (Link is view only.)
  14. Introduction to A Twice-Born Turk: Reminiscences of the Turkish Revolution. Abdallah Husainy. J. L. Oliver. n.d. [c. 1920.]
  15. “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.
  16. “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.
  17. Introduction to The Foreign Missionary: An Incarnation of a World Movement. Arthur Judson Brown. 1932. (Copyright renewed.)
  18. Introduction to Adventures with God, in Freedom and in Bond. Jenny E. de Mayer. 1942.
  19. “A Factual Survey of the Muslim World.” Fleming H. Revell, New York, 1946. 34 pages.
  20. Introduction to Hidden Highway; experiences on the Northwest Frontier of India. Flora Marion Davidson. New York, London and Glasgow: Fleming H. Revell Co, [1948].
  21. “The Glory of the Impossible.” Church Herald. 1950.

A Detailed Bibliography of Herbert Lockyer, Sr.

This is a detailed list of all available titles by Herbert Lockyer (1986-1984), in chronological order.

The same list can be seen in alphabetical order here.

  1. The Rapture of the Saints (UK 1935, US 1979)
  2. The Fairest of All and Other Sermons (US, 1936)
  3. Roses in December and Other Sermons (Eerdmans, 1936; Pioneer Library, 2015)
  4. The Swan Song of Paul, Or, Fascinating Studies in Second Timothy (American Bible Conference Association, 1936)
  5. When Revival Comes (a.k.a. The Mulberry Trees) (Eerdmans, 1936; Pioneer Library, 2014)
  6. Evangelize or Fossilize! (Chicago, 1938)
  7. The Immortality of Saints: A Handbook on the Hereafter for Christian Workers (UK, Pickering & Inglis, n.d., c. 1938)
  8. Sorrows and Stars (Eerdmans, 1938; Pioneer Library, 2014)
  9. The Gospel in the Pentateuch (1939; Pioneer Library, 2015)
  10. When God Died (Eerdmans, 1939; Pioneer Library, 2014)
  11. V for Victory: Sermons on the Christian’s Victories (Zondervan, 1941)
  12. Cameos of Prophecy: Are These the Last Days? (Zondervan, 1942, public domain)
  13. The Christ of Christmas (Loizeaux, 1942; Pioneer Library, 2014)
  14. Give Us This Day: Daily Portions for Pilgrims (Zondervan, 1942)
  15. God’s Promise Box (Lockley Press, 1945)
  16. Satan and the Spider (1945, renewed)
  17. The Breath of God (Union Gospel, 1949)
  18. The Heritage of Saints or Studies in the Holy Spirit (UK, Pickering & Inglis, n.d., c. 1950)
  19. A Modern Praying Hyde: The Romantic Story of the Evansville Rescue Mission (1950)
  20. The Art of Winning Souls (US, 1954, renewed; UK, 1955)
  21. How To Make Prayer More Effective (Zondervan, 1954)
  22. All the Men of the Bible (Zondervan, 1955, renewed)
  23. The Art of Praying and Speaking in Public: Practical Hints for Christians Who Desire to Witness (UK, Parry Jackman, 1955)
  24. How I Can Make My Life More Effective: Secrets and Avenues of Christian Service (UK/US, 1955; Marshall Morgan & Scott/Zondervan) [= How To Make Your Life More Effective (Whitaker, 2014)]
  25. The Mystery and Ministry of Angels (UK,  Parry Jackman, 1955; US, Eerdmans, 1958)
  26. Satanic Conflict of the Ages: The Romantic Story of the Seed Royal (UK, Victory Press, 1955)
  27. Voice Culture for Speakers and Students (UK, Parry Jackman, 1955)
  28. The Gift of Pentecost or the Person and Power of the Holy Spirit (London, 1956)
  29. The Art of Knowing and Doing God’s Will (UK, Victory Press, 1956)
  30. The Comfort of God: Meditations on the Goodness of God (UK, Victory Press, 1956)
  31. All the Holy Days and Holidays: Or, Sermons on All National and Religious Memorial Days (Zondervan, 1958)
  32. All the Prayers of the Bible (1959, renewed)
  33. All the Miracles of the Bible (1961, renewed)
  34. All the Kings and Queens of the Bible (1961, renewed)
  35. All the Promises of the Bible (1962, renewed)
  36. All About the Second Coming (Zondervan, 1962)
  37. All the Parables of the Bible (1963, renewed)
  38. The Berean Miracle: The Story of the Life and Labors of Ford Porter (Berean Gospel Distributors, 1963)
  39. All the Doctrines of the Bible (1964)
  40. All the Books and Chapters of the Bible (1966)
  41. The Man Who Changed the World: Conquests of Christ Through the Centuries (2 vol.) (1966)
  42. Death and the Life Hereafter (1967) [= The Immortality of the Saints?]
  43. The Funeral Sourcebook  (UK/US 1967)
  44. The Gospel of the Life Beyond (H.E. Walter/Revell, 1967) [= The Life Beyond (1995)] [= Death and the Life Hereafter?]
  45. All the Music of the Bible (1968)
  46. The Lenten Sourcebook: Including Thoughts and Messages for Easter Day (1968)
  47. The Week That Changed the World (1968)
  48. All the Trades and Occupations of the Bible (UK/US, Pickering & Inglis/Lamplighter, 1969)
  49. Last Words of Saints and Sinners (1969) [= All the Last Words of Saints and Sinners]
  50. All the Children of the Bible (Zondervan, 1970)
  51. The Sins of Saints: Scriptural Unfolding of Victorious Living (Loizeaux, USA, 1970)
  52. All the Apostles of the Bible: Studies in the Characters of the Apostles, the Men Jesus Chose and the Message They Proclaimed (Zondervan, 1972)
  53. All the Messianic Prophecies of the Bible (1973)
  54. Twin Truths of Scripture (The Lockyer Bible Preacher’s Library, Volume 1) (1973) [= All the 2s of the Bible]
  55. Triple Truths of Scripture (The Lockyer Bible Preacher’s Library, Volume 2) (1973) [= All the 3s of the Bible]
  56. All the Divine Names and Titles in the Bible (UK/US, Pickering & Inglis/Zondervan, 1975)
  57. Ancient Portraits in Modern Frames, Bible Biographies, vol. 1 (Baker, 1975)
  58. Ancient Portraits in Modern Frames, Bible Biographies, vol. 2 (Baker, 1975) [= World Changers: Fascinating Figures from Church History]
  59. God’s Witnesses: Stories of Real Faith (Revell, 1975; 1997) [= Ancient Portraits in Modern Frames, vol. 1?]
  60. Selected Scripture Summaries from the New Testament (1975) [=Major Themes of the New Testament; also 41 Major Bible Themes Simply Explained]
  61. Seven Words of Love (Word, [1969?] 1975)
  62. All the Women of the Bible (1976)
  63. Everything Jesus Taught (1976) [= What Jesus Taught (1977); also All the Teachings of Jesus (1990)]
  64. Bible-Centered Devotions on Purity and Hope (Seasons of the Lord, v. 1) (Harper & Row, all vols. 1977)
  65. Bible-Centered Devotions on Resurrection and Glory (Seasons of the Lord, v. 2)
  66. Bible-Centered Devotions on Fulfillment and Splendor (Seasons of the Lord, v. 3)
  67. Bible-Centered Devotions on Silence and Remembrance (Seasons of the Lord, v. 4)
  68. All About Bible Study (UK/US 1977)
  69. How to Find Comfort in the Bible (Word, 1977) [= The Comfort of God?]
  70. Cure For Troubled Hearts (1979)
  71. Dark Threads the Weaver Needs (1979)
  72. The Man Who Died for Me: Meditations on the Death and Resurrection of Our Lord (Word, 1979)
  73. Their Finest Hour: Thrilling Moments in Ancient History (1979)
  74. Dying, Death, and Destiny (1980) [= Death and the Life Hereafter?]
  75. Revelation: Drama of the Ages (1980)
  76. Satan: His Person and Power (Word, 1980)
  77. The Holy Spirit of God (1981) [revision of The Breath of God]
  78. The Keeping Power of God (Grason/Nelson, 1981)
  79. Love Is Better Than Wine (New Leaf Press, 1981)
  80. The Power of Prayer (Thomas Nelson, 1982)
  81. God’s Book of Poetry: Meditations from the Psalms (1983) [= Psalms: A Devotional Commentary (Kregel, 1992)]
  82. Portraits of the Savior (1983)
  83. Daily Promises (Nelson, 1984)
  84. God’s Book of Faith: Meditations from Job (1984)

Edited Publications

  1. From a Bishop’s Basket: Twelve Sermons (Bishop Taylor Smith; UK, Pickering & Inglis, London, c. 1940)
  2. Light to Live By (Selections from the New International Version; Zondervan, 1979)
  3. Illustrated Dictionary Of The Bible (With F. F. Bruce & R. K. Harrison; Thomas Nelson, 1986)

Posthumous Volumes

  1. All About God in Christ (Hendrickson, 1995) [largely edited from The Christ of Christmas]
  2. All the Angels in the Bible (Hendrickson, 1995) [possibly edited from The Mystery and Ministry of Angels]
    [All About the Holy Spirit (Hendrickson, 1995) = The Holy Spirit of God]
    [All God’s Comfort (Hendrickson, 2001) = How to Find Comfort in the Bible]
  3. A Lump of Clay & Other Sermons (Pioneer Library, 2016)
  4. The Mystery of Godliness, or, The Virgin Birth, or Was Christ Virgin Born? (n.d.) [= The Seven Pillars of God’s Wisdom (Whitaker, 2013)]

Tracts & Booklets

  1. The Gates of Grace [not extant]
  2. The Gold Star [not extant]
  3. The Grim Shadow (London, 1933)
  4. Chaos and Cure (1935)
  5. Earthquakes! The Prophetic Significance of Physical Upheavals (Colportage Association, 1935)
  6. The Hands of Jesus (1935)
  7. Harps or Spears (Colportage Association, 1935)
  8. An Instrument of Ten Strings (USA, 1935)
  9. The Love Story of Ruth (USA, 1935)
  10. Triads of Scripture (Colportage Association, 1935)
  11. Two in One (Colportage Association, 1935)
  12. Visiting the Empty Grave (Colportage Association, 1935)
  13. Christ in the Scriptures (Zondervan, 1936)
  14. Dancing: Ancient and Modern (1936 or earlier)
  15. Decision in the Scriptures (1936)
  16. The Double Name (Zondervan, 1936)
  17. The Healer and Healing Movements (1936 or earlier)
  18. The Holy Spirit in the Scriptures (Zondervan, 1936) [not extant]
  19. A Lump of Clay (Chicago, 1936)
  20. The North Side in the Scriptures (Zondervan, 1936)
  21. Our Lord’s Return (Moody, n.d., c. 1936)
  22. Over the Air (1936)
  23. The Panorama of Prophecy (USA, 1936)
  24. Revival in the Scriptures (Zondervan, 1936)
  25. Satan in the Scriptures (Zondervan, 1936)
  26. The Three Crosses on Calvary’s Hill (Moody Press, 1936)
  27. The Trinity in the Scriptures (Zondervan, pamphlet, 1936)
  28. The Vision Splendid (Chicago, 1936; Pioneer Library, 2014)
  29. The Blessed Hope in the Scriptures (Zondervan, 1937)
  30. Death in the Scriptures (Zondervan, 1937)
  31. Dreams in the Scriptures (Zondervan, 1937)
  32. God in the Scriptures (Zondervan, 1937)
  33. Guidance in the Scriptures (Zondervan, 1937)
  34. He Could Not! (Chicago, 1937)
  35. Keswick: The Place and the Power (UK, Stirling Tract Enterprise, 1937)
  36. Prayer in the Scriptures (Zondervan, 1937)
  37. The Surname in the Scriptures (Zondervan, 1937)
  38. The Making of an Atheist [not extant, c. 1937]
  39. The Making of an Apostle; or, Peter the Fisherman (Zondervan, 1937)
  40. The Making of the Bible [not extant, c. 1937]
  41. The Making of a Saint [not extant, c. 1937]
  42. The Making of a Sermon [not extant, c. 1937]
  43. The Making of a Student [not extant, c. 1937]
  44. The Creed of Fools (Eerdmans, 1938)
  45. Not Here But Risen (Chicago, pamphlet, 1938)
  46. Russians and Romans: Will the European Crisis Result in the End of the Age? (Zondervan, 1940)
  47. Palms and Willows (Zondervan, 1941)
  48. The H-Bomb and the End of the Age (B. McCall Barbour, UK & USA, 1950, renewed)
  49. Are These the Last Days? (Zondervan, 1951)
  50. Drama of Fast-Moving Events (Zondervan, 1951)
  51. It Is Later Than We Think (Zondervan, 1951)
  52. Prophetic Footnotes on Today’s Headlines (Zondervan, 1951)
  53. The Bridegroom Cometh! (Zondervan, 1952)
  54. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Zondervan, 1952)
  55. The Four Women of the Apocalypse (Zondervan, 1952)
  56. Is Christ Coming Soon? (Zondervan, 1952)
  57. Predictions of Things to Come (Zondervan, 1952)
  58. The Unpardonable Sin (UK, Marshall Morgan & Scott, 1952)
  59. Great White Throne (Zondervan, 1953, renewed)
  60. Victory over Worry (Zondervan, 1953, renewed)
  61. Heaven (Zondervan, 1954, renewed)
  62. Is There a Hell? (USA, pamphlet?, 1954, renewed)
  63. Jehovah’s Witnesses Exposed (1954, renewed)
  64. Victory over the “Blues”: Deliverances from Wild Alarms Disturbing the Believer’s Peace (Zondervan, 1954, renewed)
  65. Blessed Assurance (UK, Marshall Morgan & Scott, 1955)
  66. One Sin God Hates: The Curse of Pride (Zondervan, 1955, renewed)
  67. Are America, Great Britain, China, Russia and Egypt in Prophecy? (Zondervan, 1957)
  68. The Fascinating Study of Prophecy (1957)
  69. The Thousand Year Reign of Christ (1958, renewed)
  70. The Romantic History of Israel (American Association for Jewish Evangelism, c. 1960)
  71. The Church’s Hope (UK, Prophetic Witness, 1971)
  72. The Future of the Gentile Nations (UK, Prophetic Witness, 1971)
  73. The Unseen Army (UK, Prophetic Witness, [1969?] 1972)

A Detailed Bibliography of F. W. Boreham

This page lists detailed copyright information for the published books of F. W. Boreham (1871-1959), including links to the (United States) Catalogue of Copyright Entries. All UK dates were obtained from Ian F. McLaren’s Frank William Boreham (1871-1959): A Select Bibliography, published by Whitley College in 1997.

  1. The Whisper of God
    UK/NZ 1902
  2. Loose Leaves
    NZ c. 1903 (n.d.)
  3. George Augustus Selwyn
    UK May 1911
  4. The Luggage of Life
    UK September 1912, US September 1918
  5. Mountains in the Mist
    UK January 1914, US May 1919
  6. The Golden Milestone
    UK 1915, US September 1918
  7. Mushrooms on the Moor
    UK June 1915, US 1915
  8. Faces in the Fire
    UK September 1916, US 1920
  9. The Other Side of the Hill
    UK September 1917, US 1917
  10. The Silver Shadow
    UK May 1918, US 1918
  11. The Uttermost Star
    UK October 1919, US 1919
  12. A Reel of Rainbow
    UK October 1920, US 1920
  13. A Bunch of Everlastings
    UK May 1920, US 1920
  14. The Home of the Echoes
    UK September 1921, US 1921
  15. A Handful of Stars
    UK 1922, US 1922
  16. Shadows on the Wall
    UK September 1922, US 1922
  17. Rubble and Roseleaves
    Simultaneous UK/US, September 1 1923
  18. A Casket of Cameos
    Simultaneous UK/US, April 4 1924
  19. Wisps of Wildfire
    US August 1 1924, UK September 1924
  20. The Crystal Pointers
    US August 1 1925, UK September 1925
  21. A Faggot of Torches
    Simultaneous UK/US, March 1 1926, US copyright renewed February 26 1954
  22. A Tuft of Comet’s Hair
    US August 1 1926, UK September 1926
  23. The Nest of Spears
    US August 1 1927, UK September 1927
  24. A Temple of Topaz
    Simultaneous UK/US, March 1 1928
  25. The Fiery Crags
    US August 1 1928, UK September 1928
  26. The Three Half-Moons
    Simultaneous UK/US, August 1 1929
  27. The Blue Flame
    Simultaneous UK/US, August 1 1930
  28. When the Swans Fly High
    Simultaneous UK/US, September 1 1931
  29. A Witch’s Brewing
    Simultaneous UK/US, August 1 1932
  30. The Drums of Dawn
    Simultaneous UK/US, August 1 1933
  31. The Ivory Spires
    Simultaneous UK/US, August 1 1934
  32. The Heavenly Octave
    UK July 1935, US March 23 1936
  33. Ships of Pearl
    Simultaneous UK/US, August 1 1935
  34. The Passing of John Broadbanks
    Simultaneous UK/US, August 1 1936
  35. I Forgot To Say
    US April 28 1939, UK May 1939
  36. My Pilgrimage
    UK April 1940, US 1950
  37. The Prodigal [sermons]
    UK 1941
  38. Boulevards of Paradise [sermons]
    UK August 1944
  39. A Late Lark Singing
    UK December 1945
  40. The Man Who Saved Gandhi
    UK August 1948
  41. Cliffs of Opal
    UK December 1948
  42. The Arrows of Desire
    UK 1951
  43. My Christmas Book [mostly repeated material]
    UK August 20 1953, US October 26 1953
  44. In Pastures Green [sermons]
    UK April 22, 1954
  45. Dreams at Sunset
    UK June 24 1954
  46. The Gospel of Robinson Crusoe
    UK October 1955
  47. The Gospel of Uncle Tom’s Cabin
    UK September 1956
  48. The Tide Comes In
    UK January 23 1958
  49. The Last Milestone
    UK July 17 1961

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
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, $12.99.

Mountains in the Mist (Our Review: ★★★★★)
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, $12.99.

The Golden Milestone (Our Review: ★★★★★)
Reprint coming, March 1, 2018.

Mushrooms on the Moor
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, $12.99.

Faces in the Fire (Our Review: ★★★)
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, $12.99.

The Other Side of the Hill
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, $14.99.

The Silver Shadow
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, $14.99.

The Uttermost Star (Our Review: ★★★★★)
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, $14.99.

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
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, $9.99 until June 30.

The Home of the Echoes
Reprint coming soon, 2018.

A Handful of Stars
The second of the Texts That Made History.
Reprint coming soon.
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, $14.99.

When the Swans Fly High
Reprint planned, 2019.

A Witch’s Brewing
Reprint planned, 2019.

The Drums of Dawn (Our Review: ★★★★★)
Reprinted by Pioneer Library, available only on Lulu.com, $12.45.

The Ivory Spires
Reprint planned, 2019.

The Heavenly Octave
Essays on the Beatitudes. No reprint available.

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.
No reprint available.

The Prodigal
Exposition of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, one of Boreham’s favorite themes.
No reprint available.

Boulevards of Paradise
Short articles. Very rare.
No reprint available.

A Late Lark Singing
Short articles.
No reprint available.

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.
No reprint available.

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, $7.00. (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, $8.00.

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, $8.00.

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, $8.00.

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, $8.00.

 

Many thanks to Michael Dalton, Geoff Pound and Jeff Cranston for their work in making F. W. Boreham’s creative classics available to a new generation of believers.