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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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.

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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”:

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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.


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.


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, 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.)


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


  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, $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.

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 42 unique books in his lifetime, and the manuscripts and booklets he left at the time of his death were arranged into three more books, meaning Andrew Murray’s legacy is 45 single-author books. Amazingly, all 45 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 57 if we included these, more if we included other posthumous arrangements.

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 and edited or retitled. 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. The Christian Life (preached Sept. 1895, Toronto)***
    [Convention Addresses Delivered at Bridge of Allan, 1895 is a multi-author compilation including a few of Murray’s sermons, which were also published elsewhere]
    [Covenants and Blessings = The Two Covenants and the Second Blessing]
    [Daily Experience with God = The Inner Chamber and the Inner Life, edited]
    [The Deeper Christian Life = The Christian Life]***
  10. Divine Healing: A Series of Addresses
  11. 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 = ?]
  12. 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]
  13. 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 = ?]
  14. Have Mercy upon Me: The Prayer of the Penitent in the Fifty-First Psalm Explained and Applied
    [Healing Secrets = Divine Healing?]
  15. The Holiest of All: An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews
  16. 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]
  17. Humility: The Beauty of Holiness***
    [The Indwelling Spirit = The Spirit of Christ]
  18. 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]
  19. Jesus Himself: Two Addresses
    [The Joy of Being Forgiven = Have Mercy upon Me]
  20. 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]
  21. 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 = ?]
  22. Living Words: Addresses Delivered at the Rothesay Convention (unavailable)
  23. The Lord’s Table: A Help to the Right Observance of the Holy Supper
    [Love and Light = ?]
  24. The Master’s Indwelling (preached Aug. 1895, Northfield)
  25. The Ministry of Intercession: A Plea for More Prayer***
    [The Ministry of Intercessory Prayer The Ministry of Intercession + Pray without Ceasing]
  26. Money: Thoughts for God’s Stewards
    [The Mystery of the True Vine = The True Vine, South African title]
  27. The New Life: Words of God for Young Disciples of Christ
    [Not My Will = Thy Will Be Done, edited]
    [Out of His Fulness: Addresses Delivered in America = The Master’s Indwelling + The Christian Life]
    [The Path to Holiness = Holy in Christ, edited]
    [Power for Your Life = The Secret of Power from on High?]
    [Power in Prayer = compilation]
  28. The Power of the Blood of Jesus
    [The Power of the Blood of Christ =The Power of the Blood of Jesus]
  29. 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]
  30. The Prayer Life: The Inner Chamber and the Deepest Secret of Pentecost
    [The Promise of the Spirit = ?]
  31. 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]
  32. 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]
  33. 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]
    [Shepherd’s Song = publication error; this is actually F. B. Meyer’s Shepherd Psalm]
  34. 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 = ?]
  35. The Spiritual Life: A Series of Lectures Delivered before the Students of the Moody Bible Institute
    [Standing in the Gap = The Ministry of Intercession?]
  36. The State of the Church: A Plea for More Prayer
    [Teach Me to Pray = With Christ in the School of Prayer, edited]
  37. Thy Will Be Done: The Blessedness of a Life in the Will of God
  38. The True Vine: Meditations for a Month on John 15:1-5***
  39. The Two Covenants and the Second Blessing
  40. Waiting on God
    [Walking with God = Waiting on God + Working for God + Be Perfect]
  41. Why Do You Not Believe?
    [Wings Like Eagles = Eagle Wings]
  42. With Christ
  43. Within, or, The Kingdom of God Is Within You
    [With Christ in the School of Obedience = The School of Obedience]
  44. 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]
  45. 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
    [Lord, Teach Us to Pray is an excerpt from With Christ in the School of Prayer]
  16. Love Delights to Give
  17. Love Made Perfect
  18. Meditations on Psalm 51
  19. The Morning Watch
  20. The Mother’s Great Enemy
  21. 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]
  22. The Self Life
  23. Suggestive Thoughts
  24. The Supreme Need: In Response to a Call to the Church, in Mrs. Head’s Booklet, “The Forgotten Friend”
  25. Sweeter Than Honey
    [Thoughts for God’s Stewards is probably an abridgement of Money]
  26. Three Things a Christian Needs to Know
  27. Thy Sun Shall Nevermore Set
    [Two Addresses to Mothers = excerpts from Convention Addresses and Have Faith in God]
  28. We Can Love All the Day (Gal. 5:22)
  29. We See Jesus Crowned
  30. What Full Surrender Means
  31. The Will of God
    [Ye Are the Branches (John 15:5) is probably an excerpt from Absolute Surrender]


Edited Works

  1. Dying to Self: A Golden Dialogue by William Law, with Notes by Andrew Murray
  2. 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 published in English or not, since the titles were often changed substantially after translation.