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Guidepost's Treasury of Inspirational Classics
Guidepost's Treasury of Inspirational Classics Author:Henry Drummond, Russell Conwell, James Allen, Brother Lawrence, Thomas a Kempis Table of Contents: — I. The Greatest Thing in the World - Henry Drummond — II. Acres of Diamonds - Russell Conwell — III. As A Man Thinketh - James Allen — IV. The Practice of the Presence of God - Brother Lawrence — V. The Imitation of Christ - Thomas a Kempis — Preface: — From time to time Guideposts magazine has presented excerpts from each of the f... more »ive books presented in this volume. Now we take pleasure in publishing these great Christian classics in their complete form. Though the works span four centuries, the message in each is timeless and dateless, as vital and vibrant as when first written.
Arbitrarily, we have ordered them from latest to earliest, beginning with three 19th century-written books - Henry Drummond's THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD, Russell Conwell's ACRES OF DIAMONDS and James Allen's AS A MAN THINKETH. Whatever might be said about those three books would be inadequate. Each is a Christian giant which has had tremendous impact on millions of people. Each is filled with passages worthy of memorization and repeated meditation. Each speaks simply, yet movingly and profoundly. Each is a lifelong guide for a rich life.
The fourth book in the set is Brother Lawrence's THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD. As with the three writers who proceed him, Brother Lawrence's 15th century work is no less simply presented, nor more filled with spiritual wisdom. That ode to contentment from a humble French friar who did his praying and meditating in a monastery kitchen should strike a particularly helpful chord for Christians today. People buffeted by the ever-changing currents of our times will find reaffirming faith in Brother Lawrence's example.
We conclude this volume with Thomas a Kempis' much heralded THE IMITATION OF CHRIST. Written in 1426 it represents the oldest book of the lot, but time has done nothing except underscore the great message of that inspired German priest. Its four sections are divided into 114 chapters, each a devotional in itself. Next to the Bible, many scholars have cited it as the most important religious book to be written. Full of rich meaning and beautiful expression, Thomas a Kempis' THE IMITATION OF CHRIST has instructed and counseled serious Christians for more than five centuries and interest in it shows little sign of abating.
Guideposts believes these five titles are worthy of space on your bookshelves. More important, we hope their messages find space in your heart.« less