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Review – The complete gathered gold – John Blanchard – EP

August 2007 | by Dennis Hill

The complete gathered gold
John Blanchard
Evangelical Press
704 pages; £24.95
ISBN: 978-0-85234-6440

Solomon said, ‘A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver’ (Proverbs 25:11). John Blanchard has obviously been searching for that kind of gold – and by the looks of this book has met with considerable success.

This is a collection of 16,000 quotations covering some 600 subjects by authors from a wide spectrum of Christian belief – and some of probably no Christian belief at all. Having said that, the vast majority of the authors with which I am familiar are evangelical, and the vast majority of those are reformed. This handsomely produced book is the fourth in a series. Gathered gold (1984; 5,000 quotations), More gathered gold (1986; 5,000) and Sifted silver (1995; 5,000) have all been compiled, along with 1,000 additional quotations, to make up this current volume.

Much of the book relates to Christian belief and practice, and the quotations run the gamut – from the moving, thoughtful and theological, to the simply humorous, with much in between. This book could be a useful resource for Christians who write or speak publicly, or those who just want some wisdom on a particular subject.

Of course, not all the ‘gold’ has the same weight but here’s a sample of some that I appreciated.

Thomas Brooks on God’s love: ‘God loves to smile most upon his people when the world frowns most’ (p.241).

Dr Lloyd-Jones on gullibility: ‘Incredible as it may seem, there are still people who believe what they read in the newspapers’ (p.282).

Clovis Chappell on the aim of preaching and preachers: ‘Put the hay down where the sheep can reach it’ (p.475).

Finally, Jonathan Edwards on conviction of sin: ‘The conviction that causes men to think it worth the while to seek salvation is hardly ever a conviction of the worth of the reward, but of the dreadfulness of the punishment’ (p.117).

Dennis Hill, Hull