Newest Puritan Paperback: Smooth Stones from Ancient Brooks




Smooth Stones REVISEDSmooth Stones Taken From Ancient Brooks

Selections from the Writings of

Thomas Brooks

by C.H. Spurgeon


“As a writer, Brooks scatters stars with both his hands: he hath dust of gold; in his storehouse are all manner of precious stones.”  So wrote C.H. Spurgeon in his Preface to this book.  He counted Thomas Brooks among his favourite Puritan authors, and it is not hard to see why.  Brooks’ popularity lies both in his subjects – practical truths, central to the Christian life – and in the manner of his presentation.  He is ever direct, urgent, fervent, full of Scripture, and able to choose words which make his sentences stick in one’s mind.
This book is a collection of sentences, illustrations, and quaint sayings from this renowned Puritan.  Gathered by Spurgeon out of the 6 volume set of Brooks’ Works, it remains an excellent introduction to both the man and his writings.
Selections from the Writings of Thomas Brooks
by C.H. Spurgeon
978-1-84871-1136 … 204 pages … $11.00 (U.S.); £5.75 (U.K.)
Enjoy These Selections from
Smooth Stones Taken From Ancient Brooks:
“Sin is bad in the eye, worse in the tongue, worse still in the heart, but worst of all in the life.”
“O how strong is grace!  How victorious over sin, how dead to the world, how alive to Christ, how fit to live, and how prepared to die, might many a Christian have become had they been more frequent, serious, and conscientious in the discharge of closet duties!”
“There is no time yours but the present time, no day yours but the present day; therefore, do not please and feed yourselves with hopes of time to come; that you will repent, but not yet; and lay hold on mercy, but not yet; and give yourselves up to the Lord next week, next month, or next year; for that God who has promised you mercy and favour upon the day of your return, has not promised to prolong your lives till that day comes.”
“There is no such way to attain to greater measures of grace, as for a man to live up to that little grace he has.”
“A sincere heart weeps and laments bitterly over those secret and inward corruptions, which others will scarcely acknowledge to be sins.”
“A murmurer is an ungodly man: he is an ungodlike man; no man on earth more unlike to God than the murmurer; and therefore no wonder if, when Christ comes to execute judgment, he deals severely and terribly with him.  Let him make what profession he will of godliness; yet if murmuring keeps the throne in his heart, Christ will deal with him at last as with ungodly sinners.”
“I think that oftentimes men charge that upon the devil which ought to be charged upon their own hearts.”
“A lazy Christian will always want four things — comfort, content, confidence, and assurance.  Assurance and joy are choice donatives that Christ gives to laborious Christians only.  The lazy Christian has his mouth full of complaints, when the active Christian has his heart full of comforts.”
“True repentance is a gift that is from above; and if the Lord does not give it, man will eternally perish for the want ot it.”

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