Elizabeth Prentiss wrote 122 poems that “depict some of the deepest experiences of her Christian life . . . they are her tears of joy or of sorrow, her cries of anguish, and her songs of love and triumph.” The epigraph states: “The testimony of one soul is the experience of thousands.” As Harper’s Magazine (1874) wrote: “These poems . . . will give strength to many that feel the weariness, and faint under it, and that need just this cry of a labored trust as a means of conduct to the higher experience of joyous trust.”
John Newton gave two sermons “On searching the Scriptures” as found in John 5:39, with the stated purpose to “engage you to search the Scriptures. Remember it is the command of our Lord Jesus Christ; it is the only appointed way to the knowledge of him, whom to know, so as to love, serve, and to obey him, is both the foundation and the sum of our happiness here and hereafter.” Rev. Newton describes requisites to understanding the scriptures, how the scriptures testify about Christ, and the importance of this testimony of Christ.
Rev. John Newton describes how God’s grace changes a person during the three stages of spiritual maturity found in Mark 4:28, of the Blade, the Ear, and the Full Corn in the Ear. The “Blade’s” characteristic is “desire,” or eagerness in his new life. The “Ear’s” characteristic is “conflict,” with many trials. The “Full corn in the ear’s” characteristic is “contemplation,” drawing upon much experience. Using this outline a believer can identify general states of sanctification to help work out their own salvation, as God works in them.
Horace and his mother Mrs. Cleveland embarked on a journey through dangerous robber infested country. The adventures that followed in a remote cave show how God was at work in those who were held captive. Horace was shackled for ransom; but the robbers were bound by different chains. A.L.O.E. blazes a trail to being set free in Christ. “The Bible was to him as the Father’s letter, treasured in the bosom of the Son; as the charter by which he held all his dearest hopes; as the ‘pardon signed and sealed’ granted to the prisoner by the grace of his King.”
Dr. Cuyler addresses various topics to help a person see the light from God that has been obscured by the world. The 25 chapters are meant to nourish and cheer many souls. “It is according to God’s established economy that we should be exposed to temptations, and often to trials which threaten to drive us to despair. All this is to teach us our dependence upon Him.” “And oh, how often God surprises us after a long day of struggles and discouragements by a glorious outburst of light at evening time!”
Elizabeth Prentiss was a devoted follower of Jesus who wrote down a portion of her life’s accumulated wisdom. The preface states: “These selections were originally made for private use. By permission of Dr. Prentiss they are now published in their present form.” The book is a collection of short but weighty paragraphs of text and poetry.
These piercing statements apply to Christians because the natural mind is always tending toward deceptive self-righteousness. Also in part he is trying to provoke people who think they are Christians but are “trusting in a refuge of lies,” to reconsider. Some topics are: intellectual assent is not holiness; natural gifts and sentiments are not to be confused with true spiritual life; adopting healthy habits is not necessarily spiritual repentance; and zeal for a cause is not necessarily Christian devotedness. The huge participation rate of all mankind in self-deception should give one pause to reconsider these issues.
A devotional style book of fifty-two names of Jesus Christ organized by weekly chapters. The chapters include a verse for each day, an exposition and a poem on each name. “It has been the purpose of the author to furnish a Hand-Book, in which the Christian might daily find a text of Scripture referring to his Saviour, as a subject for meditation; which, in connection with the thoughts in prose, and the selected poetry, would also form a continuous topic for a week.”
Arthur and Asahel embark on a happy search after treasure in an old mine. The physical darkness makes them aware of their spiritual darkness as they go exploring. Asahel is a Jew and knows Old Testament history, while Arthur thinks himself a Christian but his heart does not embrace it. Arthur proclaims “You had love without knowledge; I knowledge without love. Yours was ignorance—mine was sin!”Arthur and Asahel embark on a happy search after treasure in an old mine. The physical darkness makes them aware of their spiritual darkness as they go exploring. Asahel is a Jew and knows Old Testament history, while Arthur thinks himself a Christian but his heart does not embrace it. Arthur proclaims “You had love without knowledge; I knowledge without love. Yours was ignorance—mine was sin!”
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Twelve beatitudes are illustrated by twelve stories, one to a chapter. When Lucy Claremont was denied a trip to the fair by her mother, discontent and rebellion took over, but ended in repentance and mourning over her sin. When a blind girl thirsted for knowledge of the Lord, her desires were more than granted. Mercy is shown when a very sick person is carried out of a burning building. A.L.O.E. states: “I have endeavored in the following Tales to convey religious instruction in a form that may prove attractive to the young; to illustrate the character of true Christianity in a series of stories, practically exemplifying the beatitudes.”