Dear Friends and Smooth Stones

A dear member of the church I serve recently gave me a gift copy of Smooth Stones Taken From Ancient Brooks, C.H. Spurgeon’s compilation of sayings from the writings of Thomas Brooks (1608-1680). This little volume, first published in 1855, is a goldmine of truth written with lucid brevity. I am amazed at how much substance Brooks packed into such few words. (If only Twitter was available in the seventeenth century!)

Here’s how Spurgeon thought the book should be used:

Use these “smooth stones” as David of old, and may the Lord direct them to the very forehead of thy sins, for this is the author’s main design! One of these pithy extracts may assist our meditations for a whole day, and may open up some sweet passage of Scripture to our understandings, and perhaps some brief sentence may stick in the sinner’s conscience, like an arrow from the bow of God.

To that great end, here’s a sample from today’s reading:

Ah, believer, it is only heaven that is above all winds, storms, and tempests; God did not cast man out of paradise, that he might be able to find himself another paradise in this world. The world and you must part, or Christ and you will never meet. “Ye can not serve God and mammon” (2). 

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2 Responses to Dear Friends and Smooth Stones

  1. Mike Pohlman says:

    Great to hear of your project, Tyler! Trust it will be greatly edifying. Blessings!

  2. Tyler Horton says:

    Great stuff! I just recently started a project to read/blog/tweet my way through Thomas Brooks’ complete works. Browsing around your posts we have more in common than Brooks though as my wife is also in the midst of cancer treatments. I’ve started the project with “The Mute Christian” and Brooks has been a very useful conduit of God’s grace in my life.

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