BEST SERMONS EVER compiled by Christopher Howse ($23.95)*
Each sermon is introduced by a short note on the preacher and his time and a contemporary prayer is added at the end. The sermons range from hell fire to profound spiritual comfort. John Knox`s sermon castigates the monstrous regiment of women, Bossuet preaches on the love of God and Martin Luther King on his dream of the Promised Land.
Some sermons are familiar as are many of the authors but the book is also packed with surprises- including sermons by Herman Melville, Laurence Sterne and Thomas Aquinas. This unique book will edify, delight and amuse. It is also of quite exceptional historical interest.
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"A fascinating collection which illuminates, informs and even amuses."
Table of Contents
Prayer: The end in view by Peter the Apostle
Prayer for the Virginís intercession, fourth century; Extract from an ancient homily for Holy Saturday: Christís descent into the underworld; Godís protection by St. Patrick by John Chrysostom
Night prayer by Alcuin by St. Augustine
Prayer: Watch over me by St. Dunstan by Aelfric
Prayer: Come, Creator Spirit; Sermon notes by Thomas Aquinas for the feast of St. Bartholomew the Apostle; Prayer of giving by St. Francis of Assissi; Private devotions by St. Bernard
Prayer: Patience works from The Homilies
Morning prayer by Lancelot Andrewes
Prayer: The call by George Herbert by John Donne
Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer by Jeremy Taylor
Help for prisoners: Prayer after sentence of death by John Gother
Prayer: Melancholy by Christopher Smart
A prayer found in Mrs. Chaponeís handwriting after her death from Hester Chapone by Jonathan Edwards
A prayer that may easily be said by a woman in the state of pregnancy by Richard Challoner by John Wesley
Prayer by Charles Wesley
Prayer: Gunpowder treason by John Keble
Prayer by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Prayer to Mary by Ronald Knox
Prayer: Jesus by Mother Teresa
Prayer: Extract from a sermon by Billy Graham, California, 1974;
Pope John Paul II
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