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“The aim in preparing this work has been to bring together the best examples of the products of the pulpit through the Christian centuries, and to present these masterpieces in attractive and convenient form. It is believed that they will be found valuable as instruction to ministers of to-day. They should also be helpful to others who, tho not preachers, yet seek reading of this kind for the up building of personal character and for strengthening their Christian faith.” -Grenville Kleiser
“Collections of sermons by noted preachers of different periods are not an altogether uncommon contribution to literature. Italy, Germany, Holland, France, Great Britain and the United States have in this way furnished copious illustrations of the gifts of their illustrious preachers. Such treasures are found in the Latin and even in the Greek Church. Protestant communions especially, in line with the supreme significance which they attach to the work of the pulpit, have thus sought to magnify the calling and to perpetuate the memory and the influence of their distinguished sons. Still more comprehensive attempts have been made to collate the products of representative preachers in different Protestant communions, and thus to bring into prominence various types of sermonic literature. It is in this way that the Christian world has come to know its pulpit princes and to value their achievements. “The collection contained in the volumes before us is, however, more varied and comprehensive, reaching as it does from the fourth to the twentieth century, than any collection known to the writer. In the selection Professor Kleiser has brought to his task a personal knowledge of homiletic literature that is the product of much observation and study during many years, and an enthusiasm for his work that has been fostered by close intercourse in professional service with preachers and theological students. He has had the assistance also of men whose acquaintance with homiletic literature is very extensive, whose critical judgments are sound and reliable and who may be regarded as experts in this branch of knowledge. These volumes, therefore, may be accepted as a judiciously selected collection of sermons by many of the most notable preachers of the ancient and modern Christian world. Their value as illustrating varieties of gift, diversities of method, racial, national and ecclesiastical peculiarities, and above all progress in the science and art of preaching, may well be recognized even by a generation that is likely to regard anything that is more than twenty-four hours old as obsolete.” -Lewis O. Brastow, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., October, 1908.
PREFACE INTRODUCTION BASIL (329-379) The Creation of the World CHRYSOSTOM (347-407) Excessive Grief at the Death of Friends AUGUSTINE (354-430) The Recovery of Sight by the Blind WYCLIF (1324-1384) Christ's Real Body Not in the Eucharist SAVONAROLA (1452-1498) The Ascension of Christ LUTHER (1483-1546) The Method and Fruits of Justification LATIMER (1485-1555) On Christian Love MELANCHTHON (1497-1560) The Safety of the Virtuous KNOX (1505-1572) The First Temptation of Christ CALVIN (1509-1564) Enduring Persecution for ChristBiografía del autor:
Grenville Kleiser’s books include How to Speak in Public (1906), Humorous Hits and How to Hold an Audience (1908), The World's Great Sermons, Volume 01: Basil to Calvin (1908, as editor), The World's Great Sermons, Volume 02: Hooker to South (1908, as editor), The World's Great Sermons, Volume 03: Massillon to Mason (1908, as editor), The World's Great Sermons, Volume 04: L. Beecher to Bushnell (1908, as editor), The World's Great Sermons, Volume 05: Guthrie to Mozley (1908, as editor), The World's Great Sermons, Volume 06: H.W. Beecher to Punshon (1908, as editor), The World's Great Sermons, Volume 07: Hale to Farrar (1908, as editor), The World's Great Sermons, Volume 08: Talmage to Knox Little (1908, as editor), The World's Great Sermons, Volume 09: Cuyler to Van Dyke (1908, as editor), The World's Great Sermons, Volume 10: Drummond to Jowett - General Index (1908, as editor), Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases (1910), How to Argue and Win (1910), Stories that Take (1910), Phrases for Public Speakers and Paragraphs for Study (1910, as compiler), Christ, the Master Speaker (1910, as compiler), Helpful Hints on Writing and Reading (1911, as compiler), How to Read and Declaim (1911), Miscellaneous Studies in Prose (1911, as compiler), Richard Chenevix Trench, The Study of Words (1911, condensed by), Models for Study (1911, as complier), Kleiser's Complete Guide to Public Speaking (1915),Talks on Talking (1916), Inspiration and Ideals. Thoughts for Every Day (1917), Successful Methods of Public Speaking (1919), Model Speeches for Practise (1920, as compiler), The Training of a Public Speaker (1920), How to Sell Through Speech (1920), Impromptu Speeches: How to Make Them (1920), Something to Say: and How to Say It (1920), Word Power: How to Develop It (1920), How to Build Mental Power, How to Develop Self-confidence in Speech and Manner, How to Improve Your Conversation, How to Develop Power and Personality in Speaking, Great Speeches and How to Make Them, Make Your Life Worth Living, Hugh Blair, Lectures on Rhetoric (editor), Training for Power and Leadership, Mail Course in Public Speaking, Mail Course in Practical English, Mail Course in Business Success, George Campbell, The Philosophy of Rhetoric (editor), How to Speak Without Notes, Vital English for Speakers and Writers, Salesmanship and Advertising, Daily Steps to Power, Talks on Efficiency, Letters that Produce Results, and How to Make and Save Money.
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