"Like apples of gold in settings of silver" is the beautiful image the Bible uses to describe a word well spoken. This encyclopedia is just what you need to put a finger on precisely the right words and ideas for the occasion.
The comprehensive and up-to-date volume features more than one million words, with 20,000 quotes from over 2,500 sources. The vast majority of quotations are from Christian sources, culled from sermons, prayers, letters, statements of faith, books, hymns, diaries, journals, commentaries, and speeches. Some secular sources have been included as well for their value in reminding Christians of the non-Christian worldview.
Most of the entries are one-liners, including well-known and rarely found proverbs from a variety of languages and cultures. In addition to these short quotes, there are many paragraph-long entries that give greater context for the quote, as well as thirty-nine "feature pages" written by Christian theologians to explicate basic Christian teachings. These extended quotations, scattered throughout the book, include important Christian documents, such as the Westminster Catechism and Luther's ninety-five Theses.
Anyone wanting a comprehensive, well-organized, thoughtful collection of Christian quotations—covering multiple topics and many occasions—will find this encyclopedia invaluable. Preachers, speakers, writers, church and school librarians, and students will especially value this ideal resource.
Pastors, teachers, librarians, or people who love to read the wisdom of the ages will find here an abundant supply of food for thought.
- Title: The New Encyclopedia of Christian Quotations
- Editor: Mark Water
- Publisher: John Hunt Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 2000
- Pages: 1,230
About Mark Water
Mark Water was born in Devon, England and trained for the Anglican ministry at the London College of Divinity. He was ordained as an evangelical minister in 1966. For the past twenty years he has been engaged in the ministry of Christian literature as writer, editor and advisor. He is the author of the Bible Made Easy series, the Encyclopedia of Christian Martyrs, and many other volumes.