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All the Blessings of Life: The Best Stories of F. W. Boreham, rev. ed.
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All the Blessings of Life: The Best Stories of F. W. Boreham, rev. ed.


John Broadbanks 2010

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This volume contains more than 250 of the best stories found in F. W. Boreham's writings. While many readers of this new volume will be devoted followers of Boreham, others may be sampling him for the first time. For these such readers, the biographical essay by Irving Benson has been included as it provides an introduction and the setting for understanding the life and work of this storyteller.

Frank Boreham’s discovery of the power of stories was instilled within him when he was a child. Sunday night was story time in the Boreham household. Boreham knew that while the experience of being spellbound by stories is a good first step it did not make him into a scintillating storyteller. He therefore committed himself to developing the art of storytelling. Throughout his life Boreham wrote and refined his stories in order to master the difficult art of telling a story well. Such diligence was rewarded as Dr. Boreham became recognized as one of the leading Christian preachers and writers in the first half of the twentieth century. In the second half of last century, well known preachers such as Billy Graham, Ravi Zacharias, and Gordon Moyes have frequently expressed their indebtedness to the writings of F. W. Boreham. Scores of lesser-known speakers and writers have discovered Boreham and have scoured his books in search of an apt illustration for their sermons and articles.

Many of the stories in this volume come from human experience. Furthermore, F. W. Boreham had a rich fond of stories because he was an avid reader of books. A large number of F. W. Boreham’s stories in this book come from nature, either from first-hand experience, or his reading of nature books.

Praise for the Print Edition

Of the books that have played the greatest role in molding me, I count many volumes by especially one writer: F. W. Boreham. He authored more than fifty books of essays and pastored congregations in New Zealand, Tasmania, and Australia. He was not the classical preacher, not even a profound, deep preacher, but he was marvelous at seeing beauty in the simple things of life. He heeded John Wesley's charge to young preachers to blend simplicity with sublimity, 'the strongest sense in the plainest language.'

—Ravi Zacharias

Product Details

  • Title: All the Blessings of Life: The Best Stories of F. W. Boreham, rev. ed.
  • Author: F. W. Boreham
  • Publisher: John Broadbanks
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 288

About F. W. Boreham

F. W. Boreham, (1871-1959) preacher and writer, was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, eldest child of Francis Boreham, solicitor's clerk, and his wife Fanny Usher. He was educated and was later a pupil-teacher at Grosvenor United School, Tunbridge Wells. In December 1884 he became junior clerk with a local brickworks where, in a locomotive accident, he lost his right foot, necessitating the life-long use of a stick. Late in 1887 he went to work as a clerk in London, becoming increasingly involved in church, debating and writing activities. Although his family was Anglican, he was baptized at Stockwell Old Baptist Church in 1890; he preached from pavement and pulpit and published Won to Glory in 1891. He was admitted to Spurgeon's College, London, in August 1892, serving as a student-minister at Theydon Bois, Essex, where he met Estella Maud Mary Cottee. In 1894 Boreham was called to the Scottish community at Mosgiel near Dunedin in New Zealand, and was inducted on March 17, 1895. Stella, then 18, followed to marry him at Kaiapoi on April 13, 1896. Boreham became president of the Baptist Union of New Zealand in 1902, and published The Whisper of God and Other Sermons. He wrote editorials for the Otago Daily Times, contributed to theological journals and, as a keen temperance advocate, participated in liquor polls in 1905 and 1907. In June 1906 Boreham was called to the Baptist Tabernacle, Hobart. He edited the Southern Baptist and later the weekly Australian Baptist and in 1910 became president of the Tasmanian Baptist Union. His George Augustus Selwyn was published in 1911. He wrote a biographical series for the Hobart Mercury, which in 40 years covered 2,000 persons; in 1912-59 he contributed 2,500 editorials to the Mercury and the Melbourne Age. Boreham's 80 publications, including religious works, homiletic essays, and novels, sold over one million copies.