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Second Thoughts


John Broadbanks 2007

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Second Thoughts consists of five previously published essays that have been brought together for the first time: "Second-Hand Things," "The Second Crop," "Second Fiddles," "Our Second Wind" and "Second Thoughts." F. W. Boreham draws profound meaning from each of these "second" themes. This is a great introduction to the writings of F. W. Boreham. It starts with what he means to Ravi Zacharias. It also includes the outstanding essay, "The Second Crop." It uses a delightful story to illustrate an obscure biblical text about possessing your possessions. The idea is that our first crop comes with acquiring something. The second crop comes when one fully enters into it and learns how to use it. It's one thing to own a piano. It's quite another to actually learn how to play it. This essay alone makes the book worthwhile, but each one has its nuggets of truth that Boreham unearths in his typical warm manner.

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: Second Thoughts
  • Author: F. W. Boreham
  • Publisher: John Broadbanks
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 68

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.

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