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The Works of Thomas Adams (3 vols.)
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The Works of Thomas Adams (3 vols.)

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James Nichol, J. Nisbet & Co., W. Robertson 1861–1862

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Called “The Shakespeare of the Puritans” by Robert Southey, but striving to be no more than a “preacher of God’s Word” in his own words, Thomas Adams’ work is enduringly elegant and edifying. Adams came into adulthood in early modern England, just before the English Civil War, and throughout his life, he was personally acquainted with poverty. Appeals for the Gospel to manifest itself in tangible ways for the poor and oppressed mark his sermons throughout. Adams frequently uses satirical characters in his prose to call attention to those who slipped through the cracks amongst the grandiose politicking of his time. His pragmatic politics left him caught in the middle of two extremes—loyalists and radical puritans. Neither party supported him. Nevertheless, among the public he was a popular preacher and lecturer until late in his life.

The Logos Bible Software editions preserve 63 sermons and three treatises Adams’ compiled himself, fully indexed for instant search results. Scripture references appear in your preferred translation on mouseover, and all of your dictionaries and references tools are a click away, making this collection perfect for research and personal study.

Key Features

  • 63 puritan sermons
  • Moderate contemporaneous perspective on seventeenth-century England
  • Elegant preaching and satire

Individual Titles

The Works of Thomas Adams, vol. 1

  • Series: The Works of Thomas Adams
  • Publisher: James Nisbet and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1861
  • Pages: 592

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7


  • Editorial Note
  • Dedications
  • Forward
  • Politic Hunting
  • Politic Hunting
  • Plain-Dealing
  • The Soldier’s Honor
  • The Sinner’s Mourning-Habit
  • Heaven Made Sure
  • A Generation of Serpents
  • The Rage of Oppression
  • The Victory of Patience
  • God’s House
  • The Sacrifice of Thankfulness
  • God’s Bounty Part 1
  • God’s Bounty Part 2
  • The Fatal Banquet: The First Sermons
  • The Fatal Banquet: The Second Service
  • The Fatal Banquet: The Breaking up of the Feast
  • The Fatal Banquet: The Shot
  • The Fool and His Sport
  • Mystical Bedlam
  • The Gallant’s Burden
  • The Sinner’s Passing-Bell
  • Physic from Heaven
  • England’s Sickness Part 1
  • England’s Sickness Part 2
  • Heaven and Earth Reconciled
  • The Soul’s Sickness: A Discourse, Divine, Moral, and Physical

The Works of Thomas Adams, vol. 2

  • Series: The Works of Thomas Adams
  • Publisher: James Nisbet and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1862
  • Pages: 594


  • Christ’s Star
  • The Way Home
  • The Good Politician Directed
  • The Black Saint
  • The Leaven
  • The Two Sons
  • Majesty in Misery
  • Lycanthropy
  • The Cosmopolitan
  • The Fire of Contention
  • The Barren Tree
  • Faith’s Encouragement
  • The Lost are Found
  • The White Devil
  • The Holy Choice
  • A Visitation Sermon
  • The Three Divine Sisters: Faith, Hope, and Charity
  • The Temple
  • The City of Peace
  • The Bad Leaven
  • Man’s Seed-Time and Harvest
  • Spiritual Eye-Salve
  • The Saints’ Meeting
  • The Christian’s Walk
  • Love’s Copy
  • A Crucifix
  • A Divine Herbal
  • The Praise of Fertility
  • A Contemplation of the Herbs
  • The Forest of Thorns
  • The End of Thorns
  • The Happiness of the Church

The Works of Thomas Adams, vol. 3

  • Series: The Works of Thomas Adams
  • Publisher: James Nisbet and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1862
  • Pages: 536


  • Advertisement
  • Memoir of the Rev. Thomas Adams
  • Semper Idem: The Immutable Mercy of Jesus Christ
  • The Taming of the Tongue
  • The Soul’s Refuge
  • The Spiritual Navigator Bound for the Holy Land
  • Presumption Running into Despair
  • Heaven-Gate: The Passage to Paradise
  • Meditations upon the Creed
  • God’s Anger
  • Man’s Comfort

Product Details

  • Title: The Works of Thomas Adams
  • Author: Thomas Adams
  • Editor: Thomas Smith
  • Publisher: James Nisbet and Co.
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 1722

About the Author

Thomas Adams (1583–1652) was an English clergyman and popular puritan preacher. He graduated from Cambridge in 1601 and was ordained in 1604. His eclectic and practical politics in the tumultuous time period made it difficult for him to maintain steady patronage. Despite his lack of political support, he remained a popular speaker and writer until late in his life.