A fascinating, contemporary take on a traditional practice –
a modern Commonplace Book; amassed over several decades by a redoubtable, erudite non-conformist minister in the North-West of England. Covering all areas of life, hundreds of examples have been taken from classic philosophy and theology, from poems and essays, from hymns, novels and children’s poetry; there are wise men’s observations of the simple life of simple folk, as well as well-chosen snippets from radio and television. An engrossing and inspiring gift.
“Preachers have always looked for inspiration beyond the books of the
bible. What is remarkable about Leslie Pugh’s Commonplace is the
breadth of his interest and vision. This anthology of quotations is not
only a fascinating window into the thought world of a mid-twentieth
century Congregational Church minister, but a contemporary resource
for meditation and prayer. With quotations from the saints of the early
church to the martyrs of the twentieth century, from passionate believers
to ardent atheists, this is a rich and inspiring compendium.”
– Rev. Canon Steven Mitchell (author of God in the Bath)
For thus it was made out to me; I loved thee while thou wast committing this sin,
I loved thee before, I love thee still, and I will love thee for ever.
– John Bunyan
We will go before God to be judged and God will ask us,
“Where are your wounds?” And we will say, “We have no wounds.”
And God will ask, “Was nothing worth fighting for?”
– Alan Boesak
If a man is going to sleep in my congregation, don’t wake him up, wake me up.
– C. H. Spurgeon