TREASURY OF QUOTATIONS ON RELIGIOUS SUBJECTS, F.B. Proctor; Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, Mich.; 816 pp. (cloth), $14.95. [Reviewed by Prof. H.C. Hoeksema]
This large volume is a reprint of a work originally published in 1887 under the title Classified Gems Of Thought. There is a vast amount of material in a book like this. This material ranges from brief sermons and sermon notes and outlines to brief paragraphs and statements on many different subjects. The quotations found in it are from a wide variety of evangelical writers. And according as the writers vary, so do the quotations. Some are Reformed and quite usable; some are definitely less than Reformed and even contrary to the Reformed faith. The value of the book is enhanced by a large General Index and by an Index of Texts.
For those who like to make use of quotations in their sermons or speeches, I can see some value in a book of this kind. This reviewer, however, makes very little use of this kind of material. It should be kept in mind, however, that the choice and the quality of the quotations found in a book of this kind are largely dependent on the author who collected them. In other words, the choice of a collection of quotations is a strictly subjective matter. However, there is such a wide variety and such a large choice in a book of this size that anyone who uses the book can make his own choice from Proctor’s choice.