With over 3,000 quotations gathered from more than 250 authors and organized alphabetically according to more than 400 subject headings, Ore from the Puritans’ Mine stands as the greatest stockpile of quotations from the English Puritans.
Indexes of topics and authors make it an easy-to-use reference, while the annotated bibliography and works recommended list provide direction for mining further into Puritan writings. Whether you are seeking the right quote to help communicate an idea or are simply looking for personal insight and inspiration, search no more, as Dale W. Smith has done the digging for us.
Dale W. Smith (PhD, University of Missouri—Kansas City) has pastored churches in Missouri for over twenty years. He and his wife, Teresa, have one son, Andrew. He enjoys surf-fishing off of Cape Cod, chess, and collecting vintage surf-fishing lures of New England manufacture.
“There is something gripping, something quotable, about the Puritans as they ransack Scripture and expound it in thoughts that are riveting in their word choices and metaphors, and one cannot but feel deeply the full force of the truths they convey. This, I trust, is a book that you will return to repeatedly for the rest of your life.” — Joel R. Beeke, from the foreword
“Encyclopedic, doctrinal, spiritual, devotional, and readable—Ore from the Puritans’ Mine has it all. Packed with insight, liberally sprinkled with turns of phrase and figures of speech that shed rays of light on a wide variety of subjects, here is a treasure trove of seasoned wisdom to reflect on, apply, and share. Truly a book for every Christian home.” — Sinclair B. Ferguson, chancellor’s professor of systematic theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
“No group of people in church history had such a profound and comprehensive theology as the Puritans. Because their works can be dense in length and depth they can easily overwhelm the reader. I am thankful to Dale Smith for providing a map to navigate the mines of the Puritans’ theological and practical wisdom in this new book of rich quotations.” — John MacArthur, senior pastor-teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California
“With a title and approach reminiscent of Charles Spurgeon’s Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden (1883), Ore from the Puritans’ Mine is just that—a gold mine of quotations excavated from the mines of the most well-known Puritan titans—including John Owen, Richard Baxter, Richard Sibbes, Thomas Goodwin, Samuel Rutherford, John Flavel, Thomas Brooks, Thomas Manton, and Thomas Boston. Since the work has organized these quotations around a wealth of major biblical, theological, experiential, and practical subjects, it is an invaluable resource for preachers, pastors, teachers, and theologians alike. It is my hope that those who put this ore to good gospel use will be encouraged to put on their hard hats and go down in the rich, still untapped mine of the Puritans.” — Greg A. Salazar, assistant professor of historical theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“Readers will be grateful for Dale Smith’s careful gathering of this diverse and rich anthology of Puritan quotations. For those unfamiliar with the Puritans, this is an excellent introduction to the major themes of their theology and piety. For others who already know the treasures of Puritan writers, this can serve as a handy reference guide for preaching and teaching or a valuable resource for devotional reading. This volume deserves a broad reception, and I highly recommend it!” — Tom Schwanda, associate professor, emeritus, of Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College
“What a treasure this is! An invaluable aid to writers, preachers, and Sunday school teachers. Pure gold.” — Derek W. H. Thomas, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia South Carolina
“As a preacher expounding books of Scripture week by week, I found a couple volumes of quotations invaluable. What was the theme of the text? Creation? Conscience? Trials? Mortification? Evangelistic concern? I found fertility, illumination, warmth, and sheer edification in those books. How I wish that this precious volume had been in my hands twenty years ago. Get it! And use it as its compiler recommends.” — Geoffrey Thomas, emeritus pastor, Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales
“The Puritans stand among the brightest ornaments of the church of Christ, adoring and reflecting His grace and goodness. Dale Smith has been digging long and deep, following rich seams of spiritual treasures in the writings of these servants of God. In this book he scatters those mined treasures on the surface of the page for us to pick up easily as we go. He has done us a great service! In bringing these nuggets to light, he prompts us to take our picks and spades, that we may not only properly profit from another man’s labor but also learn the benefit of mining the same seams. It is wise to walk with wise men; here you can make their acquaintance. It is my sincere hope that this labor of love will prompt you to make these instructors in Christian faith and life your lasting friends.” — Jeremy Walker, pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church