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characteristic traits of our Lord's inner life--and these are depicted in a lucid style, with singularly apposite Scripture illustrations, which are always faithfully expounded and applied. The subjects discussed are the following—The Saviour's Devotion to the Father's Work; His Delight in the Father's Will; His entire Harmony with the Father. Then are treated in order-His Temptation by the Devil; His Life of Ministering; His Sympathy with Man; His Sorrows, Peace, Joy, Prayerfulness ; His Enduring the Cross, and Dying Word. This excellent little work is singularly fitted to be a companion for the closet—and to be useful for doctrinal reading in the family—and we therefore cordially recommend it. If, as has been sometimes justly said, “We must be like Christ, if we would be with Him in glory," then the practical use of these “Glimpses” may not only serve to promote this likeness, but likewise to give us an earnest of the coming glory.
Talking to the Children. By Alexander Macleod, D.D. Sixth Editivo.
London : Hodder & Stoughton. 1874. This admirable work is, in every way, adapted to convey the most important practical instruction to the young, especially to the youth of Christian families. It abounds in clear illustrations of the great truths of the Bible, expressed in the most felicitous terms, in graphic pictures, and in well told and striking anecdotes selected from scenes in real life. The chapters, illustrative of different phases of the duties, temptations, and trials of life, in relation to young persons—and exhibiting the value of the Word of God and the character and work of Christ as a Leader, Comforter, and all-sufficient Saviour—are composed so clearly and skilfully, that they excite the liveliest interest in their perusal, and cannot be read without making a deep impression upon the memory and the heart. The practical counsels to the young are suitable and weighty, and conveyed in terms most cogent and expressive. Thus, in the first paper, " At the parting of the ways," the first warning given is, “ Beware in life's journey of the place where pleasure parts from Christian companionship;” the second is, “ Beware in life's journey of those breaks where Beauty parts from loving-heartedness ; " the third is, “ Beware of the places in life's journey where cleverness parts from goodness ;” the fourth is, “ Beware when business and money-making part from Christ.” The illustrations, which are generally authentic historical incidents, or narratives from real life, are singularly pointed, and whether they refer to temptations and dangers to be avoided, or to a course of life to be followed, they are admirably fitted to arrest the attention, and to guide safely youthful footsteps. In the chapter towards the close, in which the author's talk is about “ Why children should be glad for Christ," he illustrates beautifully the following reasons :-1. He is the Saviour of children; 2. He became a child that He might understand children ; 3. He is not ashamed to call children his brothers and sisters; and 4. He is preparing a place for children above. The whole volume we regard as eminently adapted for instruction in religion and virtue of the rising generation. It is fitted to be a boy's and a girl's “Own Book”one that they may always read with pleasure and profit. We hardly know one better suited for Christian parents and merchants, or for Sabbath-school teachers to put into the hands of those in childhood and early youth who are entrusted to their care.
Rowland Hill, his Life, Anecdotes, and Pulpit Sayings. By Vernon J. Charlesworth, with an Introduction by Rev. C. H. Spurgeon.
Hodder & Stoughton, London. 1876. This sketch and memorials of the life and ministry of the Rev. Rowland Hill, is from the pen of one who lived for years in the parsonage of Surrey Chapel, London, in which Rowland Hill for many years ministered, and who is therefore familiarly acquainted with the labours, sayings, and character of that eccentric, but excellent man. In the brief introduction to the present volume, by the celebrated Mr. Spurgeon, the estimate given of Mr. Hill is as just as it is appropriate
“Mr. Hill was humorous, but he was a great deal more; and those who know his life-work will not remember him as exemplifying one single quality, but as a great, good, childlike man in whom nothing was repressed, but the whole of his redeemed nature allowed to have harmonious play. Take him for all in all, we shall. not soon look upon his like again. In him was no guile. He loved his Lord and the souls of men, and he threw all his might into the pursuit of doing good.
Surely no man was ever more unselfish, or less self-conscious. Men called him eccentric, because they themselves were out of centre; he with his great heart, calm soul, wise mind, and loving nature had learned to wait upon his Lord, and so had found the right centre, and true orbit for his being. At first the press had its sneers for him, but it could not lessen the respect in which he was held, and in due time it turned round and joined in the chorus of his praise. His riper years were full of honour, and like his younger days, full of fruit unto God."
The first part of the present volume is a well-written Biographical Sketch of Mr. Hill, containing some selections from his letters and poetical pieces, and various personal reminiscences and estimates of his life and character. The second part consists of Anecdotes—not a few of which are characteristic, and not a little instructive and amusing. The third part is made up of Pulpit sayings and illustrations. These are, in many cases, pithy, judicious, and weighty-displaying a fervent concern for the interests of evangelical truth and practical godliness, and manifesting throughout a prayerful, humble, and loving spirit. The fourth and last part contains two Sermons preached on public occasions, and an address delivered to Sabbathschool teachers, a short time before his death. The volume, which is a just and loving tribute to the memory of a truly excellent man, is so diversified and interesting in its contents, that its perusal cannot fail to minister not a little profit and pleasure.
From Jerusalem to Antioch: Sketches of the Primitive Church. By J. Oswald
Dykes, M.A., D.D. Second Thousand. Demy 8vo., pp. 469. Hodder &
Stoughton, London. 1875. This attractive volume presents a fine specimen of expository preaching, or lecturing on an important part of Divine revelation. It contains the substance of discourses which were spoken from the pulpit in the ordinary course of the author's ministry--and those that fill the first half of the book were afterwards published in the serial, “ The Preacher's Lantern." They are throughout scholarly, chaste in language, evangelical in doctrine, and admirably fitted to inspire love and admiration of the Scriptures—to supply valuable instruction to the Church—and to promote pure and undefiled religion. The primitive Christian Church is exhibited as a model for all succeeding times of fervent charity-enlarged liberality-heroic zeal—and true devotedness; and the ministry of the Word, under the fresh baptism of the Spirit, is seen in its power and lustre—making known everywhere the unsearchable riches of Christ, and as the instrumentality owned of God for rendering multitudes, both Jews and Gentiles, obedient to the faith.
The work gives the exposition of the book of Acts to the close of the 12th chapter--the martyrdom of James, the deliverance of Peter, and the death of Herod Agrippa First. The Scripture passage on which each discourse is founded is given in a new translation, which is accordant with the best critical editions of the original text. The criticisms which occur throughout the lectures are just and judicious, and in many instances serve to elucidate the sentiments of the inspired vriter. The sketches of character are vivid and impressive-the brief descriptions of places and scenery are clear and graphic—and the accounts by the sacred historian of the work of conversion at Pentecost and afterwards, and of the fruits of the Spirit's effusion on Jews and Gentiles, are presented in terms calculated at once to edify and attract. The whole volume will prove of lasting value to the study and devotional reading of the book of Acts. To preachers, ministers of the Word, and Sabbath-school teachers, it will suggest high thoughts of the character and power of Christianity, and of the watchful Providence of the enthroned Redeemer over His servants engaged in promoting the truth. The grand theme of the Acts of the Apostles is the Saviour in His exalted state in glory, carrying on the work which He began on earth, and confirming the assurance given in the Great Commission, that He would be with His faithful servants always, to the end of the world. This theme Dr. Dykesdiscusses with singular felicity of diction and impressive earnestness throughout this volume-presenting a fine example to ministers and others of the manner in which Scripture truth is to be explained and enforced. We trust that the author will hereafter give to the public, in a permanent form, similar expositions to the end of the Book of Acts.
The Vision of God, and other Sermons--preached on special occasions. By
Henry Allon, D.D. 2d Edition. Demy 8vo., pp. 303. Hodder &
toughton, London. 1877. As an instance that the religious public of our day are not tired of the reading of printed sermons, it may be mentioned that these discourses by Dr. Allon—though but recently published—have already reached a third edition. They appear to be every way deserving of such popularity-as they are, in many cases, rich and massy in thought, lucid and forcible in expression, and full of loving and glowing fervour on the subjects which are selected for illustration and practical enforcement. The discourses, which were generally preached on important public occasions—in England, Scotland, and America-are, in the greater number of cases, not based on single verses, but on passages of the Word, of greater or less length-and are, therefore, of the nature of lectures or expository sermons. They are on such topics as - The Vision of God and its Transforming Power ; The Christ of Experience ; Healing Virtue of Christ ; The Abiding Teacher ; The Service of Love; The Power of Intercession ; Unrealised Visions ; Voices of God; Healed Men ; For My Sake ; Spiritual Power; The Sorrow of Development. These diversified subjects are discussed with much fulness and clearness, and in all cases, with the practical influence of the truth for conviction and awakening, for sanctification and comfort, kept steadily in view. Several of these discourses, such as those on the Transfiguring power of the Vision of God, the Healing Virtue of Christ, the Service of Love, the Power of Intercession, Unrealised Visions, and for My Sake, take a high rank for lofty conception, vivid exhibitions of fundamental gospel truth, and effective eloquence. They cannot be perused, in a serious, prayerful frame of spirit, without leaving a lasting impression for good upon the memory and conscience. In a few cases we would hesitate to agree with the author
in his statements respecting the value of religious creeds—the matter
Tbeology, United Original Secession C rch, Glasgow : with Memoir of the
Though it needed no commendation from us, we regret that it was out of our power to notice this most welcome volume in our last issue. We do so now with mingled feelings of gratification and sadness of gratification that we have been favoured with such a memento of one so worthy of being held in remembrance, and yet of sadness that it should be called for, and that it has followed so quickly upon a similar volume, invested with a like mournful interest. But God's ways are not our ways. The memoir, like that of the late Mr. Smellie, from the same pen, though short, is admirably done, and must have been read with much interest and profit, by all who knew its subject. The sermons appear to have been judiciously seclected, so as to present a happy variety, both in the themes and in the mode of treatment. We are delighted to find several discourses bearing directly on our distinctive principles, and we need hardly say that they are eminently fitted to inform the ignorant, to conciliate unprejudiced opponents, and to confirm the friends of these principles in their attachment to them. One thing that has struck us in perusing the volume, is the frequency with which Dr. Murray was wont to refer in his ordinary preaching to the Reformation and what it did for our own and other lands, every suitable opportunity for doing this being, so to speak, instinctively seized by him and improved con amore. And we cannot but think that it would be well if the example set were more imitated by all ministers who are the professed adherents of Reformation principles. As to the matter of the discourses as a wbole, it is sufficient to say that, as was to be expected, they are full of the very marrow of the gospeldoctrinal truth, Scriptural principles, and Christian duty, being unfolded and inculcated in a calm, clear, weighty and impressive manner, which plainly indicates that the preacher could say, “ we believe and therefore speak.” Here we have none of that mystical vagueness, that hazy indefiniteness, which so often passes current for depth and originality of thought, but a noble sample of “sound speech which cannot be condemned,” because it sets forth, with no straining after rhetorical effect, “ the words of truth and soberness.” In its outward appearance, both in type and binding, the book is all that could