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Plain and Simple Thoughts for Children and Parents (Plumer)

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My Young Friends: I was once as small as you are. I had fears, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, just as you have. I do not forget how I then felt. I love children still. I never saw most of you who will read this book. But I hope you will read it. It is not long, and it is not hard. I use short and plain texts and easy words. If you will heed what i tell you, it will do you good all your life. I do not know that I shall live long, and I send you these sermons now, for fear, if I put it off, I may be sick or die. I wish you to know what I think about you, and about God, and about Christ. I shall be dead and gone before some of you will read this book; but I shall meet you all by and by. We shall see each other at the last great day. I pray that you and I may be ready, when the Lord shall come. May God bless you every one. ~ William S. Plumer


Table of Contents:

  1. There is a God
  2. God is Great
  3. The Good Shepherd
  4. The Fear of God
  5. Seeking the Lord
  6. The Study of the Bible
  7. The Worth of the Soul
  8. We All Belong to God
  9. We are all Sinners
  10. Why Christ Died
  11. On Prayer
  12. On Pleasing God
  13. On Honesty
  14. Now Is the Time
  15. The Last Judgment



William Swan Plumer (1802-80) was a minister, author, and theological professor. Plumer was a prolific author and active churchman. His published works include commentaries, biblical studies, articles, essays, sermons, and a volume on pastoral theology. His writings, while profoundly theological in nature, are very practical in focus. His books represent a high point in the theological-devotional literature produced of nineteenth century American Presbyterianism.