In the last weeks I have been trying to downsize my library. Already I went through the pain in the US, giving away many hundreds of books and donating much of my homiletics library to the seminary. But, returning to the UK, I was reunited with my collections of older books that I had made from foraging in book shops over many years. I built mini-libraries of some of the wide variety of preachers whose personal ministry has thrilled me. But, I realized how the time has now come to pass them on! I thought that this week's Preaching Congress would be a good place to ask around. Were any of the participants passionate about some of these past preachers?
I made a list, noting where I possessed first editions (some of which are valuable in the professional market). In conversations I delighted to find (much) younger preachers with a similar passion for some of these past figures. When there was interest I promised to bring appropriate books in from my study for them to look at.
Some collections are big: Spurgeon (39 books), Parker (31), Boreham (19), Weatherhead (16), Sangster (12), Studdert Kennedy (11), Fosdick (11), Thielicke (10), Stewart (9), Sheppard (9), E. Stanley Jones (7). In addition there were 40 names! What fun I had collecting these - and reading many...well, some of them!
This week I discovered special enthusiasm for Spurgeon (what a surprise!), E. Stanley Jones (I am shipping that collection across to the US) and James Stewart. Because of luggage space mainly single or double volumes were taken for the following: Richard Baxter, Alexander Maclaren, Peter Marshall, F.B. Meyer, J.C. Ryle, Charles Simeon, Gipsy Smith, John Wesley, George Whitefield. To see these books find new homes was so encouraging. I shall keep nibbling away at this low-key process - hoping to find more enthusiasts for old preaching books. I shall respond to any interest shown!