Extracts from the Letters of Samuel Rutherford
selected by Hamilton Smith
£6.00 (UK); $10.00 (USA) - available from STP or online bookshops.
- ISBN-10: 0-901860-81-6
- ISBN-13: 978-0-901860-81-1
- Price: £6.00 (UK); $10.00 (USA)
- Binding: Paperback
- Publication date: 10 March 2008
- Author: Samuel Rutherford; selected by Hamilton Smith
- Edition: 1st (re-typeset and transferred to digital printing 2008)
- Series: Gleanings from the Past (Volume 1)
- Height: 216 mm
- Pages: 96 pages
- BIC Subject heading: HRCV9
- Place of publication: Crewe, England
- Publisher: Scripture Truth Publications
- Distributor: Lightning Source
The letters of Samuel Rutherford have been a source of encouragement and inspiration to Christians for over 350 years; but to the modern reader their language and structure can often hinder the enjoyment of their true value. Hamilton Smith's selection of extracts under topical headings powerfully conveys Rutherford's passion for the love of Christ.
The letters of Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661) have been a source of encouragement and inspiration to Christians for over 350 years; but to the modern reader their language and structure can often hinder the enjoyment of their true value.
In 1913, Hamilton Smith (1862-1943) set out to make the heart of the letters (and of Rutherford himself) more accessible to the reader of his day. He organised a selection of extracts under topical headings covering such themes as warning, peace, evil, the Devil, death, comfort, pilgrimage, glory and, above all, Christ.
Retaining Rutherford's original text, with occasional explanatory footnotes, he created a volume of devotional readings which have stood the test of time in sharing Rutherford's passion for the love of Christ.
We are pleased to make this classic work available once again.
From the Preface by Hamilton Smith (1913)
"Alas! I see not what service I can do to Him, except it be to talk a little, and babble upon a piece of paper concerning the love of Christ."
Thus wrote Samuel Rutherford, from his prison, in 1637. For a period of seventeen months he was confined to the city of Aberdeen, inhibited from all public ministry. But though his lips were sealed, his heart was welling forth with "a good matter", and hence he acquired the pen of a ready writer.
These extracts from his letters will enable the reader to test the quality of the babbling stream that flowed from his palace-prison to cheer the saints of God for well-nigh three hundred years. And if a draught at this refreshing stream makes Christ, and His love that passeth knowing, more real, and more precious to some thirsty soul, it will not be in vain that a poor prisoner of Christ once babbled, upon a piece of paper, concerning the love of Christ.
Hardback edition first published 1913 by The Central Bible Truth Depot, 12 Paternoster Row, London, E.C.
Re-typeset and transferred to Digital Printing 2008.
Other Books by Hamilton Smith are available from STP.
Table of Contents
1. The Word of Warning
2. The Troubled Soul
3. The Way of Peace
4. The Present Evil World
5. The Flesh and the Devil
6. "The Day of Affliction"
7. "The Fiery Trial"
8. The Shadow of Death
9. The House of Mourning
10. The Word of Comfort
11. The Pilgrim
12. The Eternal Weight of Glory
13. The Excellences of Christ
Hamilton Smith (1862-1943), born in Barnes, Surrey, the son of a sea captain, was employed in the office of his uncle's building firm, where he was later joined by his cousin F B Hole. By 1901, married and living in Sutton, Surrey, with his wife and young family, he had retired from the building trade and entered full-time upon the task of building up the church of God. Later in life, he moved to Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, his wife Rachel's home county. His personal ministry was delivered in the United Kingdom, but his written ministry is still read worldwide. Along with H P Barker, A J Pollock, J T Mawson and F B Hole he frequently contributed articles to "Scripture Truth" magazine, many of which were later published in books by the Central Bible Truth Depot. His written expositions of Scripture are brief, clear and very much to the point. He is probably best known for his Old Testament character studies and New Testament outlines.