Frank William Boreham 1871-1959

Frank William Boreham 1871-1959
A photo F W Boreham took of himself in 1911

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The F W Boreham Approach: Urging Connections

In seeking to characterize F W Boreham’s style of writing and interweaving thoughts about God, the Boreham approach could be described as a theology urging connections.

The Cistercian writer Thomas Merton suggested the possibilities of the pen making divine-human connections when he said, “To write is to think and to live, even to pray.”[1]

On a similar tack, the Czech novelist Franz Kafka identified “writing as a form of prayer,”[2] a phrase interpreted by Melbourne journalist Deborah Forster to mean, “Writing … is a letter to infinity, a way of connecting to the world.”[3]

When Frank Boreham said, “I share it with all the world and all the ages,” he was not only expressing his jubilation at the opportunities of sharing his discoveries with his readers but hinting at the various connections that can be made through the act of writing.[4]

Geoff Pound

Image: “the various connections that can be made through the act of writing.”

[1] Thomas Merton, The intimate Merton: His life from his journals, eds. Patrick Hart and Jonathan Montaldo (New York: Lion Publishing, 1999), 9.
[2] Frederick R Karl, Franz Kafka, representative man (New York: Fromm International Publishing Corporation, 1991), 644.
[3] Deborah Forster, ‘Hearing the prayer’, Age, 29 September 2001.
[4] F W Boreham, The golden milestone, 37.