Frank William Boreham 1871-1959

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

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Geoff Pound and His Favorite Boreham Quotes

In a recent interview with a journalist I was asked this question:

What are some of your favorite Boreham lines or messages?
He was eternally curious and interested about anything and everything which are important qualities for writers and speakers.

F W Boreham throughout his life called for people to take “adventures of the mind” in order to “keep the mind fresh and vigorous and healthy” and said, “Like a dog on a country road, the mind must poke into as many holes as it can.”

As a preacher and writer he was very conscious about style. In this regard he encouraged people not to mimic other people but to be yourself. Be the communicator you are intended to be. He once wrote:

“Let no preacher preach in a certain way simply because he fancies that it is in that particular way that preachers are expected to preach.... Let each painter, each preacher, each person whose duty it is to write a newspaper article or pray, realize that his view of God and of Man and of the Universe is essentially an individualistic view. He sees as nobody else sees. He must therefore paint or preach or pray or write as nobody else does. He must be himself: must see with his own eyes and utter that vision in the terms of his own personality. He must, as Rudyard Kipling would have said, paint the thing as he sees it for the God of things as they are. And, expressing his naked and transparent soul by means of his palette, his pulpit or his pen, he will find sooner or later—sooner rather than later—that truth, like wisdom, is justified of all her children.”

F W Boreham’s fifty-five books were mostly published by Epworth Press and the manager of this publishing company, in commenting on the thousands of Boreham books that they printed said that Boreham was ‘their best catch since John Wesley’.

At a large international conference of ministers in Edinburgh in 1936 F W Boreham was the keynote speaker. He was introduced in these words: “His name is on all our lips, his books are on all our shelves and his illustrations are in all our sermons.”

Geoff Pound

Image: “Like a dog on a country road, the mind must poke into as many holes as it can.”