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Great Christian Works:       Ploughman's Talks     by Charles H. Spurgeon

Charles H. Spurgeon
Ploughman's Talks

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Ploughman's Talks
by Charles H. Spurgeon

"...he that ploweth should plow in hope..."   I Corinthians 9:10


  1.   Preface
  2.   To The Idle
  3.   On Religious Grumblers
  4.   On The Preacher's Appearance
  5.   On Good Nature and Firmness
  6.   On Patience
  7.   On Gossips
  8.   On Seizing Opportunities
  9.   On Keeping One's Eyes Open
  10.   Thoughts About Thoughts
  11.   Faults
  12.   Things Not Worth Trying
  13.   Debt
  14.   Home
  15.   Men Who Are Down
  16.   Hope
  17.   Spending
  18.   A Good Word For The Wives
  19.   Men With Two Faces
  20.   Hints As To Thriving
  21.   Tall Talk
  22.   Things I Would Not Choose
  23.   Try
  24.   Monuments
  25.   Very Ignorant People


IN John Ploughman's Talks, I have written for plowmen and common people. Hence refined taste and dainty words have been discarded for strong proverbial expressions and homely phrases. I have aimed my blows at the vices of the many, and tried to inculcate those moral virtues without which men are degraded. Much that needs to be said to the toiling masses would not well suit the pulpit and the Sabbath; these lowly pages may teach thrift and industry all the days of the week, in the cottage and the workshop; and if some learn these lessons I shall not repent the adoption of a rustic style.

Ploughman is a name I may justly claim. Every minister has put his hand to the plow; and it is his business to break up the fallow ground. That I have written in a semi-humorous vein needs no apology, since thereby sound moral teaching has gained a hearing from at least 300,000 persons. There is no particular virtue in being seriously unreadable.   — C. H. Spurgeon

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