Frank Boreham

Frank Boreham (1871 – 1959) preacher and writer
Perhaps the most unrecognised writer within all of Christendom is the little known, but widely read, Frank William (F.W.) Boreham. Despite being unknown to most Australians he is still the best selling Australian author of all time with many of his books going into as many as 24 reprint editions. Frank Boreham wrote 55 books and more than 3000 editorials for the Hobart Mercury and Melbourne Age.

Have you heard of Frank Boreham? Billy Graham had heard of him in 1959 when he took the famous series of crusades in Australia. Like Billy Graham, Frank Boreham was a Baptist minister. He was 88 years old in 1959 and he wrote a pamphlet called The Victory of the Veterans.

This was a call to all the old folk, who were bed-ridden such as himself, to pray for God’s blessing on the crusades, for it was in prayer, he said, that the battle would be fought and won. He died just 8 days after the glorious triumph of the Sydney crusade when over 160,000 crowded into the SCG and the showground to hear Billy.

After 12 years’ ministry in southern New Zealand, Boreham had arrived in Hobart in 1906. There he preached a series of sermons on 125 texts which have made history. They were published in five volumes between 1920 and 1928. It has been described as ‘one of the most famous series of sermons in the history of preaching and certainly one of the most original’.

Complete article : http://www.australiaschristianheritageforum.org.au/Resources/Other%20Papers%20and%20Articles/ONEAUSTRALIANSAINT.pdf

Perhaps the most unrecognised writer within all of Christendom is the little known, but widely read, Frank William (F.W.) Boreham. Despite being unknown to most Australians he is still the best selling Australian author of all time with many of his books going into as many as 24 reprint editions. Today his books are collector’s items selling for around $500 each, and even up to $1000. They are now mostly available from the U.K. and U.S.A. And little wonder. When introduced to an assembly of Presbyterian Pastors in Scotland in 1936, he was introduced with:

“The man whose name is on all our lips, whose books are on our shelves and whose illustrations are in all our sermons.”

Frank Boreham wrote 55 books and more than 3000 editorials for the Hobart Mercury and Melbourne Age. He was a master story teller and showed better than any other Christian author that God could be relevant in ways never before considered. Among the classics of Christian-must-read literature, including Pilgrim’s Progress, The Imitation of Christ, Practicing The Presence of God, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, The Chronicles of Narnia, is now considered Boreham’s “A Bunch of Everlastings”.

People have literally died clutching that book to their chests as they drew some last moments of comfort from the words Boreham had masterfully penned. I would rate this book as the one of the best books I have ever read. I now own several copies of this book which I selectively share with those enquire about my fascination with Boreham’s writings. If you want a copy of this book you’ll have to look in antiquarian or second hand bookstores as it hasn’t been published since the 1950s (it was first published around 1916).

You should expect to pay up to $40 a copy (depending on the edition). But for some of Boreham’s other, and now rarer, books you can expect to pay up to $500 and even up to $1000 for the rarest editions! Yet this former pastor of the Hobart Baptist Church is hardly known in his adopted countries of Australia and New Zealand.

“For as long as I can remember, Dr. F.W.Boreham was part of my life. I was first introduced to his books as a primary school student…As a teenage preacher I used his books to gain ideas for sermons which- unbelievably today-were aimed at teenage audiences!” Rev. Dr Gordon Moyes

Complete article : http://www.findingtruthmatters.org/devotions/boreham.html

Frank Boreham listed on Amazon.com Books by Frank Boreham and more here also.

Frank Boreham on Ebay.com.au listed here.

Further informtion on Frank Boreham : http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070354b.htm

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3 Responses to Frank Boreham

  1. Keith says:

    There is no sense of over-estimation from me to say Boreham has been the stand out author in refreshing my spirits in times of trouble or difficulty. Simultaneously he’s there to encourage at the peaks of your human experience. In both cases he offers truths that truly meet his criterior of expression ‘sublimity with simplicity’. I cannot recommend “A Bunch of Everlastings” enough, of the hundreds of books his telling of John Bunyan’s conversion hits my soul, dead center. My only regret is there are only two of his in my possession – mushrooms on the moor and a BOE.

    One suggestion: surely Augustine’s “Confession” makes it onto the list for must reading?

  2. bruce thompson says:

    I’m with Dr. Warren Wiersbe on his placing F.W. Boreham on the list of Christian leaders to get to know. To reread anything this grand author has published, is to increase in the knowledge of God, but helps us to understand ourselves in the process.

  3. Keith Beasley-Topliffe says:

    You identified the “life verses” sermons as “a series of sermons on 125 texts which have made history”. In fact, the sermons are about well known individuals (real or fictional) and the bible verses which guided their lives. Some of the individuals publicly identified their “life verse” and others were found by Boreham in studying them. The sermons encourage readers to discover their own “life verse” (at least implicitly).

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