- Features 6,000 Illustrations
The aim of this work is to furnish a treasury of illustrations so complete that the preacher or teacher can easily find an analogy, fable, simile, proverb, or anecdote with which to make clear or impress any subject he may wish to discuss. The field from which these illustrations are taken is very broad. More than 500 authors have been quoted, and more than six thousand distinct illustrations are given. Here nature and art, literature and science, sculpture and painting, eloquence and imagination, astronomy and geology, mythology and history, legend and anecdote, parable and metaphor blend their most fascinating strains in the enforcement of the lessons of the Christian religion. Each illustration is numbered and a copious index is included on the basis of those numbers for the readers quick reference.
About the Author
Rev. Elon Foster (1833-1898) was born to devout Christian parents and experienced the love of Christ at a young age. After completing his early education at Newbury Academy he returned home to inform his parents of his desire to serve in ministry. With their blessings and prayers, Foster entered the Concord Biblical Institute, now the School of Theology of the Boston University. After his graduation in 1855, Foster took a ministerial position in New York, where a revival resulted from his labors. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Troy Conference and married Sarah Palmer. He served well in several pastorates before sustaining serious injuries in a train accident, which ultimately forced him to resign from formal ministry. As a result, he began compiling books of illustrations and poetry for the benefit of preachers and teachers in the Christian community and considered this work his second ministry.