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The Greatest Thing In the World and Other Addresses

Henry Drummond

Book Overview: 

The spiritual classic The Greatest Thing In the World is a trenchant and tender analysis of Christian love as set forth in the thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians. The other addresses speak to other aspects of Christian life and thought.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It comes to us by natural law, or by supernatural law, for all law is Divine.

Edward Irving went to see a dying boy once, and when he entered the room he just put his hand on the sufferer's head, and said, "My boy, God loves you," and went away. The boy started from his bed, and called out to the people in the house,

"God loves me! God loves me!"

One word! It changed that boy. The sense that God loved him overpowered him, melted him down, and began the creating of a new heart in him. And that is how the love of God melts down the unlovely heart in man, and begets in him the new creature, who is patient and humble and gentle and unselfish. And there is no other way to get it. There is no mystery about it. We love others, we love everybody, we love our enemies, because He first loved us.


Now I have a closing sentence or two to add about Paul's reason for singling out love as the supreme possession.

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Community Reviews

Today I re-read this small treasure; great things do, indeed, come in small packages.
Within these few pages, Henry Drummond gives his readers a simple, yet wonderful reminder that "the greatest thing" which motivates one to live life to the fullest is love. After all, love is the source of all life

This book is all about LOVE! More than just the our westernized understanding of love however! You will actually understand that love is made up of four different things. Unfortunately in our english language we one have one name for love that is suppose to encompass the complexity of what love is.


Patience - Love Passive
Kindness - Love Active
Humility - Love Hiding
Generosity - Love Competing
Courtesy - Love Polite
Unselfishness - Love Giving
Good Temper - Love Behaving
Guilelessness - Love Believing
Sincerity - Love Honest

The above is my concise, paraphrased version of this book.

These nine comp

God is Love. This book changed my perspective of God and Life. Captured in it is the essence of true Christianity and the purpose of living: "to Love and to be Loved". Need i say more?

Starts out with the famous passage from Saint Paul, which contains the well-known phrase "when I was a child, I used to talk as a child... now I am a man, and have put away childish things" and then Drummond goes on to explain in great detail the meaning of every sentence of that passage, in essay f

The classic analysis of First Corinthians, chapter 13. Drummond has produced a treatise on love so wise, so full, so spiritual that it makes me want to elevate and broaden my concept of love and practice the unselfed, generous, broad, spiritual love full of grace that Drummond challenges us to expre

Like George MacDonald, Henry Drummond was a 19th century Scotsman who wrote books with a Christian theme. I read MacDonald because he was admired by an author whom I admire, C.S. Lewis. I read this book by Drummond because it impressed another man I admire, John D. Clemens, my grandfather. A few yea

Oh my goodness, I can't say enough good things about this book.. I will read it again and again and again. It was given to me by a dear friend and I cannot thank her enough for the most thoughtful gift. It is short, sweet, and to the point.

The test of a man then is not, "How have I believed?" but "How have I loved?"

For the withholding of love is the negation of the spirit of Christ, the proof that we never knew Him, that for us He lived in vain.
It means that He suggested nothing in
all our thoughts, that He inspired nothing in all o

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