Item description for Last Words of Saints and Sinners: 700 Final Quotes from the Famous, the Infamous, and the Inspiring Figures of History by Herbert Lockyer...
Overview The last words of the dying have fascinated readers throughout history. They provide a brief glimpse through the window of human character, revealing the fears, hopes, courage, and legacies of both the famous and not so famous. This collection of seven hundred quotes features the last words of kings, commoners, atheists, poets, politicians, and martyred Christians. Carefully researched and collected by well known author Herbert Lockyer, these final utterances cover a wide variety of topics including heaven, hell, good, evil, justice, judgment, and even humor. Also included is a helpful introduction by the author, outlining the historical context of the "last words" as well as a summary of the Christian view of death. An instructive work for even the casual reader and a ready reference source for the pastor or public speaker.
Publishers Description The last words of the dying have fascinated readers throughout history. They reveal the fears, hopes, courage, and legacies of both the famous and not-so-famous. This collection of seven hundred quotes includes the last words of commoners, atheists, poets, and politicians along with noted Christians and martyrs. Excellent for casual reading and as a ready reference source for the pastor or public speaker.
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Herbert Lockyer was born on the outskirts of London, England in 1886. His parents were non-believers so Herbert had very little Christian training. His father was employed by the Woolwich Arsenal; there they manufactured weapons and arms for the British military.
While working at the same factory with his father, Herbert pursued acting, his was a resonant voice, standing at 6’3”, with a commanding presence, it seemed that young Mr. Lockyer was destined for a career on the stage. Yet, the direction of his life was altered, when he fell in love with Lily Flory.
Lily was a devoted Christian and invited Herbert to a small church near where he lived. That service there was a lecture and a slide presentation. The speaker showed a slide of a cartoon illustrating a man who had reached a fork in the road. Two signs revealed the destinations of the paths. One said "Heaven" and the other "Hell." In a flash of insight, which can only be described as the work of the Holy Spirit, Herbert comprehended that he was on the wrong road, the road to hell and at that moment, he surrendered his will and life to Jesus Christ.
After his conversion, Herbert Lockyer attended the Glasgow Bible Institute where he graduated, top of his class. He married Lily in 1912 and began his ministry with the Lanarkshire Evangelical Association. Throughout World War I, Herbert ministered to the troops at Perth, Scotland; after the war, he returned to Glasgow as an evangelist. In the years following, he pastored churches in Dundee and Hawick, Scotland.
Reverend Lockyer then accepted the call to be pastor of Leeds Road Baptist Church in Bradford, England, and while he was there, he became a leader in the Keswick Higher Life Movement. The Higher Life Movement had begun in 1875, emphasizing the significance of living in the fullness of the Spirit; this movement drew the attention of D. L. Moody and other prominent American evangelists. At a Higher Life conference, Lockyer met Dr. W. Mitchell and Dr. Stuart Holden, who were fellow Keswick leaders who were instrumental in bringing him to speak at the Moody Bible Institute 50th anniversary of their founding, in 1936. He was so well received that he began a ministry in the United States.
It was while Lockyer was at a conference in Montrose, Pennsylvania, that he met Pat and Bernie Zondervan, owners of Zondervan Publishing. The brothers were so overcome with Dr. Lockyer’s sermons that they asked for his permission to print and sell his messages for 25 cents each. The sermons were an instant success and later, the Zondervan brothers visited Herbert and asked him to write a book entitled All the Men in the Bible. Of course this was the beginning of the now famous All Bible Study Series comprised of 21 volumes, including such titles as: All the Miracles of the Bible, All the Promises of the Bible, and All the Women of the Bible.
Dr. Lockyer’s writing gifts allowed him to clearly explain the truths of Scripture and then helping the readers apply these precepts to their lives, have made these inspiring books international bestsellers. A man that seemed a natural for the theater, found himself called by God, to be a pastor, a Bible teacher and the author of numerous books, with which he touched the souls of millions of people. Herbert Lockyer also earned honorary doctoral degrees from both the Northwestern Evangelical Seminary and the International Academy in London.
The last few years of Dr. Lockyer’s life, were spent in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his son the Rev. Herbert Lockyer, Jr., a Presbyterian minister. At the request of his father, Lockyer Jr edited many of his father's books in the "All" series. Lockyer Jr. would gather his father's writings providing any supplemental information that was needed from his own studies. Dr. Herbert Lockyer passed away on December 3, 1984; a true man of God, persistent, consistent and most definitely a Trailblazer of the Church.
Herbert Lockyer was born in 1886 and died in 1984.
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last word of saints and sinners Mar 22, 2008
Haven't read all of it, but it is pretty interesting so far. Don't spend more than 5 bucks.
The dying words of famous people ought to be required reading. Nov 19, 2007
Whether you are a believer in God and Jesus Christ, or are still searching for what you believe, this book needs to be read by everyone! A dying declaration from anyone is considered of utmost importance whether it is who shot you or what you see as you approach the minute of death. These words are chilling when you realize that these are the last words that these people ever spoke and many are telling you what they are seeing as death overtakes tired bodies.
The Author's Last Words... Feb 22, 2007
Other reviewers have pointed out the inaccuracies of this book, and the bias of the author toward Catholics. I totally agree. I have never read a book where the author was so self-indulgent. The book seems to be twisted to satisfy a hatred Mr. Lockyer held against Catholics of the 16th century. He seemed to go out of his way to point out Catholics who died with less than peaceful words on their lips; if he can even be believed, while apparently every person who died in his faith was a saint. He does mention people like "Francis of Assisi" in positive terms, seeming to deliberately refuse to point out that he was both a saint and a Catholic. According to the back cover, Mr. Lockyer did "decades of ministry including pastoral work". My thought is I hope his last words weren't forgive me my sins the way I forgive others. He died in 1984, and I truly hope he has found love and forgiveness in the next world, but I had a hard time finishing the book.
Great compilation, but where was the copy editor? Oct 22, 2003
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book of last words of dying people. It certainly gives believers, in this day, a hearty look at what believers went through, the persecution and martyrdom, that was brutally dispensed back then. It was very interesting to hear the dying words of unbelievers; what widespread sorrow and hopelessness existed in their final moments.
I'm a fan of history and I can tell you that some of the dates that are cited by Lockyer are way off. For example, it mentions the war with Britain in 1842 (it was 1812) and U.S. president James Buchanan taking office in 1860 (off by a few years). Since these were so obvious I'm sure that other inaccurracies exist elsewhere in the book. I certainly would take care in verifying the information first, before quoting it in public.
A special note: There's definitely an anti-Rome bias that would make it tough for some people to get through this book. Although Lockyer mentions Protestant attrocities, he reserves extra criticism for Roman Catholic ones. It's this lack of objectivity that prevents this work from being a great book, just a good one.
true thoughts Nov 22, 2001
Herbert Lockyer's painstaking collection of famous death bed professions and confessions are both inspiring and disturbing. Apparently,when death is approching both saints and sinners alike will reveal their true thoughts and beliefs. Hats off to yet another Herbert Lockyer best seller. (If not it should be). Read this book if you are a Christian and see what self examination will bring. If you are not a believer by alls means read it anyway.