understand what I write (I think that’s important, and I’m quite sure you’ll agree!).
Finally, I know that you’ve already looked at the DDT Rating, so you already know
the conclusion: this is a great resource for everyone, regardless of doctrine and
denomination. Now, let us commence with the Review!
Decades In The Making
CGG was originally published in 2006. But that’s the end of a long journey, not the
beginning. Blanchard has been building his “pithy” quotation collection for nearly
30 years, starting from his conversion to Christianity.
He began collecting quotes; ran across a couple of Reformed/Puritan quotation collections;
and his insatiable thirst for pith led to the publication of a 5,000 quote book called
“Gathered Gold.” As he continued his quest for quotes, he published a second 5,000
quote collection, “More Gathered Gold.” And yes, he continued to collect! His third
publication was still 5,000 more quotes, and called “Sifted Silver.” Now he has collated
his first three books, added 1,000 more quotes, and aptly called it “Complete Gathered
Gold” (with a title like that, has he finally “worked” himself into a corner?)
While the core of his collection was originally reformed in theology, this collection
utilizes a wide array of theologians and theology. No matter what your faith perspective
is (nor your denomination!), you’ll find a goldmine of material!
The Perfect Understanding of Pith
Blanchard’s “Introduction,” in part, says this:
Ever since I became a Christian I have had a trawling eye and an insatiable appetite
to hoard pithy statements that summarized important truths or expressed valuable
insights in memorable ways. I soon began to arrange my growing collection into an
indexed system, where they were joined by hundreds of other statements I read or
heard as the years went by.
“Pithy statement.” I’ve heard that phrase all my life, and always just assumed that
it meant “short quotation.” But that’s only the half of it, as I discovered this
definition from Webster’s Dictionary in preparation for this review:
PITH'Y, a. Consisting of pith; containing pith; abounding with pith; as a pithy substance;
a pithy stem.
1. Containing concentrated force; forcible; energetic; as a pithy word or expression.
2. Uttering energetic words or expressions.
Notice those key words: “concentrated;” “forcible;” “energetic.” So - “pithy” means
more than just “short quotation;” it is a short but powerfully packed quotation.
Blanchard’s CGG provides for us the perfect understanding of what pith is. 16,000
short quotations: but my, oh my! are they powerfully packed with wisdom, theology
and poetry. Here are just a few examples:
The evidence of saving faith is not how much you believe but how well you behave.
– John Blanchard
Adversity is the diamond dust heaven polishes its jewels with. – Robert Leighton
Saving faith is not creative, but receptive. It does not make our salvation, it takes
it gratefully. – Robert M. Horn
Those, my friends, are true examples of pith!
Suggestions As To How To Use This Book
This book has not only a gold mine of information, but also a gold mine of application!
DEVOTIONAL USE. With 600+ categories, one could read this book devotionally over
a two year period. Meditating on these quotations will bring to mind lots of Bible
verses for the Bible student.
ILLUSTRATION. There is a tremendous amount of material for the Sunday School teacher,
pastor, preacher, lay leader, and small group facilitator. You’ll be sure to capture
attention with this collection!
PASTORAL. Whether vocational or non-vocational, the pastor will love this material.
It will fire your imagination; help pattern your mind for thinking; provide sermon
fodder and seed plotting; this is simply an excellent resource for the man who must
speak for a living.
CHURCH STAFF. Need a little filler for the bulletin? How about something catchy for
the church marquee out front? Bulletin boards? This is simply an awesome collection
for the guy/gal who is always looking for something spiritual & short.
This book was written to be used and enjoyed by everyone. It’s hard to find fault
with this collection. I might have added a few longer quotations, but that goes against
his philosophy of pithiness. Every Christian will thoroughly enjoy - and be blessed
- by either a casual reading, a topical search, or downright deep-seated meditation
on this material.
There are other collections, and there are cheaper collections. But for the price
- this collection exceeds expectation.
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Pithy. That’s the word that Blanchard uses to describe his quotation collection;
and Mr. Webster would wholeheartedly agree! Whether Calvinist, Arminian, or somewhere
in between; Reformed or Dispensational; Baptist, Methodist, or Charismatic: you’ll
use this collection all the time! It’s Great for Everyone!