Elliot Ritzema has just come out with two new series for the Logos Bible software: 400 Prayers for Preachers and 300 Quotations for Preachers. Elliot has done a fantastic job pulling valuable resources together into two resources that are attractive, highly functional, easy to use and extremely well organized. Do you have a scripture that you would like to grab a quotation that fits with it? You can search these quotes and prayers by scripture. You can also search by topic or just read through all the quotations or payers through the author list.
There are two main strengths of this program. First is the content. Elliot was really thorough in pulling from many different people and over a long period of time (See the list below). Second is that it is organized extremely well and that makes navigating it and finding what you need fast and effective. Here is where it gets really good, there is a sidebar index on the left side of logos that allows you to see the author list. You can click the drop down arrow by each name and get a quick synopsis of all the quotes for that author (see the screen shot). You can click on the author and start at the beginning of their section or you can click directly on any of the quotes under their name. He has even included a powerpoint slide for all 300 quotes that you can insert into your presentation (again, see the screen shot to the left). These are the things that make this superior to than just going to google and combing through a bunch of random quotes by and then having to take what you find and make a slide for it. Here is a list of people the quotes are taken from (the prayer program is equally impressive):
Anselm of Canterbury, Augustine of Hippo, James Arminius, Francis Bacon, Richard Baxter, Venerable Bede, Bernard of Clairvaux, William Blake, Napoleon Bonaparte, Horatius Bonar, E. M. Bounds, Thomas Brooks, Brother Lawrence, John Bunyan, Lord Byron, John Calvin, Thomas Carlyle, Stephen Charnock, G. K. Chesterton, John Chrysostom, Cyprian of Carthage, Cyril of Jerusalem, Charles Dickens, John Donne, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Epistle to Diognetus, Charles Finney, John Flavel, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Thomas Goodwin, William Gurnall, Matthew Henry, A. A. Hodge, Charles Hodge, Richard Hooker, David Hume, Ignatius of Antioch, Irenaeus of Lyons, Jerome, Thomas à Kempis, Abraham Kuyper, William Law, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther, Mara bar Serapion, Robert Murray McCheyne, John Stuart Mill, G. Campbell Morgan, George Müller, Edgar Young Mullins, John Henry Newman, John Newton, John Owen, Blaise Pascal, Edward Payson, Pliny the Younger, William M. Ramsay, Jean Jacques Rousseau, J. C. Ryle, Francis de Sales, William Shakespeare, Richard Sibbes, Charles Spurgeon, Suetonius, Teresa of Avila, R. A. Torrey, Trajan, B. B. Warfield, Thomas Watson, John Wesley, George Whitefield, William Wilberforce, & William Wordsworth
Thanks to Elliot and Logos for graciously allowing me access to these programs to use and review them. I will make good use of these in the future and hope others will consider it as well.