Thomas Brooks (1608–1680) was an English non-conformist Puritan preacher and author. Much of what is known about Thomas Brooks has been ascertained from his writings. Born, likely to well-to-do parents, in 1608, Brooks entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1625, where he was preceded by such men as Thomas Hooker, John Cotton, and Thomas Shepard. He was licensed as a preacher of the Gospel by 1640. Before that date, he appears to have spent a number of years at sea, probably as a chaplain with the fleet.
After the conclusion of the First English Civil War, Thomas Brooks became minister at Thomas Apostle’s, London, and was sufficiently renowned to be chosen as preacher before the House of Commons on December 26, 1648. His sermon was afterwards published under the title, ‘God’s Delight in the Progress of the Upright’, the text being Psalm 44:18: ‘Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from Thy way’. Three or four years afterwards, he transferred to St. Margaret’s, Fish-street Hill, London. In 1662, he fell victim to the notorious Act of Uniformity, but he appears to have remained in his parish and to have preached as opportunity arose. [More via Wikipedia]
The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks:
- A Memoir.
- Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices.
- Apples of Gold for Young Men and Women.
- The Mute Christian Under the Smarting Rod.
- A String of Pearls.
- An Ark for all Noahs.
- The Privy Key of Heaven.
- Heaven on Earth (or, Well-Grounded Assurance).
- The Unsearchable Riches of Christ.
- A Cabinet of Jewels.
- The Golden Key to Open Hidden Treasures.
- Paradise Opened.
- A Word in Season.
- London’s Lamentations on the Late Fiery Dispensation.
- The Glorious Day of the Saints’ Appearance.
- God’s Delight in the Progress of the Upright.
- Hypocrites Detected.
- A Believer’s Last Day is His Best Day.
- A Heavenly Cordial.
- The Legacy of a Dying Mother and Mrs. Bell’s Experiences.