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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 83

Tract distribution

Tract distribution

liable to mislead. He does not "believe in it," and cannot remember any woman of this sort ever telling him that her first resolve or wish to quit her sin came from the perusal of a tract. It is hardly surprising that this should be the experience of one who does not believe in it, and therefore we may presume seldom if ever himself distributes or encourages the distribution of tracts, and it is hardly fair to bring forward such experience (or rather absence of experience) in support of the very idea which produced it. There may be cases that a tract would be the most unlikely means to reach, there may be some who "are sick of tracts, others who would tear them up, others who take them home to make fun over them with their companions," but some at least have taken the first step on the better road because the Holy Spirit used the truth as simply set forth in a tract though it was in a very faulty fashion. "Tracts have yet to be written that would be just the thing for them." It is quite safe to say this, even without having read all the tracts that have been written for the purpose, lor though in our view there are some very suitable ones; there is doubtless still room for something better. But there is surprisingly little to find fault with in Mr. Brinckman's book, and much, very much that is practical and helpful in the various phases of the work. We will now quote a few of his remarks.