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M Bounds (Born 1835 Died 1913), was a Methodist minister and
author of books, chiefly on prayer.
After serving several important churches in St. Louis and other places, south, he became Editor of the St. Louis Christian Advocate for eight years and, later, Associate Editor of The Nashville Christian Advocate for four years. The trial of his faith came to him while in Nashville, and he quietly retired to his home without asking even a pension. His principal work in Washington, Georgia (his home) was rising at 4 A. M. and praying until 7 AM. He filled a few engagements as an evangelist during the eighteen years of his lifework. While on speaking engagements, he would not neglect his early morning time in prayer, and cared nothing for the protests of the other occupants of his room at being awakened so early. "No man could have made more melting appeals for lost souls and backslidden ministers than did E M Bounds. Tears ran down his face as he pleaded for us all in that room.
According to people who were constantly with him, in prayer and preaching, for eight years "Not a foolish word did we ever hear him utter. He was one of the most intense eagles of God that ever penetrated the spiritual ether. He could not brook delay in rising, or being late for dinner. He would go with me to street meetings often in Brooklyn and listen to the preaching and sing with us those beautiful songs of Wesley and Watts. He often reprimanded me for asking the unconverted to sing of Heaven. Said he: 'They have no heart to sing, they do not know God, and God does not hear them. Quit asking sinners to sing the songs of Zion and the Lamb."
Only two of Bounds' books were published before he died,
after his death Claude Chilton, Jr., an admirer of Bounds
worked on preserving and preparing Bounds' collection
of manuscripts for publication, some more books where published. When Chilton died in 1929, Homer W. Hodge assumed the task and the remaining books were issued.
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