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December 27, 2014

BOOKS I READ in 2014 …

Filed under: Annual Book Reading LIst — pilgrimskeyboard @ 3:27 pm




1. How to Study the Bible – John MacArthur | I think you will enjoy this little book. It will be especially helpful for the young Christian to understand the importance of just how “vital [it is] to know how to study the Bible. … This book will help you do it” – (back cover). I like MacArthur’s books. He is an excellent teacher concerning biblical matters. I highly recommend his writings. I do not always agree with what he states, but I do respect his opinion for I know he is thorough in all that he studies. Enjoy! | 01/24/2014

2. One Bible, Many Versions: Are All Translations Created Equal? – Dave Brunn | Darrell L. Bock writes in his endorsement of this book, “If you want to understand translation work and appreciate what English translations do and how, then this book is for you.” That is a good description of this book. The author Dave Brunn was a missionary/translator in Papua New Guinea to the Lamogai (lah-moh-guy) people. His and his team’s responsibility was to develop a completed Lamogai New Testament. This book reflects those efforts and gleans those aspects to the reader as to what translators have to deal with when going from one language to another, such as, from Hebrew-Aramaic | Greek to English. The book is thorough and well laid out. If you enjoy getting technical – I recommend that you take the time to read it. If not – save your money. | 01/30/2014

3. The People Called Baptists – George W. McDaniel | While reading another book by McDaniel I came across the title of this little book. It was published in 1925 and is currently out of print. I finally found it among the used book dealers listed on Amazon.com. I have found in reading old biblically-based books that one can get a brief historical view of many subjects. This book is of no exception. In it the author deals briefly with Baptist history, the meaning of “local” church, ordinances, and their Baptistic distinguishing marks.  I enjoyed what the author had to say about the Baptists of his era. If you can find a copy I think you would too. | 05/13/2014

4. The End of America: The Role of Islam in the End Times and Biblical Warnings to Flee America – John Price | This book is like most End Times books in that it deals w/scripture references that the author believes are the proof texts that justify his/her subject matter – i.e., “The End of America” which the author demonstrates that he believes the term “Daughter of Babylon” found throughout the bible represents according to the eschatology he endorses. Two things: 1) the scenario he describes is possible (none of us know what the future holds) and most likely it is true that America is facing inevitable destruction due to its immorality and wickedness found in our culture, and 2) he follows his own advice to flee the coming destruction and has relocated to a Latin American country. However, he has failed to adhere to one of the three most important aspects of Scripture interpretations – i.e., context, context, context!! The author uses several OT references and he relates them to America – bad idea- his references appear to refer to Babylon as found in the OT not something of today. It is true that many OT prophecies have a double interpretation but I think he outstepped his bounds this time. The book is an interesting read. The author builds up the idea that is so popular today that Islam is the force that will be reckoned with in the future and that we – America – need to flee that wrath to come. If you are interested in end time scenarios then you may consider this one as good as any to read. As for me, I think reading the Bible will give you more insight in to how to live your life in these last days. | 06/04/2014

5. The Mystery of the Shemitah – Jonathan Cahn | “Within the Hebrew,… shemitah literally means, ‘the letting fall,’ ‘the letting collapse.” … The warning here us this: if America continues on its present course, its place as the head of nations will fall and the American age and global order will be allowed to collapse” [243]. This point is the summation of this book by Cahn, author of  the New York Times Best-Selling The Harbinger. [A book that I thought I had read, but C. had only borrowed it and apparently I did not.  This is despite that familiarity of some references made to The Harbinger. Go figure.] Anyway this book is a follow up to The Harbinger.. Like all book is this category – i.e., eschatological in nature, your end time doctrinal standings will help to determine if you think it is a good book to read. I enjoyed some aspects of it, but as many books along this line it is a “let’s wait and see what happens” before final judgment can be made. One thing I agree with the author about: If America does not get its act together soon morally, politically, economically, and socially – I do not know how long she can remain a strong vibrant leader of the world. Now that is sad and a little scary. | 10/10/2014      

 6. Basic Bible Doctrine – Don Fortner | I have been studying through this book for several months. It is not the most in-depth book concerning all biblical doctrine. However, in the doctrines that he does examine Fortner uses several scripture references in proof of his defense. Fortner has made the basis of this book to be solely found on our sovereign God and Savior Jesus Christ. To me that is a good place to start and end. I highly recommend this book to be a part of your “Reference” section of your Christian library. | 06/25/2014            


Anytime you get the opportunity to read about the saints of old – I highly recommend that – God’s people of the past are an inspiration to His people today.

7. The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts – Douglas Bond | “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed” – “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come” – “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” – all familiar hymns (along with other great hymns of Watts) are still sung throughout churches today. All written by the skillful hands of Isaac Watts (1674-1748), the “Father of English Hymnody”.  This little book (138 pp) is one of the “Long Line of Godly Men” series edited by Steven J. Lawson. Lawson’s series looks at giants of the faith to show how they used their particular spiritual gifts, personality traits, or ministry abilities in serving God. I thought that this book was a delight. I highly recommend it and the series as well. You can’t go wrong when you examine the saints of old. | 03/20/2014

8. The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther – Steven J. Lawson | This book is another of the “Long Line of Godly Men” series edited by Steven J. Lawson. The book is short (122 pp) and a quick read. Upon completion of this book I have now read four books of this series. As with the others that I have read (John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, and Isaac Watts) this too has been an enjoyable book. It is informative pointing out many of the traits of Martin Luther especially concerning his regard that the Bible is God’s Word and his respect of it as he preached. The books of this series are designed to introduce giants of the Christian faith and show how God has used them, their talents, and personalities in the advancement of His kingdom from a reformed perspective. This book does not disappoint. I highly recommend that you get a copy and enjoy the read. | 06/20/2014

9. The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards – Steven J. Lawson | This book is another of the “Long Line of Godly Men” series edited by Steven J. Lawson. The book is a short 166 pages. Jonathan Edwards, the American Puritan developed 70 “Resolves” by which he would live his Christian life. This book examines many of them showing the character of this Pastor/Theologian/Teacher. Jonathan Edwards, Arthur W. Pink, and Charles Spurgeon are my three favorite Christian/Theologian writers. Anytime I can find biographies concerning one of them I will read it. I highly recommend that you do the same on this little book by Lawson. You will not be disappointed. | 07/19/2014  

10. The Evangelistic Zeal of: George Whitefield –  Steven J. Lawson | “On the morning of October 23, 1740, in a field of Kensington Parish, near what is today Berlin, Connecticut, a colonial farmer named Nathan Cole received the news that the great evangelist George Whitefield would be preaching in the nearby city of Middletown. Immediately, he dropped his tools and ran to his house, hastily grabbing his wife and saddling his horse, and rushed to the announced site of Whitefield’s meeting twelve miles away. Cole and his wife alternated between riding and running to Middletown, for he simply must be present to hear this celebrated preacher. … Eager to hear Whitefield preach … Cole stood amid the crowd [est. 4000 +] and watched the evangelist make his appearance. … He described Whitefield as ‘a young, slim, slender youth before thousands of people, and with bold undaunted countenance.’ The talk circulating among the great crowd was, ‘God was with him everywhere.'” [91-92] I highly recommend this book by Lawson in his “A Long Line of Godly Men Profile” series. George Whitefield | A man of God who was not ashamed of the Doctrines of Grace found within the pages of Holy Writ. | 09/29/2014


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