2015 – BOOK READING LIST
For several years now I have posted a list of the books that I have read over the past year. Ever since the Lord God saved me in Christ Jesus I have had a desire to read books. I have found that reading books allow me to journey to places i will never see and to have conversations (so-to-speak) with many wise men/women of the past who teach valuable knowledge. Plus there is also the healthy aspect of just keeping my mind active as I age.
I usually read about Theology, Christian History (mostly Baptist), Old Saints’ writings, and The Revolutionary War & The Civil War era history/bios. I am not crazy about political writers, or any of TV pundits’ books. I hope that this list might inspire you to pick up on of these books or some other book to enjoy to begin a new journey of adventure. Make a new friend today – read a book!
The List …
1. BIBLE: The Story of the King James Version, 1611-2011 – Gordon Campbell | Published by: Oxford University Press in 2010. I enjoyed this book. It is a history from an Englishman’s point of view concerning the King James Version Bible. He discusses the origin of reasoning for this English translation, looks at the various printers, mistakes they made (some accidental, some deliberate), examines its beauty as a historical literary work, the significance of inspiration (Hebrew and Greek manuscripts), and the King James Only debate (Trinitarian Bible Society in the United Kingdom and the Dean Burgon Society here in the United States, as well as, many of our various types of churches, etc.). The KJV is now over 400 years old. This book is a brief history of this particular translation that God has used in bringing multitudes of people to a saving relationship with Christ. For that reason alone – it is worth the time to read. | 01/30/2015
2. The End Times In Chronological Order: A Complete Overview to Understanding Bible Prophecy – Ron Rhodes | Published by Harvest House Publishers in 2012. The title basically defines the outlay of the book. One’s doctrinal stand on eschatology will probably determine what you think of this book. The Pre-mills will say, “It’s great” – the A-mills will say, “Aint no way” – the Post-Mills will say “Just wait” – and the Preterist will say, “Old news.” However despite all of our biases the best way to approach this book is with an open mind. If that can be done then I think you will enjoy its contents. We should not only read books that agree with our theology but we should also be willing to read what others contend for concerning the faith. I do not recommend reading heretical material but I do think we should be willing to challenge our doctrinal thoughts w/o fear. | 02/12/2015
3. The Churches of the New Testament – George W. McDaniel (1875-1927) | This book is just as its title implies: a look at the churches of the New Testament. The author begins by looking at the meaning of the word church in the Greek, which is translated “church” (“congregation” – Tyndale NT) in our English translations. From here McDaniel examines each NT book that mentions the word “church” in its context. He discusses the location and circumstances of each local church and the why of their existence. I think most would enjoy the book who like the study of ecclesiology. Especially Landmarkers (or “local-church” buffs) more so than the Reformers because it significantly leans toward the Greek usage of the “local church” in contrast to the teaching of today that “everybody-is-in-the-church” syndrome. I enjoyed the book. I hope you will too. I found it through Amazon, Yokai Publishing, ISBN: 9781907703096. | 03/09/2015
4. The Origin of The Baptists – Samuel Howard Ford (1819-1905) | I enjoy reading old books. I enjoy reading about Christian history. Especially those of old Baptists. In some of my Baptist history books I will find where the author will quote or make reference to S. H. Ford’s The Origin of the Baptists. So it was exciting when I came across a used copy of this book on Amazon.com [copyright 1950 – Baptist Sunday School Committee]. Ford wrote his book sometime around 1860 (J. R. Graves, “Introduction” date). The premise of the book is found in his question: “Where Did the Baptists Come From?” He begins his quest by looking at the Baptist in Virginia and then moves through the different centuries and ends up in the NT at Jesus Christ, the founder of Baptist churches.
I highly recommend old history books concerning the Lord’s NT churches and Christianity. I think you would enjoy reading this little book. | 04-09-2015
5. Why Is My Church Dying? – Russell C. Lambert | Whenever we consider anything that will help the church grow in its teaching, reaching out, or bringing in we often look to avenues that will help us to achieve our stated goal. We usually gather the information we need from sources that are purposely keyed in such directions. This little book is one of those sources. No pastor or teacher or church member wants to see their church dwindle down and eventually die. To prevent such a mishap one needs to understand the situations that lead to their decline. Lambert’s book is a good place to start. It is small yet the author covers a number of different aspects in regard to the Scripture as his basis of thought. (Worldwide Distribution, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-329-06192-7). | 05-27-2015
6. Prayer A Biblical Perspective – Eric J. Alexander | “For those who find it difficult to pray there is much encouragement here as the author … addresses the common problems believers face when coming to pray.” This is a small book (approx.. 90 pages), which means you can read it in a day or two. The author does not emphasize the “how to” of praying as much as he does the “why to” of prayer. This book was recommended to me by my preacher friend Dr. Allen Raynor. I now pass that recommendation on to you. I think you will enjoy this helpful book and I hope that it will be a good tool to guide you as you engage the Lord in prayer. (The Banner of Truth Trust, 2012 [reprinted 2013], ISBN: 978-1-84871-149-5). | 06-05-2015
7. Living By Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Tom Nettles | It has been a long time coming in my reading to finally finish this book. I have been reading it – setting it down – reading it – etc. It definitely has been time consuming (at least for me). Now that I have finished it I am convinced that the time was well spent.. Tom Nettles, is a excellent historian and this book showcases his talent. It is one of the premier books on Charles Spurgeon. If you do not have this book it in your Christian Library I urge you to obtain a copy. You will not regret the time and effort in reading. (Christian Focus Publication, Mentor Imprint, 2013, 683 pages, ISBN: 978-1-78191-122-8). | 10-17-2015
8. The Daring Mission of William Tyndale – Steven J. Lawson | One of my favorite heroes of Christianity is William Tyndale. He is the Father of the English Bible. He is the first to translate the Greek New Testament into English. His goal was to put the English Bible into the hands of the average plow-boy because he felt that the common man needed to have God’s Word to read for themselves. The KJV NT is approximately 80% from the Tyndale NT and of the books he translated in the OT about 60% of their content is based on his work. All of our English translations were and still are based on Tyndale’s efforts and labors. Tyndale’s reward for putting the Scripture into English for common men such as me to read – he was charged with the high crime of putting the Bible into English, hunted down by the English Royalty and Church authorities, strangled to death by an iron chain, after which his corpse was burned and blown up by gunpowder that had been spread around his incinerated body. His final words, “Lord, open the king of England’s eyes.” That dying prayer was answered for two years later King Henry VIII ordered that the Coverdale Bible was to be used in every parish in the land (the Coverdale Bible was largely … Tyndale’s work). I highly recommend this book. | 05-21-2015
9. The Mighty Weakness of John Knox – Douglas Bond | This is another book from the series – “A Long Line of Godly Men Profile” by Stephen J. Lawson. This book like the others in the series is a biographical picture of a man used by God to demonstrate His sovereignty and providence in Christendom. John Knox was prominent in establishing the faith throughout Scotland. As in all of the books in this series I recommend that take the time to read of our Christian heroes from the past. | 11-02-2015
10. The Trinitarian Devotion of John Owen – Sinclair B. Ferguson | This book is also from the series – “A Long Line of Godly Men” by Stephen J. Lawson. This book is about the old Puritan preacher and theologian John Owen. It is a short look at Owen’s treatment of the Trinity in his writings. Sinclair wrote: “Pastor, Theologian, and military chaplain John Owen lived during troubled times, and his life remained marked by tremendous changes in his circumstances. But even as his position rose and fell, he remained steadfast in his faith in the triune God of the Bible.” I have found this to be an excellent read. One I recommend. The book can be obtained from Ligonier Ministries. | 12-02-2015
11. Using New Testament Greek in Ministry: A Practical Guide for Students and Pastors – David Alan Black | Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 1993. ISBN: 978-0-8010-1043-9. | 03/22/2015