Pilgrim’s Keyboard

December 27, 2017

Books I read in 2017 …

Filed under: Annual Book Reading LIst — pilgrimskeyboard @ 2:06 am



Baptists in America: A History – Thomas S. Kidd & Barry Hankins | Published by: Oxford University Press, 2015, ISBN: 978-0-19-997753-6. Overall I enjoyed this book. As its title states it is a history of American Baptists. The inside jacket note reads, “[After] four hundred years … Baptists [have become] the second-largest religious group in America, and their influence matches their numbers.” I think this book could be more informative concerning who the Baptists were/are in this country. It does go into some detail for some Baptist groups and yet not so much on others. It is written by “respectable church historians in the academy today” (R. Albert Mohler, Jr.). I recommend it only on the sense that if you have a Christian/Church/Baptist history section in your personal library – for no book is completely useless in a library. However, if you do not have such a section you may just want to check the book out from a public-library and then glean some info from it for knowledge while saving your $$ for some other book.


Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History – Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger | Published by: Sentinel (an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC), 2015, ISBN 978-1-59184-806-6. This the second book by Brian Kilmeade that I have read. (His first was: George Washington’s Secret Six.) I enjoyed both books it immensely. I n this work the authors take you through the events that led to the new United States of America of being put into a position of having to defend their nation’s honor and respect with a distant enemy. War at sea and eventually to battle on land using US Marines – remember: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli …” {Marine’s Hymn}. I recommend that you get this book and learn a little bit more history of the brave Americans who loved and served this young nation.


The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement Anthony L. Chute, Nathan A. Finn, and Michael A. G. Haykin | Published by: B&H Academic, 2015, ISBN 978-1-4336-7375-7.  At first when I began to read this book I was skeptical. That is because the authors’ title dated the Baptist beginnings to only 400 years (or so) ago.

(I disagree with that assessment – I think we are a lot older even though our                   official name of “Baptist” may not reflect such but the various NT marks in our               local churches do bear out its perpetuity. Yes, even to John the Baptizo.)

Anyway, this is a good book to read. Its subject matter covers from the Seventeenth-Twenty-First Centuries. Its closing chapter gives some good info concerning Baptist “Identity and Distinctives. It gives us historical facts that other books do not use. That is what makes most books on “history” beneficial. You will always have repeated info from the past. But what others think is insignificant to use other authors include. (It is like the four gospel accounts in the NT. If you want to see a full-picture of Jesus – read and compare all four accounts.) This is true on all subjects. You should read different author’s accounts concerning the same situation(s) in order to get the full story. Especially reading the aspect of Christian history, mainly (in my case) Baptist. I would encourage you to get this book. It will make a good addition to your library.


Greek for Life: Strategies of Learning, Retaining, and Reviving New Testament Greek – Benjamin L. Merkle & Robert L. Plummer; [William D. Mounce (writer of supplementary content)] | Published Baker Academic, 2017, ISBN 978-0-8010-9320-3. This little book is for Greek “Geeks”. Many like me studied and at various degrees learned the Greek and Hebrew language of which the Bible’s OT & NT. I am sure may like me have also forgotten much of their learning of these two great languages. Thus this book is written to encourage people like me to once again pick up the Greek books (or Hebrew for the OT) to refresh oneself with the Greek NT for a lifetime. So to my Greek “Geeks” who have studied and forgotten – there is hope. Start by buying, reading, and then applying these helpful tips.


The Sovereignty Of God – Arthur W. Pink | Published Baker Book House, 1976 paperback (4th printing 1979 ) ISNB 0-8010-7016-3; I. C. Herendeen, 1930. This particular book is one of my jewels in my library. I found this copy in May, 1987 in a used book store in Dallas, TX. Its title explains all one needs to know to figure out its subject matter. It is one of favorite books concerning one of my favorite subjects by one of my favorite authors. So about every 3 to 4 years I read it thru. I finished it again today. I recommend this book! Buy It! Read It! Reread it Again! Again! Again! – Etc. | 10-01-2017


The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ – Bruce A.Ware | Published Crossway Books, c. 2012 / printing 2013, ISBN 978-1-4335-1305-3.
Jesus Christ had two natures. He was fully divine and fully human. Christology is the study of Jesus Christ. This book focuses upon His aspect of being a human-man. In this book He looks at the function, the necessity, and the experiences of Jesus Christ as a man. It is excellent study of the man, Jesus Christ. I recommend that this book be put on your reading list and/or on your library shelf.


Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan | Published ANEKO Press, 2014, ISBN 978-1-62245-239-2.  There are certain books that I reread many times. This book is one of those. It is a classic. I highly recommend it to be read!


Christian History Made Easy – Timothy Paul Jones | Published Rose, 2009, ISBN 978-1-59636-328-1. When I first saw the cover on this my immediate thought was that this appeared to be a Christian History for Dummies book. There are several historical pics, “Think About Notes”, “On the web” location points, and “Words from the ones who were there” gleaning. As I read through the book I found this book I found it to be informative concerning the highlights found within the time-realm of Christian History. Would I recommend it? As I once said, “No history book is bad for in each one the author often reveals tidbits that no other history book available.” In that sense of thought – Yes! For every history book looks good on your book shelf.


The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America Walter R. Borneman | Published Harper Perennial, 2006, 978-0-06-076185 -1. The narrative on this book is excellent. The author goes through the step by step plans and execution of the English and French officers concerning the battles for the territory of the New France  on our continent. If you enjoy reading about secular history from the past. You will enjoy this small book.


The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones – Steven J. Lawson | This is the story of the successful doctor who became a premier preacher. One of the twentieth century’s most influential sovereign grace preachers. He had one purpose when he walked into his pulpit and that was to show forth the Glory of God of which he did through one way and that was expository preaching of the Word of God. This bio is the latest edition of the “A Long Line of Godly Men Profile” series edited by Dr. Steven J. Lawson published by Reformation Trust (Ligonier Ministries). If you have enjoyed any of the books from the series this one will be just as much a delight to read. I highly recommend this book, as well as, the series.

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson – S. C. Gwynne | Civil War History is often captured from the bios of famous men/women who were prominent during their era. Stonewall Jackson was such a prominent actor during the Civil War. This book examines his personality and traits in an excellent manner that let the reader get to know this Southern Christian Gentleman who was a major factor in the War between the North and the South. One can only assume that the outcome of the Civil War may had been quite different if our Sovereign God had allowed Thomas J. Jackson to have lived longer and fought more battles. He was a master in combat and along with his Stonewall Brigade nearly unstoppable.



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