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December 19, 2018

2018 | Book Reading List

1. The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones: 1899-1981 – Iain H. Murray | Published by: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-84871-180-8.

This book is a re-cast, condensed and, in parts, rewritten version of the author’s two volumes D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years (1982) and The Fight of Faith (1990).  D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the “Doctor of Medicine” whom God called to be “The Doctor of Preaching”.

Iain H. Murray is the supreme biographer when it comes to Christian Ministers.  His writing of this book is of no-exception and along with the fact that he was a personal friend of Lloyd-Jones one ends up with an intimate loving story of a great Christian man, preacher, and writer.  I enjoyed this book.  Reading about Lloyd-Jones was recommended to me by two friends: Gene McDuffie & Lacey Lounsbury. I gladly pass on the same recommendation to you. Buy it – read it – keep it on your bookshelf. You will not regret having this book to enjoy learning about a “man of Gods grace serving the God of Grace! | 01/16/2018


2. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny – Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger | Published by: Sentinel (an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC), 2017, ISBN 978-0-7352–1323-4.

 This is the third and latest book by Brian Kilmeade. He also wrote: George Washington’s Secret Six and Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History. I have enjoyed all of these books immensely. In this work the authors take you through the events that led to defense of New Orleans and the Western Territory of the Mississippi which was that was at stake of being lost to the British in the War of 1812. This book speaks of the courage and wisdom of General Jackson and his mixed bag of defenders resolve to save New Orleans and in effect become the second assurance of our nation’s independence. I highly recommend that you get this book and learn a little bit more history of the brave Americans who loved and served this great young nation of the United States of America. | 03/19/2018


3. From God To Us: How We Got Our Bible – Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix | Published by: Moody Publishers, 2012, ISBN 978-0-8024-2882-0. (This is the second edition which has been revised and expanded from the 1974 edition.)

This book examines the journey of the Word of God – our Bibles. The major topics discussed are inspiration, canonicity of the OT, the Hebrew Masoretic Text (MT), the Greek Septuagint (LXX), and the discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls and The Documents in the Judean Desert. Also, the canonicity of the NT, the various Greek manuscripts such as the Textus Receptus (TR), Majority/Byzantine text (M), Alexandrian/Critical text (NU) used in the English translations of today. Personally, I found this book will be a useful resource concerning “How We Got Our Bible.” However, as in all books on this subject – one’s bias opinions usually determines whether they will like it or not! I think it is worth spending the $$. | 08/10/2018


4. God Has Preserved His Text! : The Divine Perservation of the New TestamentWilber N. Pickerting | 2017, ISBN 9-780997-468625.

This book had been one the most technical I have read since Seminary. Its focus is based on the title. Throughout Dr. Pickerting (Ph.D), is giving his defense for the Majority Text / Byzantine manuscripts family superiority over the Alexandria Text / Vaticanus & Sinaiticus manuscripts family. I have been an advocate for the Majority Texts for years as the preserver of the Koine autographs. So I enjoyed reading it even when it got bogged down in all of his stats. It is not a fast read. | 08/30/2018


5. Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God’s Grace – Burk Parsons, editor | Published by: P & R Publishing Co., 2006, ISBN 978-1-59638-029-5.

This is a book on the doctrine of Assurance. Along with the editor there are several contributors, such as: Philip Ryken, Albert Mohler, Jr., Sinclair Ferguson, John MacArthur, and others. The Foreword and Epilogue was supplied by R. C. Sproul. The book abides by its title throughout. I also found it to be very informative and supplied with much Scripture. However, Ch. 8 gave me some reserve thoughts. As a Baptist I am always hesitant to tie the ordinances/elements (sacraments – author) of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism to anything other than memorial in use {cf. 144, 146} or of prayer {153} as being indicated as part of a means of grace. I will leave it up to the readers to determine if my hesitations are appropriate or not. Over all this is a good book for anyone who is often dealing with doubts and fears concerning their salvation. For it truly shows that salvation is of the LORD (Jonah 2:9). May we always remember concerning our assurance – “It is always about God and not us!” I recommend this book to be read and kept in your library. | 09/12/2018   /////   [Joanna – I urge you to read this book. It has been a great help to me. For I too have faced some of the same struggles. Bruce 🌷 SDG]


6. The Holy War – John Buyan | Whitaker House, 1985, ISBN 978-0-88368-706-2.

The jacket reads:  “From the author of The Pilgrim’s Progress comes a powerful allegory about the battle being fought for man’s heart, mind, and spirit.” I enjoyed the book as I do most of John Bunyan’s writing.  However, I do not think this meets up to the same standard as his Pilgrim’s  Progress. Bunyan does use a lot of metaphor names which reflects many of our “Mansoul’s” fleshly traits and of course those from the enemy “Diabolus”.

If you like reading John Bunyan may I also recommend to you his, “Grace Abounding: to Sinners” – it is an excellent testimony of his journey from the “most notorious rebel in his village to a great man of faith. | 09/22/2018


7. Authorized: The Use & Misuse of the King James Bible (KJV) – Mark Ward | Lexham Press, 2018, ISBN 978-1-68359-055-2.

This small book is written about the author’s experience of reading the KJV throughout his early years. It also speaks of his love for the KJV’s vulgar “Elizabethan English,” (which was “the man on the street” or Tyndale’s “plough boy” language). His book looks at the KJV translator’s common language then meanings then are compared to their meaning now. He also writes of some of the KJV Elizabethan words then are no longer used now and have become even obsolete today. Thus the author argues that as the KJV was a “book-of-the-common-man” then – so too there is the same necessity of having our English translation(s) more aligned with our common vulgar of today. The author’s argument is very plausible and should be examine closely. I think one would benefit from this little book. Therefore I recommend it to be purchased and read. | 09/25/2018


8. The Cross and The Covenants – R. B.C. Howell, D. D. | Sprinkle Publications, 1994 reprint of 1854 and 1855 respectfully by the author, ISBN N/A. This small book contains two separate writings by the author Howell.

In his first book, The Cross one finds a thorough and an enjoyable read concerning the aspects of the Cross of Christ. In its ten chapters Howell asks the question – “By the Cross of our Lord Jesus …” as a prefix of his subject matter.

In his second book, The Covenants one finds his discussion of the covenants from the OT and the New Covenant concerning Christ Jesus. I enjoyed this book less. As so often with many during his era when one wrote concerning the covenants involving Israel they conclude that God has fulfilled them all. Their reasoning then was that Israel was scattered and that God is done with them thus carrying out the New Covenant now in Christ with the Gentiles. The problem with that is that Scripture does not support such teaching. Also, in 1948 Israel was reestablished as a nation, Jerusalem in 2018 it was announced as Israel’s capitol and has been so recognized by several nations as legitimate claim.

If you can find the first book I highly recommend it to you. The second book, I would tell you not to waste your money. However, I realize that I am being bias in my opinion for I do not think the author’s intent is supported by Scripture. | 10/27/2018


9. The Story of Scripture: How We Got Our Bible and Why We Can Trust It – Robert L. Plummer | Kregel Publications, 2013, ISBN 978-0-8254-4315-2.

One would think that a small book containing only seven chapters could not be of much help in discerning the Bible as a reliable source. Yet, Dr. Plummer does just that. In 87 pages he looks at “The Nature and Purpose of the Bible,” its organization, authorship, authority and accuracy, textual history, and “The Canon {icity} of the Bible.” His book goes straight to the point concerning these aspects of the English Bible.  I would highly recommend this booklet for the believer who wants to read about the “ins and outs” of Scripture. It is an excellent starting point in one’s research as to why we trust our Bible. | 11/11/2018


10. Ray’s Baptist Succession – David Burcham (D.B.) Ray | Foley Railway Printing, 1912 – Twenty-Seventh Edition / Reprinted by Larry Harrison, Foreword 2001, St. Johns, IN.

I must start out and tell you that I love Christian History – especially Baptist History! This probably means I am being bias as I write that this is a great-book and a must-read of anyone who examines the history of Christianity and of the Lord Jesus’ local-visible-NT-Church. May I dare say – “Baptist” – i.e., one of the names given to us from history!  Or perhaps best stated by William Shakespeare from his infamous Romeo and Juliet:  “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” I will leave you with my recommendation  to read & enjoy. | 11/14/2018


Currently Reading

I am in the middle of two great books right now – I hope to finish them shortly after the first of the year. These are:

The Life of Moses: God’s First Deliver of Israel – James Montgomery Boice | P & R Publishing, 2018 by Linda M. Boice, Phillipsburg, NJ, ISBN 978-1-59638-753-9.


The Inerrant WORD: Biblical, Historical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspectives – John MacArthur, editor, W/Various Contributors | Crossway, Wheaton, IL, 2016, ISBN 978-1-4334-4861-1.






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