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If You Could Only Have Ten books!

Discussion in '2004 Archive' started by AVBunyan, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. AVBunyan

    AVBunyan New Member

    Aug 20, 2004
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    Eveybody has some good books that has been a blessing to them.

    The books below were introduced to us by our faithful pastor. In a day when there is a lot of bad reading and doctrine out there we are in need of some books that will do a work in our lives.

    The books below have been a blessing to us - there are more but here are just 10. Ify ou have some then let us folks know what you think are life-changing books.

    1. Practical Religion - J.C.Ryle (1816-1900)
    Chapters include:
    Self Inquiry
    Bible Reading
    Formality (deadly for us today)
    The World (his thoughts want to make you crawl under a table!)
    The Family of God
    Our Home
    Outstanding book – easily read – covers most of the Christian life – a must book
    Some interesting sites: http://www.iserv.net/~mrbill/

    2. Pilgrims Progress - John Bunyan (1628-1688)
    What can we say – one of the greatest books ever written on the Christian life. Bro. Bunyan covers all aspects of your quest for salvation, the obstacles to getting it, the battles that rage afterwards. If you want to know about the Christian life along with some great doctrine on Justification by faith – then this is the book – another must have.
    Some great sites: http://www.johnbunyan.org/ http://acacia.pair.com/Acacia.John.Bunyan/

    3. The Precious Things of God - Octavius Winslow (1808-1878)
    Mr. Winslow gives us a comforting book on the precious things of God. Chapters include:
    The Preciousness of Christ
    The Preciousness of Faith
    The Preciousness of Trial
    The Preciousness of Divine Promises
    The Preciousness of Christ’s blood
    The Preciousness of the Death of the Saints
    And more….
    Need I say anything else – review just the few chapters I listed above.
    Couple of nice sites: http://www.shilohonline.org/authors/winslow.htm

    4. All Things For Good - Thomas Watson (died 1686)
    Struggling with the above subject – just can’t see everything working for good? Well, Bro. Watson takes all these concerns a away – a must have classic for comfort and understanding the ways of God.
    Nice sites on Mr. Watson - http://www.fivesolas.com/watson/

    5. The Crook in the Lot - Thomas Boston (born 1676 Scotland)
    Has God thrown you a “curve” lately? Can’t figure out why it came upon you? Thomas Boston will explain God’s providential hand I all these crooks that get thrown your way.
    Go here for more information on this great saint - http://www.ccel.org/a/anonymous/bostonlife/boston-life.html

    6. The Christian Directory - Richard Baxter (1615-1691)
    This huge directory covers every aspect of the Christian life under subject matters. You have a question regarding the practical Christian life – go to The Directory!
    By the way - Great website: http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html

    7. John G. Paton - Missionary to the New Hebrides (1824-1907)
    You never read anything like it – Hollywood can’t touch it for action and life threatening situation. John Paton got a burden for the cannibals of New Hebrides in the mid 1800’s – yes, they ate people and just got finished eating two missionaries before he landed. Paton endured the loss of all things including his wife and baby but he he got there they were all cannibals – when he eventually left they were all Christians! His story will curl your hair and take away any excuse you have for not witnessing.
    Nice website - http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorppaton.html

    8. The Young Lady's Guide - Harvey Newcombe
    If there was ever a time when young ladies needed direction it is today – Mr. Newcombe uses the old tried and true ideas for preparing young ladies for being young ladies that glorify God.

    9. The World Conquered by the Faithful Christian - Richard Alleine (1611-1681)
    The world got a hold of you? Can’t break free? Well Bro. Alleine will help you get “weaned” from this vile world.

    10. Keeping the Heart - John Flavel (1630-1691)
    Having heart problems? Need some diagnosis and treatment. Let “Doctor” Flavel use the scriptures to expose and treat your heart ailments. This is a masterful look at the deceitfulness of the heart and how to handle those bad-heart attitudes.
    Nice website - http://www.ccel.org/f/flavel/

    Again - these are just some - I trust if you haven't read some then you might give one or two a read.

    God bless!
  2. Deacon

    Deacon Well-Known Member
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    Aug 23, 2002
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    Here are my top five for continuing blessings.

    Pilgrims Progress - John Bunyan (1628-1688). I’d fully agree with this selection, a must read for all Christians! I’d highly suggest a modern version with annotations. http://www.cix.co.uk/~craftings/pilgrima.htm

    Eternity in their Hearts (1981) Don Richardson. Relates the incredible examples of how the concept of a supreme God has existed for centuries in cultures throughout the world. For a more in-depth example I’d also recommend his previous book, “Peace Child” – (1974) About the treacherous Sawi people of New Guinea. http://christdot.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1715

    Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor - Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor. Pioneering missionary to China, living a life totally dependent upon God. This is essentially a condensed version of the classic original two-volume set. “Hudson Taylor” (1832-1905) by Howard Taylor. In today materialistic culture, here is a strong example of dependancy and reliance of God.

    Knowing God – J.I. Packer (1973). A rich and deep book on the attributes of our God. To be properly appreciated it must be read slowly as a devotional. http://www.carey.ac.nz/leadership/ref20.htm

    Les Miserables – Victor Hugo (1802-1885). Novel – No, this is not a “Christian” book but it will encourage you to care for the lost and destitute and give you confidence that everything fits together in God’s plan. I consider it the best novel ever written, a must read! (1432 pages - the abridged version is satisfactory for those with limited endurance). Read the first chapter, “The Just Man” at: http://www.literatureclassics.com/etexts/541/8046/

  3. AVBunyan

    AVBunyan New Member

    Aug 20, 2004
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    Thanks for your thoughts - interesting list - good to see Hudson Taylor in the mix - good stuff - thanks again

    God bless
  4. dean198

    dean198 New Member

    Jul 13, 2004
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    The Christ Within by R E McMaster

    The Power of Total Persective by R E McMaster

    Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up by David Bercot

    John G Lake, the Complete Collection of his Life Teachings

    The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun

    A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs by David Bercot

    The Final Quest by Rick Joyner

    The Journal of John Nelson, Methodist Preacher

    The Journal of George Fox

    John Wesley's Sermons

    That's my ten
  5. Turpius

    Turpius New Member

    Jul 6, 2004
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    Only 10! I'd starve to death!
  6. Plain Old Bill

    Plain Old Bill New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
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    I would go with:
    KJ Study Bible
    Understanding Christian Theology by Swindoll & Zuck
    Major Bible Themes by Chafer and Walvoord
    Strongs Complete Concordance
    Things To Come By Dwight J. Pentecost
    Priciples of Biblical Hermeneutics by Hartill
    Manners and Customs of the Bible by J.I. Packer and Merril C. Tenney
    Vines Dictionary of Bible Words
    The King James Bible Commentary
    Successful Soul Winning by Olford

    These choices are made with the understanding that all of these books a one volume each.