General ( I am adding books as I find them)
The regular old King James Bible, the same one your grandfather had. Please read and believe the word of God. This is a simple .txt file without any notes or anything. If you want a copy of the Bible, please email me in the contact page and I will send you one.
The Gospel of John is one small book within the Bible. It tells us about Jesus and how he wants us to believe God.
Charles Spurgeon (1834- 1892)
The Saint and his Saviour He begins with "...To comfort the mourner, to confirm the weak, to guide the wandering, and reassure the doubting has been my great desire. If I may hear of some trembling sinners led to Jesus by the following pages, or some distressed believer enabled to rejoice, it will be an ample recompence to me. I have dedicated the work to God, and I now crave His abundant blessings upon it."
Talks to Farmers This is a great book with much drawn from a few verses of scripture. Pay attention to pages 5 and 6 and you will get a bit of clarification on Mr. Spurgeon's opinion of hyper-Calvanism.
Link to Charles Spurgeon audio books on Librivox
John Bunyan (1628- 1688)
HERE is a really good source of articles written by John Bunyan >> And HERE
Pilgrims Progress Audio Version Here
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners txt file. Audio Version Here This book is the real life basis of the allegory "Pilgrim's Progress". I would really encourage people to read this book. It chronicles his thoughts over many years as he considered the gospel, his sinfulness and Jesus Christ. He finally comes to the conclusion that Jesus Christ is the only hope for sinners, that Jesus is all sufficient so we can stand FORGIVEN before a Holy Creator.
Advice to Sufferers This is a really encouraging book to those who are slandered or persecuted or even just discouraged.
John Newton (1725- 1807)
This is the author of "Amazing Grace", a former slave trader who turned to Christ. This man wrote some of the best books I have ever read. One book called "Out of the Depths" describes God's work in his life and his coming to trust God's Grace!! It is a really good book, but it seems there are a lot of reprints of the book these days, so I am having a hard time to find a pdf version of his original.
HERE is a short article on his life
Letters by the Rev. John Newton
Isaac Watts (1674- 1748)
Isaac Watts wrote many of the most powerful hymns, "Am I a Soldier of the Cross", "When I survey the Wondrous Cross", "Our God, Our Help in times Past"...
Here is a great hymn that was written as a poem. A Cradle Hymn Audio Version
HERE is a link to a website that lists his hymns and gives a simple audio sample of the tunes.
Uncle Tom's Cabin is a book written in 1852 by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Although it is a "fiction" book, it describes slavery in the American South very accurately. It is a call to Christians to see the slave trade and the hypocrisy of the "land of the free". This book is well worth the time to check out.
Audio version HERE.
Strive and Thrive is a great children's book written way back when the purpose of kids books was to teach morality; to be reliable, to do right, to be honest, etc. I have read this book to all of my children since I found it many years ago.
By Searching is a short autobiography written by Isobel Kuhn. It is set in the 1920's and is a testimony of how God worked in her life and how she turned to believe Jesus. She later went to China as a missionary and wrote several other books. Wikipedia has an interesting article on her life.
The History of Rome is an interesting podcast series from a guy that does a pretty good job documenting the history of the Roman Empire. This is not recorded by a Christian, and as such, it does not "Christianize" the emperors, or cover up some of the bad deeds of the RC church. He also does not distinguish the difference between the RC church and regular Bible-believing Christians so there are occasional charges levelled at Christians that should be laid at the door of the RC church or just set aside. But if you understand where he is coming from, there is a lot of really good material in this podcast. The whole of the New Testament is set during the time from just after Julius Caesar to Vespasian, so the history of Rome during this time can help us understand the book of Acts of the Apostles and much of the New Testament.
Bees in Amber- A little book of thoughtful verse. I don't like poetry much but I came across this old book written by John Oxenham.
Here is one of the poems.
"To every man there openeth
A way, and ways, and a way.
And the high soul climbs the high way,
And the low soul gropes the low.
_And in between on the misty flats_
_The rest drift to and fro._
But to every man there openeth
A high way and a low--
And every man decideth the way his soul shall go." Which way will you go ? Please seek Jesus today !!
Life of Sir Isaac Newton; This is the book that the video on the Links page is based on. Written in 1831 by David Brewster. More info on Isaac Newton can be found here.
Here is a good explanation of the Newtonian Telescope
American Notes is a book written by Charles Dickens as diary notes of his visit to the USA in the 1860's. It provides well written impressions of life and society 150 years ago. I find that modern history books often spin events and people to fit our modern ideas. I often look for books written from different times and from both sides of conflicts or opinion.
American Notes audio version
Gulliver's Travels written by Jonathan Swift in 1726. Audio Version HERE. Mr. Swift is a satirical writer who is a very hard man to figure out. Some of his works seem very hard toward Religion while many are very endorsing of the gospel of Jesus Christ and a Biblical world-view. I have read many short biographies about the man and also read several of his works. I wish I had the chance to ask him a few questions in order to really understand his thoughts. Some of his writings are very, very good. He has a sermon called "the Difficulty of Knowing Ones-self". This sermon is really helpful to reveal our universal blindness to our own faults. Gulliver's Travels is a fictional account of a man who goes on four sea voyages and runs into four "races" of "people". The different types of people, represent various qualities that Mr. Swift saw in humanity in the 1600's- 1700's. The things he saw are still present with us today! Lord have mercy on us!! Many modern readers of books written in the 16th to the 18th century struggle to understand the authors or topics because the thinking was so different than our modern thinking today. One of the central differences is the Biblical understanding that God created the world, and that men are sinners and that Jesus died for our sins according to the scriptures. Mr. Swift in this book sees so many of the common follies in men of every trade and stature. The end of the book is a recognition that the chiefest of man's sins is pride. "I am not in the least provoked at the sight of a lawyer, a pickpocket, a colonel, a fool, a lord, a gamester, a politician, a whoremonger, a physician, a evidence, a suborner, an attorney, a traitor, or the like; this is according to the due course of things: but when I behold a lump of deformity and diseases (that is, us sinners), both in body and mind, smitten with PRIDE, it immediately breaks all the measures of my patience..." .
Mr. Swift very accurately diagnosed our main problem. The book is not for everyone, but if you are a thinker and have some time on your hands, then have a look at this book.
HERE are a few examples of Mr. Swifts sermons
Ray Comfort has many really good preaching messages. Please have a listen.
What Hollywood Believes
Hell's Best Kept Secrets
True and False Conversion
How to get on fire for God