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Pastor Pat's Recommended Reading List

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A LIFE OF INTEGRITY, Howard Hendricks

A TREASURY OF PRAYER, Leonard Ravenhill (1961)

CHARLES H. SPURGEON (London’s Most Popular Preacher), W.Y Fullerton (1966)

ENTHUSIASM MAKES THE DIFFERENCE, Norman Vincent Peale (1967)

EXPERIENCING GOD (Knowing and Doing The Will Of God), Henry & Richard Blackaby (2008)

*GEORGE WASHINGTON (A Life), Willard Sterne Randall (1997)

HOLY SPIRIT POWER, Charles Spurgeon

HUDSON TAYLOR AND THE CHINA INLAND MISSION THE GROWTH OF A SOUL, Dr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor (1911)

HUDSON TAYLOR AND THE CHINA INLAND MISSION THE GROWTH OF A WORK OF GOD, Dr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor (1918)

*JOHN ADAMS, David McCullough (2001)

JOHN PLOUGHMAN’S TALKS, C.H. Spurgeon

PRAYING SUCCESSFULLY, Charles Spurgeon (1977)

PURPOSE IN PRAYER, E.M. Bounds

*TEAM OF RIVALS (The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln), Doris Kearns Goodwin (2005)

*THE AMERICANIZATION OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Gordon S. Wood (2004)

THE CHRISTIAN’S SECRET OF A HAPPY LIFE, Hannah Whitall Smith

THE COMPETE WORKS OF E.M. BOUNDS ON PRAYER

THE HOLY SPIRIT, John Owen (Abridged and made easy to read by R.J.K. Law 1998)

THE MANAGEMENT METHODS OF JESUS (Ancient Wisdom for Modern Business), Bob Briner (1996)

THE MORTIFICATION OF SIN, John Owen (1656.  Abridged and made easy to read by Richard Rushing 2004)

THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, John Bunyan (1658)

THE PROBLEM OF PAIN, C.S. Lewis

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, C.S. Lewis

THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER, Dave Ramsey

VOICES FROM THE PAST (Puritan Devotional Readings), The Banner of Truth Trust, Edited by Richard Rushing

*  Represent books on US History

Books That Changed My Life

by Pastor Johnny Pope

of Christchurch Baptist Fellowship

            Paul said, "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine" (I Timothy 4:12, 13).  The great old apostle gives the admonition, “…give attendance to reading….” It’s a subtle, but definite message -- the way to be encouraged in our discipleship is to read profitable materials.  In other words, first and foremost, read the Bible and after that, read good books. 

            President Truman said, “Readers of good books, particularly books of biography and history, are preparing themselves for leadership. Not all readers become leaders. But all leaders must be readers. Many readers become historians and teachers. They are retiring, timid when publicity is involved, and are among the greatest assets to this republic.” (From a hand-written manuscript found in Truman's desk after he died, Post-Presidential Papers.) 

           Often times I am asked by church members and minister friends around the world what books helped shape, mold and guide me. This is not an exhaustive list, but I offer it to you, because lately I have been asked by more than one person for a listing of these books.  What a blessing to read!  It takes you places you’ve never been.  You have the privilege, through reading, to initiate a bonding of the mind with great thinkers of the past.  A good book can stir up your faith, give you ideas for life-change, and enhance your overall mental attitude.  The following are some of the most influential books that I recommend:

 

1. The Suffering Saviour Meditations on the Last Days of Christ

 F. W. Krummacher; Moody-Press, Chicago, 1947

 

2. The Holy Spirit Who He Is, and What He Does

R. A. Torrey; Fleming H. Revell

 

3. The Shadow of the Broad Brim (The Life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon Heir of the Puritans)

Richard Ellsworth Day; The Judson Press, 1934 *recently reprinted by Crown Christian Publications, Powell, TN

 

4. All of Grace

C. H. Spurgeon; Moody & Pilfeim

*Try to read it in Spurgeon’s Victorian/Puritan English; there has been an update to modern English. 

 

5. Why Revival Tarries

Leonard Ravenhill; Bethany Fellowship

 

6. The Pursuit of God

A. W. Tozer; Christian Publications, Inc. Harrisburg, PA

 

7. The Knowledge of the Holy

A.W. Tozer; Christian Publications, Inc. Harrisburg, PA

 

8. In His Steps

Charles M. Sheldon; Grosset & Dunlap

 

9. George Muller of Bristol

Arthur T. Pierson; Fleming H. Revell

 

10. David Brainerd, Beloved Yankee

David Wynbeek; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

 

11. The Real Billy Sunday

Elijah P. Brown; Larry Harrison, Christian Book Gallery

 

12. The Works of Thomas Brooks, (6 volumes) for a great sample: Heaven on Earth

Thomas Brooks; The Banner of Truth

 

13. The Pilgrim’s Progress

John Bunyan; Various publishers (get in original format, not up-dated English)

 

14. Charles G. Finney An Autobiography   

Charles Finney; Flemming H. Revell also Christian Book Gallery, St. John, IN

 

15. Stonewall Jackson

James I. Robertson; Macmillan Publishing

 

16. Screwtape Letters

C. S. Lewis; Macmillan Publishing

 

17. The Cross

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones; Crossway

 

18. Revival

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones; Crossway

 

19. Studies In The Sermon on The Mount

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

 

20. The Applause of Heaven

Max Lucado; Word

 

21. The Beatitudes

Thomas Watson; The Banner of Truth

 

22. The Ten Commandments

Thomas Watson; The Banner of Truth

 

23. The Mystery of Providence

John Flavel; The Banner of Truth

 

25. R. E. Lee

Douglas Southall Freeman; Charles Scribner’s & Sons

 

26. Autobiography of Peter Cartwright

Charles L. Wallis (Edited); Abingdon Press

 

27. E. M. Bounds On Prayer

E. M. Bounds; Whitaker House (among many others)

(All of his books, now in one volume - if possible get original edition, not up-dated English)

 

28. The Shepherd of The Hills

Harold Bell Wright; Bethany, most recent publisher

 

29. George Whitefield (The Life and Times of the great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival)

Arnold A. Dallimore; The Banner of Truth (and at one time) Crossway

 

30. Prayer, Asking and Receiving

John R. Rice; Sword of The Lord Publishers, 1942

 

31. Mornings On Horseback (the world of the Young Theodore Roosevelt)

David McCullough; Simon & Schuster

 

32. Rhapsody in Black (The Life Story of John Jasper)

Richard Ellsworth Day; Judson Press

 

33. Think and Grow Rich

Napolean Hill; Random House Publishing Group

 

34. The Luggage of Life

F.W. Boreham; Kregal Publications, Grand Rapids, MI

 

35. With Malice Toward None (A biography of Abraham Lincoln)

Stephen B. Oates; Harper/Perennial Publishers

 

36. Ordering Your Private World

Gordon MacDonald; Thomas Nelson

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