In keeping with the grounding theme of this week, today I want to talk a little about why I do a Thursday Book Review. There’s really two reasons, the first is that I think we’re losing some of the best books from hundreds, and sometimes a thousand or so, years ago. Men gave their lives for Gods Word, we have the amazing blessing of reading about them, sometimes in their own words, with the capability we have today with technology. Over the last week I listened to two audio books written in the second century by believers who were personally trained by the Apostles. That’s amazing!
The second reason this is important is that there are major falsehoods being peddled today in mass, through modern book publishers and stores. When you can put a pagan book and a Joyce Meyers book side by side and have them be nearly identical, we’ve got some literary issues. It’s hard to keep up with all the wolves making merchandise off our brothers and sisters. Pointing them to good books with accurate theology can be a great place to start. Often times a non believer won’t hear the Gospel from you, especially if it’s a family member. Theologically sound books are an excellent way to bridge that gap as well.
As I mentioned, I was able to listen to a couple of audio books last week, and while I’m going to have to once again push back the review of David Brainerd’s Journal, I do want to recommend LibriVox. Beloved, this website is chalk full of free audio books that are in the public domain. This means many of our favorites, like Spurgeon, Calvin, Luther, Owens, Edwards, and Bunyan are available. You can download them and listen to them without internet, which certainly comes in handy during long trips to families houses for the holidays!
Obviously the most important thing we can read is the #1 best seller of all times, the Bible. Currently my list of books based on importance would go: Bible, Pilgrims Progress, David Brainerd’s Journal (which is why I’m so excited to review it!) then Foxes Book of Martyrs. I would love to hear what some of your favorites are, dear brethren. Many of your book reviews have been a tremendous blessing to me. I pray that you will all continue to grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As always, beloved friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.