I love this book, Athanasius (A fourth-century church father) is explaining Christ was fully man, yet fully God, and he begins where every good apologist begins, the creation. I have been so blessed by the Historical Theology lectures I wrote about here, not just by the lectures but also by the reading material suggested. Books, and believers, I’ve never even heard of, like Athanasius of Alexandria.
In this book, he is essentially addressing the atheist, agnostic, and heretic of his day. The shocking thing is to realize not much has changed in those areas. As Solomon wisely noted, there is nothing new under the sun. The attack of the enemy on the truth of Gods Word is the same, it merely gets renamed from generation to generation.
It’s fascinating as well to see how the early church viewed Christ’s deity. I recommend this book for anyone studying church history, church fathers, or Christ’s deity. This book is in the public domain, which means you can find a copy of it online or you can purchase a relatively low-cost Kindle version, and it’s also available in audio book for free. Be blessed beloved, and as always, be good Bereans studying to show yourselves approved!
Saturday I posted a lecture on historical theology which you can see Here. In that lecture Dr. Busenitz lists several awesome resources, one of them is Clement of Rome’s Letter to the Corinthians.
Clement was, himself, taught by the Apostle Paul, which makes his letter a fascinating insight into the early church mindset. As a caveat, Clement of Rome is referred to by the Catholic Church as a pope. This is not historical, or accurate, as you can tell when you read Clements work.
This book is in the public domain, so you can find a free PDF online, an audio version on YouTube, or a kindle version on Amazon. I strongly recommend this book to every believer! It’s also a great rescourse for anyone looking into the history of the church. As always, beloved friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved!
A Book Review Of Around The Wicket Gate by Charles Spurgeon
Around the Wicket Gate by Charles Spurgeon is a Book he wrote addressing those who are nearly saved but for varies, reasons have yet to enter the ‘Wicket Gate’. I adore John Bunyons The Pilgrims Progress, and happily enjoyed Spurgeon’s use of the allegory. Through out the book, he adds little bits of pieces of the characters and adventures, all the while imploring the reader to into the gate.
This book was published in 1890 and is now in the public domain. This means you can either buy a copy for yourself, enjoy a PDF version online, or hear an audible version of it. We travel none stop, so I appreciate the Kindle version of books. However I do have a running list of books I want in my future library, this book is on that list.
A dear, sweet part of this book was when he referenced the ‘technology’ of his time in comparison with their great, great grandparents. The point he was making was that it would be difficult for his grandparents to trust him when it came to little pieces of wood that make fire (matches) or getting on a train or sending telegrams. I thought this was such a beautiful illustration of how we need to trust in the Lord and a neat way to be brought back to his time period.
I recommend this book to everyone who knows someone hanging out ‘around the Wicket Gate’. The simplicity with which he explains the gospel is both profound, and accurate.
The Ultimate Proof of Creation was written by Dr. Jason Lisle, Director of Research for the Institute for Creation Research. This book, published in 2009, is not your ordinary book on creationism. It’s an interesting perspective on the way we approach apologetics in the debate of origins. Dr. Lisle uses a unique mixture of logic and evidence to expand the discussion of creationism. In this book he lays out logical fallacies on both sides of the debate, along with giving a clear and concise apologetic, and teaching the reader to do so as well.
Dr. Lisle has his PhD in Astro-physics, along with other degrees, making him one of many scientists who believe in biblical creation. The Ultimate Proof of Creation is also a lecture he gives, which can be found on YouTube HERE. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about defending creationism.
Today I’m going to review another Charles Spurgeon book. All of Grace was the first book, besides the Bible, that I listened to the audio version of. I thought it would make an excellent way to pass time during a long drive. It turned out to be such a beautiful book that I was often brought to tears! Perhaps not the best book to listen to while driving, but a fantastic read all the same.
Spurgeon has quickly become my favorite writer, and this book is no different. It was written by the Prince of Preachers as a plea to the unsaved. It so warmly, and affectionately, calls to the lost while effectually warning of the dangers in ignoring such a call.
I highly recommend this book to all Spurgeon fans (as if you hadn’t already read it) and to anyone working through their salvation through fear and trembling!!!
A book review of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs or a History of the Lives, Sufferings, and Triumphant Deaths of the Primitive Protestant Martyrs by John Foxe.
Today I’m going to be writing a review on Foxe’s Book of Martyrs or a History of the Lives, Sufferings, and Triumphant Deaths of the Primitive Protestant Martyrs by John Foxe. Originally titled Actes and Monuments of these Latter and Perillous Days, Touching Matters of the Church, now well known by the first title, was published first published in 1554 in Latin. A revised, English version was published in 1563. I admit to not being finished with this book, but too impatient to wait the decade or so it will take me to finish it, to write a review.
This book is a historical refutation to the modern word of faith movement. The idea that God wants His people healthy and wealthy, that we should name it and claim it, flies in the face of the historical persecution the body of Christ has endured. Throughout Christ’s ministry, He warned of what following Him would cost.
John Foxe was not just a church historian but also a martyrologist. He faced his own fair share of persecution, including being abandoned by his family, fired from his job, and eventually forced to flee his hometown. He lived, and wrote, during the time of Reformation.
I recommend this book to anyone studying church history, or persecution in the church. It begins with the early church persecution and stretches through to the persecution during the Reformation. I want to highlight here that many brothers and sisters who were martyred died with scripture, praise, or a hymn on their lips.
As always friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.
A book review of C. H. Spurgeon’s The Soul Winner.
The Soul Winner: How to Lead Sinners to the Savior by C. H. Spurgeon was published in 1895 shortly after the author’s death. This book, this book…how can I possibly describe it? It’s not taken out, it’s a five-star restaurant. It’s the type that you sit and eat slowly, enjoying every precious bite. Read this book with pen and paper, you’ll want to take notes. Rarely is there a book I enjoy to read so thoroughly that I immediately plan to read it again once I’m done. This is one of those books. It should be in the study of every church leader, parent, teacher, or human being. If you know anyone who is unsaved you should read this book. If you have children, you need this book.
It’s written for students, so it reads much like a lecture. Spurgeon has a way of explaining things that I haven’t heard or seen in our times. He doesn’t over complicate matters or reaches outside of Biblical boundaries. Like many of the old books I’ve reviewed, this book is available on the Kindle app and is very inexpensive on Amazon. I hope you’ll all enjoy this book as much as I did, and if you can, make sure your pastor finds himself with a copy.
Yesterday I showed Spurgeon’s testimony in his own words, it might be beneficial to read that here before you read his book. I’ve also reviewed several other Christian books if you would like to read more you can here, here, or here. I’m also always looking for great Christian books to read, so feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below.