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Featured Books outside of the bible that impacted your life

Discussion in 'Controversial Christian Theology' started by Jesus is YHWH, Nov 28, 2020.

  1. Jesus is YHWH

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    I'm having a discussion with another poster @Devin Hammond that I thought deserved its own thread. I know there are many people who do not believe in anything but scripture for learning about God so this thread might not be for you.

    Here are my top 10 off the top of my head that greatly impacted my life

    1) The Pursuit of God by AW Tozer
    2) The Knowledge of the Holy by AW Tozer
    3) Knowing God by Packer
    4) The Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer
    5) How to read the Bible for all its worth by Fee and Stuart
    6) The Gospel according to Jesus by MacArthur
    7) Pilgrims Progress by Bunyan
    8) Fox's Book of Martyrs by Fox
    9) Kingdom of the Cults by Martin
    10) Evidence that demands a verdict by McDowell

    What are your favorites ?
     
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    I have read and enjoyed....
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    John Bunyan's entire library at the Virginia Tech Library

    George Clark Rankin gave a lot of insight on the revival of the last age... And he talks about it in his writings!

    I passed my examinations and that year I was sent to the Wytheville Station and Circuit. That was adjoining my former charge. The circuit was a large one, comprising seventeen appointments. They were practically scattered all over the county. I preached every other day, and never less than twice and generally three times on Sunday.

    I had associated with me that year a young collegemate, Rev. W. B. Stradley. He was a bright, popular fellow, and we managed to give Wytheville regular Sunday preaching. Stradley became a great preacher and died a few years ago while pastor of Trinity Church, Atlanta, Georgia. We were true yokefellows and did a great work on that charge, held fine revivals and had large ingatherings.

    The famous Cripple Creek Campground was on that work. They have kept up campmeetings there for more than a hundred years. It is still the great rallying point for the Methodists of all that section. I have never heard such singing and preaching and shouting anywhere else in my life. I met the Rev. John Boring there and heard him preach. He was a well-known preacher in the conference; original, peculiar, strikingly odd, but a great revival preacher.

    The rarest character I ever met in my life I met at that campmeeting in the person of Rev. Robert Sheffy, known as "Bob" Sheffy. He was recognized all over Southwest Virginia as the most eccentric preacher of that country. He was a local preacher; crude, illiterate, queer and the oddest specimen known among preachers. But he was saintly in his life, devout in his experience and a man of unbounded faith. He wandered hither and thither over that section attending meetings, holding revivals and living among the people. He was great in prayer, and Cripple Creek campground was not complete without "Bob" Sheffy. They wanted him there to pray and work in the altar.

    He was wonderful with penitents. And he was great in following up the sermon with his exhortations and appeals. He would sometimes spend nearly the whole night in the straw with mourners; and now and then if the meeting lagged he would go out on the mountain and spend the entire night in prayer, and the next morning he would come rushing into the service with his face all aglow shouting at the top of his voice. And then the meeting always broke loose with a floodtide.

    He could say the oddest things, hold the most unique interviews with God, break forth in the most unexpected spasms of praise, use the homeliest illustrations, do the funniest things and go through with the most grotesque performances of any man born of woman.

    It was just "Bob" Sheffy, and nobody thought anything of what he did and said, except to let him have his own way and do exactly as he pleased. In anybody else it would not have been tolerated for a moment. In fact, he acted more like a crazy man than otherwise, but he was wonderful in a meeting. He would stir the people, crowd the mourner's bench with crying penitents and have genuine conversions by the score. I doubt if any man in all that conference has as many souls to his credit in the Lamb's Book of Life as old "Bob" Sheffey. - George Clark Rankin (The Life of George Clark Rankin)
     
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    In no particular order and definitely NOT limited to this brief brainstorm:

    An old illustrated children's book about God being everywhere.
    Peanuts by Charles Shultz
    Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
    Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
    Mary Poppins series by P.L. Travers
    Practically anything by Louisa May Alcott
    Multiple books by Thich Naht Hahn
    When God was a Woman by Merlin Stone
    What Paul Really said about Women by John Temple Bristow
    Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans
    The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For and Believe by Richard Rohr
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    An enormous number of fairy tales
    Angels by Billy Graham
    Sermons and Journal of John Wesley
    Raggedy Ann and Andy series by Johnny Gruelle
    Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
    Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
    Various writings from Henri Neuwan and Thomas Merton
    The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
    Half Truths by Adam Hamilton
    Revolution from Within by Gloria Steinem
    Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
    Mythology by Edith Hamilton
    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
    Many different cereal boxes and other miscellaneous written box labels and things along the way (I love reading and will read anything that's placed in front of me.)
    A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating
     
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    This reminds me...I went through a phase where I was memorably influenced by Hal Lindsey's Late Great Planet Earth. It did give me a lifelong interest in biblical prophecy in general.
     
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  8. Jesus is YHWH

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    I don't know how Spurgeon Treasury of David and CS Lewis Mere Christianity didn't make my list, now its a top 12 :)
     
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    1) The most eye-opening book, rare, out of print, that I own is "The Seed of Abraham" by Reformed Theologian Albertus Pieters.

    It gave me an understanding of Israel and the Jews far above any other book I've read on the subject.

    2) The Gospel Millennium and Obedience to Scripture by Robert Whitelaw. Also rare and mostly out of print. It is Amillennialism as easy to understand as it gets. Lists all prophecies and how God fulfilled them. A solid rebuttal of Dispensationalism.

    3) War and the Gospel by Jean Lasserre. Based on Christ's teachings about non-violence. Great info about Deitrick Bonhoeffer.

    4) The bondage of the Will by Martin Luther. An irrefutable argument against free will.

    5) Predestination by Gordon Clark from the Supralapsarian position.

    6) The Five Points of Calvinism by Thomas and Steele.

    7) The Prophecy of Daniel by E.J. Young

    8) Old version of Halley's Bible Handbook before Billy Graham bought up the rights and had it highly censored. Also rare and out of print.

    9) An Evaluation of claims to the Charismatic Gifts by Douglas Judisch (Lutheran LCMS) Totally destroys modern Pentecostalism's agenda.

    10) Great Prophecies of the Bible by Ralph Woodrow. Solid Historicist/Amillennial teaching easy to grasp.
     
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    Lockyers 21-volume "All" series of the bible is another good one. I picked it up in the mid 80's

    The meaning of the millennium by Clouse which gives the 4 views in another one worth reading.

    The Blessed Hope by Ladd as well .
     
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    Evolution, the lie. Ken Ham
     
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    That's an impressive list. . .my favorite is Packer's Knowing God.
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    Practice of the Presence of God
    by Brother Lawrence
    The Imitation of Christ
    by Thomas a Kempis
    Pilgrims Progress
    by John Bunyan
    Meditations
    by Marcus Aurelius
    and all the early Anabaptist writers
     
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  16. Jesus is YHWH

    Jesus is YHWH my Lord and my God ! Supporter

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    Some great books in your list !!
     
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    The Bible story 10 volume set. Great investment for the kids or the grandkids.

    https://www.amazon.com/BIBLE-STORY-Ten-Set/dp/0828012652

    This was my first contact with the gospel at age 7.
     
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    Oooh I can't believe I forgot Practice of the Presence of God on my list, considering that I talk about it ALL the time! Well I never claimed my mind worked in a straightforward manner. :)
     
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