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Books Read in 2011

Ernest Hemingway: The Complete Short Stories
Robert W. Oliver, Ed.: John Owen — The Man and His Theology
Sinclair B. Ferguson: John Owen on the Christian Life
J. I. Packer: A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life
J. I. Packer: God Has Spoken
Sinclair B. Ferguson: The Sermon on the Mount: Kingdom Life in a Fallen World

Books Read in 2010

Jerry Bridges: The Joy of Fearing God
R. V. G. Tasker: The General Epistle of James: An Introduction and Commentary
J. I. Packer: Knowing God
Janet Lewis: The Ghost of Monsieur Scarrone
J. C. Ryle: Expository Thoughts on Mark
Janet Lewis: The Trial of Soren Qvist
Janet Lewis: The Wife of Martin Guerre
Larry McMurtry: Sacajawea’s Nickname: Essays on the American West
Charles Hodge: Systematic Theology Vol. 2: Anthropology
Sinclair Ferguson: In Christ Alone
John W. Robbins: Ecclesiastical Megalomania
Charles Hodge: Systematic Theology Vol. 1: Theology
Henry Bettenson and Chris Maunder: Documents of the Christian Church
Andrew Sangpil Byon: Basic Korean: A Grammar and Workbook
Rosetta Stone Korean Level III
Rosetta Stone Korean Level II
Rosetta Stone Korean Level I
Rousas John Rushdoony: The One and the Many

Books Read in 2009

Sir Walter Scott: The Monastery
Rousas John Rushdoony: The Foundations of Social Order
Paul K. Jewett: Infant Baptism & the Covenant of Grace
John Murray: Principles of Conduct: Aspects of Biblical Ethics
John Bunyan: The Pilgrim’s Progress (6th? time)
John Murray: Redemption Accomplished and Applied (2nd reading)
John Milton: Paradise Lost
Sir Walter Scott: Kenilworth
T. S. Eliot: Christianity and Culture
Sir Walter Scott: The Fortunes of Nigel
John Buchan: Sir Walter Scott
Sir Walter Scott: Rob Roy
Sir Walter Scott: The Antiquary
Sir Walter Scott: Guy Mannering
Sir Walter Scott: Waverley
Sir Walter Scott: Ivanhoe
Sir Walter Scott: Old Mortality
Sir Walter Scott: The Heart of Midlothian
John Murray: The Epistle to the Romans
Clair Davies: The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook
Theodore Beza: The Life of John Calvin
J. Calvin: Commentary Upon the Book of Psalms, Vol. 1
J. Calvin: Commentary Upon the Book of Psalms, Vol. 2
J. Calvin: Commentary Upon the Book of Psalms, Vol. 3
J. Calvin: Commentary Upon the Book of Psalms, Vol. 4
J. Calvin: Commentary Upon the Book of Psalms, Vol. 5
W. Cleon Skousen: The 5000 Year Leap
T. H. L. Parker: John Calvin A Biography
Joel Beeke: “The Puritan Practice of Meditation”
Joel Beeke: The Quest for Full Assurance: The Legacy of Calvin and His Successors
Michael Jacobs & Hugh Palmer: The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence
Peter Mayle: Encore Provence
Stephen A. Speisman: The Jews of Toronto: A History to 1937

Books Read in 2008

Phyllis Bottome: Man and Beast (well-crafted short stories by a whacked Adlerian)
Loraine Boettner: The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination
Charlene Schurch: Sensational Knitted Socks
B. B. Warfield: Counterfeit Miracles
Loraine Boettner: The Millennium
William S. Lind, ed.: “Political Correctness:” A Short History of an Ideology This book is important because it traces the specific vectors from cultural Marxism and Freudian psychoanalysis to political correctness. Read or print the book from this link.
Jonah Goldberg: Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
Thomas Sowell: Economic Facts and Fallacies
John G. Paton: John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides
Gordon Clark: Colossians
Ronald C. White: Lincoln’s Greatest Speech
Thomas Sowell: Basic Economics
Mark Pendergrast: Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
Gordon Clark: A Christian View of Men and Things
Ronald S. Wallace: Calvin, Geneva and the Reformation

Books Read in 2007

Arnold Dallimore: George Whitefield
John Robbins: Slavery & Christianity
Thomas J. DiLorenzo: The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War
Gordon Clark: Clark Speaks from the Grave
B. B. Warfield: Faith & Life
Colleen Craig: Strength Training on the Ball
Pierre-Jakez Helias: The Horse of Pride: Life in a Breton Village
Charles Ray: The Life of Susannah Spurgeon
John Piper: The Hidden Smile of God
Marion Morrison: Uruguay
Hugh Martin: Jonah
Gordon Clark: Religion, Reason and Revelation
Jeremiah Burroughs: The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (I really have to nominate him Most Overrated Puritan.)
Michael Crichton: State of Fear
Walter Marshall: Gospel Mystery of Sanctification
Faith Cook: Lady Jane Grey: Nine Day Queen of England
John Piper: The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God’s Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin
Ronald S. Wallace: Calvin, Geneva and the Reformation
John Piper: The Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce
J. Gresham Machen: God Transcendent
Benjamin Keach: The Marrow of True Justification
John Owen: Vol. 4, The Work of the Spirit (I have now read The Works of John Owen, Vols. 1-6 & 10.)
Gordon Clark: Ephesians

Books Read in 2006

John Owen: Vol. 2, Communion with God
John Owen: Vol. 5, Faith and Its Evidences
R. C. Sproul: Not a Chance
R. L. Dabney: The Sensualistic Philosophy
Michael B. Yang: Reconsidering Ayn Rand
John Robbins: Without a Prayer: Ayn Rand and the Close of Her System
John Robbins: Christ and Civilization
John Robbins: Cornelius Van Til: The Man and the Myth
Gordon Clark: The Johannine Logos
Gordon Clark: Logical Criticisms of Textual Criticism
Richard Sibbs: An Exposition of 2 Corinthians 1:4

Continuously Reading

The Bible
Calvin’s Institutes
B. B. Warfield: Various works

15 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2007 2:57 pm

    From Marshall: “Those that know their natural deadness under the power of sin and Satan, are fully convinced, that if God leave them to their own hearts, they can do nothing but sin; and that they can do no good work, except it please God, of His great love and mercy, to work it in them (John 8:36; Phil. 2:13; Rom. 8:7,8). Therefore, that they may be encouraged and rationally inclined to holiness, they must hope that God will work savingly in them. Now, I leave it to considerate men to judge, whether such a hope can be well grounded, without a good persuasion of such a reconciliation and saving love of God to us, as does not depend on any precedent goodness of our works, but is a cause sufficient to produce them effectually in us?”

  2. January 27, 2007 2:44 pm

    From Marshall: “I need not concern myself with those that account that all have sufficient strength for a holy practice, because they can do their endeavor, that is, what they can do; for God requires actual fulfilling His commands. What, if by our endeavors we can do nothing in any measure according to the rule, shall the law be put off with no performance? And shall such endeavors be accounted sufficient holiness? And what if we cannot so much as endeavor in a right way? If a man’s ability were the measure of acceptable duty, the commands of the law would signify very little.”

    This may seem self-evident, but it is profound: We may not substitute our abilities for God’s requirements; we are not commanded to try, but to do. Fortunately, Jehovah tsidkenu; not, “my intentions are my righteousness.”

  3. February 10, 2007 4:20 pm

    Marshall: Direction 4.
    “The means or instruments by which the Spirit of God accomplishes our union with Christ, and our fellowship with Him in all holiness, are the gospel, by which Christ enters into our hearts to work faith in us, and faith, by which we actually receive Christ Himself, with all His fullness, into our hearts. And this faith is a grace of the Spirit, by which we heartily believe the gospel and also believe on Christ as He is revealed and freely promised to us in this, for all His salvation.”

  4. Bob Bingham permalink
    April 30, 2007 4:21 am

    I haven’t heard of John Robbins – will have to check his writing out. Looks like you have done some excellent reading. May I recommend Christian Zionism by Stephen Sizer? It is a real eye-opener to the background and influence of major figures in the millenial/dispensational/futurist school of interpretation.

  5. April 30, 2007 6:02 am

    Thank you, Bob; I appreciate anyone who goes to my Currently Reading page.

    There’s a link on my LINKS page to John Robbins’s organization, The Trinity Foundation. There you will find his books for sale, and also some excellent lectures on MP3. Dr. Robbins has dedicated his career to publishing and marketing the works of Christian philosopher, Dr. Gordon Clark, in addition to writing his own excellent books on history, economics, and theology.

    God keep you.

  6. Janet permalink
    August 18, 2007 5:29 pm


    You inspire me. I must get back to John Owen…he’s my favorite. Just got back from a 2-week vacation…knit a pair of socks on the road. They’re cute. I’ll show you if you come to Kirkland church.

  7. December 18, 2007 9:26 pm

    “God does not judge us on the basis of our results, but on the basis of our obedience.”

    –Gordon Clark: Ephesians, 1:22-23

  8. judy permalink
    January 7, 2008 6:38 am

    Given how we met, the Reconsidering Ayn Rand book jumped off the list at me. Is the author a Calvinist?

  9. January 7, 2008 6:55 am

    Michael Yang is at least Calvinistic; he totally deconstructs Rand, leaving no question that her epistemology had no rational basis at all. But Yang’s book is not nearly as good as John Robbins’s book.

  10. September 12, 2008 12:17 pm

    One very minor note per your books read in 2007. Gordon Clark is the author of Clark Speaks from the Grave, not John Robbins.

    Wonderful blog!

  11. September 12, 2008 1:10 pm

    Thanks, Sean; mea culpa and repaired. I owe much to my diligent readers.

    Gordon Clark is indeed the author of record and the author indeed of the essays in the book–odd as it sounds to be the author of one’s own post-mortem.

  12. September 12, 2008 1:44 pm

    FWIW some of Clark’s critics thought the book was written by Robbins. Which reminds me of a story Gordon Clark told as part of a warm up to a lecture he was about to give.

    The story goes something like . . .

    A retired professor was invited to give a talk.

    After the talk a woman asked if the talk had been published.

    The professor replied, “No Madam. I plan to have it published posthumously.”

    To which the woman exclaimed, “Oh good. I hope it comes out soon!”

  13. September 12, 2008 2:22 pm

    Sort of reminds me of Isaiah 37:36 (KJV):

    …and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

  14. zeusiswatching permalink
    November 20, 2009 5:54 pm

    Great to see another voracious reader. I spread out my book reading posts, but I keep them under the category “books”. I like, however, how you present year long lists. Whenever possible, I link the title of the book to a site where the text can be had or when the book can be purchased.

  15. November 20, 2009 6:48 pm

    You’re nicer than I am, to actually link the books. I have to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice-recognition software because of an RSI, and hyperlinking with WordPress is a pain because I have to do a lot of hand navigation. But that’s no excuse for not having done it in previous years :-)

    The books at the top of the list are the most recent that I’ve read, and the earlier in descending order.

    I’ll check in at your blog again and see what you’re voraciously reading!

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