Reading the Classics in 2018

“Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God”   – A.W. Tower

Reading is a great way to stimulate your faith towards growth, especially when reading old books. I have learned more from dead guys than anyone else. Reading books from a bygone time when  social media distractions and the dizziness of entertainment overload were a non issue is a great way to stimulate both the mind and the heart towards God. Concerning old books, C.S. Lewis wrote, “Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period… The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books.”

In 2018, I am starting a new book club for anyone interested in reading some of the great  devotional classics of the Christian faith that have stood the test of time.  Each month we will tackle a different spiritual classic and gather at the end of the month for coffee and discussion. Each person will be responsible for securing a copy of each title on their own. However, I also hope to have at least one copy available in the Crestmont church library. Here is the list for those wishing to get a head start.

January – The Pursuit of God (A.W. Tozer)

February – The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis)

March – Why Revival Tarries (Leonard Ravenhill)

April – Holiness (J.C. Ryle)

May – With Christ in the School of Prayer (Andrew Murray)

June – The Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom)

July – Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret – (Hudson Taylor)

August – Pilgrim’s Progress (John Bunyan)

September – A Testament of Devotion (Thomas Kelly)

October – Life Together (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

November – Confessions (Augustine)

December – A Little Book on the Christian Life (John Calvin)



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