Read for the Lord Sequel List
1 The Soul Winner – C. H. Spurgeon
288 pages, paperback, Whitaker
Here is the incomparable liveliness and humour of Spurgeon on his favourite subject. Every believer has a part in the great harvest of souls, and this is stimulating reading. All who witness for Christ, and especially message-preparers, will be really glad that they read this. A tremendous start to this Sequel List.
2a The Lord Gave the Word – Malcolm H. Watts
28 pages, booklet, TBS
Subtitled – A Study in the History of the Biblical Text. The author sets out to show why the Authorised Version remains ‘the best English translation of God’s infallible and inerrant Word’. This is the story of early Bible manuscripts and how they have been copied. All who are faithful to the Bible need to be well-informed about this.
2b The Power of Prayer Meetings – Peter Masters
26 pages, booklet, Sword & Trowel
Shows why corporate prayer is commanded by Christ and given unique promises. Includes practical advice on the form of the meeting, and the style and content of prayer. An appendix shows why women should participate.
3 George Whitefield – Arnold Dallimore
224 pages, paperback, Wakeman
People often ask, ‘Who is George Whitefield?’ which is sad, as he was possibly the greatest preacher of all, since Bible times. This is a first-choice biography because it gives a moving picture of Whitefield and of the outpourings of power witnessed in the great revival in both Britain and America. It does not duck the troubles, and will therefore help promote maturity in the reader.
4 The Bible on the Life Hereafter – William Hendriksen
222 pages, paperback, Wakeman
This outstanding work consists of fifty very short, crystal-clear chapters, each answering a frequently asked question such as – Shall we recognise one another in Heaven? What is the millennium? Immensely helpful to the bereaved, and perfect for study groups and classes.
5 Handbook of Revivals for the Use of Winners of Souls – Henry Fish
279 pages, paperback, Counted Faithful
This famous book defines revival, and surveys the occurrence of revivals in history. It includes considerable advice for practical outreach. There is nothing quite like this for stirring up a concern for vigorous evangelism.
6 The Dark Side of Christian Counselling – E. S. Williams
155 pages, paperback, Wakeman
In this book medical doctor Ted Williams challenges the claims of today’s Christian counsellors, giving a clear-cut and interesting overview of the counselling movement. His survey of the careers and teaching of the giants of secular psychology, the pillars of its ‘faith’, is unique. Nowhere else are these great names so clearly critiqued from a Christian point of view, and their militant atheism laid bare. Yet these are the heroes of new Christian counselling.
7 Names of God – Nathan Stone
159 pages, paperback, Moody
Twelve Old Testament names of God are explained with devotional application. This is a very moving and encouraging way to learn more about the wonderful ways in which God keeps, protects and strengthens His people.
8 The Tragedy of Compromise – Ernest D. Pickering
184 pages, paperback, BJUP
This takes us further into the greatest threat to biblical Christianity this century. New evangelicalism continues to swallow up British believers because they have not heard of it. Personalities are here named, as are movements, seminaries and magazines supportive of the new outlook. This book is essential for discernment.
9 Communion with God – John Owen, edited by R. J. K. Law
209 pages, paperback, Banner
Dr Law has made Owen’s weighty and powerful thoughts clear and readable. This book covers all aspects of communion with each person of the Godhead. A magnificent read.
10 Compassion for Souls – Peter Masters
99 pages, paperback, Wakeman
The Saviour employed quite different strategies when speaking to different kinds of unbeliever, and these may be adopted by us. How should we witness so as to arouse people who are spiritually indifferent, or self-righteous, or atheistic? Here is advice from the methods of the Lord.
11 PsychoHeresy – Martin & Deidre Bobgan
259 pages, paperback, Eastgate
Are we in the dark about what psychologists do, even in Christian counselling? The Bobgans’ books have made a huge impact, stimulating evangelical concern about the use of psychotherapies. This is packed with information about the myths of psychology. (Anyone thinking of studying psychology should take this on board.)
12 Worship or Entertainment? – Peter Masters
100 pages, paperback, Wakeman
This book presents four essential principles laid down by Christ and strongly reaffirmed at the Reformation. It is surely by these that all new ideas should be assessed. Here also is a fascinating view of how they worshipped in Bible times, including their rules for the use of instruments, and the question is answered: what does the Bible teach about the content and order of a service of worship today?
13 The Momentous Event – W. J. Grier
128 pages, paperback, Banner
The Lord’s return, and how to interpret prophecy, are compelling subjects. This little book sets out the Bible’s own rules for understanding prophecies, and corrects many wrong ideas about the Saviour’s second coming. Readers also have Daniel’s mysterious seventy weeks unravelled for them.
14 The Necessity of Sunday Schools – Peter Masters & Malcolm H. Watts
Currently out of print.
We must know why we should make a priority of Sunday Schools, because some preachers – astonishingly – have now turned against them! This is about the effectiveness of evangelistic Sunday Schools operated on a large scale. It gives proof that child evangelism is commanded in Scripture, and gives advice and encouragement for the opening or enlargement of Sunday Schools.
16 Not Like Any Other Book: Interpreting the Bible – Peter Masters
161 pages, paperback, Wakeman
A new approach to interpretation has gripped many evangelical seminaries and Bible colleges, an approach based on the ideas of unbelieving critics. This reveals what is happening, providing examples of right and wrong interpretation, and showing that the Bible includes its own rules of interpretation, and we should know what these are.
17 The Work of the Holy Spirit – Octavius Winslow
223 pages, paperback, Banner
It is time to read a substantial yet moving work on the place of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Readers will learn so much from this book that they will honour and depend upon the Holy Spirit as never before.
18 Faith, Doubts, Trials and Assurance – Peter Masters
139 pages, paperback, Wakeman.
Ongoing faith is essential for answered prayer, effective service, spiritual stability and real communion with God. This book answers many questions about faith, such as – How may we assess the state of our faith? How can faith be strengthened? How should doubts be handled? How can we tell if troubles are intended to chastise or to refine? What can be done to obtain assurance? Can a believer commit the unpardonable sin? Exactly how is the Lord’s presence felt? Dr Peter Masters provides answers, with much pastoral advice, drawing on Scripture throughout.
19 The Greatest Hoax on Earth? – Sarfati, Jonathan
336 pages, paperback, Creation Book
This volume is a direct response to Richard Dawkins’ latest work – The Greatest Show on Earth, subtitled, ‘The Evidence for Evolution’. The dismantling of Dawkins found in this book is both formidable and convincing. We enthusiastically endorse it as immensely God-glorifying for believers, and as being informative and challenging to newcomers to this debate.
20 Five English Reformers – J. C. Ryle
156 pages, paperback, Banner
The book begins with the question, ‘Why were our reformers burned?’ Here are biographies of John Hooper, Rowland Taylor, Hugh Latimer, John Bradford and Nicholas Ridley. In warm, compelling style, Ryle describes the truths they died for and the great features of their Christian lives.
21 Prayer – John Bunyan
172 pages, paperback, Banner
This is two books in one – Praying in the Spirit (written in Bedford gaol), and The Throne of Grace published after Bunyan’s death. These contain numerous ‘nuggets of gold’ to help prayer and to solve many of its problems.
22 The Life and Diary of David Brainerd – Jonathan Edwards
384 pages, paperback, Baker
(1718-47) ‘Chiefly extracted from his diary’ by Edwards, the life of this truly selfless missionary will be a challenge and inspiration to all readers. Here we are reading a notable classic. (A bonus is that it contains a biography of Jonathan Edwards.)
23 The Inspiration & Authority of Scripture – Rene Pache
349 pages, paperback, Sheffield Publishing, reprinting
This is the best and most readable presentation of its subject. Every believer should be able to define, for example, plenary and verbal inspiration. These and all other aspects of Scripture are engagingly set out by a great teacher. Pastors will want to prescribe this – a basic book for all believers.
24 A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith – Robert L. Reymond
1,210 pages, cloth, Nelson
Portion Selected: Pages 623-801 (chapters 17, 18, 19): The Cross Work of Christ
This last book on the Sequel List launches the reader into a major systematic theology book. The portion chosen will fire the reader to tackle other portions. In a comment about this work Dr Albert N. Martin particularly notes the way in which the author proceeds from Scripture passages to unfold and prove the doctrines, while most other writers in this field have tended to start with the doctrines and provide the proof texts afterwards.
Dr Reymond is a Presbyterian and this obviously affects his treatment of the Church and Baptism. Nevertheless, this book is magnificent. It is surely the best single-volume systematic theology available today. To read a work such as this advances the reader into a new level of appreciation of the Lord and His ways, strengthening the soul, increasing praise, and equipping the mind for service.