A Piety Above the Common Standard: Jesse Mercer and Evangelistic Calvinism, Anthony Chute
Mercer was a pivotal nineteenth-century Baptist leader in the South. One of several books I have been reading lately on historic Baptist figures as I try to bulk up on my Baptist history.
The Life and Ministry of Hezekiah Smith
Pastor in Haverhill, MA, and chaplain to the Continental Army during the American War for Independence.
Thoughts on Religious Experience, Archibald Alexander
Alexander is essentially the father of Old Princeton Seminary. This book contained some rich pastoral and theological reflections on various aspects of Christian experience, from conversion to the death of a believer. There were also many long selections from old writers in here that I thought could have been trimmed down a bit.
Oxford Guide to Library Research, Thomas Mann
My head is still spinning after this detailed course in library research.
Life of John Gano, John Gano
Brief autobiographical account of another great colonial-era Baptist minister.
Mr. Standfast, John Buchan
A fantastic adventure story, set in WWI, in a series about a man named Richard Hanney that includes the 39 Steps and Greenmantle. Great insights into courage, perseverance, and friendship. Recommended!
Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
I had never read this modern classic on temptation and spiritual warfare before. Some gems sprinkled throughout.