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Recommended Reading from Leonard Ravenhill

Leonard Ravenhill was a true man of God.  In his later years, brother Leonard would spend up to 9 hours a day in intercessory prayer.  His book, Why Revival Tarries?remains one of my favorite books along with his book, Revival Praying.  Brother Leonard was himself trained under Samuel Chadwick and was friends with A.W. Tozer.  He also discipled Keith Green.  His passion for God was known by many.  He is dearly missed.

This link will give you book titles you can get on your Kindle.  I would urge you to read them all.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

06/03/2013 at 10:58 AM

The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul

I highly recommend you to get a free copy of The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul for the Kindle.  This book is a wonderful book that explores the depths of the cross.  It is a book that each disciple should read in preparing for Resurrection Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  However, before we can celebrate the empty tomb, we should tremble at the cross as we recognize what our Savior did for our salvation (Galatians 1:4).

This deal will not last long.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/26/2013 at 10:05 AM

Short Thoughts on Reading Fiction

I use to think that reading fiction was a waste of time.  Why read books that are not real?  Why get into a story that has been made up in the minds of fallen flesh?  This was my mindset.  I would read only my Bible and mainly theology books with a few historical books sprinkled in there just for fun reading.

However, I now enjoy a few fiction books here and there.

It’s not that I have embraced fully fictional books.  I still would rather read something that is true such as the Bible (which is the inerrant and infallible Word of God) or theological works above a fictional book but I have found fictional book to be fun reading.  Fictional books can bring a little spice to your reading.  I will admit that sometimes my theological reading is more discipline than fun.  There are only a handful of books written by theologians that I have actually loved reading and, like a fiction work, could not put them down.  Robert Picirilli’s Grace, Faith, Free Will was such a book.  Roger Olson’s Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities was another.  John MacArthur’s The Gospel According to Jesus and his book, Charismatic Chaoswere such books.  Jack Cottrell’s What the Bible Says About God the Ruler was the best book I have ever read from an Arminian viewpoint on the subject of the sovereignty of God.  Dr. Vic Reasoner’s commentaries on Romans and Revelation are both books that I devoured.  R.C. Sproul’s The Holiness of God and J.I. Packer’s Knowing God were likewise excellent books.  Iain Murray’s books on revival are also books that I have enjoyed from a historical-theological point of view.

Fiction books are to be read like all other books besides the Bible and that by allowing Scripture to be our guide.  We are to test everything in comparison to what God has said in His Word (1 John 4:1).  Since the Bible alone is the God-breathed Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) and only the Bible is written by men of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21), we are to test all books (and everything else) through the lenses of Scripture.  Scripture faithfully reveals the mind of God.  When Scripture speaks, God speaks (see Galatians 3:8 where in Genesis 12:3 it is Yahweh who is speaking).

Why is fictional reading so fun?  Why does our flesh enjoy it so?  I think the reasons would vary of course but in my own life, fiction is a good break from the norm.  Fiction takes us into world’s that we create in our own minds.  Fiction creates people in our own minds who are not real and we can make them appear as we would like them to appear.  Fictional works (especially mysteries) take twists and turns that we would not be aware of.  That is how fictional authors keep your focus.

My general rule is that I read about 80% of my time from either God’s Word or theological books.  I spend another 10% reading history books.  I spend the final 10% reading a fictional work.  Typically I enjoy a good mystery or thriller.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/15/2013 at 9:09 PM

Reading

I once visited Leonard Ravenhill’s home in Lindale, Texas.  His house was full of books.  In his study were shelves full of books.  Ravenhill was a reader.  He often would read a chapter or more from books when some brethren would gather in his house for prayer.  He loved to read from the great saints of God such as Spurgeon, Bounds, Tozer (whom he was personal friends with before his death in 1963), Murray, Wesley, and many more.

Charles Spurgeon himself was an avid reader.  He read as many as five books a week!  He too had a personal library full of books.  Spurgeon loved to read commentaries and would spend hours reading over commentaries.  He had a photographic memory and would often walk into the pulpit to preach with little more than an outline and would recite from memory quotes from books that he had read or hymns.

Dr. Al Mohler is an avid reader.  He reads as many as ten books a week!

Dr. John MacArthur is an avid reader as well.  He has made it his custom to always reading a commentary, a book on theology, and sometimes a “hot” topic book on history, culture, etc.  His sermons show his love for commentaries and his love for theology.

I wish I could read like that.  On a good week I can read up to two books a week.  Typically I average one book.  I wish I could read more.  Time does not permit that for me.  I work a full-time job (mostly overnight) and am a full-time parent and husband not to mention my passion for the Lord Jesus.  I love to read though and would rather read than any other thing besides prayer.

With the modern technology we have now with Kindles and other e-readers, there is no excuse for not reading books.  I own a Kindle Fire and love my Kindle.  Each week there are literally hundreds of free books one can download.  I subscribe to a website that sends me updates about free books out there.  You can find many godly books for free and you can also read books from saints long gone such as E.M. Bounds, Albert Barnes, John Bunyan, etc.  I download as many free books as I can even if I don’t agree fully with the books or the authors.

Reading stretches your mind like nothing else.  Television makes you passive even if you are watching programs designed for learning.  Reading allows you to not just stretch your thinking but it also causes you to focus unlike television.  Reading fictional works allows you to create worlds and images that are only in your mind.  To read a book and then see the movie is often disappointing to me as the movie is never as good as the book and is nothing like I pictured in my mind (The Hobbit comes to mind).

Finally, it is interesting to me that God has chosen to faithfully reveal Himself and His Son and our salvation through a written book.  The Bible is a collection of 66 different books that faithfully reveals the truth of God and His Messiah.  God could have chosen to reveal His salvation to us through visions or dreams or through a picture in the sky but He chose to reveal Himself through His Word (John 20:31).  His Word is to be studied, memorized, applied, and taught to others (2 Timothy 3:15-4:3).  The Word sanctifies us (John 17:17) and His Word cuts us (Hebrews 4:12).  His Word is how we defeat the lies of Satan (Ephesians 6:17).  His Word is how we know we are disciples of Jesus (John 8:31-32).  His Word is how we grow in the Lord (Psalm 1:1-3; 2 Peter 3:18).  We are to long for His Word (1 Peter 2:2).  We are not to add to His Word nor take away from it (Revelation 22:18-19).  The Word is vital to knowing Christ and preaching His truth.  How important it is then to spend time reading the Bible above all other books.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

01/14/2013 at 3:27 PM

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Books To Spark Your Prayer Life

Here are a few titles that I highly recommend on prayer to spark a passion in your life to pray.  All true disciples of Jesus know that we should pray (Matthew 6:5) and that prayer makes a difference (Luke 11:1-13; James 5:16) but so few of us take the words of our Lord to heart (Luke 18:1).  These books can help you see your desperate need for God and how wonderful it is to seek His face.  The wicked are those who do not seek His face (Psalm 10:4).  May that not be true of us!

Most of these titles are linked for the Kindle.  They are all inexpensive but the Kindle formats are very cheap and worth purchasing.  Again, I would urge you to get a Kindle.  You’ll be amazed at the large amount of books that you will able to purchase for less than a dollar.

1.  Why Revival Tarries? by Leonard Ravenhill.

2.  Revival Praying by Leonard Ravenhill.

3.  The Path of Prayer by Samuel Chadwick.

4.  The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer.

5.  How To Pray by R.A. Torrey.

6.  The Valley of Vision edited by Arthur Bennett.

7.  Prayer by John Bunyan.

8.  Soul of Prayer by P.T. Forsyth.

9.  The Pastor in Prayer by Charles Spurgeon.

10.  The Spirit Helps Us Pray: A Biblical Theology of Prayer by Robert Brandt and Zenas Bicket.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/19/2012 at 11:13 AM

Go And Sin No More by Dr. Michael Brown

Go and Sin No MoreDr. Brown's book is one of the best books I have ever read on holiness.  Dr. Brown leaves you longing for holiness, aware of the grace of God in helping us be holy, and his book is a biblical call to forsake sin, forsake abusing the grace of God (Jude 4) and a call to be what God has called all His people to be, holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).  The book, on the one hand, is a very convicting book as Dr. Brown leads the reader to see that God calls us to holiness.  There is no escaping this fact (Hebrews 12:14).  But how can we be holy in a fallen, sinful world?  The book offers suggestions from the Word of God to help us be holy.

I have read many books on holiness and this is one of the best.  It is now available for purchase for the Kindle and I would encourage you to get a copy.  You will be challenged.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/22/2012 at 10:54 AM

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