02 June 2005

Book Suggestions

The editor with one of the Christian publications I write for recently asked for some book recommendations/favorites. I have so many favorites, its hard to keep this under a small book in itself! Anyway, off the top of my head, here are a few "must reads" -

On LawChristianity and the Constitution by John Eidsmoe. Excellent apologia to support the argument that our Nation’s founders were predominantly Christian. Exposes many myths propagated by the media elite. Worth quoting from the book: “…the founding fathers did not see themselves as radicals trying to overthrow the existing order to create something new. Rather, they saw themselves as conservatives defending the traditional order and the ancient rights of Englishmen against the recent encroachments of the English monarch.”

On HistoryStonewall Jackson – The Man, The Soldier, The Legend by Dr. James I. Robertson. Outside the Bible, the best book I’ve ever read. A fascinating read and one that reveals the vibrant and active faith that Jackson had in the Lord Jesus Christ. Truly a must read for all students of the War Between the States and American History. Worth quoting from the book: “Thomas Jonathan Jackson’s walnut bookcase at the Virginia Historical Society contains six shelves filled with volumes he collected. Almost in the center of the case stand three works side by side. The one in the middle is John Gibbon’s The Artillerist’s Manual; on the left is the Holy Bible; on the other side is Philip Bennet Power’s ‘I Will’: Being the Determination of the Man of God. These three books, positioned as they are, epitomize the life of General ‘Stonewall’ Jackson: a man of arms surrounded by the tenets of faith.”

Also, Born FightingHow the Scots-Irish Shaped America by James Webb. You will never fully comprehend American history until you understand and appreciate the providential contributions of the Scots-Irish. Written by a true warrior-poet.
Worth quoting from the book: “The Scots-Irish were the cultural antithesis of those who had founded New England” and “Their answer, then as now, was to tell the Eastern Establishment to go to hell.”

On EconomicsWealth and Poverty and The Spirit of Enterprise, both by George Gilder. While not expressly Christian, these are true masterpieces on economic theory, yet very readable. Worth quoting from Wealth and Poverty: “The only dependable route from poverty is always work, family, and faith. The first principle is that in order to move up, the poor must not only work, they must work harder than the classes above them. Every previous generation of the lower class has made such efforts. But the current poor, white even more than black, are refusing to work hard.”

On PhilosophyThe Southern Tradition at BayA History of Postbellum Thought by Richard Weaver. Part history, part philosophy, explores in depth the agrarian mindset and paleo-conservative thought - should be required reading for every man and woman in America. Worth quoting from the book: “…chivalry, a romantic idealism closely related to Christianity, which makes honor the guiding principle of conduct. Connected with this is the ancient concept of the gentlemen.”

On Theology – Everything A. W. Tozer has ever written. Personal favorite, The Pursuit of God. Worth quoting from the book: “The voice of God is a friendly Voice. No one need fear to listen to it unless he has already made up his mind to resist it.”

Off the Beaten Path – An autobiography by William E. Hatcher, LL.D. titled, Along the Trail of the Friendly Years. Hatcher is one of the most influential, yet least known Southern Baptist preachers of the 19th century. Prolific writer, pastor, and founder of Fork Union Military Academy (still in operation), Hatcher is perhaps best known for his biography of the great slave preacher, John Jasper. Hatcher’s autobiography gives a wonderful insight into antebellum and postbellum Virginia and how different and more vibrant Christianity was in those days. Worth quoting from the book: “They told my brother and myself that she [Hatcher’s mother] used much of her dying breath in praying that we might be ministers and in that way it seems she entered as a silent factor among the forces which set for us the course of life.”

1 comment:

Aakash said...

Thank you for these suggestions. I have some of my own up, at one of the recent posts at my blog (I think it's dated for July 3rd, and it's before my Independence Day-related posts). Also, many bloggers have recently been doing the "tagging" thing, with book-related questions; have you seen those types of entries? I may end up participating in that, some time in the future.

I think that I posted a comment here once before, when I found your blog, listed at Aw, Shucks, along with mine. Keep up the good work with all that you are doing, and:

Happy Independence Day!!