Words From My Father (Part 3)

My dad loves to read. One of my best childhood memories is seeing my dad read his Bible at the dinner table everyday. He was always reading, no matter where he went he always had a book. Here are some of his thoughts on the types of books you need in your library.

A Legacy of Books

“And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭12:9-14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

This work is lengthy the verse reference is Ecc. 12:9-14. Over thirty years in the making of my library and now over 1,000 books and they cry out to me…read me, read me and (I) will be your friend. Give me 20 minutes of your time n I can determine what and who influences you. Honestly, I. Have read about 300 of my books and I have at least 300 friends.

Now some thoughts about books to obtain for your library.

1. A Dictionary. May I suggest Webster’s 1828 Dictionary about $60. You will not go wrong. He defines many words using the KJV in definition support.

2. Autobiographies and biographies. Your imagination will be truly be opened to places, times, and events of those lives you read about.

3. Leadership, Time Management, and Organization. We are all leaders but yet we are all followers. Motivation falls under leadership so stir your directions.

4. Questions and answers. Be cautious in obtaining books of authors who spin heresy and un-biblical advice.

5. US History. Today’s history books have removed facts and events, so go back to the 50’s and 60’s for these. Also take time to read the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. These are the bedrock documents of this great country.

6. Bible and Baptist History. Again, I would use caution to avoid heresy and confusion.

7. Poetry and an old fashion songbook. We are commanded to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. He wants us to sing and shout

Here are some book places.

Larry Harrison Christian Book Gallery (219) 743-1845

Gullions Online

Revival Fires Publications

Solve Church Problems

North Valley Baptist Church Publications

Striving Together Publications

Sword of the Lord

Hyles Publications

We we’re blessed to have a Bookstore ministry at our church. I realize that we are consumed with digital works and now e-books, but to hold a book in your hands gives it more distinction.

May God bless,

Doug Hutton

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