RECOMMENDED READING

RECOMMENDED READING


Murray, Andrew. How To Bring Your Children To Christ. Springdale: Whitaker House, 1984. ISBN 0-88368-135-8. This book was written by a man of God who experienced true Revival in his ministry. He’s known for his humble holy life in fellowship with God and for his many devotional books on the victorious Christian life. His life and many godly descendants testify to the truth of what he wrote in this book – which deals in 31 chapters with key Biblical principles of raising children for Christ. In this practical Biblical guide to parenting, Andrew Murray shows the essential qualities of being a parent who loves the Lord. He also shows how to build your family in the Lord, alleviate stressful family situations, direct your children’s steps, see the needs of your family met, obtain the fulfilment of God’s promises, offer godly advice to your children, and lead you children to Salvation. In it you will find Biblical advice and God’s promises on how you can (through God) shape and mould the lives of your children for Him and for eternity.  

Carmichael, Amy. Kohila (The Shaping of an Indian Nurse). Madurai: Alleluia Print Services, 2001 (1939). ISBN 81-901277-0-5. Order from: The Dohnavur Fellowship, D – 627 102, Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu, South India. In this book “Amma” (Mother) or Amy tells the true story of a young girl that was saved from a forced life of evil in a temple of Satan in South India. It shows how she was taught and shaped by God (through Amma and others). Many principles of rasing children (in God’s way) are highlighted and illustrated. Deep spiritual truths are revealed.

Bagster, Samuel. Daily Light. London: Samuel Bagster & Sons Ltd., 1975. ISBN 575061L02.
This book contains daily morning and evening scripture readings, grouped around a certain theme-verse. It is only the Word speaking. Excellent for personal and family devotions.


Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim’s Progress (Part 1 & 2). Springdale: Whitaker House, 1973. ISBN 0-88368-096-3. Charles Spurgeon said that he had read this book more than a hundred times! It is a spiritual classic that describes (with a very rich reference to Biblical pictures and verses) the journey of the Christian (Pilgrim) from the City of Destruction (the world) to the Celestial City (heaven). The temptations, trials, triumphs, failures, friends and enemies (and much more) he meets on the road are similar to what every Christian may face in his own journey to heaven. The second part of the book deals with the journey his wife (Christiana) and children undertook (afterwards) in following him.

Bunyan, John (1628-1688). The Holy War. New Kensington: Whitaker House, 1985. ISBN 0-88368-706-2. Few books have shown me Christ as this one. Written by the author of “The Pilgrim’s Progress”, it shows in allegorical way, the battle that rages for the town of Mansoul. El Shaddai built this town (of man’s soul) for him and his Son, Emmanuel. They put a wall around the city that can be entered only through one of the sense-gates (eye-gate, ear-gate, etc, as the gates are opened from within. The heart-castle in the centre of the town was for them to inhabit, to the benefit of the inhabitants and the glory of El Shaddai. Diabolus and his evil hordes seek though to capture the city, break down El Shaddai’s image and kingdom, enslave the inhabitants and establish their reign of darkness. Many important principles of spiritual warfare and repentance and godly living are vividly portrayed.

Murray, Andrew. Reaching your World for Christ (originally: The State of the Church). New Kensington: Whitaker Press, 1997. ISBN 0-88368-500-0. This is one of the most important books that Andrew Murray wrote. He personally read it repeatedly, even to his old age. It deals with the state of the church, and therefore with the spiritual state of each Christian and family. He shows how the state of the home church determines the state of the mission church, and how the state of the church is determined by the state of the members (the Christians). He makes an urgent heartfelt plea that we’ll not say “peace, peace” when there’s no peace, that we’ll see our lack of spiritual power, the lack of the supernatural power of God in our lives and churches, the lack of true conversions, the lack of prayer, the lack of holiness, the lack of revival, and the resultant slack obedience to “go and make disciples of all the nations”. He also points out the remedy, through the valley of decision, through conviction, contrition, confession, and consecration, and through prayer and the supernatural working of the Holy Spirit of God – filling his children to overflowing.
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