1. Biblical Warning and Exhortation
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Colossians 2:8
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Proverbs 6:27
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. Psalm 101:3
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Galatians 6:8
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. I Thessalonians 5:21
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
2. Echoes from Glory
THOU AND THY HOUSE
There is, I should say, a very serious error involved in a Christian parent's committing the training of his children to unconverted persons, or even to those whose hearts are not one with him as to separation from the world. It is natural that a child should look up to, and follow, the example of, one who has the training and management of him. Now, what can a teacher make of a child, save what he is himself? What principles can he instill, save those which govern his own mind, and form the basis of his own character? The same principle applies to the reading of books. A book is decidedly a silent teacher and former of the mind and character; if I am called to look well to the character and the principles of the living teacher, I am equally so to look to those of the silent teacher. I am quite convinced that in reference both to books and teachers we need to have our consciences stirred and instructed. C.H. Mackintosh (1820-1896)
However strong and exalted your character, never read a bad book. By the time you get through the first chapter you will see the drift. If you find the marks of the hoofs of the devil in the pictures, or in the style, or in the plot, away with it. You may tear your coat, or break a vase, and repair them again, but the point where the rip or fracture took place will always be evident. It takes less than an hour to do your heart a damage which no time can entirely repair. Look carefully over your child's library; see what book it is that he reads after he has gone to bed, with the gas turned upon the pillow. Do not always take it for granted that a book is good because it is a Sunday school book. As far as possible, know who wrote it, who illustrated it, who published it, who sold it. T. DeWitt Talmage (1832-1902)
There are some so-called Christian homes today with books on the shelves of the library that have no more business there than a rattler crawling about on the floor, or poison within the child's reach. Billy Sunday (1862-1935)
TAKE HEED WHAT YOU READ
Give the Bible the honour due to it every day you live. Whatever you read, read that first. And beware of bad books: there are plenty in this day. Take heed what you read. I suspect there is more harm done to souls in this way than most people have an idea is possible. Value all books in proportion as they are agreeable to Scripture. Those that are nearest to it are the best, and those that are farthest from it, and most contrary to it, the worst.
J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)
3. Good Christian Reading
A frequently overlooked or oft times neglected necessity in the proper training of our children is monitoring what our children read and providing in the home good Christian literature which will guide them to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, encourage them to serve Him and obey His Word, and will teach them honesty, kindness, purity, self-control, faithfulness, etc.
It is also important to inculcate in our children the life-long practice of reading good Christian literature and the knowledge needed to discern that which is not Christian and biblical.
God's precious and Holy Word can not be overemphasized in our homes and in our lives! As soon as our children can walk, they should be given their own small New Testament (KJV) to carry to Sunday school and church services, and for family worship in the home. By kindergarten age, they should have been taught to properly respect God's Word and can be given a complete Authorized KJV Bible. In the past, children learned to read using the Holy Scriptures, so there is no reason why our children cannot be reading the Bible from the beginning of their reading experience. It is God's Word, and it is the Book of books!
The following is a selective list of Christian books which we have read in our family and can recommend to other believers in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. All use the Authorized KJV. All the titles are in print and may be purchased from the sources named, a Christian bookstore or on the Web.
BIBLE TRUTH PUBLISHERS
59 Industrial Rd., P.O. Box 649
Addison, Illinois 60101
Phone: 630-543-1441 Fax: 630-543-1476
Excellent source for children's books as well as Gospel wall and pocket calendars which are available in several languages.
All annotations of titles are from the 2008 BTP catalog. Titles are coded by the publisher as follows: (Esy) Easy readers (preschool-4th grade); (Jr) Junior readers 5th-6th grade); (YP) Young people (7th-10th grade); (Adt) Adults.
Ann H. Judson of Burma. E.R. Pitman (Adt)
The story of Mrs. Judson's trials as the devoted companion of her noble husband. 92 pages.
Another Hive of Bees. Beverly Soderholm (Esy,Jr)
Excellent short stories told by a grandmother to her grandchildren. Full of good lessons. 190 pages.
Christie's Old Organ. Mrs. O.F. Walton (Esy,Jr)
A young boy and an old man find a home when they find the Lord. The classic story as originally written. 128 pages.
Dangerous Bandit. Vivian D. Gunderson (Esy,Jr)
Excellent collection of true short stories illustrating the value of the Word of God. 72 pages.
Doll That Grew. Margaret Jean Tuininga (Esy)
Twenty-three instructive short stories appropriate for bedtime, story time or anytime. True stories with clear gospel. 48 pages.
Enemy Guest. Vivian D. Gunderson (Esy,Jr)
True short stories illustrating specific Scripture verses on Christian conduct. 80 pages.
Face to Face with Lions. Margaret Jean Tuininga (Esy,Jr)
Adventure and suspense characterize many of these true short stories. Each story has a clear valuable lesson and brings out the gospel. 48 pages.
Hidden Rainbow. Christmas Carol Kauffman (YP,Adt)
True story of the Olesh family from a Catholic community in Yugoslavia in their quest for peace in Christ. The author's most popular book. 412 pages.
Hive of Busy Bees. Effie Williams (Esy,Jr)
Twenty excellent short stories with lessons in Christian behavior as told by a grandmother to her visiting grandchildren. Includes the story of Cripple Tom. 160 pages.
Hugo and the Condors. Teri Smith (Jr,YP)
A collection of 35 true stories from Latin America that share the gospel for all ages. 128 pages.
Ian and the Gigantic Leafy Obstacle. Sheila Miller (Esy)
Set in Thailand, this true story for children demonstrates how God works to answer prayer. 32 pages.
In Search of a Song. C.L.J. (YP,Adt)
Growing up in a small New England village, Jennie and her friends struggle with resentment and rebellion, but they learn that the Lord's perfect will for them can bring purpose and peace. 232 pages.
Island Prisoner. Vivian D. Gunderson (Esy,Jr)
Excellent true short stories appropriate for bedtime, story time or anytime ? each illustrating a Scripture verse dealing with godly behavior. 64 pages.
King's Cupbearer. Mrs. O.F. Walton (Jr,YP)
This carefully written account of the life of Nehemiah not only draws lessons from his life but also draws you into his life in Artaxerxes' palace, in the desert, and surrounded by enemies at Jerusalem. 144 pages.
Lambs and Lamb's Quarters. Myra L. Wilhelm (Esy,Jr)
Little Mary Jane is led from soul loneliness into a warm relationship with the Lord Jesus and His dear children. Enjoy following Mary's interaction with bad bulls, coyotes, horses, rattlesnakes and her interesting family on a prairie ranch; and learn life-lessons with her. 176 pages.
Leopard Man and Other Missionary Stories. Margaret Jean Tuininga. (Jr)
A fascinating collection of true missionary stories from Africa, Mexico, China and other lands. 64 pages.
Little Woodchopper. Mrs. Mary M. Sherwood (Jr,YP)
Left alone by his brothers in the deep forest, William turns for help to the one and only true Friend he had come to know and love, the Lord Jesus Christ. Read this heart-touching story and see the marvelous way the Lord works in the life of one of His own. 64 pages.
Lost in the Woods. Margaret Jean Tuininga (Esy)
Contains a series of true stories presenting the gospel and many practical lessons. 48 pages.
Martinko. Kristina Roy (Jr)
A Slovak shepherd boy finds the Saviour. Classic fiction, with excellent lessons. 80 pages.
Mary Jones and Her Bible. Mary E. Ropes (Jr,YP)
Determination, devotion, and persistence characterize Mary Jones in this true story as she struggles to earn enough money to buy a Bible in her own Welsh language. Her example and appreciation of the Word of God awaken others to the need of publishing it.
On the Alaska Trail. Margaret Jean Tuininga (Jr)
Nine true and exciting missionary stories take you outside of your environment to other countries in the world with their peoples and customs. Each one displays God's matchless love and grace to lost boys and girls and older folks, too. Former title: The Wallpaper That Talked. 72 pages.
Saved at Sea. Mrs. O.F. Walton (Esy,Jr)
Life in a lighthouse, a wreck on a stormy night, the discovery of little Timpey, and many other adventures are interwoven with the gospel of God's saving grace. 124 pages. Electronic text edition.
Stand By, Boys! K. Norel (Jr,YP)
A moving, vivid account of the tragedy and heroism found during the flood of 1953 in Holland, interwoven with a sweet gospel message and evidences of the Lord's care for His own. 88 pages.
Stories of the Grace of God in Bolivia. Frances Smith (YP,Adt)
The story of Eric Smith who, while young, left family, friends and homeland to carry the gospel to the Inca Indians of Bolivia. Witness the joys, sorrows, hardships, persecutions, and divine provision associated with pioneer mission work and the presentation of Christ to the lost. 120 pages.
Sunshine Country. Kristina Roy (Jr,YP)
Palko, in the care of strangers, and not knowing a thing about his real parents, finds peace and security in the Lord Jesus. In his Czechoslovakian "sunshine valley" on earth, he has the joy of pointing father Malina to the "sunshine country" above. This heart-touching story has been Roy's most popular for almost a century, because of its sweet and simple presentation of the gospel. 120 pages.
Three Comrades. Kristina Roy (Jr,YP)
Those who learned to know Palko in Sunshine Country will enjoy reading more about him in this story of how Palko and his friends share the gospel with others. 128 pages.
Voice Across Time. Myra Wilhelm. (YP)
Annie was far from perfect, but she found a sure source of courage to see her through some real problems. Travel with her through her sixteenth year and take courage to face your world with the same Light that guided her. 94 pages.
Wonders of God's Creation. Sidney R. Gill (YP)
With logic and precision our God has created every aspect of the world in which we live. The sea, the stars, the animals and more are explored in this fascinating collection. Volumes 1-4.
Wrong Road. Vivian D. Gunderson (Esy,Jr)
Short true stories illustrating specific Scripture verses on sin. 64 pages.
Please see the Wholesome Words Store for more recommended books.
TRINITARIAN BIBLE SOCIETY (USA)
927 Alpine Commerce Park NW, Suite 100
Grand Rapids, Mich. 49544
Web site: www.trinitarianbiblesocietyusa.org
Online catalog: www.tbs-sales.org
Daily Light. Samuel Bagster
Daily devotional, thematic Scripture readings from the Authorized (King James) Version for morning and evening. A classic for over a century.
SWORD OF THE LORD PUBLISHERS
P.O. Box 1099
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37133-1099
Book Sales Phone: 800-251-4100
Book Sales FAX: 615-848-6943
Web site: www.swordofthelord.com
Cowboy Boots in Darkest Africa. Evangelist Bill Rice, ©1968, Rev. ed. 1998.
The account of Bill Rice's trip to Africa including stories and pictures of adventures with elephants, lions, a black panther, murdering spear men, and of multitudes who heard the Gospel. Application of Bible truth. See sample Chapter 14--The Valley of Thirst.
Profiles in Evangelism. Dr. Fred Barlow.
Biographical sketches of forty-six soul winning evangelists, pastors, missionaries, and musicians including D.L. Moody, C.H. Spurgeon, Billy Sunday, R.A. Torrey, John Wesley, etc. including portraits of each. See Sample chapter.
Ten Traps of Television. Francie Taylor.
The Time Waster, Dulling Your Light, Hindering Your Prayer Life, Discontentment for Sale, Sowing Seeds of Spiritual Confusion, Developmental Problems in Young Children, Cultivating Rebellion and Worldliness, Spoiling Christians in Their Later Years, Marriage Pollution, and Glorifying 'Strange Womanhood'. Excellent!
Those Kids in Proverbsville. Elizabeth Rice Handford.
Stories that teach how good Christian kids ought to act in all sorts of hard situations. There is a Proverb for each story.
Today and Tomorrow. Timothy Paul Green.
A daily devotional for the 21st century Christian.
DR. HUGH F. PYLE
P.O. Box 1508
Panama City, FL 32402
More Adventures in Animal Land! Hugh Pyle.
Four stories (The Fire in Fable Forest, The Wedding in Woodsey Wallow, The Trip to Mighty Mountain, and The Midnight Cat Fight) for children ages 5-12.
Scamper Squirrel. Hugh Pyle.
A story for children about Scamper Squirrel of Fable Forest.
Sex, Love, & Romance: Sex Education from the Bible. Dr. Hugh Pyle.
Every Christian teenager should read this book. Written for grades 7-12. "Using Biblical terminology and examples, the author offers principles that will guide the young teen in moral standards." Discreetly written.
FAIRFAX BAPTIST TEMPLE
6401 Missionary Lane
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Giants of the Missionary Trail: the Life Stories of Eight Men Who Defied Death and Demons. by Eugene M. Harrison. Reprint. Originally published in 1948.
Interesting biographies of the following missionaries: Henry Nott, William Carey, George Grenfell, Adoniram Judson, Samuel Marsden, David Livingstone, James Chalmers and Jonathan Goforth. Electronic text edition.
5. Other Suggestions
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The following biographies in the Christian Hall of Fame series by Ed Reese are suggested: Philip Bliss, David Brainerd, Billy Bray, J. Wilbur Chapman, Fanny Crosby, Jonathan Edwards, Christmas Evans, Harry Ironside, Sam Jones, Adoniram Judson, Dwight L. Moody, George Mueller, Ira Sankey, Gipsy Smith, J. Hudson Taylor, R.A. Torrey, John Wesley, and George Whitefield. Each booklet is 7-10 pages, includes a portrait on the cover and provides good material for Sunday School lessons, family devotions, and reading for young people and adults. See Electronic text edition of Harry Ironside booklet.
Except as indicated, the following titles may be purchased from the publisher, a Christian bookstore or on the Web.
Please see the Wholesome Words Store for these and more recommended books.
Adoniram Judson: God's Man in Burma by Sharon Hambrick. Greenville, S.C.: Bob Jones University Press, ©2001. ISBN 1579246257. Ages 7-9. "This life story of Adoniram Judson follows him from childhood and youthful unbelief to trust in Jesus Christ and service on the mission field of Burma."
Captive Treasure by Milly Howard. Greenville, S.C.: Bob Jones University Press, ©1988. ISBN 0890844402. Ages 7-9. Fiction. "This is a story of great courage and stirring adventure, of spiritual growth and personal relationships with God ... of a brave girl who learns to stand alone for God in difficult circumstances."
Christian Men of Science: Eleven Men Who Changed the World. George Mulfinger & Julia Mulfinger Orozco. Greenville, S.C.: Ambassador Emerald International, ©2004. ISBN 1932307222. Interesting short biographies of eleven men who changed the world: Johannes Kepler, Robert Boyle, Sir David Brewster, Michael Faraday, Samuel F. B. Morse, Matthew Fontaine Murray, Lord Kelvin (William Thomson), James Clerk Maxwell, Howard Atwood Kelly, M.D., Dr. Henry Morris, and Dr. Walt Brown.
Carrying Light in Darkness. David Cloud. ©1982. "Biography of a blind Nepali evangelist who carries the Gospel across the most rugged mountains in the world, the mighty Himalayas." Originally published by Way of Life Literature. Out-of-print. Electronic text edition used with permission.
Correction and Discipline of Children by John R. Rice. Murfreesboro, TN: Sword of the Lord Publishers, ©1946.
A Family Devotional Guide by Pastor Clarence Sexton. Each booklet (12 volume set available) covers thirty-one stories of the Bible. You read the story in the Bible, answer questions about it, and memorize a weekly Bible verse.
Fanny Crosby: Queen of Gospel Songs by Rebecca Davis. Greenville, S.C.: Journey Forth, ©2003. ISBN 1579249701. Ages 7-9. Delightful Christian biography of the blind, gospel hymn writer, Fanny Crosby.
George Mueller: The Guardian of Bristol's Orphans by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, WA: YWAM Publishing, ©1999. ISBN 1576581454. Age 10 and up.
Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman by Gladys Aylward and Christine Hunter. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, ©1974. ISBN 0802429866. The life story of Gladys Aylward, who by faith, trusted God to provide for all her needs as a missionary in China.
Incredible Journey in the Steps of Greatness by James R. Ray. Chattanooga, TN: BIMI Publications International, ©2001. ISBN 0964180529. Go with the author to Olney, England, the home of "Amazing Grace." Travel to Belgium and see the site where William Tyndale, the great Bible translator, was martyred. Then go on to Amy Carmichael's Ireland. Follow in the steps of William Carey, David Livingstone, John Wesley, F.B. Meyer, and many others. This work explores some of the greatest lives ever lived. Many illustrations and portraits.
Just What the Doctor Ordered. Soul winning stories by Walter L. Wilson. Greenville, SC: Bob Jones University Press, ©1988. ISBN 0890844399.
Mary Slessor: Forward Into Calabar by Janet & Geoff Benge. Seattle, WA: YWAM Publishing, ©1999. ISBN: 1576581489. Age 10 and up.
Meena of Nepal. Linda Cloud. ©1982. "Missionary challenge for children or adults by an independent Baptist missionary nurse who worked in Nepal." Originally published by Way of Life Literature. Out-of-print. Electronic text edition used with permission.
101 Hymn Stories by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1982. ISBN: 0825434165. The true stories behind 101 favorite hymns.
101 More Hymn Stories by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Grand Rapids, Mich: Kregel Publications, 1985. ISBN: 0825434203. The true stories behind 101 favorite hymns.
The Pilgrim's Progress. John Bunyan.
First published in 1678, this Christian classic is available in numerous editions from a variety of sources.
These Are My People: A Biography of Gladys Aylward by Mildred T. Howard. Greenville, S.C.: Bob Jones University Press, ©1984. ISBN 0890842426. Ages 7-9.
To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1987. ISBN: 0817011218. Biography of a man who experienced bitter hardships, imprisonment, and family tragedy, but never wavered in his commitment to win people to faith in Christ and to translate the Bible into the Burmese language.
Treasure in the Big Woods by Margaret Jean Tuininga. Addison, IL: Bible Truth Publishers, 1995. Peggy and her two sisters found the wonderful treasure while homesteading in the big woods of northern Minnesota. Many happy and exciting things happen in this story of growing up and learning of God's love. 144 pages (5-6th grade).
The following biographies are published by Mott Media, which also publishes an edition of The Original McGuffey's. For grades 5-8, but they are fine for Senior high and grownups as well. They may be purchased from the publisher, a Christian bookstore or on the Web.
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George Washington Carver: Man's Slave Becomes God's Scientist by David Collins. ©1981. ISBN 091513490X. The story of one man's rise from slavery and the struggles and triumphs of his faith.
Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science by John Hudson Tiner. ©1977.
ISBN 091513411X. Biography of a German astronomer who discovered three laws of planetary motion.
Robert E. Lee: Gallant Christian Soldier by Lee Roddy. ©1977. ISBN 0915134403.
Biography of the leader of the Confederate forces during the Civil War.
David Livingstone: African Explorer by John Hudson Tiner. ©1997. ISBN 0880621648. Biography of an explorer, missionary, scientist and doctor. His exciting exploits in Africa tell a story of unsurpassed courage and determination.
Samuel F.B. Morse: Artist With a Message by John Hudson Tiner. ©1987. ISBN 0880621370. Biography of the artist and inventor who devised the world's first practical telegraph system.
Isaac Newton: Inventor, Scientist, and Teacher by John Hudson Tiner. ©1976. ISBN 0915134950. Biography of the seventeenth-century English astronomer and mathematician who discovered the law of gravity.
Billy Sunday: Home Run to Heaven by Robert A. Allen. ©1985. ISBN 0880621257.
Biography of a professional baseball player who dedicated his life to Christ and became an evangelist of the early twentieth century.
Other sources of wholesome reading for the family are Select Christian Books and Keepers of the Faith.