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Have you ever wondered what influences have shaped the preachers, teachers and authors you respect? You Must Readbrings together more than thirty well-known Christian leaders and gives them the opportunity to talk about a book that has made a lasting impact on their lives. Their personal narratives and recommendations of the literature that has moulded and matured them combine to produce a book full of interest from start to finish, but also one that can be ‘dipped into’ for occasional reading. Best of all, You Must Read will be an indispensable guide to some of the truly great books that have transformed, encouraged, instructed and challenged countless Christians’ lives. You Must Read is a ‘must read’ in itself, and a marvelous stimulus to read more.

You Must Read is an ambiguous title. As Christians ‘we are what we read’. God’s word is the instrument by which the Holy Spirit renews our minds and transforms our lives. The same is true, to a lesser extent, of Christian literature. The biographies of Christians whose lives have left a permanent mark on the church often disclose the influence of a particular book, or books, they themselves have read. So, You Must Read is a perennial maxim. You really must read!

But we also use these words when we are enthusiastic about a good book. We instinctively ask our friends, ‘Have you read …?’ And if the answer is ‘no’ we tend to say ‘Oh, you must read …’

But where do you begin? There are so many books from which to choose. Many of us want to ask, ‘Can somebody please tell me what books I should read?’ You Must Read provides some answers from the pens of a number of well-known Christian leaders.

Table of Contents: 

1 The Forgotten Spurgeon by Iain H Murray  
  R  Albert Mohler, Jr 1
2 The Works of John Bunyan  
  Faith Cook  9
3 Today’s Gospel: Authentic or Synthetic? by Walter J Chantry  
  Thomas E Richwine 17
4 The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter  
  Edward Donnelly 25
5 What Is an Evangelical? by D Martyn Lloyd-Jones  
  Alistair Begg 33
6 The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett  
  Mark G Johnston 41
7 Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography by Iain H Murray  
  Sharon James 49
8 The Calvinistic Methodist Fathers of Wales by John Morgan Jones and William Morgan  
  Geoffrey Thomas 57
9 Expository Thoughts on the Gospels by J C Ryle  
  Derek W H Thomas 63
10 The Two-Volume Autobiography of C H Spurgeon  
  Jonathan Watson 71
11 Exposition of the Epistle to the Romans by Robert Haldane  
  Maurice Roberts 79
12 Historical Theology by William Cunningham  
  Keith Underhill 87
13 The Great Christian Doctrine of Original Sin Defended by Jonathan Edwards  
  RC Sproul 93
14 Evangelical Eloquence by R L Dabney  
  Hywel Jones 101
15 Tracts and Letters of John Calvin  
  Ian Hamilton 109
16 The Work of the Holy Spirit by Octavius Winslow  
  Iain D Campbell 117
17 The Apostles’ Doctrine of the Atonement by George Smeaton  
  Jerry Bridges 125
18 A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson  
  Walter J Chantry 131
19 Diary of Kenneth A MacRae  
  John J Murray 137
20 Christian Leaders of the Eighteenth Century by J C Ryle  
  Peter Barnes 145
21 The Works of Richard Sibbes  
  Mark Dever 153
22 The Diary and Life of Andrew Bonar  
  Andrew Swanson 161
23 Revival Year Sermons (1859) by C H Spurgeon  
  Stuart Olyott 169
24 Human Nature in Its Fourfold State by Thomas Boston  
  Cor L Onderdelinden 175
25 Letters of Samuel Rutherford  
  Joel R Beeke 185
26 Thoughts on Religious Experience by Archibald Alexander  
  Pieter de Vries 193
27 Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray  
  Albert N Martin 201
28 Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks  
  J  Ligon Duncan 209
29 D Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Volume 1: The First Forty Years; Volume 2: The Fight of Faith by Iain H Murray  
  John MacArthur 221
30 The Life and Letters of Benjamin Morgan Palmer by Thomas Cary Johnson  
  John R de Witt 235
31 The Glory of Christ by John Owen  
  Sinclair B Ferguson 247
32 The Forgotten Spurgeon by Iain H Murray  
  Ian S Barter 259
  Epilogue: The Books from Three Perspectives  
  (1) A View from Latin America  
  William Barkley  265
  (2) A View from the Philippines  
  Brian Ellis  271
  (3) A View from the Grey House, Edinburgh  
  John Rawlinson  277