"Give Attendance Unto Reading"

by T. Austin-Sparks

First published in A Witness and A Testimony magazine, May 1928, Vol. 6-5.

(Paul, 1 Timothy 4:13)

The question of helpful literature on the Cross and kindred subjects is often raised and advice asked. While other reading should never be allowed to take time from an adequate study of the scriptures themselves, we do urge that Paul's advice to Timothy should be carefully and judiciously extended and followed in relation to the written messages of some of God's instructed and consecrated servants.

It will be appreciated that we cannot open these pages to mention much that is sound and commendable. Our purpose here is just to mention a few books which all who seek a good foundation presentation of these basic truths should possess and know.

The book department at the Centre will be glad to serve in helping to secure these books if desired.

Here are the first nine books recommended:-

'The Twofold Life' by A. J. Gordon.
'In Christ' by A. J. Gordon.
'The Ministry of the Spirit' by A. J. Gordon.
'The Meaning and Message of the Cross' by H. C. Mabie.
'How does the Death of Christ Save Us?' by H. C. Mabie.
'The Divine Reason of the Cross' by H. C. Mabie.
'The Cruciality of the Cross' by P. T. Forsyth.
'The Death of Christ' by Professor Denny.
'Shall we continue in Sin' by A. T. Pierson.

We ought to remark that in thus recommending books we do not commit ourselves to endorsing every point in them or to other books not mentioned which are by the same authors. Spiritual discernment is necessary on the part of readers, but we mention only such books as we feel are valuable and important in general.


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