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Classic Christian books in electronic format, selected for your edification. There is enough good reading material here to last you a lifetime, if you give each work the time it deserves!

 
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The Two Covenants

By: Rev. Andrew Murray

Excerpt: Introduction; It is often said that the great aim of the preacher ought to be to translate Scripture truth from its Jewish form into the language and the thought of the nineteenth century, and so to make it intelligible and acceptable to our ordinary Christians. It is to be feared that the experiment will do more harm than good. In the course of the translation the force of the original is lost. The scholar who trusts to translations will never become a master o...

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The French of Madame de la Mothe Guion

By: William Cowper

Excerpt: 'Tis folly all--let me no more be told Of Parian porticos, and roofs of gold; Delightful views of nature, dress'd by art, Enchant no longer this indifferent heart; The Lord of all things, in his humble birth, Makes mean the proud magnificence of earth; The straw, the manger, and the mouldering wall, Eclipse its lustre; and I scorn it all.

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The Complete Poetical Works

By: William Cowper

Excerpt: William Cowper was born on the 26th of November 1731, at Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire, of which village his father, the Rev. John Cowper, was rector. He was of noble ancestry, and many of his immediate relatives moved in the upper ranks of life. His mother, Ann Donne, a daughter of Roger Donne, Esq., of Ludham Hall in Norfolk, died when he was only six years of age, leaving two children, -- William, the subject of this memoir, and a younger brother, John. Her af...

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The General Service to Monkmartyrs

Excerpt: A stone cut out without hands from an untouched mountain from thee, O Virgin, was separated that corner stone, even Christ, Who hath joined together the distant natures; rejoicing thereat, we magnify thee, O Theotokos.

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The Holy Bible: Darby Translation

By: Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Excerpt: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was waste and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light. And there was light. And God saw the light that it was good; and God divided between the light and the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening, and there was morning--the first da...

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He Soars on the Wings of Divine Love

By: E. Allison Peers

Excerpt: ?It is perhaps not an exaggeration to say that the verse and prose works combined of St. John of the Cross form at once the most grandiose and the most melodious spiritual canticle to which any one man has ever given utterance. The most sublime of all the Spanish mystics, he soars aloft on the wings of Divine love to heights known to hardly any of them. True to the character of his thought, his style is always forceful and energetic, even to a fault [?] ?

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The Romance of Photogen and Nycteris

By: George Macdonald, LL.D.

Excerpt: THERE was once a witch who desired to know everything. But the wiser a witch is, the harder she knocks her head against the wall when she comes to it. Her name was Watho, and she had a wolf in her mind. She cared for nothing in itself only for knowing it. She was not naturally cruel, but the wolf had made her cruel. She was tall and graceful, with a white skin, red hair, and black eyes, which had a red fire in them. She was straight and strong, but now and then ...

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The Deeper Christian Life an Aid to Its Attainment

By: Rev. Andrew Murray

Excerpt: I; Daily Fellowship With God -- 1. The first and chief need of our Christian life is, Fellowship with God. The Divine life within us comes from God, and is entirely dependent upon Him. As I need every moment afresh the air to breathe, as the s sun every moment afresh sends down its light, so it is only in direct living communication with God that my soul can be strong. The manna of one day was corrupt when the next day came. I must every day have fresh grace fro...

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The Deeper Christian Life an Aid to Its Attainment

By: Rev. Andrew Murray

Excerpt: ? 1) The first and chief need of our Christian life is, Fellowship with God. The Divine life within us comes from God, and is entirely dependent upon Him. As I need every moment afresh the air to breathe, as the s sun every moment afresh sends down its light, so it is only in direct living communication with God that my soul can be strong. The manna of one day was corrupt when the next day came. I must every day have fresh grace from heaven, and I obtain it only...

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The Holy Bible: German Luther Translation

By: Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Excerpt: Am Anfang schuf Gott Himmel und Erde. Und die Erde war wust und leer, und es war finster auf der Tiefe; und der Geist Gottes schwebte auf dem Wasser. Und Gott sprach: Es werde Licht! und es ward Licht. Und Gott sah, daá das Licht gut war. Da schied Gott das Licht von der Finsternis und nannte das Licht Tag und die Finsternis Nacht. Da ward aus Abend und Morgen der erste Tag. Und Gott sprach: Es werde eine Feste zwischen den Wassern, und die sei ein Unterschied zwischen den Wassern.

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A Demonstration

By: William Law, M.A.

Excerpt: A DEMONSTRATION OF THE ERRORS OF A LATE BOOK [Dem-1]; My design (worthy reader) is not to lay before you all the errors and false reasonings of this author throughout his whole treatise. This would lead you into too much wrangle, and the multiplicity of things disputed, would take your eye from the chief point in question, and so make the matter less edifying to you. [Dem-2] Many therefore of his lesser mistakes I shall pass over, and only endeavor to discover s...

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The Desire of Ages

By: Ellen G. White

Excerpt: In the hearts of all mankind, of whatever race or station in life, there are inexpressible longings for something they do not now possess. This longing is implanted in the very constitution of man by a merciful god, that man may not be satisfied with his present conditions or attainments, whether bad, or good, or better. God desires that the human shall seek the best, and find it to the eternal blessing of his soul.

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Diapsalmata

Excerpt: What is a poet? An unhappy man who conceals profound anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so fashioned that when sighs and groans pass over them they sound like beautiful music. His fate resembles that of the unhappy men who were slowly roasted by a gentle fire in the tyrant Phalaris' bull--their shrieks could not reach his ear to terrify him, to him they sounded like sweet music. And people flock about the poet and say to him: do sing again; Which means, wo...

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Living for Christ in the Daily Grind

By: Henri J.M. Nouwen

Excerpt: Reading Discipleship; Discipleship is not a book to be read in one sitting or even in a week or two for that matter. This is not because the book is difficult to read. Rather, it is because Discipleship is meant to be read attentively, meditatively, and reflectively. In other words, as you read Arnold?s words you need to do so with a listening and open heart. This book does not contain a lot of information about following Jesus. Instead, the chapters are purpose...

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On Christian Doctrine, In Four Books

By: Saint Augustine

Excerpt: Introductory Note, BY THE EDITOR; The four books of St. Augustine On Christian Doctrine (De Doctrina Christiana, iv libri) are a commend of exegetical theology to guide the reader in the understanding and interpretation of the Sacred Scriptures, according to the analogy of faith. The first three books were written A. D. 397; the fourth was added 426.

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Donal Grant

By: George Macdonald, LL.D.

Excerpt: Note from electronic text creator; I have compiled a glossary with definitions of most of the Scottish words found in this work and placed it at the end of this electronic text. This glossary does not belong to the original work, but is designed to help with the conversations and references in Broad Scots found in this work. A further explanation of this list can be found towards the end of this document, preceding the glossary.

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The Holy Bible: Douay-Rheims

By: Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Excerpt: In the beginning God created heaven, and earth. And the earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God moved over the waters. And God said: Be light made. And light was made. And God saw the light that it was good; and he divided the light from the darkness. And he called the light Day, and the darkness Night; and there was evening and morning one day. And God said: Let there be a firmament made amidst the waters: and...

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Stories of People Who Wanted More

By: Johann Christoph Arnold
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A Mi Hija, Cassie, La Niña

By: Misty Bernall

Excerpt: A mi hija, Cassie, la nina pequena que lleno mi corazon de alegria, la joven valiente cuya vida conmovio una nacion entera; A los otros doce que perecieron con ella el dia 20 de abril de 1999, a manos de dos companeros perturbados, en el colegio secundario Columbine: Steven Curnow, Corey DePooter, Kelly Fleming, Matthew Kechter, Daniel Mauser, Daniel Rohrbough, David Sanders, Rachel Scott, Isaiah Shoels, John Tomlin, Lauren Townsend y Kyle Velasquez;

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Enchiridion on Faith, Hope, And Love

By: Albert C. Outler, Ph.D.

Excerpt: ?I cannot say, my dearest son Laurence, how much your learning pleases me, and how much I desire that you should be wise -- though not one of those of whom it is said: Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputant of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?(1) Rather, you should be one of those of whom it is written, The multitude of the wise is the health of the world(2); and also you should be the kind of man the apostle...

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