Free Books by Louis Albert Banks (50+)

Lately, an author that has been getting a lot of attention is Louis Albert Banks. Banks was a Methodist pastor and evangelist who authored around 60 books, making him, at least during his lifetime, the most prolific author in Oregon. (The encyclopedia says he wrote 55 books, but I have around 70 listed here, in addition to one that he translated, and two that he edited.)

In addition to his many books of sermons, Banks also has quite a few books dealing with biblical parables, metaphors, poetry, and anecdotes and illustrations to be used in sermons. He also wrote several books targeted towards young people, one biography (T. DeWitt Talmage), and a few books of biographical anecdotes. Curiously, he was also a vocal proponent of prohibition, wrote several books on the topic, and even ran for governor of Massachusetts under the “Prohibition” ticket.

The following is a quick alphabetical listing of his books (of all genres) that are available on the Internet Archive:

  1. Ammunition for Final Drive on Booze
  2. Anecdotes and Morals
  3. Capital Stories about Famous Americans (ed. by Louis Albert Banks)
  4. Christ and His Friends: A Series of Revival Sermons
  5. The Christ Brotherhood [Google Books]
  6. The Christ Dream
  7. The Christian Gentleman [Google Books]
  8. David and His Friends: A Series of Revival Sermons
  9. The Fisherman and His Friends: A Series of Revival Sermons
  10. Fresh Bait for Fishers of Men
  11. Great Archers and Their Weapons
  12. The Great Portraits of the Bible
  13. The Great Promises of the Bible
  14. The Great Sinners of the Bible
  15. The Great Themes of the Bible
  16. The Healing of Souls: A Series of Revival Sermons
  17. Heavenly Trade-Winds
  18. Heroic Personalities
  19. The Honeycombs of Life
  20. Immortal Hymns and Their Story
  21. Immortal Songs of Camp and Field
  22. John and His Friends: A Series of Revival Sermons
  23. The King’s Stewards
  24. The Lincoln Legion
    [Live Boys in Oregon = alternate title of An Oregon Boyhood]
  25. A Manly Boy [microfilm]
  26. The Motherhood of God: A Series of Discourses
  27. My Young Man
  28. The New Ten Commandments and Other Sermons
  29. On the Trail of Moses
  30. An Oregon Boyhood
  31. Paul and His Friends: A Series of Revival Sermons
  32. The People’s Christ
  33. Poetry and Morals
  34. The Problems of Youth
  35. The Religious Life of Famous Americans
  36. The Saloon-Keeper’s Ledger
  37. Sermon Stories for Boys and Girls
  38. Sermons Which Have Won Souls
  39. Seven Times around Jericho [microfilm]
  40. Soul Winning Stories
  41. Spurgeon’s Illustrative Anecdotes (ed. by Louis Albert Banks)
  42. The Story of the Hall of Fame
  43. The Sunday-Night Evangel
  44. T. DeWitt Talmage: His Life and Work
  45. Twentieth-Century Knighthood
  46. The Unexpected Christ: A Series of Evangelistic Sermons
  47. Unused Rainbows: Prayer Meeting Talks
  48. White Slaves
  49. The Winds of God
  50. Windows for Sermons
  51. Wonderful Bible Conversions
  52. The World’s Childhood
  53. A Year’s Prayer-Meeting Talks
  54. Youth of Famous Americans

In addition to the above, the following ten books are also listed elsewhere, but not freely available. (Most of these are viewable, but not downloadable, on HathiTrust Digital Library, and I found them listed on the Online Books Page for Louis Albert Banks.) Those marked by [?] are listed somewhere but have very few Google hits.

  1. Bible Soul-Winners [restricted, Google Books]
  2. Censor Echoes, Or Words that Burned [unavailable]
  3. Chats with Young Christians [unavailable]
  4. The Child’s World [scarce; unavailable]
  5. Christ’s Soul-Searching Parables [restricted, Google Books]
  6. Common Folks’ Religion [view only]
  7. Dramatic Stories of Jesus [unavailable]
  8. The Great Saints of the Bible [restricted, Google Books; also viewable on HathiTrust]
  9. Hero Tales from Sacred Story [unavailable]
  10. Hidden Wells of Comfort [view only]
  11. Illustrative Prayer-Meeting Talks [unavailable]
  12. The Lord’s Arrows [?]
  13. Lucy Stone: A Heroine of the Struggle for Human Rights [a booklet; ch. in Honeycombs of Life]
  14. The Parables of Jesus: A Methodical Exposition (tr. by Louis Albert Banks)
  15. The Revival Quiver [unavailable]
    [Saints and Sinners of the Bible = compilation/reprint]
  16. Sermons for Reviving, on the Table Talk of the Master [rare; unavailable]
  17. The Sinner and His Friends: A Volume of Evangelistic Sermons [Google Books, US-only; also viewable on HathiTrust]
  18. A Summer in Peter’s Garden [?]
  19. Thirty-One Revival Sermons [unavailable: “on themes drawn from the lives of Elijah and Elisha”]

Banks was very prolific; so, if you hear about another book of his that is not listed here, let me know in a comment, and I will update the list.

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