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Free Books by Arthur C. Custance (COMPLETE)

Arthur C. Custance (1910–1985) was a Canadian scientist and lay theologian. He may remind you of a medieval polymath for his breadth of knowledge. After receiving a M.A. in “Middle Eastern Languages” (the course of study included Greek, Hebrew, and cuneiform) in 1941, he completed a Ph.D. in Anthropology, but was denied graduation after his thesis approval because he believed in a literal Adam and Eve. He later obtained another Ph.D. in Education (1959). You can read more of his fascinating biography here.

Because of his broad interests, Custance’s writings are a wholly unique cocktail of theology, biology, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, and archaeology. Even though these works are decades old, the quality of his erudition lends lasting value to most of his works. Most were part of “The Doorway Papers” series of monographs (1957–1972). These monographs are collected in loosely related volumes. Those who are studying creationism will find a treasure trove here!

I recommend in particular two books: The Seed of the Woman (his magnum opus) and The Virgin Birth and the Incarnation (“The Trinity in the Old Testament” and “How Did Jesus Die?” are both extremely interesting).

Does Science Transcend Culture? (PhD Thesis)

Evolution or Creation? (Doorway Papers #4)

The Flood: Local or Global? (Doorway Papers #9)

Genesis and Early Man (Doorway Papers #2)

Hidden Things of God’s Revelation (Doorway Papers #7)

Journey out of Time: A Study of the Interval Between Death and the Resurrection of the Body

Man in Adam and in Christ (Doorway Papers #3)

The Mysterious Matter of Mind

Noah’s Three Sons (Doorway Papers #1)

Science and Faith (Doorway Papers #8)

The Seed of the Woman: What God Had To Do To Make Our Salvation Possible

Sovereignty of Grace: A Study of Election and Predestination

Time and Eternity (Doorway Papers #6)

Two Men Called Adam

The Virgin Birth and the Incarnation (Doorway Papers #5)

Without Form and Void: A Study of the Meaning of the Hebrew Words of Genesis 1:1 and 2

For those interested, the ACOL website does list a few short articles that are not available online:

How to Evaluate Commentaries on Genesis (1957) [Wow, this would be cool to have.]
Some Hebrew Word Studies (1972)
When the Earth Was Divided: An Imaginative Reconstruction of Early History (1962)

Free Books by F. B. Meyer (60+)

Frederick Brotherton Meyer (8 April 1847 – 28 March 1929), a contemporary and friend of D. L. Moody and A. C. Dixon, was a Baptist pastor and evangelist in England involved in ministry and inner city mission work on both sides of the Atlantic. Author of numerous religious books and articles, many of which remain in print today, he was described in an obituary as The Archbishop of the Free Churches.” (Wikipedia)

Meyer was extremely prolific, and his works listed here include a complete chapter-by-chapter exposition of the Bible (Through the Bible Day by Day, originally 7 volumes, shared on BibleHub) as well as daily homilies covering the entire Bible (Our Daily Homily, 4 volumes).

  1. Abraham; or, the Obedience of Faith
  2. Back to Bethel: Separation from Sin and Fellowship with God (1901?)
  3. The Bells of Is; or, Voices of Human Need and Sorrow; Echoes from My Early Pastorate (1894)
  4. Blessed Are Ye: Talks on the Beatitudes (1898)
  5. Calvary to Pentecost (1894)
  6. A Castaway, and Other Addresses (1897)
  7. Cheer for Life’s Pilgrimages (1897)
  8. Christ in Isaiah (1911)
  9. Christian Living (1890)
  10. The Creed of Creeds: A Series of Short Expositions of the Apostles’ Creed (1906)
  11. David: Shepherd, Psalmist, King (1910)
  12. The Directory of the Devout Life: Meditations on the Sermon on the Mount (1904) [reprinted as Inherit the Kingdom]
  13. Elijah and the Secret of His Power
  14. The Epistle to the Philippians: A Devotional Commentary [possibly overlapping material from Through the Bible Day by Day?]
  15. The Exalted Christ
  16. The Future Tenses of the Blessed Life (1892)
  17. The Glorious Lord
  18. A Good Start (1897)
  19. In Defense of the Faith: The Old Better Than the New (1907)
  20. I Promise (1899)
  21. Israel, a Prince with God
  22. Jeremiah, Priest and Prophet (1894)
  23. John the Baptist
  24. Joseph—Beloved, Hated, Exalted (1910)
  25. Joshua and the Land of Promise (1893)
  26. Jottings and Hints for Lay Preachers (1903)
  27. The Life and Light of Men: Expositions of John 1–12 (1892)
  28. Life and the Way Through (1913)
  29. Light on Life’s Duties
  30. Lovers Always
  31. Love to the Uttermost: Expositions of John 13–21
  32. Meet for the Master’s Use
  33. Memorials of Cecil Robertson of Sianfu, Medical Missionary (1916)
  34. Moses, the Servant of God (1909)
  35. Our Daily Homily, vol. 1: Genesis–Ruth (1898)
  36. Our Daily Homily, vol. 2: 1 Samuel–Job (1898)
  37. Our Daily Homily, vol. 3: Psalms–Canticles
  38. Our Daily Homily, vol. 4: Isaiah–Malachi (1898)
  39. Our Daily Homily, vol. 5: Matthew–Revelation (1898)
  40. Paul, a Servant of God
  41. Peace, Perfect Peace: A Portion for the Sorrowing (1897)
  42. Peter: Fisherman, Disciple, Apostle (1894?)
  43. Prayers for Heart and Home: Morning and Evening Devotions for a Month (1894)
  44. The Present Tenses of the Blessed Life (1892)
  45. The Prophet of Hope: Studies in Zechariah (1900)
  46. Reveries and Realities; or, Life and Work in London (c.1890) [US only]
  47. Samuel the Prophet (1902)
  48. Saved and Kept: Counsels to Young Believers (1897)
  49. The Secret of Guidance (1896)
  50. The Shepherd Psalm (1889)
  51. Steps into the Blessed Life (1896)
  52. The Soul’s Ascent: A Connected Series of Missions Addresses (1904)
  53. Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, Vol. 1. Genesis–Joshua [no primary source found]
  54. Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, Vol. 2. Judges–2 Chronicles [no primary source found]
  55. Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, Vol. 3. Job–Ecclesiastes [no primary source found]
  56. Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, Vol. 4. Ezra–Malachi [no primary source found]
  57. Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, Vol. 5. Matthew–John [no primary source found]
  58. Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, Vol. 6. Acts–Ephesians [no primary source found]
  59. Through the Bible Day by Day: A Deviotional Commentary, Vol. 7. Philippians–Revelation
  60. Through Fire and Flood (1896)
  61. Tried by Fire: Expositions of the First Epistle of Peter
  62. The Way into the Holiest: Expositions of the Epistle to the Hebrews (c.1893)
  63. The Wideness of God’s Mercy (1906)
  64. Winter in South Africa (1908) [US only]

Booklets

There are also a few shorter works (under 70 pages), which are listed here.

  1. The Modern Craze of Spiritualism [US only]
  2. Religion and Race-Regeneration [US only]
  3. Words of Help

Free Books by G. D. Watson

G. D. (George Douglas) Watson (1845–1924) was a holiness preacher in the eastern United States. He was raised in a Methodist home, and called to preach at a tender age.

I was born in Accomac County, Virginia, March 26, 1845. My father and mother, grandfather and grandmother, were Methodists. I was raised up in family prayer, attended Sabbath-school and went through many revivals of religion. I suppose I was the black sheep of the flock; the worst boy of the whole six. . . . My earliest convictions were when I was five or six years old. Father and Mother went to church and left us children alone, the eldest being twelve or thirteen years of age. We sang “Rock of Ages,” and all got under conviction. I prayed and cried, but did not know what ailed me. At that early, age I was called to preach. When I was twelve or thirteen I sought religion, and after that was at the altar at every revival . . .

Autobiography of G. D. Watson

Watson’s books often deal with holiness, sanctification, and the inner work of the Holy Spirit. Our Own God and Soul Food come highly recommended. Of 18 books, 14 are freely available online; two more are in paperback; only two (The Divine Love Song and A Holiness Manual) are not available anywhere (though I’ve added links to WorldCat.org, where you can see which libraries hold copies).

  1. The Bridehood Saints: Treating of the Saints Who Are the “Selection from the Selection”—Those Saints Who Are to Make Up the Bride of Christ (1910?)
  2. Coals of Fire: Being Expositions of Scripture on the Doctrine, Experience, and Practice of Christian Holiness (1886)
  3. The Divine Love Song: An Exposition of the Song of Solomon (1909) [out of print; not available online]
  4. God’s Eagles: or, Complete Testing of the Saints (1927) [posthumous? not available online; only available in ppb]
  5. God’s First Words: Studies in Genesis, Historic, Prophetic, and Experimental (1900) [not available online; available in ppb]
  6. A Holiness Manual (1882) [out of print; not available online]
  7. The Heavenly Life and Type of the Holy Spirit (1900?)
  8. Love Abounding, and Other Expositions on the Spiritual Life (1891) [ppb]
  9. Our Own God (1904) [ppb]
  10. A Pot of Oil; or, The Anointed Life as Applied to Prayer, the Mental Faculties, the Affections and Christian Service (1900) [ppb]
  11. Pure Gold (1898) [ppb]
  12. The Secret of Spiritual Power [HTML format; n.d.]
  13. The Seven Overcomeths and Other Expositions from the Revelation (1889; US access only?)
  14. Soul Food: Being Chapters on the Interior Life with Passages of Personal Experience (1896) [ppb]
  15. Spiritual Feasts (1904)
  16. Spiritual Ships: An Allegory of Religious Characters and Experiences (1902)
  17. Steps to the Throne (1898)
    [Tribulation Worketh = compilation from other works]
  18. White Robes; or, Garments of Salvation (1883) [ppb]

There are a few other works that appear to be single sermons or pamphlets (here links are to WorldCat.org), which were possibly incorporated into later books:

  1. Fruit of Canaan: Notes of Personal Experiences (57 pages)
  2. Out of Egypt into Canaan: Experiences of Geo. D. Watson (21 pages)

Free Commentaries on Genesis (Ultimate List of Free Bible Commentaries)

I've chosen to only list here commentaries that are freely available online in English. It's not perfect, but I've worked hard to make this list more complete than others I have seen online. For more free Bible commentaries, check here.
And for an earlier version of this post with more comments on each book,  click here.
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100+ Free Commentaries on Genesis

Below are listed over 100 commentaries on Genesis that are free online, in various formats and platforms. All of them were published before 1920 but are preserved, mostly through large-scale repositories like Internet Archive, HathiTrust, Early English Books Online, and Google Books, in addition to Sefaria.

I've numbered them in loose order based on my recommendation of them; I've commented on those that I've consulted. This list was a bit of an experiment; in the future, I will try to order these by language and author.

This list is pretty extensive, but if you know Latin, German, or French, you can find even more over at PRDL. 
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Lancelot Andrewes’ Devotions, Sermons and Lectures

Lancelot Andrewes oversaw the translation of the King James Version of the Bible and was extremely influential in the academic and religious life of the United Kingdom. In the Victorian era, interest in Andrewes was revived by the translation of his private devotions into English. Christy Wilson’s biography of Samuel Zwemer contains a passage about the role Andrewes’ writings played in the life of the pioneer missionary:

Together with the Bible, Zwemer himself used The Private Devotions of Lancelot Andrewes. While at Bombay he secured in 1905 a copy edited by Alexander Whyte [the 2nd ed. is linked below]. This was used over the course of many years and as the cover wore out was rebound again and again. Andrewes was the Court Chaplain of James I of England and one of the translators of the King James Version of the Bible. His devotions were written for his private use and not intended for publication. … Scarcely anything aside from the Psalms can offer such depths of confession and sorrow for sin as revealed in these pages. As Zwemer remarked, “Andrewes goes deep. …”
On the pages of this devotional book are dates and entries and brief references which record the deepest spiritual experiences of the world traveler and missionary to Muslims. Sometimes the notes are in English, then again portions are in Arabic. They record the prayers and tears of a broken heart as well as the record of spiritual triumphs in widely separated times and parts of the globe. The markings on the pages also show how intently the mind and heart of the worshipper had entered into the very soul of the devotional passages as he prayed.

J. Christy Wilson, Apostle to Islam: A Biography of Samuel M. Zwemer. Pioneer Library, 2017, p. 304–305

Andrewes has a few other works—they’re listed here—but several have only been printed in Latin, and none of them are devotional or homiletical. The following, though, may be of some use today in following Christ. It is exciting to uncover such a trove of devotions and preaching by one of the masterminds of the King James Version.

Private Devotions (or ‘Preces Privatae’; first published in 1648; from mss. in Greek and Latin)

1839 translation by Peter Hall
1848 translation by (Cardinal) J. H. Newman
1896 edition by Alexander Whyte
1901 translation by Dean Stanhope

Ninety-Six Sermons (1629; reprinted 1841–1843)

Volume 1
(Sermons of the Nativity, Preached upon Christmas-Day (1–17); Sermons of Repentance and Fasting, Preached on Ash-Wednesday (1–8))

Volume 2
(Sermons Preached in Lent (1–6); Sermons Preached upon Good-Friday (1–3); Sermons of the Resurrection, Preached on Easter-Sunday (1–13))

Volume 3
(Sermons of the Resurrection, Preached on Easter-Sunday (14–18); Sermons of the Sending of the Holy Ghost, Preached on Whit-Sunday (1–15))

Volume 4
(Sermons of the Conspiracy of the Gowries, Preached on the Fifth of August (1–8); Sermons of the Gunpowder Treason, Preached upon the Fifth of November (1–10))

Volume 5
(Certain Sermons Preached at Sundry Times, upon Several Occasions (1–12); A Funeral Sermon; Nineteen Sermons upon Prayer in General, and the Lord’s Prayer in Particular (1–19); Seven Sermons upon the Temptation of Christ in the Wilderness (1–7))

Lectures

The Morall Law Expounded (1630; reprinted in 1642)
(Lectures on the Ten Commandments)

ΑΠΟΣΠΑΣΜΑΤΙΑ Sacra (1657)
(Lectures on Genesis 1–4; Lectures Preached upon Several Choice Texts, Both out of the Old and New Testament)

Free Bible Commentaries — Recommended Resources

I have been spending some time collating lists of free Bible commentaries. But first, I want to share where others have worked tirelessly to make them available.

BibleHub

Many readers will know that you can compare a dozen English Bible translations side-by-side on BibleHub; you can see even more by clicking “Additional Translations”; but did you know that you can also search a dozen commentaries on a verse?

The nearly “infinite scroll” can be taxing on a mobile device, but BibleHub is still the fastest and easiest way to get a sense for what classic Protestant commentaries have said about a verse. If you are just getting started on a verse and don’t have access to a big theological library, I definitely recommend starting there.

BlueLetterBible

BlueLetterBible is a great website for checking the Hebrew and Greek quickly. On the mobile app, you can download several translations easily, and you have access to a nice variety of resources, somewhat similar to BibleHub. It also has a few classic commentaries like Matthew Henry, and a few contemporary commentaries like Chuck Smith, David Guzik, and J. Vernon McGee. BLB seems to follow a specific theological school so the commentaries there are constrained by this.

CatenaBible

CatenaBible.com includes verse-by-verse comments on the Bible, mostly from Church Fathers like Ambrose, Augustine, and Chrysostom. You can easily look up a verse and see quite a few comments, all (amazingly) in English. It is difficult to find collections of Church Fathers’ writings in English, and that makes this a very valuable resource.

In reality, a ‘catena’ (Latin for “chain”) is a collection of biblical commentaries, usually from Church Fathers, arranged together in canonical (or verse-by-verse) order for easy reference. Along with the Jewish Mikraot Gadolot, medieval “catenae” were predecessors of modern study Bibles. Lord willing, the mass digitization of world libraries will eventually make apps and repository websites like Catena, BibleHub, and BlueLetterBible into unbelievably rich sources of information; for now, all of them draw from different public domain material.

My one complaint about CatenaBible is that it is not easy to see the source documents that these comments are drawn from. This is confusing if you want to buy a print version, or read the comment in the original language. I am honestly surprised by how difficult it is to find the works of the Church Fathers, and CatenaBible is a step in the right direction.

Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL)

PRDL is an impressive resource for finding books between 1500 and 1800. Similar to the Online Books Page and Reformed Books Online, PRDL is not a repository, but a collection of lists showing where other websites give access to commentaries. What’s special about PRDL (unlike Reformed Books Online) is that it is organized as a database, which means that you can use a variety of different search terms to find a book: date, author, topic, title, etc. Unlike others, it is also a funded academic research project (though it incorporates and vets contributions from volunteers).

As one instance of PRDL’s value, I spent an hour looking for commentaries from the 1500s which I saw cited in a theology book: Brenz, Musculus, Pellikan, and others. After an hour of searching for (Wolfgang) Musculus on archive.org, Google Books, worldcat.org, and Google, I could not find a digital copy of his commentary on Genesis. There is great difficulty because the title used medieval orthography, so his name could be spelled Mvscvlsvs, and library websites may or may not update that to Musculus, etc. To my great relief, you can type his name into PRDL, and you can see 178 of his works on his author page, including several editions of his Genesis commentary. What a brilliant website!

Unlike all the other sites listed here, PRDL is multilingual, so you can find commentaries in English, Latin, German, French, Dutch, and probably a couple of other European languages. PRDL is part of a funded research project which explains its tremendous erudition and quality—it is much more than a blog. I highly recommend checking it out if you are looking for contemporaries of Luther and Calvin; but it is very incomplete when considering the English Victorian era, which was a very rich time for the publishing of Christian books.

Reformed Books Online

Reformed Books Online claims for itself that it is the “best and largest” collection of Bible commentaries online—I suppose the authors mean in English. It is very useful in that it includes organized links for a large number of commentaries, many taken from PRDL. But it leaves out quite a number of commentaries, especially comments from Church Fathers, medieval commentaries, and any of the great Jewish writers. The site omits or downplays many useful Arminian resources and, following their great father Spurgeon, takes great care to “warn” readers of any Arminian authors. It is clear that most of the bibliography work was done by consulting other works by Spurgeon and Cyril Barber, not by scanning through libraries or digital repositories, which include many works not listed here.

Reformed Books Online also sets up Spurgeon as sole arbiter of which old commentaries should be read, the authors not taking time to write their own reviews. Spurgeon’s 1876 book on Bible commentaries is routinely quoted as the only authority on the quality of a work, so that even his admirers must tire of hearing of it. Sometimes I think “only Spurgeon” is the sixth sola, as Reformed readers seem to know no other preacher or writer between Whitefield (d. 1770) and the present day. We would do well to bear no heroes on our shoulders, and to test everything by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

Sefaria

The Sefaria Digital Library is a Jewish resource, and I highly recommend it to Christians who want to find historic Jewish wisdom on the Hebrew Bible. If you are totally unininitiated, you may want to start by reading a few passages from the Midrash Rabbah (6th century), or Ramban (13th c.). You can also read the Talmudim here, which are important though not exactly “commentaries”.

Sefaria is amazingly well-indexed, so you can click a Bible verse and find upwards of 100 comments, ranging over many centuries—which is unbelievable, when you consider that Reformed Books Online lists only 70-odd commentaries on Genesis, and the sources listed in Sefaria don’t overlap with those. Most on Sefaria are from medieval Jewish writers, but some, like the Targumim and some of the Midrashim, are much older.

Sefaria does have many books that are in Hebrew only, so you may have to do some scrolling to find those that are translated into English (especially on mobile devices). This is great if you’re learning Hebrew; if you’re not, it may be a chore. In any case, any student of the Hebrew Bible should be aware of this wonderful repository.

StudyLight

StudyLight.org has 128 (mostly Protestant) Bible commentaries (in HTML) including many that I have not found anywhere else, even in PDF format. Examples of less-noticed commentaries here include Adam Clarke (early Methodist), Ellicott’s Commentary (late Victorian), Paul Kretzmann (an early 20th-century Lutheran author whose biography of Krapf we published), and Charles Simeon (an Anglican who was extremely influential in early modern missions in a number of ways).

StudyLight is impressively thorough and well-indexed, and reading on a mobile device is seamless, apart from the ads. Aside from older, public domain commentaries, it also incorporates several modern commentaries that are used by permission. I recommend scrolling through these to see what’s there.

I have one caveat: the commentary given there as “Thomas Coke” (a Methodist) is in fact just a plagiarized reprint of William Dodd. I am not sure if Coke’s commentary includes some original material or is entirely a reprint, but students of the Bible should just consult Dodd’s 1770 commentary.

Free Books by Watchman Nee (COMPLETE)

Around the time I came to Christ, I found in my parents’ house several Watchman Nee books inscribed from a family member who had passed many years before: Sit, Walk, StandThe Normal Christian Life; Love Not the World; and Changed into His Likeness. As soon as I read Sit, Walk, Stand, I was hooked.

I found out that his other books were only a few dollars each at a used bookstore, and I began devouring them: Practical Issues of This Life, Spiritual Knowledge, The Release of the Spirit—his little books seemed to me an endless treasure hoard of straightforward teaching. He was the first Christian author I got really hooked on.

Fortunately, his books are easier to find than ever. They have been in digital format for many years, and his primary publisher, Living Stream Ministry, has made his books available for online reading for free, no strings attached. The only catch is, they are not for download (at least, not legally, and not here):

Free Books by Watchman Nee (COMPLETE)

Below I’ve marked with asterisks (***) the books by him which I recommend most. Living Stream’s website uses

List of Book Titles (Alphabetical):

  1. The Assembly Life
  2. Authority and Submission
  3. The Breaking of the Outer Man and the Release of the Spirit***
  4. Burden and Prayer
    [Changed into His Likeness]***
  5. The Character of the Lord’s Worker
  6. Christ Becoming Our Wisdom
  7. Christ is All Spiritual Matters and Things
  8. Christ our Righteousness
  9. Church Affairs
  10. The Christian Life and Warfare (Works, Set 1, Vol. 1)
  11. The Word of the Cross (Works, Set 1, Vol. 2)
  12. The Christian (1) (Works, Set 1, Vol. 3)
  13. The Christian (2) (Works, Set 1, Vol. 4)
  14. The Christian (3) (Works, Set 1, Vol. 5)
  15. The Christian (4) (Works, Set 1, Vol. 6)
  16. The Christian (5) (Works, Set 1, Vol. 7)
  17. The Present Testimony (1) (Works, Set 1, Vol. 8)
  18. The Present Testimony (2) (Works, Set 1, Vol. 9)
  19. The Present Testimony (3) (Works, Set 1, Vol. 10)
  20. The Present Testimony (4) (Works, Set 1, Vol. 11)
  21. The Spiritual Man (1) (Works, Set 1, Vol. 12)
  22. The Spiritual Man (2) (Works, Set 1, Vol. 13)
  23. The Spiritual Man (3) (Works, Set 1, Vol. 14)
  24. Study on Matthew (Works, Set 1, Vol. 15)
  25. Study on Revelation (Works, Set 1, Vol. 16)
  26. Notes on Scriptural Messages (1) (Works, Set 1, Vol. 17)
  27. Notes on Scriptural Messages (2) (Works, Set 1, Vol. 18)
  28. Notes on Scriptural Messages (3) (Works, Set 1, Vol. 19)
  29. Questions on the Gospel (Works, Set 1, Vol. 20)
  30. The Christian (1934-1940) (Works, Set 2, Vol. 21)
  31. The Assembly Life & The Prayer Ministry of the Church (Works, Set 2, Vol. 22)
  32. The Song of Songs & Hymns (Works, Set 2, Vol. 23)
  33. The Overcoming Life (Works, Set 2, Vol. 24)
  34. Collection of Newsletters (1) (Works, Set 2, Vol. 25)
  35. Collection of Newsletters (2) & Watchman Nee’s Testimony (Works, Set 2, Vol. 26)
  36. The Normal Christian Faith (Works, Set 2, Vol. 27)
  37.  The Gospel of God (1) (Works, Set 2, Vol. 28)
  38. The Gospel of God (2) (Works, Set 2, Vol. 29)
  39. The Normal Christian Church Life (Works, Set 2, Vol. 30)
  40. The Open Door (1) (Works, Set 2, Vol. 31)
  41. The Open Door (2) (Works, Set 2, Vol. 32)
  42. The Glorious Church (Works, Set 2, Vol. 34)
  43. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Works, Set 2, Vol. 35)
  44. Central Messages (Works, Set 2, Vol. 36)
  45. General Messages (1) (Works, Set 2, Vol. 37)
  46. General Messages (2) (Works, Set 2, Vol. 38)
  47. Conferences, Messages, and Fellowship (1) (Works, Set 2, Vol. 41)
  48. Conferences, Messages, and Fellowship (2) (Works, Set 2, Vol. 42)
  49. Conferences, Messages, and Fellowship (3) (Works, Set 2, Vol. 43)
  50. Conferences, Messages, and Fellowship (4) (Works, Set 2, Vol. 44)
  51. Conferences, Messages, and Fellowship (5) (Works, Set 2, Vol. 45)
  52. Conferences, Messages, and Fellowship (6) (Works, Set 2, Vol. 46)
  53. The Orthodoxy of the Church & Authority and Submission (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 47)
  54. Messages for Building Up New Believers (1) (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 48)
  55. Messages for Building Up New Believers (2) (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 49)
  56. Messages for Building Up New Believers (3) (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 50)
  57. Church Affairs (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 51)
  58. The Character of the Lord’s Worker (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 52)
  59. The Ministry of God’s Word (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 53)
  60. How to Study the Bible & The Breaking of the Outer Man and the Release of the Spirit (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 54)
  61. The Ministers & The Open Door (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 55)
  62. The Open Door & The Present Testimony (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 56)
  63. The Resumption of Watchman Nee’s Ministry (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 57)
  64. Spiritual Judgment and Examples of Judgment (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 58)
  65. Miscellaneous Records of the Kuling Training (1) (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 59)
  66. Miscellaneous Records of the Kuling Training (2) (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 60)
  67. Matured Leadings in the Lord’s Recovery (1) (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 61)
  68. Matured Leadings in the Lord’s Recovery (2) (Collected Works, Set 3, Vol. 62)
  69. Concerning the Lord’s Day Message Meeting
  70. Deep Calls unto Deep
  71. Expecting the Lord’s Blessing
  72. Fact, Faith, and Experience
  73. The Flow of the Spirit
  74. Further Talks on the Church Life
  75. The Glorious Church
  76. God is Willing
  77. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
  78. God’s Eternal Plan
  79. God’s Keeping Power
  80. God’s Overcomers
  81. God’s Plan and God’s Rest
  82. The Gospel of God (2 volume set)
  83. Head Covering
  84. The Holy Spirit and Reality
  85. How to Know God’s Will
  86. How to Study the Bible
  87. Key to Prayer, The
  88. The Life of the Altar and the Tent
  89. Messages for Building Up New Believers, Vol. 1
  90. Messages for Building Up New Believers, Vol. 2
  91. Messages for Building Up New Believers, Vol. 3
  92. Messages Given During the Resumption of Watchman Nee’s Ministry (2 volume set)
  93. The Messenger of the Cross***
  94. Ministering to the House or to God?
  95. The Ministry of God’s Word
    [The Mystery of Creation?]
  96. The Mystery of Christ
  97. Baptism (New Believer’s Series (1))
  98. Terminating the Past (New Believer’s Series (2))
  99. Separation from the World (New Believer’s Series (3))
  100. Witnessing (New Believer’s Series (4))
  101. Leading Men to Christ (New Believer’s Series (5))
  102. If Anyone Sins (New Believer’s Series (6))
  103. Consecration (New Believer’s Series (7))
  104. Confession with the Mouth (New Believer’s Series (8))
  105. Reading the Bible (New Believer’s Series (9))
  106. Meeting (New Believer’s Series (10))
  107. Prayer (New Believer’s Series (11))
  108. Early Rising (New Believer’s Series (12))
  109. Confession and Recompense (New Believer’s Series (13))
  110. Forgiveness and Restoration (New Believer’s Series (14))
  111. Deliverance (New Believer’s Series (15))
  112. Our Life (New Believer’s Series (16))
  113. Seeking God’s Will (New Believer’s Series (17))
  114. Governmental Forgiveness (New Believer’s Series (18))
  115. The Discipline of God (New Believer’s Series (19))
  116. The Discipline of the Holy Spirit (New Believer’s Series (20))
  117. Withstanding the Devil (New Believer’s Series (21))
  118. Loving the Brothers (New Believer’s Series (22))
  119. The Priesthood (New Believer’s Series (23))
  120. The Body of Christ (New Believer’s Series (24))
  121. The New Covenant (1952 Edition)
  122. The Normal Christian Church Life
  123. The Normal Christian Faith
    [The Normal Christian Worker = The Character of the Lord’s Worker]
  124. The Orthodoxy of the Church
  125. The Overcoming Life
  126. Praising
  127. A Prayer for Revelation
  128. The Prayer Ministry of the Church
  129. Questions on the Gospel
    [The Release of the Spirit = The Breaking of the Outer Man and the Release of the Spirit]
  130. The Renewing of the Mind
  131. A Righteous Forgiveness
  132. Self-Knowledge and God’s Light
  133. Separated Unto the Lord
  134. The Sinners’ Friend
  135. The Song of Songs
  136. Special Grace and Reserve Grace
    [Spiritual Authority = Authority and Submission?]
    [Spiritual Knowledge?]
    The Spiritual Man (3 volume set)
  137. Spiritual Progress
  138. A Sure Salvation
  139. Tell Him
  140. The Time of the Cross
  141. The Treasure in Earthen Vessels
  142. The Two Natures
  143. Two Principles of Living
  144. Watchman Nee’s Testimony
  145. What Are We?
  146. The Word of the Cross
  147. The Worship That Draws Near
  148. Worshipping the Ways of God

List of Booklet Titles

  1. And Peter [booklet]
  2. The Body of Christ (W.N. Booklet)

A Bibliography of Louis Albert Banks (by Genre)

What follows is a hyperlinked list of the books of Louis Albert Banks, organized by genre.

The list is likely incomplete. Some of these are extremely rare and get only a few hits on Google.

Of the 70 single-author volumes listed here, 55 of them are available for free download at a link below. Most of them are on the Internet Archive, and a few more are on Google Books. Some of those on Google Books or HathiTrust Digital Library are view-only.

SEE RELATED:
A Bibliography of Louis Albert Banks (Chronological)
Free Books by Louis Albert Banks (50+)

Sermons & Spiritual Essays

  1. Bible Soul-Winners [US-access only]
  2. Christ and His Friends: A Series of Revival Sermons
  3. The Christ Brotherhood [Google Books]
  4. The Christ Dream [24 sermons]
  5. Common Folks’ Religion: A Volume of Sermons and Addresses [HathiTrust; view only]
  6. David and His Friends: A Series of Revival Sermons
  7. Dramatic Stories of Jesus [unavailable]
  8. The Fisherman and His Friends: A Series of Revival Sermons
  9. The Great Portraits of the Bible
  10. The Great Promises of the Bible
  11. The Great Saints of the Bible [US-access only; also viewable on HathiTrust]
  12. The Great Sinners of the Bible
  13. The Great Themes of the Bible
  14. The Healing of Souls: A Series of Revival Sermons
  15. Heavenly Trade-Winds [essays?]
  16. Hidden Wells of Comfort [HathiTrust; view only]
  17. The Honeycombs of Life: A Volume of Sermons and Addresses
  18. Illustrative Prayer-Meeting Talks [unavailable]
  19. John and His Friends: A Series of Revival Sermons
  20. The King’s Stewards [essays?]
  21. The Lord’s Arrows [unavailable; very rare]
  22. The Motherhood of God: A Series of Discourses
  23. The New Ten Commandments and Other Sermons
  24. On the Trail of Moses: A Series of Revival Sermons [microfilm]
  25. Paul and His Friends: A Series of Revival Sermons
  26. The People’s Christ [sermons]
    [Saints and Sinners of the Bible = compilation/reprint]
  27. Sermons for Reviving: On the Table Talk of Master [unavailable]
  28. Sermons Which Have Won Souls
  29. The Sinner and His Friends: A Volume of Evangelistic Sermons
  30. The Sunday-Night Evangel: A Series of Sunday Evening Discourses
  31. Thirty-One Revival Sermons [unavailable & rare: “on themes drawn from the lives of Elijah and Elisha”]
  32. The Unexpected Christ: A Series of Evangelistic Sermons
  33. Unused Rainbows: Prayer Meeting Talks
  34. The Winds of God [essays?]
  35. The World’s Childhood [on Genesis 1-3]
  36. Wonderful Bible Conversions
  37. A Year’s Prayer-Meeting Talks

Autobiographical

  1. An Oregon Boyhood
    [Live Boys in Oregon = alternate title of An Oregon Boyhood]
  2. The Revival Quiver: A Pastor’s Record of Four Revival Campaigns [unavailable; currently $40 and up]
  3. Soul Winning Stories

Biographical

  1. Capital Stories about Famous Americans (ed. by Louis Albert Banks)
  2. Heroic Personalities
  3. The Religious Life of Famous Americans
  4. The Story of the Hall of Fame
  5. T. DeWitt Talmage: His Life and Work
  6. Youth of Famous Americans

Hymns

  1. Immortal Hymns and Their Story
  2. Immortal Songs of Camp and Field [also on Gutenberg]

Prohibition & Social Issues

  1. Ammunition for Final Drive on Booze
  2. Censor Echoes, Or Words that Burned [unavailable; extremely rare]
  3. The Lincoln Legion
  4. The Saloon-Keeper’s Ledger
  5. Seven Times around Jericho [microfilm]
  6. White Slaves [also on Gutenberg]

Sermon Illustrations & Anecdotes

  1. Anecdotes and Morals
  2. Christ’s Soul-Searching Parables [Google Books, search only; no view or download]
  3. Fresh Bait for Fishers of Men
  4. Great Archers and Their Weapons
  5. Poetry and Morals
  6. Spurgeon’s Illustrative Anecdotes
  7. Windows for Sermons

Young People

  1. Chats with Young Christians [unavailable]
  2. The Christian Gentleman [Google Books]
  3. Hero Tales from Sacred Story [unavailable]
  4. A Manly Boy [microfilm]
  5. My Young Man
  6. The Problems of Youth
  7. Sermon Stories for Boys and Girls
  8. A Summer in Peter’s Garden [?] [I have no information on this one.]
  9. Twentieth-Century Knighthood

Translations

  1. The Parables of Jesus: A Methodical Exposition (tr. by Louis Albert Banks) [HathiTrust; view only]

Booklets

  1. Lucy Stone: A Heroine of the Struggle for Human Rights [view only; also a chapter in The Honeycombs of Life]

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.

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.