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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.

FREE PDF: Faber’s Hymns (edited by Pioneer Library)

In the current crisis, many are quarantined either by choice or force, and others are practicing “social distancing” or attending church only remotely. I thought it would be helpful to offer a free ebook, so I’ve attached our 2017 edition of Faber’s Hymns, edited from an 1894 volume, partly to better accommodate Protestant worship.

Many hymns in this book deal with God’s character, God’s holiness, spiritual dryness, and eternity. I thought they might be a comfort to our readers.

Faber’s Hymns (edited by Pioneer Library) (0.4 MB)

Please feel free to share, copy, or re-use the hymns, with or without crediting us. They are in the public domain.

Free Book for Lent: Shadows of the Cross (Birks)

I recently made a trip to the British Library at St. Pancras, London, and digitized quite a few scarce English books by my personal favorites like F. W. Boreham and H. A. Birks (author of Jesus, a Man of Sorrows; The Life of Thomas Valpy French; and numerous other works). Birks was a scholar and preacher who published several books intended especially for use during Lent:

  • Jesus, a Man of Sorrows (now available for Kindle)
  • God’s Champion, Man’s Example (forthcoming)
  • The Shadow of the Cross in Our Lord’s Ministry

For the occasion of Lent 2020, I wanted to make this third book publicly available, so I have uploaded at the link below.

Unless you have library access in Cambridge, Dublin, Edinburgh, Cardiff, or the British Library in London, you will probably never see a physical copy of this book. It has been out of print since 1892—for 128 years.

The Shadow of the Cross in Our Lord’s Ministry – free PDF download (17.1 MB)

If you are looking for a 40-day daily devotional created just for Lent, you can also check out In the Desert with Jesus.

Free Books by G. Campbell Morgan (50+)

Some readers may remember that, about ten years ago, a number of G. Campbell Morgan books (which are in the public domain) were freely available online at gcampbellmorgan.com (then the G. Campbell Morgan Archive). These were nice because they were already formatted, and the PDFs were proofreaded and readable.

With the advent of ebooks, this was turned into a paysite, and has apparently been shut down or changed domains.

However, you can still access the old free website thanks to archive.org’s Wayback Machine, which is a web crawler that archives websites.

Use the links below:

Free G. Campbell Morgan books on the Internet Archive (50+)
Free G. Campbell Morgan audiobooks on LibriVox (3)
Free G. Campbell Morgan books on the Wayback Machine (30+)

Lubbock’s List: The Original ‘Must-Read’ List

This post is a break from “our usual programming” to look at a surprisingly modern phenomenon in publishing: “must-read lists.” Included below is probably the most famous example, with links to free copies of over 100 books, mostly classics.

“The choice of books, like that of friends, is a serious duty.”
—Sir John Lubbock.

What Did People Read in Victorian Times?

I came across something in F. W. Boreham’s Ships of Pearl the other day, where he mentioned in passing that Sir John Lubbock had created a list of 100 books that anyone should read if they want to think of themselves as “well-read.” Out of pure curiosity, I found the list online, and I wanted to take a closer look at what’s there. Note: The list was partially reported in The Spectator on the day the speech was given in 1886, but it was  later published fully with comments (and a few changes) in a book by Sir John Lubbock (see chapter 4 of The Pleasures of Life).

F. W. Boreham, who informed me of the list, read many of the philosophers, historians, playwrights, and poets on this list. I would guess that he read close to half of the works on this list. The list, therefore, is a pretty strong indicator of what was popular then. It is interesting to think that a preacher in the 1910s and 1920s might be reading substantially the same literature as the layman, whereas today I would expect that I have almost no books in common with the library of non-churchgoers.

Three books on this list that were hugely influential, but are rarely explored today, would be: Boswell’s Life of Johnson (seminal in the field of biography), Keble’s Christian Year (popularized 365-day devotionals), and Smiles’ Self-Help (foundational to the modern genre of self-help).

The Widespread Influence of Lubbock’s List

Lubbock’s list was originally presented to the Working Men’s College in London, of which he was the principal from 1883 to 1899. Notably, the list set working-class men running for the Classics: Lubbock had high praise not just for Plato and Homer, but Plutarch, Xenophon, and Epictetus, names the mere mention of which would set most Americans yawning today. Lubbock also comments about omitting novels, modern historians (all “kings and queens . . . dates of battles and wars”), and modern science (“so rapidly progressive”).

This list also set off a chain reaction in English literary circles: first, of comments and criticisms; then, of scholars and academies creating their own lists; thirdly, of publishers creating series like Great Books, which were very successful into the first decades of the twentieth century.

The Purpose of the List

In a way, Lubbock’s list is the original ‘must-read’ list, but it is not by any means a list of his personal favorites. If you’re surprised by what’s there (a Victorian MP recommending the Qurʼān?), note Lubbock’s comment:

I drew up the list, not as that of the hundred best books, but, which is very different, of those which have been most frequently recommended as best worth reading.

On the Qurʼān, for instance, he writes:

The Koran, like the Analects of Confucius, will to most of us derive its principal interest from the effect it has exercised, and still exercises, on so many millions of our fellow-men. I doubt whether in any other respect it will seem to repay perusal, and to most persons probably certain extracts, not too numerous, would appear sufficient.

Nabeel Qureshi, though, would point out the cultural mismatch of making an analogy between Christians’ view of the Bible and Muslims’ views of the Qurʼān—especially noting the orality of many Muslim-majority cultures, and the recentness of widespread literacy.

More Like a Hundred-ish

The list is purported to be “a hundred,” but many of the “books” listed are either volume sets or series, and as listed it even exceeds 100 works, so that the actual number of “books” here is about 189 (!) by my count. (Some are very short, though, right?)

I’ve linked all of them to Project Gutenberg for reference. Out of all 100+ works, less than 10 were not on Project Gutenberg, which is a tribute to the enduring popularity of the books that Lubbock chose.

  1. The Holy Bible (Latin) (Spanish) (Swedish)
  2. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (German)
  3. Epictetus
  4. Aristotle’s Ethics (Greek: NE vol 1, NE vol 2)
  5. The Analects of Confucius
  6. St Hilaire’s Le Bouddha et sa religion . . . is not on Project Gutenberg but it is available here and (in French) here
  7. Wake’s Apostolic Fathers . . . is not on Project Gutenberg but it is available here
  8. Thos. à Kempis’ Imitation of Christ (French)
  9. Confessions of St. Augustine (Dr. Pusey) (Latin)
  10. The Koran (portions of)
  11. Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus
  12. Comte’s Catechism of Positive Philosophy . . . is not on Project Gutenberg but you can read it here
  13. Pascal’s Pensées [“Thoughts”]
  14. Butler’s Analogy of Religion
  15. Taylor’s Holy Living and Dying . . . is not on Project Gutenberg but you can read it here
  16. Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress (Finnish)
  17. Keble’s Christian Year
  18. Plato’s Dialogues; at any rate, the Apology (Greek), Phædo (Finnish) (Greek), and Republic (Greek)
  19. Xenophon’s Memorabilia [listed twice]
  20. Aristotle’s Politics
  21. Demosthenes’ De Corona [“On the Crown,” excerpt from The Public Orations of Demosthenes, vol. 1]
  22. Cicero’s De Officiis (Latin), De Amicitia [“On Friendship”], and De Senectute [“On Old Age”] (Latin) [the first two are available in English as Treatises on Friendship and Old Age; De Senectute is in English here]
  23. Plutarch’s Lives (Greek) (4 volumes)
  24. Berkeley’s Human Knowledge
  25. Descartes’s Discours sur la Méthode
  26. Locke’s On the Conduct of the Understanding . . . isn’t on Project Gutenberg but you can read it here and here and here 
  27. Homer’s Iliad (French) (Greek) (Latin) (Spanish) and Odyssey (Finnish) (French) (Greek) (Latin) (Spanish) (Swedish)
  28. Hesiod (Latin) (?)
  29. Virgil (Finnish) (Latin) (Scots) (?)
  30. Epitomized in Talboy Wheeler’s History of India, vols i and ii: Maha Bharata (5 volumes), Ramayana
  31. Firdusi’s Shahnameh [an excerpt from The Persian Literature, vol 1]
  32. The Nibelungenlied (only available in German)
  33. Malory’s Morte d’Arthur 
  34. The Sheking [The Shi King] . . . is not on Project Gutenberg but you can read it here
  35. Kalidasa’s Sakuntala or The Lost Ring
  36. Aeschylus’s Prometheus [excerpt of Tragedies and Fragments] (Greek)
  37. Aeschylus’s Trilogy (Greek) (Swedish)
  38. Sophocles’s Oedipus (Dutch)
  39. Euripides’s Medea
  40. Aristophanes’s The Knights and Clouds (Greek) [both are excerpts from Eleven Comedies vol 1]
  41. Horace
  42. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (Italian) (“perhaps in Morris’ edition; or, if expurgated, in C. Clarke’s, or Mrs. Haweis'”)
  43. Shakespeare (8 volumes)
  44. Milton’s Paradise Lost, Lycidas, Comus, and minor poems [Lycidas and Comus are included with the minor poems]
  45. Dante’s Divina Commedia (Cary’s tr.) (Longfellow’s tr.) (Finnish) (Friulian) (German) (Italian) (Spanish)
  46. Spenser’s Fairie Queen (1?)
  47. Dryden’s Poems [vol 1 and vol 2] (2 volumes)
  48. Scott’s Poems [such as The Lady of the Lake, Marmion, ?]
  49. Wordsworth (Mr Arnold’s selection) [Wordsworth’s complete poetical works is in 8 volumes . . . presumably Lubbock means Selected Poems of William Wordsworth]
  50. Pope’s Essay on Criticism
  51. Essay on Man
  52. Rape of the Lock [portion from Rape of the Lock and Other Poems]
  53. Burns
  54. Byron’s Childe Harold
  55. Gray [largest selection seems to be in Poetical Works of Johnson, Parnell, Gray, and Smollett]
  56. Herodotus [vol 1 and vol 2] (Greek: vol 1 and vol 2)
  57. Xenophon’s Anabasis (Greek)
  58. Thucydides (Greek)
  59. Tacitus’s Germania (Finnish) (French) (German)
  60. Livy (4 volumes)
  61. Gibbon’s Decline and Fall (6 volumes)
  62. Hume’s History of England (3 volumes)
  63. Grote’s History of Greece (12 volumes!)
  64. Carlyle’s French Revolution (3 volumes)
  65. Green’s Short History of England . . . is surprisingly not on Project Gutenberg but it is here [and Green’s 8-volume “long” history of England is on Gutenberg here]
  66. Lewes’s History of Philosophy . . . is not on Project Gutenberg but it is here: vol 1 and vol 2 
  67. Arabian Nights
  68. Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (Dutch)  (Finnish) (French)
  69. Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe
  70. Goldsmith’s Vicar of Wakefield
  71. Cervante’s Don Quixote (Finnish)
  72. Boswell’s Life of Johnson (2 volumes)
  73. Molière (?) [his complete works are 10 volumes in English]
  74. Schiller’s William Tell
  75. Sheridan’s The Critic, School for Scandal, and The Rivals
  76. Carlyle’s Past and Present
  77. Bacon’s Novum Organum
  78. Smith’s Wealth of Nations (part of)
  79. Mill’s Political Economy
  80. Cook’s Voyages
  81. Humboldt’s Travels [vol 1, vol 2, vol 3] (3 volumes)
  82. White’s Natural History of Selborne
  83. Darwin’s Origin of Species
  84. Naturalist’s Voyage [i.e. The Voyage of the Beagle]
  85. Mill’s Logic
  86. Bacon’s Essays
  87. Montaigne’s Essays (Finnish) (French)
  88. Hume’s Essays
  89. Macaulay’s Essays (6 volumes)
  90. Addison’s Essays
  91. Emerson’s Essays
  92. Burke’s Select Works
  93. Smiles’s Self-Help
  94. Voltaire’s Zadig (Finnish) (French) (Spanish) and Micromegas (Spanish)
  95. Goethe’s Faust (German),  and Autobiography (2 volumes)
  96. Thackeray’s Vanity Fair
  97. Thackeray’s Pendennis
  98. Dickens’ Pickwick
  99. Dickens’ David Copperfield
  100. Lytton’s Last Days of Pompeii
  101. George Eliot’s Adam Bede
  102. Kingsley’s Westward Ho!
  103. Scott’s Novels [28 volumes!!]:  The Abbot; Anne of Geierstein [vol 1 and vol 2]; The AntiquaryThe Betrothed[Bizarro was not in print at the time that J. L. created his list]; The Black DwarfThe Bride of Lammermoor (Finnish) (Italian); Castle Dangerous [portion of Waverley Novels vol. 12]; Count Robert of Paris [portion of Waverley Novels vol. 12]; The Fair Maid of PerthThe Fortunes of NigelGuy ManneringThe Heart of MidlothianIvanhoe (Dutch); KenilworthA Legend of MontroseThe MonasteryOld MortalityPeveril of the PeakThe PirateQuentin DurwardRedgauntletRob Roy (French); Saint Ronan’s Well[The Siege of Malta had not been fully printed at the time J. L. created his list]; The Talisman (Dutch); Waverley (Finnish); Woodstock.
  104. [Selections from the Writings of Ruskin (added in 1930 edition)]
  105. [Ruskin’s Modern Painters (added in 1930 edition)] (5 volumes)

 

Note: Previous Lubbock lists had included:

  1. Southey’s Thalaba the Destroyer, The Curse of Kehama (vol 1 and vol 2)
  2. Lucretius [“less generally suitable than most of the others in the list”]
  3. Miss Austen’s Emma, or Pride and Prejudice [Lubbock omitted them, commenting that English novelists were “somewhat over-represented”]
  4. Locke’s Human Understanding (vol 1 and vol 2) [apparently mistaken for Conduct of the Understanding in some lists, since the titles are so similar]

Free Complete Works of Jonathan Edwards

A friend recently asked about a readable edition of Jonathan Edwards’ complete works.

You can download his complete works in PDF format for FREE from archive.org, using the following links—WARNING: the full volumes will have VERY LARGE file sizes:


vol 1vol 2vol 3vol 4
These links are all to the 1879 edition of ‘The Works of President Edwards,’ which is the most recent complete edition available online.


Arranged by topic:

BIOGRAPHICAL WORKS:

  1. Memoirs of President Edwards
  2. An Account of the Life of the Rev. David Brainerd
  3. Narrative of Surprising Conversions

SERMONS:

  1. A Farewell Sermon
  2. Six Occasional Sermons
  3. Sermons on Various Important Subjects

WORKS DEFENDING OR PROMOTING CALVINISM:

  1. A Careful and Strict Inquiry into the Prevailing Notions of the Freedom of the Will
  2. Miscellaneous Observations concerning the Divine Decree in General and Election in Particular
  3. Concerning the Perseverance of the Saints

OTHER THEOLOGICAL DOCTRINES:

  1. The Great Christian Doctrine of Original Sin Defended
  2. A History of the Work of Redemption (originally sermons)
  3. Miscellaneous Observations on Important Doctrines
  4. Mysteries of Scripture
  5. Observations upon Particular Passages of Scripture
  6. Theological Questions

CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY:

  1. Dissertation on the Nature of True Virtue
  2. Dissertation on the End for which God Created the World

PRACTICAL THEOLOGY:

  1. The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God
  2. Thoughts on the Revival of Religion in New England, 1740
  3. Inquiry Concerning Qualifications for Communion
  4. A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections
  5. A Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of God’s People in Extraordinary Prayer

POLEMICAL WORK:

  1. Misrepresentations Corrected and Truth Vindicated, in Reply to the Rev. Solomon Williams
  2. Reasons Against Dr. Watts’ Notion of the Pre-Existence of Christ’s Human Soul

Arranged by volume:

Volume 1:

  1. Memoirs of President Edwards
  2. A Farewell Sermon
  3. Inquiry Concerning Qualifications for Communion
  4. Misrepresentations Corrected and Truth Vindicated, in Reply to the Rev. Solomon Williams
  5. A History of the Work of Redemption
  6. The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God
  7. Miscellaneous Observations on Important Doctrines
  8. An Account of the Life of the Rev. David Brainerd

Volume 2:

  1. A Careful and Strict Inquiry into the Prevailing Notions of the Freedom of the Will
  2. Dissertation on the End for which God Created the World
  3. Dissertation on the Nature of True Virtue
  4. The Great Christian Doctrine of Original Sin Defended
  5. Miscellaneous Observations concerning the Divine Decree in General and Election in Particular

Volume 3:

  1. A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections
  2. Narrative of Surprising Conversions
  3. Thoughts on the Revival of Religion in New England, 1740
  4. A Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of God’s People in Extraordinary Prayer
  5. Concerning the Perseverance of the Saints
  6. Reasons Against Dr. Watts’ Notion of the Pre-Existence of Christ’s Human Soul
  7. Mysteries of Scripture
  8. Observations upon Particular Passages of Scripture
  9. Theological Questions
  10. Six Occasional Sermons

Volume 4:

  1. Sermons on Various Important Subjects

Free Books by A. W. Tozer

Most of Tozer’s books are still under copyright, but a few happen to be in the public domain, including the classic The Pursuit of God. Although that’s the only one that’s in multiple formats, I’m leaving these links here in case more of them show up in the future (like Total Commitment to Christ, or How To Be Filled with the Holy Spirit).

Helpful tip: If you’re in a pinch, you can borrow many Tozer books with digital library access from the Internet Archive. All you have to do is sign up, and you can borrow a book for two weeks at a time.

Free A. W. Tozer books (PDF) on the Internet Archive (10+)
Free A. W. Tozer audiobooks on LibriVox
Free A. W. Tozer books on Project Gutenberg

8 Best Websites for Free Books

In general, if you’re looking for free books, the best places to look are the following, in order of usefulness:
  1. The Online Books Page
    A huge handmade database that aggregates freely available books in all formats, especially from major sites listed below like Google Books, HathiTrust, and the Internet Archive. It is the most useful because you can find comprehensive lists arranged by author, although, for our favorite authors, listed above, we have compiled even better lists here.
    Especially good for: Books organized by author
  2. The Internet Archive (archive.org)
    A massive media archive based in San Francisco, housing mainly public domain materials. The Internet Archive includes digitized library resources, like Google Books, but also includes other media forms like video and audio. Many public domain books from Google Books have been re-uploaded on archive.org, but not nearly all. It is also sometimes prone to religious propaganda or spam, so you may have to tailor your searches.
    Europe has more Internet restrictions and stricter copyright laws, so you will have the best luck if you are logged in from the United States or Canada.
    Especially good for: Any book from 1850 to 1923
  3. Google Books
    Google Books contains millions of digitized books, including both public domain and in copyright. Google Books often has the best collection of very old materials, i.e., before 1850. If you are looking for a rare Puritan work, a very rare hymn, or something from William Carey’s day, Google Books is often the best place to start.
    I also have written a guide to hunting for rare quotes, which works best on Google Books for numerous reasons.
    Especially good for: Magazines, periodicals, anything pre-1850
  4. Project Gutenberg
    Project Gutenberg is the best place to find books in epub and mobi formats, as well as rich-text format or plain text files, all of which are kilobytes instead of megabytes, and have many advantages over reading PDFs.
    Especially good for: Reflowable and searchable formats (epub, mobi, rtf, txt)
  5. LibriVox (for audiobooks only)
    LibriVox is the best source for public domain audiobooks. Occasionally, there are public domain books on LibriVox that are not available in any of these other sites; but, usually, they are popular titles that are already on Project Gutenberg and elsewhere. Often, I find that books that are free on Kindle will end up on LibriVox, so it is nice to switch back and forth, and use the Kindle to annotate or highlight the book as you listen.
    Especially good for: Fiction and adventure
  6. HathiTrust Digital Library
    HathiTrust is similar to Google Books and the Internet Archive, but, like Google Books, it also includes some books with use restrictions. So, sometimes you will find a newer book listed, but you won’t be able to access, or it will ask for an institutional (i.e. library or university) login, or perhaps the file will be read-only.
    Like the Online Books Page, HathiTrust has wealth of metadata, like author’s birth and death date, which makes it easier to find out if you are looking at the right title or not.
    Especially good for: Pamphlets
  7. Amazon’s Kindle Store
    When the Kindle Store began, there was a huge selection of free ebooks; however, all of these were taken directly from Project Gutenberg, so there’s no unique free material. Amazon was also swarmed from 2013 to 2015 by piggybacking public domain publishers, which caused a number of problems when readers are searching for older books—there would be dozens of Kindle editions, with no available rationale for choosing between them. This debacle has unfortunately become the status quo for lovers of resurrected books, since Amazon has continued to change its indexing in ways that only mask the free editions and promote more expensive ones. You can type “free” in the search bar, but it won’t limit your search to free titles.
    For the authors listed above, you will find that we have personally curated lists of Amazon’s free ebook editions, wherever available.
    Especially good for: Quick access & syncing
  8. U-M Library Digital Collections
    The University of Michigan has a fantastic collection of digitized books, but it’s not a good place to start looking. Usually, I end up on U-M’s digital collection because I am looking up a quote from poets and Puritans.
    However, it belongs on this list because I frequently find very rare or very old books there that are not available anywhere else. They have digitized books in their collection that are virtually impossible to even read anywhere else.
    Especially good for: Very old books, 17th and 18th century