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.
Today is the 132th anniversary of Ion Keith-Falconer’s death in Yemen. If you haven’t read his incredible story, you can get a free PDF copy at the link below!
This is the page-turning biography of Ion Keith-Falconer, a missionary who studied in Germany and Egypt before relocating his family to the colony of Aden, in present-day Yemen. Like C. T. Studd, Keith-Falconer was a famous athlete and a spokesman for what some have called “muscular Christianity.” He also had a promising career as a linguist and received a lecturing appointment at Cambridge. Keith-Falconer died tragically not long after arriving in his chosen mission field, but his consecrated life was an inspiration that led many more to the mission field.
This biography was written by James Robson, one of the missionaries that went to Yemen after Ion Keith-Falconer.
Click here to download a free copy of the biography of Ion Keith-Falconer!