Friday, May 6, 2011

Reading the Classics Together at

 Excitement afoot!  There's a new opportunity to read a book!  Tim Challies has announced an upcoming READ-THE-CLASSICS-TOGETHER project over on his blog.  Several times I've particpated  in Challies' reading group, reading  a few classics myself including:  Mortification of Sin by Owen, Spurgeon by Dallimore, Seven Last Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross by Pink, Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray.  The experience is valuable.   Challies' reviews, the multitude of comments from various co-readers, and the thinking required to make a comment of your own all contribute to gaining more than normal when reading a book. 

But what book  will Challies choose?  How does Challies choose?  I don't know. He made a suggestion, Robert Murray M’Cheyne by Andrew Bonar.   But then asked, "what do you want?"  The responses?  Wow, amazing interest.  Everybody wants to read a book.  Reading through the comments there are some great suggestions.   By far the most requested is Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen.  But
it's Tim's blog, not a democracy, so we'll have to wait and see what title wins out.   If it is Machen, I'm in.

I was really amazed at all the wonderful and truly Classic suggestions.  

Some of the other titles with repeated requests are:

Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
Life Together by Bonhoeffer
Confessions by Augustine
Institutes by John Calvin
Sovereignity of God by Pink
Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

All great choices.  Waiting excitedly to see which book wins.  As of 6:15pm on 5/6/11 there are 112 comments all expressing their own hopes for the next book for Reading the Classics Together.

click here to read Tim Challies' post

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