I read dead people.
Charles Spurgeon. John Bunyan. John Calvin. CS Lewis. Arthur Pink. Leonard Ravenhill. AW Tozer. St. Augustine. The list goes on…
All dead. All great authors.
Some pastors. Some preachers. All love Jesus.
I like reading contemporary Christian books as well, but I find there is little that is out there today that has the depth and meatiness of these old dead dudes.
My personal favourite is an old English Baptist Pastor from the 19th century named Charles Spurgeon, nicknamed the Prince of Preachers. I have several dozen of his books, not to mention three large collections of his sermons, including this one:
Here are two different websites that host transcripts of his sermons:
I just finished reading one of Spurgeon’s sermons called A Great Bargain, which I downloaded from the Spurgeon Gems website. Here are a few quotes that blessed me. May they inspire you as well!
A Great Bargain:
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” (Matt. 13:45-46).
“Here we have a fit emblem of many who lay hold on Christ and find Him to be their All in All… Seek not only pearls, but seek good pearls. Go in for the good! Yes, cast your soul about to find the best!”
“When a man finds Christ, I cannot tell you how much he values Him, but this I know – all the world besides seems nothing to a Christian when he has once found His Lord and Master!”
“If now you have found Him, who is “the chief among ten thousand” and, “altogether lovely,” and you value Him so that you cannot be happy without Him, He will become, at once, your portion!”
“He sold all that he had… He must have money. Everything must go for that pearl! He is more glad to get rid of his possessions than ever he was to obtain them! Away they shall go at the best price they will fetch, but go they must, for he must have the pearl! Well now, Jesus Christ is to be had, but there is a great deal that a man must give up if he is ever to call Christ his own.”
“And when a man once finds Christ – ah, then he seeks nothing more!”
I want to challenge you – check out some of the great classic Christian literature that’s out there… you will be blessed!