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And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Ecclesiastes 12 v12

Whether it be Solomon speaking to Rehoboam
we can leave undecided.
The wise man has been speaking of a wise preacher who chose to teach the people knowledge, with acceptable Words, even upright Words of Truth.
He sets them in order, taking good heed, seeking out and setting down many wise sayings for the spiritual benefit of his hearers.
These Words were to be as goads, to stimulate, to spur on, to correct, to admonish the hearer or reader and so be profitable to the mind and soul.
We must give due heed to such Words.
We are encouraged to by Paul as well.
Speaking to young Timothy, Paul encourages him, not only to put the brethren in rememberance of these things, but to nourish himself by Words of Faith and Good Doctrine.
Paul exhorts “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”
So what are we to read today?
In contrast to the Good and Faithful Words outlined above, it is even more true today, to say ” of the making of books there is no end and much study is a weariness to the flesh”

We do not want to weary our bodies by what we read, but refresh our souls and enliven our spirits. What we read must lead us to Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man and really should be the whole conclusion of the matter.

Take heed how you hear and what you read, do not deaden your body, mind, and soul, but stimulate them by what you hear and what you read, so that you are enriched spiritually, to the end that you truely glorify God and His Son Jesus Christ.

© Jeff Maxwell 2010


Calvin’s Commentaries and Works

 C H Spurgeon considered them of priceless value.
I have the Baker 22 volume set on my shelf and highly prize them.
It’s good to be able to turn to them and have them to hand.

Many have been the promoters of Calvin’s commentaries, but may I also add that the Sermons of Calvin when, they can be obtained, offer another aspect of the mans ‘greatness’ in the hands of God.
They show a different side to him and balance out his teachings.

For a lucid presentation of his theology one should turn his Institutes of Christian Religion written firstly when he was young and revised a number of times through his life and are very readable.

For historical value one can also read his Tracts and Letters. Put altogether he was a man greatly used of God and a man who was constantly engaged in the work of God.

No man is perfect and there are facets of him which we should avoid and were no doubt because he was ‘a child of another age’ of which many are now unfamiliar.


© Jeff Maxwell



Hi All,

I have been cataloguing some books tonight and thought I might  just refer you to two sites where you may list your Library books.

Library Thing has a free section but it’s limited, their paid for section is great and doesn’t cost a lot, you select your donation it seems with guidance from them.

Anobii is completely free and you can tag books, add reviews, comments, when read etc and is based in Hong Kong.

Prehaps you know of other sites you could introduce me to. I have put links for these two below.


Every blessing for tomorrow.






© Jeff Maxwell 2010

NEWLY LISTED (Not on Full Booklist Yet)

  Newly Listed (Not on Full Booklist Yet)          
REF Title Date Author Pub Price ISBN
gc42 Diversities of Gifts : Westminster Conference 1980 1980 Various WC 1.50 n
b120 Luther The Reformer : Story of the man and his career 1989 J M Kittelson IVP 3.00 9780851106663
b121 But Now I See: Life of Newton 1998 J Bull BOT 1.95 9780851517421
b122 Asahel Nettleton 1996 BT & A Bonar BOT 2.25 9780851517018
b123 Howell Harris and the Dawn of Revival 1987 R Bennett EPW 2.00 185049035X
b124 Robert Murray M’Cheyne 1962 A Bonar BOT 1.50 9780851510859
b125 Martyn Lloyd-Jones : A Family Portrait 1995 C Catherwood KING 2.00 9780860658160
b126 Robert Bruce 1961 D C Macnicol BOT 1.00 n
b127 Glory Billy Bray : Cornish Miner and the Kings Son 1989 F W Bourne AMBA 1.00 0907927483
b128 John Owen : Prince of Puritans 1996 A Thompson CFP 2.50 9781857922677
c120 I Will’s of the Psalms 1985 P B Power BOT 3.00 0851514456
c126 Union and Communion :Thoughts on Song on Solomon nd J H Taylor M&S 1.75 n
gt57 The Last Things 1989 P Helm BOT 1.25 08151515444
gt58 The Work of the Holy Spirit 1972 O Winslow BOT 1.25 9780851511528
gc43 Among The Soviet Evangelicals 1986 S Nesdoly BOT 1.25 0851514898
gw142 I Will’s of Christ 1984 P B Power BOT 3.00 0851514294
gw143 Steps for Guidance 1995 P Masters WAK 1.25 9781870855198
gw144 Golden Booklet of the Christian Life 1998 J Calvin BAK 1.25 9780801023668
gw145 The Roots of True Faith 1992 W Guthrie GP 1.25 9780946462285
gs5 Geese in their Hoods 1977 C H Spurgeon WHP 2.50 0936714171
gs9 12 Sermons on the Resurection 1976 C H Spurgeon BBH 2.00 0801079675
p27 Praying Always 1995 F Bakker BOT 1.25 978085151144
p28 The Intercession of Christ 1998 J Bunyan CH 1.75 9781857924121
gp1 The Forty Days : Penc u/l Reading copy only 1960 G R King HEW 0.75 n
gc44 Restoration of the Church: Reports of Revivals 1989 Various CFP 2.00 0871676029
g151 Kept for the Masters Use nd F R Havergal JN 1.00 n
C67 The Song of Solomon 1977 G Burrowes BOT 8.50 0851511570
C69 Expository Thoughts on the Gospels Luke Ch 1-10 1956 J C Ryle JC&Co 3.50 n
GW168 Watching the Cross 1926 J D Jones H&S 4.95 n
GW169 The Works of Thomas Brooks vol 5 only 1867 T Brooks JN 2.00 n
GW170 The Reformed Pastor: some Penc u/l 1955 R Baxter EP 3.00 n
GP17 Moses the Servant of God   F B Meyer M&S 3.50 n
B160 God’s Work God’s Way: Mem. James Stephens M.A. 1934 Wilmot /Stephens HRC 4.00 n
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