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Christian Classics Ethereal Library (287 Books)


Classic Christian books in electronic format, selected for your edification. There is enough good reading material here to last you a lifetime, if you give each work the time it deserves!

 
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Twenty-Three Tales

By: A. Maude

Excerpt: Preface; THIS volume is divided into seven parts. First we have Tales for Children, published about the year 1872, and reminding us of the time when Tolstoy was absorbed in efforts to educate the peasant children. This section of the book contains the two stories which of all that he has written Tolstoy likes best. In What is Art? he claims no place among examples of good art for any of his own productions 'except for the story God sees the Truth, but Waits, whi...

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The General Menaion or the Book of Services

Excerpt: PREFACE; THE Orthodox Eastern Church undoubtedly possesses the most abundant hymnology for her services. Special entire services date their origin as far back as the fourth if not the third century. But the greatest impetus to their production was given by the sweet melodies of St. John of Damascus (a substantial part of the Octoechos). The rich harvest of about two centuries' work appears in the shape of 12 books, one Menaion for each month, with at least one s...

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With an Afterword

By: Karl Barth

Excerpt: Acclaim for Action in Waiting, Rodney Clapp, author; A Peculiar People Pulse-quickening ? In plain but vibrant language, Blumhardt reminds us that personal peace is merely the wrapping paper of a greater, even more magnificent gift: confidence in the coming of God?s kingdom. Clark Pinnock, author, The Flame of Love Blumhardt is filled with hope about the power of God to transform the world in concrete ways ? His is a holy optimism grounded not in human prowess b...

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A Commentary on Acts of the Apostles

By: J.W. Mcgarvey

Excerpt: Introduction; It is necessary to the successful study of any literary production, that the exact design of the author should be known and kept constantly in view. It would be doing great injustice to the author of Acts, to suppose that he undertook this work without having before him some one leading object, which should serve as the connecting thread of the narrative, and according to which all the historic details should take place and form.

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An Humble, Earnest, And Affectionate Address to the Clergy

By: William Law, M.A.

Excerpt: As this ADDRESS makes its appearance after the decease of the author, it cannot be thought improper to inform the reader, that the whole was sent to the press by himself, except a few pages, the last of which was wrote by him not many days before his death.

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De Ultima et Summa Perfectione Hominis, Quantum in Hac Vita Possib...

Excerpt: Cogitavi mihi aliquid ultimate (in quantum possibile est in hujus exsilii et peregrinationis immoratione) depingere, scriptando de et super ab omnibus plena et possibili abstractione, et cum solo Domino Deo expedita, secura, et nuda firmaque adhaesione: praesertim cum ipsius Christianae perfectionis finis sit charitas, qua Domino Deo adhaeretur.

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John of Ruysbroeck

By: C.A. Wynschenk Dom

Excerpt: Introduction; I JAN VAN RUYSBROECK -- three of whose most important works are here for the first time presented to English readers -- is the greatest of the Flemish mystics, and must take high rank in any list of Christian contemplatives and saints. He was born in 1273, at the little village of Ruysbroeck or Ruusbroeck between Brussels and Hal, from which he takes his name; and spent his whole life within his native province of Brabant. At eleven years old, he i...

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Against the Wind

By: Jim Wallis

Excerpt: Since the time of Jesus, small groups of earnest Christians have tried to live by the ethics of the Sermon on the Mount. From St. Francis to the Benedictines to the Anabaptists, living as disciples of Jesus in community has been a sought-for ideal. While many Christians have viewed these ethics as for a time yet to come, others have insisted that Jesus meant for his followers to live them in the here and now. Here is the account of one such Christian.

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The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians

Excerpt: THE Church of God which sojourns at Rome, to the Church of God sojourning at Corinth, to them that are called and sanctified by the will of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, from Almighty God through Jesus Christ, be multiplied.

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Against Filthy and Proud Thoughts, And the Carelessness of Hermas ...

Excerpt: He who had brought me up, sold me to one Rhode in Rome.(1) Many years after this I recognized her, and I began to love her as a sister. Some time after, I saw her bathe in the river Tiber; and I gave her my hand, and drew her out of the river. The sight of her beauty made me think with myself, I should be a happy man if I could but get a wife as handsome and good as she is. This was the only thought that passed through me: this and nothing more. A short time aft...

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The True Grounds and Reasons of the Whole Christian Faith and Life...

By: William Law, M.A.

Excerpt: An ADVERTISEMENT to the READER; I Have Nothing to say by way of Preface or Introduction. I only ask this Favor of the Reader, that he would not pass any Censure upon this Book, from only dipping into this, or that particular Part of it, but give it one fair Perusal in the Order it is written, and then I shall have neither Right, nor Inclination to complain of any Judgment he shall think fit to pass upon it.

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A Treatise of the Whole Armour of God

Excerpt: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

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A Treatise of the Whole Armour of God

Excerpt: ?Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may b e able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. ?Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of t...

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The Lowell Lectures on the Ascent of Man

By: Henry Drummond

Excerpt: ?THE more I think of it,? says Mr. Ruskin, ?I find this conclusion more impressed upon me -- that the greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way.? In these pages an attempt is made to tell ?in a plain way? a few of the things which Science is now seeing with regard to the Ascent of Man. Whether these seeings are there at all is another matter. But, even if visions, every thinking mind, through wha...

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The Greatest of All Mystical Theologians

By: Saint John

Excerpt: Thus has Thomas Merton described St. John of the Cross, echoing the considered judgment of most authorities on the spiritual life; and here in this volume is the great mystic's most widely appealing work. Ascent of Mount Carmel is an incomparable guide to the spiritual life -- because its author has lived his own counsel. Addressed to informed Christians who aspire to grow in union with God, it examines every category of spiritual experience, the spurious as wel...

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A Testimony to Church Community the Life and Writings of Eberhard ...

Excerpt: introduction The little stable in Bethlehem was the place where God?s love broke in. And the mysterious men who came from the land of the rising sun followed the star and discovered the place where the secret of love was laid in the manger of the animals, wrapped in swaddling clothes, in the helplessness of a human baby. They discovered the place where God?s love broke in. This is the most important thing for every man, that in his time, at his hour, he discover...

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The Awakening

By: Friedrich Zuendel

Excerpt: According to oral tradition, the words on the plaque opposite mysteriously appeared, painted, on a shutter of Gottliebin Dittus?s house in the village of Mottlingen during her fight against demonic powers, 1841-1843. The plaque itself, which was made later, still hangs on the house.

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General Service for the Festivals of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Excerpt: Thou, O Lord, that dolt fill up every thing with Thy Divinity and through Thy clemency hast united Thyself unto men, one of the two natures being invisible, hast become visible after Thy coming out of the pure one and dost shew the image of Thy bodily form in Thy (name of the event) ; thereunto having come we adore Thee, O Master, and knowing Thee as the Maker, we pray: Blessed art Thou, O Saviour, have mercy upon us. Twice.

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The Imitation of Christ

By: Thomas A. Kempis

Excerpt: Introductory Note; The treatise Of the Imitation of Christ appears to have been originally written in Latin early in the fifteenth century. Its exact date and its authorship are still a matter of debate. Manuscripts of the Latin version survive in considerable numbers all over Western Europe, and they, with the vast list of translations and of printed editions, testify to its almost unparalleled popularity. One scribe attributes it to St. Bernard of Clairvaux; b...

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