They say you can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps. Likely true!
You can also get a good "read" on a man (pun intended) by the books he cherishes.
Yes, I've got thousands of books, literally, but there are some that I would never give away. Here's a picture of some that I'd place in that category. "Quite a strange selection", you might say.
From top to bottom, there's:
How God Answers Prayer by George Muller (the book that got me fascinated with Muller's life of faith.)
A Table in the Wilderness by Watchman Nee (In my early 20's this devotional book helped shape me)
Coping by Elizabeth Skoglund (Spurgeon, C. S. Lewis, Amy Carmichael and Hudson Taylor's
coping mechanisms in the battles they faced)
The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer - Truly a classic!
Carl Henry at his Best - Quotes and excerpts from one of evangelicalism's great thinkers.
Sadly his scholarship was dismissed by many fundamentalists.
In Retrospect by F. F. Bruce - Perhaps the greatest thinker and writer from 20th century
Plymouth Brethrenism (so called) Great reading!
Chief Men Among the Brethren by Henry Pickering - brief sketches of the leading men who were active amongst the early brethren assemblies. Men like Darby, Kelly, Muller, Groves and Chapman
Bright Days, Dark Nights by Elizabeth Skoglund - Dealing with depression with excerpts
from the writings of Charles Haddon Spurgeon
The Journals of Jim Elliot - Painfully honest journaling by one of five missionaries
martyred in Ecuador in the 50's. Edited by his widow...another great writer, Elisabeth Elliot.
So, don't break into my library with the intention of stealing any of these. THANKS!