• A Fruitful Life: The Missionary Labors of Stephen Paxson

    A Fruitful LifeA Fruitful Life: The Missionary Labors of Stephen Paxson by Belle Paxson Drury.

    Missionary Stephen Paxson (1808–1881) worked for The American Sunday-School Union and spread Christianity by organizing over 1300 Sunday-schools on the American frontier. Remarkably, he overcame the h­­uge obstacles of poverty, stammering speech, a lame body, and no formal education.  The many anecdotes of unusual events can only be attributed to God's blessing. This biographical edition includes an introduction, contents and testimonies.

    "That we desire to express our high appreciation of his life and work, believing that the grandeur of Christian labor in establishing 1,300 Sunday-schools and the gathering of 80,000 souls into the same is without parallel in the history of individual effort, and his example must stand as a great incentive to all Christians to personal endeavor in our Redeemer's kingdom."—The Congregational Sunday-School Superintendent's Union of Boston (1882).

    Paperback, 132 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781935626183

  • Adelphi: The Life of Rev. John Cowper

    Adelphi: The Life of Rev. John Cowper by William Cowper. Preface by John Newton. Appendix by John Cowper.Adelphi: The Life of Rev. John Cowper

    Adelphi or “siblings” is an account William Cowper wrote of the last days before his brother John’s death. William and John discussed spiritual blindness, the school of affliction, and God’s mercies. John was a scholar educated at Cambridge who spent ten years living an outward appearance of an ordained minister but was “dissatisfied with his own views of the gospel.” About ten days before his death, he was touched by a heart knowledge of the Savior that gave him a firm and unshakable peace. This volume contains many letters from John Cowper which illustrate these events. Also included are some of his poetry.

    Paperback 8X5.25, 106 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781946145208

  • Elizabeth Wooster Stuart Phelps: A Memorial

    Elizabeth Wooster Stuart PhelpsElizabeth Wooster Stuart Phelps: A Memorial by Austin Phelps.

    This memorial, written by her husband Austin Phelps, is a biography of Elizabeth Wooster Stuart Phelps (1815–1852). She was born in Andover, Massachusetts and her father, Moses Stuart, was a minister and professor at Andover Theological Seminary. She was educated at Mount Vernon School and lived with and was taught writing by Jacob Abbott. She created stories to tell her sisters and published ten books and many anonymous works. She suffered a cerebral disease for 20 years, which was made an instrument of mental and religious growth. She struggled with God's view of the usefulness of art, because she loved painting. This memorial portrays an intelligent and honest account of a very tender artistic temperament.

    Paperback, 108 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626213

  • Memoir of Harlan Page

    Memoir of Harlan PageMemoir of Harlan Page: The Power of Prayer and Personal Effort for the Souls of Individuals by William Hallock.

    Harlan Page (1791–1834) was born in Coventry, Connecticut. He became a Christian at the age of 22. He worked as a teacher and for the American Tract Society. "He had one definite object before him: it was not fame, or family, or ease, or pleasure—but to honor Christ in the salvation of men." "He prayed as if all the efficiency and praise were God's, and labored as if duty were all his own. His sense of dependence threw him on his knees, and his sense of duty summoned him to effort; and prayer and effort, and effort and prayer were the business of his life."  He focused on one individual at a time and had an aggressive inquiry into their lives to know if they were a Christian and if not, to press them to a decision.

    Paperback 6X9, 128 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781935626640

  • Memoir of Harriet Ware

    Memoir of Harriet WareMemoir of Harriet Ware by Francis Wayland.

    Harriet Ware (1799–1847) was born in Paxton, Massachusetts. She was a school teacher in Maine and Rhode Island. She had a selfless, passionate love of orphans and began a school for destitute children on India Point in Providence, Rhode Island. Although people had advised her to give up, she was determined to do the impossible. Francis Wayland helped her to found the Providence Children's Friend Society, a place for suffering children that needed help and provision. This edition contains letters of Harriet Ware with explanatory remarks by Francis Wayland.

    "How was it that a young woman, almost wholly unknown, and wholly destitute of means, should have been enabled to accomplish so great an amount of good? I think the answer is obvious. She acted on principles peculiar to the gospel of Christ. She was, in the first place, sincerely and earnestly desirous to do good; and, to accomplish this purpose, was willing to make any personal sacrifice. In the next place, she puts this desire into practice, by engaging in the first benevolent labor that was placed before her. She did not wait until something precisely in harmony with her intellectual tastes or social affections should present itself, but undertook the first work that her Master placed before her."—Francis Wayland.

    Paperback 6X9, 80 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626404

  • Memoir of Rev. Samuel Kilpin

    Memoir of Rev. Samuel KilpinMemoir of Rev. Samuel Kilpin by American Tract Society and Samuel Kilpin.

    Samuel Kilpin (1774–1830) was born in Bedford, England. He was a Baptist pastor who had a burning desire to be used by God and to preach the Gospel to lost souls. He especially loved children and orphans. His efforts were a blessing to so many that he had to use the rooms of his house for teaching. His life was exemplary: “He had a list of names, personal friends and their families, whom he presented daily to his God . . . none were erased until they had left this world for a better.” Also, “We enjoy no more than we are thankful for . . . but not one is enjoyed except our eyes see the Giver, and our lips acknowledge His goodness.” His earnest desire was not to be accounted a great man, but a useful man. This literally was his wish, and it was granted.

    Paperback 6X9, 160 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781941281666.

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  • Memoir of the Early Life of William Cowper

    Memoir of the Early Life of William Cowper by William Cowper. Appendix by William Haley and Samuel Miller D.D. Preface by Memoir of the Early Life of William CowperRichard Edwards.

    William Cowper wrote this testimony of his journey to salvation. It covers his childhood school days, his time at St. Alban’s, his move to Huntingdon, and finally his move to the Unwin’s in 1765. It is a passionate account of William Cowper’s thoughts of “self-murder” and also his joy in finding God. The Appendix includes many letters by William Cowper from the years 1765–6, which illustrate his remarkable conversion. An appendix article by Samuel Miller shows that suicide is a sin against God, human nature, our fellow man, and our interests beyond the grave.

    Paperback 8X5.25, 124 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781946145192

  • The African Servant, The Cottage Conversation, and A Visit to the Infirmary

    The African ServantThe African Servant, The Cottage Converstation and A Visit to the Infirmary by Legh Richmond.

    Legh Richmond was called upon by a naval officer, who had an African servant that desired to be baptized. He proceeded to interview William and found that he had a firm grasp of Christian principals and was indeed worthy of baptism. Impressed with his simple sincere religion, Rev. Richmond took him to a meeting with other Christians. He spoke of his unworthiness and all hearts warmed to him. "This I do know, he was a monument to the Lord's praise. He bore the impression of the Savior's image on his heart, and exhibited the marks of divine grace in his life and conversation, with singular simplicity and unfeigned sincerity."—Legh Richmond speaking of The African Servant. This title is also called The Negro Servant. The Cottage Conversation is a narrative about contentment in poverty. A Visit to the Infirmary involves a dying old man that is very thankful and wants nothing more but grace to praise the Lord.

    Paperback 6"X9", 2 illustrations, 54 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626251

  • The Dairyman's Daughter

    The Dairyman's DaughterThe Dairyman's Daughter by Legh Richmond.

    Rev. Legh Richmond became acquainted with Elizabeth Wallbridge, the Dairyman's Daughter, when he officiated the funeral of her sister. Elizabeth described how she turned from the vanity of dressing finely and clothed herself with humility of Christ. The visits and letters between them are recorded in this rich testimony of God's work. In 1828, it was reported that 4,000,000 copies of The Dairyman's Daughter were circulated in nineteen different languages, resulting in a multitude of saving graces. This is the unabridged version and includes a brief biography of Legh Richmond by Rev. John Ayre (1801-1869). Also included are reports of several visits to the Isle of Wight years afterward, one by Rev. James Milnor D. D.

    Paperback, 5 illustrations, 121 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9780981750569

  • The Force of Truth

    The Force of TruthThe Force of Truth: An Authentic Narrative by Thomas Scott.

    The Force of Truth is an autobiographical account of how Rev. Thomas Scott came to his evangelical convictions. Initially, he became ordained in the Church of England, but was wholly self-centered and unspiritual. When he tried to argue with John Newton about doctrine, the two began to interchange letters, but then stopped. Thomas Scott set out on a course of self-study which led to a conviction of his own sin with the realization that he needed God's grace.

    This edition contains eight letters from John Newton historically connected to the early period and reveal much of how Newton viewed the process of the revelation of God to sinners. A recommendatory letter was written by Rev. Samuel Miller for extended circulation in the United States, and also the inclusion of John Newton's name where it had been left out in previous editions. The writing style and arrangement were overseen by William Cowper of Olney, before it was published in 1779.

    Paperback 6X9, 140 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626428

  • The Life of Dr. Cotton Mather

    The Life of Dr. Cotton MatherThe Life of Dr. Cotton Mather by Samuel Mather. Rewritten in 1744 by Dr. David Jennings. Recommendation by Issac Watts. Original Preface by Thomas Prince.

    Samuel Mather highlights Cotton Mather's discipline, intelligence, and desire for God. He presents his father as an exceedingly productive example to follow. Particular attention is paid to the details of Cotton Mather's life such as his study habits, the  good he could do for others, the education of his children, his rules for conversation, diligence in ministry, and giving his heart to God. He published more than 400 works in his life.

    "In short, it was the great ambition of his whole life to do good. His heart was set upon it; he did not therefore content himself with merely embracing opportunities of doing good, that occasionally offered, but he every now and then set apart some time on purpose to devise good; and he seldom came into any company without having this directly in his view."—The Life of Dr. Cotton Mather.

    The original "Introduction" and "A Catalogue of Books" by Samuel Mather were added back into this edition from the 1729 edition.

    Paperback 6X9, 104 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626473

    Dr. David Jennings (1691–1762) was pastor to the congregation in Old Gravel Lane, Wapping. He was a friend of Isaac Watts and John Newton's family. 

    Rev. Thomas Prince (1687-1758) was a Harvard graduate, an historian and the pastor at the Old South Church, Boston. Princeton, Massachusetts was named after him.

  • The Life of the Rev. C. F. Swartz

    Life of C. F. SwartzThe Life of the Rev C. F. Swartz: Missionary at Trichinopoly and Tanjore in India by The American Tract Society.

    Christian Frederick Swartz (1726–1798) was born in Brandenburg, Germany. His father was a pastor and gave his son religious instruction. Christian learned the Tamul language and he was sent to India in 1750. He presided over the missionary station in Trichinopoly and Tanjore. During 50 years in Christian service he preached the Gospel, established schools, and gave materially to help the poor.

    Paperback 5.25X8, 108 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781935626657

  • The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain

    The Shepherd of Salibury PlainThe Shepherd of Salisbury Plain by Hannah More.

    David Sanders was a shepherd who tended his flocks on Salisbury Plain, England, during the eighteenth century. Mr. Johnson, who was Hannah More's friend Dr. Stonhouse, found him to be an intriguing man of faith because of his humble and peaceful attitude about life, while having modest material wealth. This true narrative was very popular when written and is filled with the thoughtful insights of a simple man with an old family Bible. He delighted in his occupational counterparts like Moses, David and other shepherds. A quote from the book: "It was to shepherds keeping their flocks by night, that the angels appeared in Bethlehem, to tell the best news, the gladdest tidings, that ever were revealed to poor sinful men; often and often has the thought warmed my poor heart in the coldest night, and filled me with more joy and thankfulness than the best supper could have done."

    This edition includes a biography of Hannah More by Henry Johnson, short memoirs of both David Sanders and Dr. Stonhouse, and a letter written by David Sanders. It also includes the short story "'Tis All for the Best," by Hannah More.

    Paperback, 128 pages, 7 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9780981750552; LCCN  2009943382

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  • The Story of Mary Jones and Her Bible

    The Story of Mary jones and Her BibleThe Story of Mary Jones and Her Bible by Mary E. Ropes.

    Mary Jones was poor and illiterate. She learned to read and walked two miles to study a neighbor's Bible. A resolution became fixed in her mind that she must have a Bible of her own. For six years she did odd jobs for halfpennies, until she had enough to buy a Bible. One bright morning she walked barefoot 25 miles to buy the Bible. When she reached Mr. Charles, he said that he did not have any Bibles for sale. Mary broke down and wept bitterly, and his heart was so touched that he could not deny her a Bible. Mr. Charles, deeply moved by Mary's story, was taken by conviction to supply Bibles for all of Wales. He petitioned before the Religious Tract Society in London, and was warmly received. In March, 1804, the British and Foreign Bible Society was established for the purpose of Bible distribution worldwide and is still active today.

    "If but one heart is moved by the perusal of these pages to more earnest work Mary Jones, for the Master, to self-denial and loving service in the spread of His truth; to a more eager study of God's Word, and a greater zeal in circulating and making it known among others—then indeed this little story of the poor Welsh girl and her Bible will not have been written in vain."

    Paperback 6X9, 106 pages, 29 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281420

  • The Young Cottager

    The Young CottagerThe Young Cottager by Legh Richmond.

    Jane Squibb, a twelve year old, attended Saturday afternoon instruction at Rev. Legh Richmond's house. He used the graves in the churchyard and the beauty of nature to teach the children about God. Jane was little noticed until she became sick, then Rev. Richmond decided to visit her constantly. Little Jane's spiritual maturity exhibited an affectionate seriousness and a knowledge of the Scriptures. "He not only called her as a child to show, by a similitude, what conversion means, but he also called her by his grace to be a vessel of mercy, and a living witness of that almighty power and love by which her own heart was turned to God."—Legh Richmond. This extended edition includes rich scenery descriptions and three illustrations. The appendix includes reports of two visits to the Isle of Wight years afterward, one by Dr. James Milnor, D. D.    

    Paperback 6x9, 100 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626244

  • Toils and Triumphs: Missionary Work in the World's Dark Places

    Toils and TriumphsToils and Triumphs: Missionary Work in the World's Dark Places by Harriett Warner Ellis.

    The purpose of this book is "to awaken in the heart of every true Christian an earnest desire to aid in so glorious a cause." It portrays the historic adventures of missionaries of many denominations, in many parts the world. Typically, the initial work of sowing the "seed" might be followed by the results happening years afterward. The book begins with Adoniram and Ann Judson, newly married, boarding the ship Craven, and sailing eight months to Calcutta. Other missionaries include Samuel Marsden, Hans Egede, John Hunt, Hans Haven, John Eliot, Robert Moffet and William Milne. A large chapter covers womens' influence in running schools for children. Huge setbacks, in human plans are often met with an equally huge faith in God. Unfriendly governments, cruelty and cannibalism and other circumstances so adverse that some prayed that "they might have faith to believe that in this unlikely way He [God] would prosper His own cause."

    Paperback 6X9, 190 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626510

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  • Uncle John Vassar: The Fight of Faith

    Uncle John VassarUncle John Vassar by Thomas E. Vassar. Introduction by Adoniram J. Gordon.

    John Vassar (1813–1878) grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was 28 years when he had a distinct conversion experience. For a number of years he evangelized in Dutchess County, N.Y.,  and other cities. He also spent a short time doing temperance work. In 1863, commissioned by the American Tract Society, he began his ministry to soldiers fighting the Civil War. After the Gettysburg fight he was captured by Stuart's Calvary. When questioned as a suspected spy before General Stuart he asked "General, do you love Jesus?" He was promptly released to go back behind the Union lines. "During the winter of 1863–64 there was a great revival, and especially in the Third Corps. Meetings were held nightly, and thousands were converted." He had a way about him that even the most disagreeable violent people would be calmly won over. After the war he traveled the country and his last days were spent in the New England States.

    Paperback 6X9, 126 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626503