There is an old adage
that says, "Leaders are readers". Another one
says, "You are what you read". Whatever the
adage, there is no question that reading is an absolute
necessity if freedom and liberty are to be maintained.
It is very difficult to enslave a mind that has been
quickened by the extensive reading of good books. Most
great men are voracious readers.
While I certainly do not
consider myself to be the quintessential reader, I have
enjoyed a hunger and thirst for books, both sacred and
secular. And since people often ask me what books I have
read or am reading, I will use today's column to provide
a short list (in no particular order) of some of the
books that I have either recently read (over the last
year or so) or am in the process of reading.
My friend, Richard
Viguerie, recently wrote an excellent book entitled Conservatives Betrayed.
The subtitle explains the book's contents. It reads,
"How George W. Bush and Other Big Government
Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause." It
is an excellent read. Every conservative Christian,
especially, should read it.
John Stormer wrote
an excellent essay regarding our runaway judiciary
currently plaguing these United States. His book is
entitled Betrayed by the Bench.
The subtitle reads,
"How Judge-made Law Has Transformed America's
Constitution, Courts and Culture."
Edwin Vieira, Jr. recently published a
tremendous book explaining the meaning and purpose
of "The Militia of the several States." It is
entitled Constitutional Homeland Security Volume 1: The Nation in Arms.
And if you have a spare
year or two to study and digest an exhaustive and
capacious two-volume set of books regarding the
Federal Reserve and related issues, get Vieira's
recent release, Pieces of Eight. The book's
subtitle is "The Monetary Powers And Disabilities
Of The United States Constitution." (No, I have
neither read nor digested all of it, yet—but I'm
working on it.)
Dr. Jerome Corsi has
written the consummate manual exposing the agenda of
elitists to merge the United States into a North
American Union in his blockbuster book, The Late Great U.S.A.
If you don't have this
book, buy it!
biography of our second President, John Adams,
is also well worth
reading. As most of you know, this book is the
foundation for the current mini-series being
broadcast on H.B.O. I haven't seen any of these
segments as yet, but I have been told the television
re-creations are very true to the book.
Another book I have
recently reacquainted myself with is Lindsey
Williams' book, The Energy Non-Crisis.
This book exposes the
fact that there is more than ample oil underneath
U.S. soil to meet our energy demands for hundreds of
years, and how the powers that be are withholding
this information (not to mention the oil) from the
American people. Buy the book!
R.J. Rummel authored
a book that is sobering in both its truth and its
relevance. It is entitled Death By Government,
and traces the
historical reality of how the vast majority of mass
murders have been—and continue to be—committed by
governments, not individuals. His facts are
irrefutable. Thank God our Founding Fathers placed
the right to keep and bear arms in our Constitution.
It, more than any other constitutional protection,
has kept America free all these years. Get the book.
Another book I
recommend is called China Inc.
The author is
Ted Fishman. He shows the
serious danger posed to our country by the
unholy marriage that has taken place between
international corporations and Red China. It is a
well written and well researched book.
Last year, a friend
gave me a copy of Ezra Taft Benson's superb book, God, Family, Country.
It is a great read.
Being somewhat of a
Civil War buff, I always enjoy
good books about the War for Southern
Independence, especially those books that are not
afraid to print the truth about the
Southern cause. I recently purchased another
book to add to my Civil War library entitled The War Between the States,
John Dwyer. Authors contributing to this book
are George Grant, J. Steven Wilkins, Douglas Wilson,
and Tom Spencer. It is very good.
And for inspiration,
read anything written by
Jeanne Guyon. A Christian lady in France who was
persecuted and imprisoned by French authorities for
her courageous and controversial walk with Christ,
Madame Guyon's words will penetrate one's heart and
lift one's soul to a closer walk with Christ as few
others can do. I recently re-read her book, Union With God,
which includes twenty-two
of her poems. Her poems are absolutely phenomenal! I
suppose her great suffering made her such an
accomplished writer and poet. Suffering has a way of
Will Durant, in his
11-volume Story Of Civilization
Jeanne Guyon's impact on history. Feast your soul on
Of course, every
American citizen needs to constantly read
I also recommend
that everyone familiarize themselves with Frederic
Bastiat's short but brilliant treatise entitled
And if I may be
slightly self-serving, my
compilation of the great documents of American
history is something every American should also
have in their possession. That is what people such
as Judge Roy Moore and Howard Phillips say, anyway.
For information about my "Freedom Documents",
These are a few of the
books—some older, some newer—that I have recently found
And, speaking of
reading, thank you for reading my
Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the
pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola,
Florida. He hosts a
weekly radio show. His