Faithful readers of this column might recall my column of last year where I listed several books that I found to be helpful. See the list here.
So, to build on last year's list, here is a current list. These are books that I have read over the course of last year, or that I am currently reading, or that are on my short list of books to soon read. Please understand that the books listed herein may or may not imply my personal endorsement. Some I will wholeheartedly endorse. Others I will vehemently reject. And others: I will not know until I've read them. Some of these books I've read before and think they are worth another read. Obviously, if I'm taking the time to read any of them, I must feel that there is good reason to do so, as I consider my time the most valuable commodity that I have.
I remember one of my college professors saying, "A man is the sum total of the people he associates with and the books he reads. Choose both wisely."
That proverb has stayed with me all these years. So, on that note, here is my suggested reading list (in no particular order, except for the first two):
My youngest son, attorney Tim Baldwin, has written a book that has been published recently. It is an exhaustive masterpiece with over 500 pages and 1,000 annotations. In my opinion, it is destined to be a classic textbook on American history and law. I urge every reader to obtain this recently published book. If you can read only one book about American history this year, this is the one to read! Order Tim's book on his web site here.
Other books to read:
"A rare, faith-filled, historic biography of America's first President, George Washington. Originally published in 1842."
By Anna C. Reed
"How Vermont and All the Other States Can Save Themselves from the Empire"
By Thomas H. Naylor
By Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler
Every American should read this classic. I try to stay reminded of General Butler's wisdom by reading his book every year or two.
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
"The inside story of how America turned from a respected republic into a feared empire."
I haven't finished this one yet, but I suspect it is going to be added to my all-time "must-read" list. Wow! What a book!
"Securing America and Restoring Justice"
I do not recommend this book; I read it to get a better glimpse into the mind and philosophy of a professing Christian who can lend his support to such unconstitutional, liberty-killing measures as the Patriot Act, and thereby become an enemy to freedom. Ashcroft is typical of many self-serving Christians who conveniently side with Big Government elitists and globalists and justify it under the rubric of "national security." The chapter regarding my good friend, true American patriot, man of God, and all-around very good guy, Dr. Greg Dixon, is especially disheartening. Reading his book confirmed what I already knew: Ashcroft, Bush, and rest of these Big Government neocons are a despicable lot.
A terrific manual on the Second Amendment, shooting, guns, self-defense, etc. Every American who claims to love liberty should read the chapter entitled "How To Become A Rifleman." That chapter alone is worth the price of the book.
"A True Story of Courage"
"The Preacher From Pontiac"
Dr. Malone was one of my mentors. I had the privilege of sitting under his ministry from 1971 to 1973. He may have been the greatest pulpiteer of the 20th century. He grew up "dirt-poor" and became one of the most respected preachers in America. He was also a scholar and accomplished pilot. He passed away January 7, 2007, at the age of 91. He is one of my spiritual heroes.
"How the Bible Formed Our Nation"
"Letters of Great Americans to Their Children"
"An End to the Crime of Government"
"Why Black America Should Have Doubts"
By William Owens, Jr.
"War and Peace in the Twenty-first Century"
This is an insider's look into how the US military is being used to create "globalization." If you don't believe elitists are preparing for global government, read this book. It is not written by a "fringe, conspiracy-nut," but by a senior strategic researcher and professor at the US Naval War College. Read it and tremble. Then get mad and start RESISTING!
"A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse"
"How Obama, Congress, And The Special Interests Are Transforming . . . A Slump Into A Crash, Freedom Into Socialism, and Disaster Into A Catastrophe . . . And How to Fight Back"
By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
"Essays on Christian Politics and Economics"
By John W. Robbins
Two Books on the Elements of Universal Jurisprudence
By Samuel Pufendorf (January 8, 1632 - October 13, 1694)
By Hugo Grotius (April 10, 1583 - August 28, 1645)
Emer de Vattel (April 25, 1714 - December 28, 1767)
Algernon Sidney (January 14 or 15, 1623 - December 7, 1683)
By John Locke (August 29, 1632 - October 28, 1704)
This is another one that I try to read every year or two.
Among others, these 5 classics are books that our Founding Fathers read. They provide scriptural, historical, philosophical, moral, and political principles necessary to the understanding of American law, jurisprudence, and constitutional government. Caution: reading these books may turn one into a patriot in the similitude of Washington, Henry, and Jefferson. The books can be obtained very reasonably, but, if you have to, sell your clothes to get them. But, be advised, you will not be able to read these books quickly; and you must be prepared to rethink virtually everything you've been taught in school, read in newspapers, or watch on television.
"An anthology of timely quotations from New England ministers of the American Revolution on the subject of liberty: its source, nature, obligations, types, and blessings."
Edited by Franklin P. Cole
I wish every preacher in America would read this book, and also this one:
Political Sermons of the American Founding Era, 1730-1805
Edited by Ellis Sandoz
America's Financial Reckoning Day
"How you can survive America's monetary and political decline in the 21st Century"
By Charles H. Coppes
"Fighting the New World Order, Surviving a Global Depression, and Preserving USA Sovereignty"
By Jerome R. Corsi
Christ The Sum of All Spiritual Things
I love anything written by Nee. This will be an umpteenth reading of this one.
Edited by Herbert F. Brokering
"A Handbook for Managers Who Mean It!"
By Porter B. Williamson
This is another book I try to read every year or so.
"The revealing story of how the Cross of Christ was used as a symbol of the Nazi agenda."
By Erwin W. Lutzer
As I have said many times, if you don't read any other book besides the Bible this year, read Hitler's Cross–and Tim's book, of course.
There you go, Pilgrims. Let's read some good books this year. And let's use what we learn so that we might work together to help save liberty from the elitists and globalists during 2010. What say you?
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Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. He hosts a weekly radio show. His website is here.