I Collect Old Books: Kept For the Master’s Use

Frances Ridley Havergal, a poet and hymnwriter (“Take My Life and Let It Be”), published this book of devotions in 1879, shortly before her death. I do not know what edition I have, but it looks and feels like an early one.

A note written on an inside page reads, “With pleasant memories of Bible School, Summer of 1945, G. S. Montgomery.”

I Collect Old Books: The Hour of Prayer, KTAB

Published in 1928, this is a book of devotionals that the pastor (George W. Phillips) shared during the Tenth Avenue Baptist Church’s daily radio broadcasts, which began in 1926 out of Oakland, California. Besides the call letters standing for the church’s name, its on-air backronym was “Knowledge, Truth, and Beauty.”

I Collect Old Books: Pilgrim’s Progress

A book written in 1678, gifted to a person in 1900 (handwritten note inside), and treasured by me in 2021. Oh, to write a story as long-lasting as this!

Click here for an online text of the book (via desiringgod.org ) that also shares information about Bunyan’s life and the things that make the story a literary masterpiece.