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The 4 tips from Richard Baxter for evaluating a “Christian” book.

Are you about to read a book? Does the author say it is a “Christian” book? Here are 4 tips from Richard Baxter that will help you evaluate any “Christian” book…


1. Could I spend this time no better?
2. Are there better books that would edify me more?
3. Are the lovers of such a book as this the greatest lovers of the Book of God and of a holy life?
4. Does this book increase my love to the Word of God, kill my sin, and prepare me for the life to come?
[ Furthermore, Baxter adds] make careful choice of the books which you read: let the holy scriptures ever have the pre-eminence, and, next to them, those solid, lively, heavenly treatises which best expound and apply the scriptures, and next, credible histories, especially of the Church . . . but take heed of false teachers who would corrupt your understandings.


2 responses to “The 4 tips from Richard Baxter for evaluating a “Christian” book.

  1. sergioglopez October 16, 2012 at 16:39

    Reblogged this on Sergio Lopez's Blog.

  2. Jesaja 66:2 November 23, 2012 at 11:07

    Precious. Thanks!
    See also here:
    and a GERMAN translation here:
    https://jesaja662.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/der-wirkliche-wert-eines-buches-beurteilungskriterien-von-richard-baxter-1615-91/gugae here:

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