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Read Ye Out of the Best Books, by Bill Lewis.

This is a book written by Bill Lewis, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is a compilation of several different "best books" collections.

We are commanded to read from the “best books.” But which of all those published are the best? Here are
seven collections. The first five are related in some manner to the Gospel of Jesus Christ or His Church. The
last two are of a secular nature. These seven collections will undoubtedly be of some assistance to those
trying to add to their personal library.

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Read Ye Out of the Best Books

  1. 1. Read Ye Out of the Best Books
  2. 2. Read Ye Out of the Best Books The Columbia SC Temple Collection The First Presidency Gift Collection The Deseret Book Company Gift Collection Zion’s Best 25 Books Collection The Missionary/Meetinghouse Libraries Collection Harvard Classics & Fiction The Easton Press Best 100 Collection
  3. 3. READ YE OUT OF THE BEST BOOKS We are commanded to read from the “best books.” But which of all those published are the best? Here are seven collections. The first five are related in some manner to the Gospel of Jesus Christ or His Church. The last two are of a secular nature. These seven collections will undoubtedly be of some assistance to those trying to add to their personal library. The Temple Collection These books were presented to the Columbia South Carolina Temple by the Church Temple Committee. They form the nucleus of the Temple Library. It may be assumed they were approved by the Brethren and the Correlation Committee. In no particular order, they are: The First Presidency Christmas Gift Collection Since 1981, the First Presidency has made a practice of giving a book to Church employees annually as a Christmas gift. Most of these books are limited editions, leather bound, gold or silver cover script, gilt or silver edged, with a ribbon book mark, and often with silken end sheets. It is likely these are personally selected by the Prophet and almost certainly approved by the correlation committee. The Deseret Book Company Christmas Gift Collection Since 1983, the Deseret Book Company has made a practice of giving a book to its employees annually as a Christmas gift. These books usually are numbered limited editions, leather bound, gold or silver cover script, gilt or silver edged, with a ribbon book mark, and often with silken end sheets. While perhaps not as doctrinally pure as those given by the First Presidency, these are rarer and are probably considered more collectible. Many are authored by Apostles. Zion's Best 25 LDS Books On his “Zion’s Best” web site ( www.zionsbest.com ), John W. Redelfs gives the following introduction: "Read the sermons of the latter-day Presidents of the Church." That is the advice that Elder Hartman Rector, Jr. gave me in 1968 when I was taking an Institute class from him at the University of Utah. I did, and it has changed my life. I asked him, "After the Standard Works and the works of Talmage, what are the “best books” that we are commanded to study in the Doctrine and Covenants?" (D&C 88:118) This is what he told me. These are those fifteen books, and ten others that I consider the "best books" after the Standard Works. [The commentary after each book in this section is Brother Redelfs’.]
  4. 4. The Missionary/Meetinghouse Libraries Over the years, different sets of books have comprised the “Missionary Library.” And they have had varying degrees of imprimatur. At times, the listing included those mandated to be read as part of a self taught instruction course. At other times the listing was merely permissive rather than mandatory. I have included here all those I have identified and the time period they were listed. The reader will note that some lasted through the years while others are no longer readily recognized and might be very difficult to locate. Harvard Classics & Fiction The Harvard Classics is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909. Eliot had stated in speeches that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five-foot shelf. The publisher P. F. Collier and Son saw an opportunity and challenged Eliot to make good on this statement by selecting an appropriate collection of works, and the Harvard Classics was the result. Then, because his selection was thought to be lacking in fictional works, another twenty selections were added. The Easton Press Greatest 100 Collection Easton Press is one of many publishers that have created a list of the 100 greatest books ever written. In the caseof Easton Press, however, their 100GreatestBooksEverWrittenseriesareallgorgeouslyleatherbound books. Every book in this series is bound in genuine leather, and the books also include 22k gold accents on the cover as well as gilt page edges and a sewn in bookmark. Many other sources have created lists of the 100 greatest books, including Time magazine. While the books in each list vary from source to source, there are certain books that seem to consistently make it onto every list — well-known classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are all examples of such books. The Easton Press series is definitelyone of the definitive collector’s editions, however, with their incredibly high quality leather bound books.
  5. 5. THE TEMPLE COLLECTION These books were presented to the Columbia South Carolina Temple by the Church Temple Committee. They form the nucleus of the Temple Library. It may be assumed they were approved by the Brethren and the Correlation Committee. In no particular order, they are: G1. The Standard Works Includes the Holy Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. G2. The Holy Temple by Boyd K. Packer. Short. Easily readable, yet explores the Temple in some depth. G3. Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie. It is interesting that the Church would select this book for the Temple Libraries if it contains only the opinion of Elder McConkie as some have argued. G4. History of the Church by Joseph Smith. This seven volume work is considered primary source material for Church historians. G 5. Doctrines of Salvation by Joseph Fielding Smith. This three volume set was written by the man whom many consider the greatest theologian the Church has ever produced. G 6. A Marvelous Work and a Wonder by LeGrand Richards. This wonderful book presents Gospel truths in an easily understood format. G 7. Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage. Written by an Apostle of the Lord under the direction of the First Presidency in an upper room in the Salt Lake Temple. The language is difficult and the doctrines are deep. Unparalleled! G 8. The Articles of Faith by James E. Talmage. Doctor Talmage goes beyond the life of Christ in an explication of Gospel principles using the Articles of Faith from the Pearl of Great Price as a framework.
  6. 6. G 9. Discourses of Brigham Young compiled and edited by John A. Widtsoe. Pure raw Gospel principles hammered home without fancy language or buffering text. Difficult to read but extremely worthwhile. G10. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith compiled and edited by Joseph F. Smith Beyond the standard works, possibly the single most important book written in the latter-days.
  7. 7. THE FIRST PRESIDENCY CHRISTMAS GIFT COLLECTION Since 1981, the First Presidencyhas made a practice of giving a book to Church employees annually as a Christmas gift. Most of these books are limited editions, leather bound, gold or silver cover script, gilt or silver edged, with a ribbon book mark, and often with silken end sheets. It is likely these are personally selected by the prophet and almost certainly approved by the correlation committee. G1981 Triple Combination The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price in a deluxe soft brown leather-bound edition. G1982 Holy Bible The Old and New Testaments in a deluxe soft brown leather-bound edition G1983 Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage Written by an Apostle of the Lord under the direction of the First Presidency in an upper room in the Salt Lake Temple. The language is difficult and the doctrines are deep. Unparalleled! Deluxe soft brown leather-bound edition G1984 Articles of Faith by James E. Talmage Doctor Talmage goes beyond the life of Christ in an explication of Gospel principles using the Articles of Faith from the Pearl of Great Price as a framework. Deluxe soft brown leather-bound edition G1985 Hymnal The (then) new Hymnal of the Church of Jesus Crist of Latter-day Saints in a hard bound blue leather edition G1986 Booklet of Quotes copyrighted by the Corporation of the First Presidency Perhaps the rarest of all the First Presidency Christmas gifts, this is not leather-bound but rather a trade-bound paperback. G1987 Pocket Hymnal The Hymnal of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a pocket sized edition. Deluxe soft brown leather-bound edition.
  8. 8. G1988 Quadruple Combination The Holy Bible, The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price in a small deluxe soft brown leather-bound edition. G1989 Life of Joseph Smith the Prophet, by George Q. Cannon A biography of the Prophet by an Apostle. This seems to be the first of the limited edition printings used by the first presidency. Red leather-bound edition. G1990 Gospel Doctrine by Joseph F. Smith Joseph F. Smith was the son of Hyrum Smith, the Prophet Joseph's brother. He was the sixth President of the Church and the father of Joseph Fielding Smith, the tenth President of the Church. This is the standard compilation of his sermons. Most of the year 2000 Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood manual was taken from this book. Highly recommended. Red leather-bound edition. G1991 Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith compiled and edited by Joseph F. Smith. Beyond the standard works, possibly the single most important book written in the latter-days. Gray leather-bound edition. G1992 The Discourses of Brigham Young edited by John A. Widtsoe Our Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society lesson manual for 1998-99 was taken from this book. It is the standard compilation of Brigham Young's sermons. Did you know that Adam and Eve were born of woman, or that all life was transplanted here from another planet? President Young teaches these things here. Without a doubt, it is one of the "best books." Black leather-bound edition. G1993 Gospel Ideals by David O. McKay President McKay was the ninth President of the Church. This is the standard collection of his sermons, definitely a "best book." Teal leather-bound edition. G1994 Gospel Standards by Heber J. Grant Although this is out-of-print, a fine copy may usually be found through Bibliofind. Heber J. Grant was our seventh President of the Church, and these are his sermons. Maroon leather-bound edition.
  9. 9. G1995 Stand Ye in Holy Places by Harold B. Lee Selected Sermons and writings of President Harold B. Lee; first edition 1975. The Melchizedek Priesthood/ Relief Society lessons for 2002 are taken from this book. Light blue leather-bound edition. G1996 Gospel Kingdom by John Taylor This is the standard compilation of sermons by the third President of the Church, the man who was badly wounded when the Prophet Joseph was killed at Carthage jail. Long out of print, a hard cover edition is available at Deseret Book. Black leather-bound edition. G1997 The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff compiled by G. Homer Durham This is the standard compilation of the sermons of Wilford Woodruff, the fourth President of the Church. Brown leather- bound edition. G1998 The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball Some have suggested this is the book most likely to be included in the scriptural canon in some future dispensation. While other works concentrate on the doctrines, this one focuses on the hard core practices required for living our faith. It is the ultimate explanation of the repentance process. Dark Green leather-bound edition. G1999 Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow by Eliza R. Snow The Family History of our fifth President written by his sister, an eyewitness to the early days of the Restoration. Brown leather-bound edition. G2000 The Teachings of George Albert Smith edited by Robert & Susan McIntosh These are the sermons of George Albert Smith, the eighth President of the Church. Dark blue leather-bound edition. G2001 Selections from Doctrines of Salvation A condensation of President Joseph Fielding Smith’s monumental three volume work. Gray leather-bound edition. G2002 Teachings of Howard W. Hunter These are the Teachings of President Howard W. Hunter, fourteenth President of the Church. Turquoise Blue leather bound.
  10. 10. G2003 Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson These is a selection from the writings of President Ezra Taft Benson. Leather Bound, Gilt edge pages. So much for those who say the Brethren are running away from President Benson. G2004 Discourses of Gordon B. Hinckley (Vol. 1) This is a collection of 78 discourses of the first 5 years (1995-1999) as President of the Church. Navy Blue Leather Cover, Blindstamped image on cover, Gilt edged pages, Ribbon G2005 Discourses of Gordon B. Hinckley, (Vol. 2) This is a collection of discourses of the succeeding years (2000-2004) as President of the Church. Navy Blue Leather Cover, Blindstamped image on cover, Gilt edged pages, Ribbon G2006 Triple Combination Book of Mormon; Doctrine and Covenants; Pearl of Great Price, Leather Bound. G2007 Holy Bible Old and new Testaments, Concordance Gazetteer, Bible Atlas, Leather Bound. G2008 LDS Hymn Book G2009 Jesus the Christ-Talmadge 1973 Edition; A classic, described elsewhere in these collections. It’s on everybody’s list. Maroon Invecchiato Leather cover with Gold Leaf Tipped Gild Pages. The covers are made from vegetable-tanned leather which is known for its scent, its brilliant nuances of color, and its natural veins and marks.
  11. 11. G2010 Articles of Faith-Talmage Matches the 2009 gift; A classic, described elsewhere in these collections. It’s on everybody’s list. Invecchiato Leather cover with Gold Leaf Tipped Gild Pages. The covers are made from vegetable-tanned leather which is known for its scent, its brilliant nuances of color, and its natural veins and marks. G2011 Pathways to Perfection-Monson Penned by the living prophet; a leather-bound limited edition. The color is a rich brown leather with blindstamped cover, ribbon page mark, and gold leaf pages G2012 Teachings of Lorenzo Snow Teachings of the fourth President of the Church. Bound in a deep, chocolate leather, with gold trim. G2013 The House of the Lord-Talmadge Authored by the incomparable James E. Talmage,. a study of holy sanctuaries, ancient and modern. Profound and informative discussions on the need for temples and modern temple ordinances, as well as historical data on temples constructed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brown leather with an embossed Salt Lake Temple on the cover. Raised ridges on the spine; printed on the highest quality acid-free paper, gilded on every edge, with a silk bookmark sewn in.
  12. 12. THE DESERET BOOK COMPANY CHRISTMAS GIFT COLLECTION Since 1983, the Deseret Book Company has made a practice of giving a book to its employees annually as a Christmas gift. These books usually are numbered limited editions, leather bound, gold or silver cover script, gilt or silver edged, with a ribbon book mark, and often with silken end sheets. While perhaps not as doctrinally pure as those given by the First Presidency, these are rarer and are probably considered more collectible. Many are authored by Apostles. Books in series G 1. Promised Messiah (1983), Bruce R. McConkie First in the series of books by Elder McConkie dealing with Christ. The greatest works on Christ since James E. Talmage’s Jesus the Christ. Deals with the pre-existent Christ, Jehovah, and prophecies foretelling the advent of the Savior.. Blue Leather Bound. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Though leather bound, These are not numbered editions. G 2. Mortal Messiah, Book 1 (1984) Bruce R. McConkie Second in the Messiah Series. Deals with Christ in this life. Dark Brown Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Though leather bound, These are not numbered editions. G 3. Mortal Messiah, Book 2 (1985), Bruce R. McConkie Third in the Messiah Series. Deals with Christ in this life. Dark Brown Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Though leather bound, These are not numbered editions. Brown Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Though leather bound, These are not numbered editions. G 4. Mortal Messiah, Book 3 (1986), Bruce R. McConkie Fourth in the Messiah Series. Deals with Christ in this life. Brown Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Though leather bound, These are not numbered editions. G 5. Mortal Messiah, Book 4 (1987), Bruce R. McConkie Fifth in the Messiah Series. Deals with Christ in this life. Dark Brown Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Though leather bound, These are not numbered editions. G 6. Millenial Messiah (1988), Bruce R. McConkie Sixth and last in the Messiah Series. Deals with the resurrected Christ in the Millennium. Navy Blue Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Though leather bound, These are not numbered editions. G 7. Papers of Joseph Smith, Vol. 1 (1989) Compiled and edited by Dean C. Jessee Autobiographical and Historical Writings. Navy Blue Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 553.
  13. 13. G 8. Broken Heart (1990), Bruce Hafen Applying the Atonement to Life's Experiences. Maroon Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 300 G 9. Ezra Taft Benson: A Biography (1991) Sheri L. Dew The life of our thirteenth Prophet. Burgundy Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 308 G 10. Gospel Truth (1992) George Q. Cannon Navy Blue Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 232 G 11. Papers of Joseph Smith, Vol. 2 (1993) Compiled and edited by Dean C. Jessee The Prophet's Journal: 1832-1842.; Navy Blue Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 500 There are also about 20 unnumbered copies in existance. G 12 Howard W. Hunter (1994) Eleanor Knowles. The only biography of Howard W. Hunter, fourteenth President of the Church. Navy Blue Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 400 G 13. Following Christ (1995) Stephen E. Robinson A matched set with number 14. Maroon Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 600. G 14. Believing Christ (1995) Stephen E. Robinson A matched set with number 13. Maroon Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 600. G 15. Go Forward With Faith (1996), Sheri L. Dew The Biography of President Gordon B. Hinckley. Dark Green Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 700. G 16. Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley (1997), Gordon B. Hinckley Writings and Discourses of the Living Prophet. Navy Blue Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 700.
  14. 14. G 17. Christ and the New Covenant (1998), Jeffrey R. Holland Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shares his apostolic witness of the central figure of the Book of Mormon-the Lord Jesus Christ. Black Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 700. There are also four unnumbered copies existing with designated bookplates. G 18. In the Strength of the Lord (1999), James P. Bell The Life and Teachings of President James E. Faust. Black Leather. Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 700. 24 are in circulation that were unnumbered with designated bookplates. G 19. Standing for Something (2000), Gordon B. Hinckley 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes. Burgundy Leather; Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 700. G 20. Promise of Discipleship (2001), Neal A. Maxwell Elder Maxwell's latest book. is a summing-up of his favorite themes: warnings about the final days, the divine plan for each of our lives, adversity, and the prophet Joseph Smith. Burgundy Leather; Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 750. G 21. With Full Purpose of Heart (2002), Dallin H. Oaks A collection of many of Elder Oaks’ General Conference and BYU Devotional addresses. Dark Brown Leather; Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 750. There are also six unnumbered copies existing with designated bookplates. G 22. Trusting Jesus (2003), Jeffrey R. Holland This is a collection of some of Elder Holland's most memorable and powerful talks. Dark Green Leather; Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 740. There are also nine unnumbered copies existing with designated bookplates. G 23. Book of Mormon (Doubleday Edition) (2004) This book was released in the Deseret Book Limited Leather-Bound Edition for Christmas 2004 in cooperation with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Doubleday. Navy Blue Leather; Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. There was some numbering confusion when these were issued. The actual numbers in the limited series include 1-828, 837, & 850. G 24. Covenant Hearts: Marriage and the Joy of Human Love (2005), Bruce C. Hafen Many books claim to offer the secrets of a good marriage, but this book offers the absolute truth. Burgundy Leather; Gilt edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 700.
  15. 15. G 25. One Bright Shining Hope (2006) , Gordon B. Hinckley President Hinckley's words of encouragement and counsel to women are paired with beautiful visual images in this lovely gift book. Gray Leather; Silver edge, Silver Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 750. G 26. Finding Peace, Happiness, and Joy (2007) , Richard G. Scott In his familiar, warm style, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve outlines the truths we need to understand and embrace to live a life of peace, happiness, and joy. He covers such important topics as developing a godly character, receiving and responding to heavenly guidance, repenting of our sins, loving others, and learning to cope with what seems unfair. Navy Blue Leather; Silver edge, Silver Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 825, plus 41 unnumbered copies with slight blemishes. G 27. Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt (2008) , Parley P. Pratt The classic telling of the life story of this beloved and hated apostle of the Lord. Red Leather; Silver edge, Silver Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 250 (Probably a misprint; 750 is more likely). G 28. Hope in Our Hearts (2009) , Russell M. Nelson Elder Nelson brings his remarkable grasp of the gospel and his unique medical training to bear in eighteen outstanding messages that focus on family and relationships, Church doctrine, and personal growth. Light Brown Leather; Gold edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 750. G 29. Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Vol.1 (2010) , Joseph Smith, Jr. Presents scores of Joseph Smith’s revelations, dated from 1828 to 1834, that became the basis for the canonized books of revelations: the Book of Commandments (1833) and the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants (1835). As a Facsimile Edition this volume is approximately 9.5 × 12.5 inches and weighs approximately 8 pounds with full color printed pages. Navy Blue Leather; Gold edge, Gold Foil Stamped. Numbered edition of 900.
  16. 16. ZION'S BEST 25 LDS BOOKS On his “Zion’s Best” web site ( www.zionsbest.com ), John W. Redelfs gives the following introduction: "Read the sermons of the latter-day Presidents of the Church." That is the advice that Elder Hartman Rector, Jr. gave me in 1968 when I was taking an Institute class from him at the University of Utah. I did, and it has changed my life. I asked him, "After the Standard Works and the works of Talmage, what are the “best books” that we are commanded to study in the Doctrine and Covenants?" (D&C 88:118) This is what he told me. These are those fifteen books, and ten others that I consider the "best books" after the Standard Works. [The commentary after each book in this section is Brother Redelfs’.] G1. The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith Surely the most eye opening book I have ever read after the Standard Works. The King Follett Discourse is here. It is the original source for the teaching made famous by President Lorenzo Snow. He said, "As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become." These are the sermons of the Prophet Joseph which add to our understanding of scripture. G2. The Discourses of Brigham Young Our Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society lesson manual for 1998-99 was taken from this book. It is the standard compilation of Brigham Young's sermons. It was edited by John A Widtsoe, a member of the Twelve. Did you know that Adam and Eve were born of woman, or that all life was transplanted here from another planet? President Young teaches these things here. Without a doubt, it is one of the "best books." G3. Gospel Kingdom by John Taylor This is the standard compilation of sermons by the third President of the Church, the man who was badly wounded when the Prophet Joseph was killed at Carthage jail. Long out of print, it is available at Deseret Book. G4. The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff This is the standard compilation of the sermons of Wilford Woodruff, the fourth President of the Church. G5. The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow These are the sermons of the fifth President of the Church, Lorenzo Snow. G6. Gospel Doctrine by Joseph F. Smith Joseph F. Smith was the son of Hyrum Smith, the Prophet Joseph's brother. He was the sixth President of the Church and the father of Joseph Fielding Smith, the tenth President of the Church. This is the standard compilation of his sermons. Most of our current Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood manual was taken from this book. Highly recommended. G7. Gospel Standards by Heber J. Grant Although this is out-of-print, a fine copy may usually be found through Bibliofind. Heber J. Grant was our seventh President of the Church, and these are his sermons. G8. The Teachings of George Albert Smith These are the sermons of George Albert Smith, the eighth President of the Church.
  17. 17. G9. Gospel Ideals by David O. McKay President McKay was the ninth President of the Church. This is the standard collection of his sermons, definitely a "best book." G10. Doctrines of Salvation by Joseph Fielding Smith This is the best source of doctrine after The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, in my opinion. There are three volumes of sermons in this set. It was compiled by Bruce R. McConkie, his son-in-law. G11. The Teachings of Harold B. Lee These are President Harold B. Lee's sermons. They are a wonderful addition to the testimonies of these other great prophets. G12. The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball This is the standard compilation of President Kimball's sermons. G13. The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson In addition to his gospel doctrine, this compilation from the sermons of Ezra Taft Benson includes many of his political teachings. Because he served as a member of the President Eisenhower's cabinet for eight years while also a member of the Twelve he knew more about politics than any other Church President. As the "father" of my personal political philosophy, I would have put this book on the list even if he had not been a President of the Church. G14. The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter This is the standard compilation of the sermons of the fourteenth President of the Church, Howard Hunter. Serving only nine months, the shortest administration of any President, his sermons are filled with the love of Christ and his moving testimony. G15. The Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley What could be more surely a "best book" than the compiled sermons of the living Prophet? What evidence is there in his sermons that he studied those of his predecessors in the office of President? What topics of concern does he share with them? What special interests does he reveal? Surely one of the best ways we can get to know the inspired mind of the current President of the Church is to read what he has preached. G16. The Words of Joseph Smith by Andrew F. Ehat and Lyndon W. Cook No longer in print, rare, and hard-to-find, this book is a respected, scholarly editing of Joseph Smith's sermons during the Nauvoo period as recorded in the diaries, journals and letters of those who were actually present. It is fascinating to learn that some of what Joseph Smith taught has not survived, that is, it is no longer emphasized by the current leadership. For instance, Joseph Smith had some interesting things to say about the restoration of animal sacrifice in this dispensation. He also taught that there was a Patriarchal Priesthood between the Aaronic Priesthood and the Melchizedek Priesthood. If you can find a nice copy of this book, originally published by BYU, it will probably cost over a hundred dollars inasmuch as it has collector's value. Occasionally copies become available at Bibliofind and at Eborn Books. G17. Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage Written by an apostle in the Quorum of the Twelve, commissioned by the First Presidency, and written entirely in the Salt Lake City temple, this is undoubtedly the best and most important book ever written on the life of Jesus Christ excepting only the New Testament and the Book of Mormon.
  18. 18. G18. The Articles of Faith by James E. Talmage Another title by Elder Talmage, this is one of the "best books" on Mormon doctrine and belief. It is a systematic study of the Thirteen Articles of Faith rather than a compilation of sermons. G19. The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball This is my nomination for the book most likely to be included in the scriptural canon in some future dispensation. While other works concentrate on the doctrines, this one focuses on the hard core practices required for living our faith. It is the ultimate explanation of the repentance process. G20. A Witness and a Warning by Ezra Taft Benson President Benson is remembered for his emphasis on the Book of Mormon. This book, which is devoted entirely to that subject, is different from most others in that it focuses not only on the "testifying" aspects of..the book, but also the "warning" aspects. The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ, but it also warns against the enemies of Christ. Most books on the Book of Mormon focus primarily on the former while largely neglecting the latter mission of the book. G21. Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie A controversial book because of the unpopular "personal opinions" included, it belongs right up near the top of the rankings. Some of it is not "official" Church doctrine but "personal opinion," which are nearly all true regardless. Highly recommended. G22. Gospel Principles This is the standard introduction to the Church for our new members. It is currently used in the Gospel Essentials class. This is "official" doctrine as the Church itself teaches it. G23. A Marvelous Work and a Wonder by LeGrand Richards Covering much of the same ground as The Articles of Faith by James Talmage, this is easier to read. For many years it was used in the Gospel Essentials class. It is on the short list of approved titles for missionaries. Definitely one of the "best books." G24. The Story of the Latter-day Saints by James B. Allen and Glen M. Leonard Some years ago I took an informal survey of LDS scholars who are online. I wanted to learn which of all the one volume histories of the Church was most highly respected by scholars. I learned that this title was highly regarded not only by the so-called "intellectuals" who are critical of the Brethren. It is also highly regarded by those who are loyal and devoted to the Brethren, the Iron Rods. G25. Approaching Zion by Hugh Nibley Great numbers of well read and educated Mormons admire the writings of Hugh Nibley, a man who is at once erudite and completely faithful. Of those who have widely read Nibley, many and perhaps most of them consider this his best book. It is certainly one of the most thought provoking.
  19. 19. THE MISSIONARY/MEETINGHOUSE LIBRARIES Over the years, different sets of books have comprised the “Missionary Library.” And they have had varying degrees of imprimatur. At times, the listing included those mandated to be read as part of a self taught instruction course. At other times the listing was merely permissive rather than mandatory. I have included here all those I have identified and the time period they were listed. The reader will note that some lasted through the years while others are no longer readily recognized and might be very difficult to locate. 1912 Listing; Mandated by President Joseph F. Smith G1. A Young Folks’ History of the Church by Nephi Anderson G2. The Gospel and Man’s Relation to Diety by Brigham H. Roberts of the Seventy G3. Mormon Doctrine by President Charles W. Penrose, Later Counselor to Heber J. Grant This is not the book of the same title written by Bruce R. McConkie. President Penrose’s work seems to be available from time to time on Ebay and Deseret Book Company’s Auction site. I leave it to the reader to decide whether he wants an early edition which might have greater value as a collectible or a later edition which might reflect the author’s thoughts later in life. G4. The Articles of Faith by Elder James E. Talmage of the Twelve This book has been in continual publication since its original edition and is widely available in both hardback an paperback editions. Truly a classic. G5. Ecclesiastical History by Brigham H. Roberts of the Seventy The 1915 listing retained all of the above, and added: G6. Jesus the Christ by Elder James E. Talmage of the twelve This work has remained on virtually every listing since its original publication. A classic by any measure. Readily available in a variety of publications.
  20. 20. The 1919 listing retained all of the above, and added: G7. Vitality of Mormonism by James E. Talmage of the Twelve First published in 1919, this collection of essays by James E, Talmage explores the key principles and doctrines of the Gospel in a series of one hundred and four concise treatises. Recently reprinted as a trade paperback and fairly available. In1966Librarieswereestablishedineachmeetinghouse. Mandated works included: G1. The Articles of Faith by James E. Talmage of the Twelve G2. Documentary History of the Church (Seven Volumes) G3. Essentials in Church History G4. Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage of the Twelve In 1976 the authorized library was updated to include the following titles. G1. A Marvelous Work and a Wonder by LeGrand Richards of the Twelve G2. The Miracle of Forgiveness by President Spencer W. Kimball
  21. 21. G3. Gospel Doctrine G4. Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage of the Twelve G5. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith compiled and edited by President Joseph F. Smith G6. Doctrines of Salvation (3 volumes) by Joseph F. Smith, then of the Twelve The Missionary Library was again updated in 1988. Included were: G1. Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage of the Twelve G2. Articles of Faith by James E. Talmage of the Twelve G3. Truth Restored G4. Gospel Principles G5. A Marvelous Work and a Wonder by LeGrand Richards of the Twelve G6. Our Search for Happiness by M. Russell Ballard of the Twelve
  22. 22. The Current Listing for both Missionaries and Meetinghouse Libraries includes: G1. Preach My Gospel G2. Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage of the Twelve G3. Our Heritage G4. Our Search for Happiness by M. Russell Ballard of the Twelve G5. True to the Faith
  23. 23. HARVARD CLASSICS The Harvard Classics is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909. Eliot had stated in speeches that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five-foot shelf. The publisher P. F. Collier and Son saw an opportunity and challenged Eliot to make good on this statement by selecting an appropriate collection of works, and the Harvard Classics was the result. G Vol. 1: FRANKLIN, WOOLMAN, PENN His Autobiography, by Benjamin Franklin The Journal of John Woolman, by John Woolman (1774 and subsequent editions) Fruits of Solitude, by William Penn G Vol. 2. PLATO, EPICTETUS, MARCUS AURELIUS The Apology, Phaedo, and Crito, by Plato The Golden Sayings, by Epictetus The Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius G Vol. 3. BACON, MILTON'S PROSE, THOS. BROWNE Essays, Civil and Moral, and New Atlantis, by Francis Bacon Areopagitica and Tractate of Education, by John Milton Religio Medici, by Sir Thomas Browne G Vol. 4. COMPLETE POEMS IN ENGLISH, MILTON Complete poems written in English, by John Milton G Vol. 5. ESSAYS AND ENGLISH TRAITS, EMERSON Essays and English Traits, by Ralph Waldo Emerson G Vol. 6. POEMS AND SONGS, BURNS Poems and songs, by Robert Burns
  24. 24. G Vol. 7. CONFESSIONS OF ST. AUGUSTINE, IMITATIONS OF CHRIST The Confessions, by Saint Augustine The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis G Vol. 8. NINE GREEK DRAMAS Agamemnon,The LibationBearers,TheFuries,andPrometheusBound,byAeschylus Oedipus the King and Antigone, by Sophocles Hippolytus and The Bacchae, by Euripides The Frogs, by Aristophanes G Vol. 9. LETTERS AND TREATISES OF CICERO AND PLINY On Friendship, On Old Age, and letters, by Cicero Letters, by Pliny the Younger G Vol. 10. WEALTH OF NATIONS, ADAM SMITH The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith G Vol. 11. ORIGIN OF SPECIES, DARWIN The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin G Vol. 12. PLUTARCH'S LIVES Lives, by Plutarch G Vol. 13. AENEID, VIRGIL Aeneid, by Virgil G Vol. 14. DON QUIXOTE, Part 1 only, CERVANTES Don Quixote, part 1, by Cervantes
  25. 25. G Vol. 15. PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, DONNE & HERBERT, BUNYAN, WALTON The Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan The Lives of Donne and Herbert, by Izaak Walton G Vol. 16. THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS Stories from the Thousand and One Nights G Vol. 17. FOLKLORE AND FABLE, AESOP, GRIMM, ANDERSON Fables, by Aesop Children's and Household Tales, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen G Vol. 18. MODERN ENGLISH DRAMA All for Love, by John Dryden The School for Scandal, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith The Cenci, by Percy Bysshe Shelley A Blot in the 'Scutcheon, by Robert Browning Manfred, by Lord Byron G Vol. 19. FAUST, EGMONT, ETC. DOCTOR FAUSTUS, GOETHE, MARLOWE Faust, part 1, Egmont, and Hermann and Dorothea, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Dr. Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe G Vol. 20. THE DIVINE COMEDY, DANTE The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri G Vol. 21. I PROMESSI SPOSI I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni G Vol. 22. THE ODYSSEY, HOMER The Odyssey, by Homer
  26. 26. G Vol. 23. TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST, DANA Two Years Before the Mast, by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. G Vol. 24. ON THE SUBLIME, FRENCH REVOLUTION, ETC., BURKE On Taste, On the Sublime and Beautiful, Reflections on the French Revolution, and A Letter to a Noble Lord, by Edmund Burke G Vol. 25. AUTOBIOGRAPHY, ETC., ESSAYS AND ADDRESSES, J.S. MILL, T. CARLYLE Autobiography and On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill Characteristics, Inaugural Address at Edinburgh, and Sir Walter Scott, by Thomas Carlyle G Vol. 26. CONTINENTAL DRAMA Life is a Dream, by Pedro Calderón de la Barca Polyeucte, by Pierre Corneille Phèdre, by Jean Racine Tartuffe, by Molière Minna von Barnhelm, by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing William Tell, by Friedrich von Schiller G Vol. 27. ENGLISH ESSAYS: SIDNEY TO MACAULAY G Vol. 28. ESSAYS: ENGLISH AND AMERICAN G Vol. 29. VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE, DARWIN The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin
  27. 27. G Vol. 30. FARADAY, HELMHOLTZ, KELVIN, NEWCOMB, ETC The Forces of Matter and The Chemical History of a Candle, by Michael Faraday On the Conservation of Force and Ice and Glaciers, by Hermann von Helmholtz The Wave Theory of Light and The Tides, by Lord Kelvin The Extent of the Universe, by Simon Newcomb Geographical Evolution, by Sir Archibald Geikie G Vol. 31. AUTOBIOGRAPHY, BENVENUTO CELLINI The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini G Vol. 32. LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL ESSAYS Essays, by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Montaigne and What is a Classic?, by Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve The Poetry of the Celtic Races, by Ernest Renan The Education of the Human Race, by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Letters upon the Aesthetic Education of Man, by Friedrich von Schiller Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals, by Immanuel Kant Byron and Goethe, by Giuseppe Mazzini G Vol. 33. VOYAGES AND TRAVELS An account of Egypt from The Histories, by Herodotus Germany, by Tacitus Sir Francis Drake Revived, by Philip Nichols Sir Francis Drake's Famous Voyage Round the World, by Francis Pretty Drake's Great Armada, by Captain Walter Bigges Sir Humphrey Gilbert's Voyage to Newfoundland, by Edward Haies The Discovery of Guiana, by Sir Walter Raleigh G Vol. 34. FRENCH AND ENGLISH PHILOSOPHERS, DESCARTES, VOLTAIRE, ROUSSEAU, HOBBES Discourse on Method, by René Descartes Letters on the English, by Voltaire On the Inequality among Mankind and Profession of Faith of a Savoyard Vicar, by Jean Jacques Rousseau Of Man, Being the First Part of Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes
  28. 28. G Vol. 35. CHRONICLE AND ROMANCE, FROISSART, MALORY, HOLINSHEAD Chronicles, by Jean Froissart The Holy Grail, by Sir Thomas Malory A Description of Elizabethan England, by William Harrison G Vol. 36. MACHIAVELLI, MORE, LUTHER The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli The Life of Sir Thomas More, by William Roper Utopia, by Sir Thomas More The Ninety-Five Theses, To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation, and On the Freedom of a Christian, by Martin Luther G Vol. 37. LOCKE, BERKELEY, HUME Some Thoughts Concerning Education, by John Locke Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Atheists, by George Berkeley An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, by David Hume G Vol. 38. HARVEY, JENNER, LISTER, PASTEUR The Oath of Hippocrates Journeys in Diverse Places, by Ambroise Paré On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, by William Harvey TheThreeOriginal Publications on VaccinationAgainstSmallpox,byEdward Jenner The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever, by Oliver Wendell Holmes On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery, by Joseph Lister Scientific papers, by Louis Pasteur Scientific papers, by Charles Lyell G Vol. 39. FAMOUS PREFACES G Vol. 40. ENGLISH POETRY 1: CHAUCER TO GRAY
  29. 29. G Vol. 41. ENGLISH POETRY 2: COLLINS TO FITZGERALD G Vol. 42. ENGLISH POETRY 3: TENNYSON TO WHITMAN G Vol. 43. AMERICAN HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS G Vol. 44. SACRED WRITINGS 1 Confucian: The sayings of Confucius Hebrew: Job, Psalms, and Ecclesiastes Christian I: Luke and Acts G Vol. 45. SACRED WRITINGS 2 Christian II: Corinthians I and II and hymns Buddhist: Writings Hindu: The Bhagavad-Gita Mohammedan: Chapters from the Koran G Vol. 46. ELIZABETHAN DRAMA 1 Edward the Second, by Christopher Marlowe Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and The Tempest, by William Shakespeare G Vol. 47. ELIZABETHAN DRAMA 2 The Shoemaker's Holiday, by Thomas Dekker The Alchemist, by Ben Jonson Philaster, by Beaumont and Fletcher The Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster A New Way to Pay Old Debts, by Philip Massinger G Vol. 48. THOUGHTS AND MINOR WORKS, PASCAL Thoughts, letters, and minor works, by Blaise Pascal
  30. 30. G Vol. 49. EPIC AND SAGA Beowulf The Song of Roland The Destruction of Dá Derga's Hostel The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs G Vol. 50. INTRODUCTION, READER'S GUIDE, INDEXES G Vol. 51. LECTURES The last volume contains sixty lectures introducing and summarizing the covered fields: history, poetry, natural science, philosophy, biography, prose fiction, criticism and the essay, education, political science, drama, travelogues, and religion. Harvard Classics - Fiction One of the criticisms leveled at the Harvard Classics is that they do not contain enough fiction, especially modern fiction. Accordingly in 1917, President Charles W. Eliot (by then retired from Harvard) appended twenty works of classical fiction to the Harvard Classics. Herewith are those additions with notes and introductions by William Allan Neilson. It also features an index to Criticisms and Interpretations.. G Vol. 1. HENRY FIELDING 1 The History of Tom Jones, part 1, by Henry Fielding G Vol. 2. HENRY FIELDING 2 The History of Tom Jones, part 2, by Henry Fielding G Vol. 3. LAURENCE STERN, JANE AUSTEN A Sentimental Journey, by Laurence Sterne Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen G Vol. 4. SIR WALTER SCOTT Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott
  31. 31. G Vol. 5. WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 1 Vanity Fair, part 1, by William Makepeace Thackeray G Vol. 6. WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 2 Vanity Fair, part 2, by William Makepeace Thackeray G Vol. 7. CHARLES DICKENS 1 David Copperfield, part 1, by Charles Dickens G Vol. 8. CHARLES DICKENS 2 David Copperfield, part 2, by Charles Dickens G Vol. 9. GEORGE ELIOT The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot G Vol. 10. HAWTHORNE, IRVING, POE, BRET HARTE, MARK TWAIN, HALE The Scarlet Letter and "Rappaccini's Daughter", by Nathaniel Hawthorne "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", by Washington Irving "Eleonora", "The Fall of the House of Usher", and "The Purloined Letter", by Edgar Allan Poe "The Luck of Roaring Camp", "The Outcasts of Poker Flat", and "The Idyl of Red Gulch", by Francis Bret Harte "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog", by Samuel L. Clemens "The Man Without a Country", by Edward Everett Hale G Vol. 11. HENRY JAMES, JR. The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James G Vol. 12. VICTOR HUGO Notre Dame de Paris, by Victor Marie Hugo
  32. 32. G Vol. 13. BALZAC, SAND, DE MUSSET, DAUDET, DE MAUPASSANT Old Goriot, by Honoré de Balzac The Devil's Pool, by George Sand The Story of a White Blackbird, by Alfred de Musset "The Siege of Berlin", "The Last Class—The Story of a Little Alsatian", "The Child Spy", "The Game of Billiards", and "The Bad Zouave", by Alphonse Daudet "Walter Schnaffs’ Adventure" and "Two Friends", by Guy de Maupassant G Vol. 14. JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe G Vol. 15. GOETHE, KELLER, STORM, FONTANE The Sorrows of Young Werther, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The Banner of the Upright Seven, by Gottfried Keller The Rider on the White Horse, by Theodor Storm Trials and Tribulations, by Theodor Fontane G Vol. 16. LEO NIKOLAEVITCH TOLSTOY 1 Anna Karenina, part 1, by Leo Tolstoy G Vol. 17. LEO NIKOLAEVITCH TOLSTOY 2 Anna Karenina, part 2, and Ivan the Fool, by Leo Tolstoy G Vol. 18. FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky G Vol. 19. IVAN TURGENEV A House of Gentlefolk and Fathers and Children, by Ivan Turgenev G Vol. 20. VALERA, BJØRNSON, KIELLAND Pepita Jimenez, by Juan Valera A Happy Boy, by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson Skipper Worse, by Alexander L. Kielland
  33. 33. The Easton Press Greatest 100 Collection Easton Press is one of many publishers that have created a list of the 100 greatest books ever written. In the case of Easton Press, however, their 100 Greatest Books Ever Written series are all gorgeously leather bound books. Every book in this series is bound in genuine leather, and the books also include 22k gold accents on the cover as well as gilt page edges and a sewn in bookmark. Many other sources have created lists of the 100 greatest books, including Time magazine. While the books in each list vary from source to source, there are certain books that seem to consistently make it onto every list — well-known classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are all examples of such books. The Easton Press series is definitely one of the definitive collector’s editions, however, with their incredibly high quality leather bound books. GAdventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain GAdventures of Sherlock Holmes by Conan Doyle GThe Aeneid by Virgil GAesop’s Fables by Aesop GAlice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll GThe Analects of Confucius by Confucius GAnimal Farm by George Orwell GAnna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy GThe Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin GBeowulf by Anonymous GBilly Budd by Herman Melville GBrave New World by Aldous Huxley GThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky GRobert Browning – Collected Poems by Robert Browning
  34. 34. GCandide by Voltaire GThe Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer GThe Cherry Orchard/Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov GThe Confessions of St. Augustine by Saint Augustine of Hippo GThe Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, père GCrime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky GCyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand GDavid Copperfield by Charles Dickens GThe Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio GEmily Dickinson – Collected Poems by Emily Dickinson GThe Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri GDon Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes GDracula by Bram Stoker GDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson GEssays by Ralph Waldo Emerson GA Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway GFathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev GFaust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe GFederalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay GFrankenstein by Mary Shelley
  35. 35. GRobert Frost – Collected Poems by Robert Frost GGreat Expectations by Charles Dickens GGrimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the Brothers Grimm GGulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift GHamlet by William Shakespeare GHeart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad GHistory of Early Rome by Livy GThe Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo GIliad by Homer GIvanhoe by Walter Scott GJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë GThe Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling GJohn Keats - Collected Poems by John Keats GLady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence GThe Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper GLeaves of Grass by Walt Whitman GThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Other Stories by Washington Irving GLes Misérables by Victor Hugo GLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott GLord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  36. 36. GMadame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert GA Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare GMoby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville GThe Necklace and Other Tales by Guy de Maupassant GOdyssey by Homer GOedipus the King by Sophocles GOf Mice and Men by John Steinbeck GOn the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin GParadise Lost by John Milton GThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde GThe Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan GPolitics by Aristotle GThe Portrait of a Lady by Henry James GA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce GPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen GThe Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli GPygmalion/Candida by George Bernard Shaw GThe Red and the Black by Stendhal GThe Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane GThe Republic by Plato
  37. 37. GRights of Man by Thomas Paine GRobinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe GRomeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare GRubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Omar Khayyam GThe Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne GThe Sea Wolf by Jack London GShe Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith GSilas Marner by George Eliot GThe Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner GA Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens GTales from the Arabian Nights by Richard Burton GTales of Mystery & Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe GThe Talisman by Walter Scott GTess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy GThe Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père GThe Time Machine by H. G. Wells GTom Jones by Henry Fielding GTreasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson GTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne GUncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  38. 38. GVanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray GWalden by Henry David Thoreau GWar and Peace by Leo Tolstoy GThe Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler GWuthering Heights by Emily Brontë GWilliam Butler Yeats – Collected Poems by W. B. Yeats GTales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving GThe Birds and The Frogs by Aristophanes GThe Comedies by William Shakespeare GThe Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau GDescent of Man by Charles Darwin GLes Fleurs du mal (The Flowers Of Evil) by Charles Baudelaire GThe Histories by William Shakespeare GJude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy GA Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe GThe Mill on the Floss by George Eliot GMedea – Hippolytus – The Bacchae by Euripides GOresteia by Aeschylus GThree Plays by Henrik Ibsen GTwo Plays by Moliere
  39. 39. GTwo Plays by George Bernard Shaw GPoems by John Donne GReturn of the Native by Thomas Hardy GShort Stories by Oscar Wilde GShort Stories by Charles Dickens GThe Symposium by Plato GThe Tragedies by William Shakespeare GTristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne GThe Effayes by Francis Bacon GMiddlemarch by George Eliot GHoly Bible
  40. 40. THOMAS JEFFERSON EDUCATION Thomas Jefferson Education is aphilosophy or method of education that focuses of personal education and advancement through selected reading and private tutoring, including home schooling in the earlier years. Following are the selected readings which are advised for a complete education. It should be noted that they have a kickback arrangement with Amazon whereby they receive a commission for all books purchased from Amazon by linking from the TJEd web site. More can be learned about this movement at http://www.tjed.org/. ADULT GThe History of Freedom John Emerich Edward Dalberg, Lord Acton; Acton never completed his projected History of Liberty. We do have however several collections of his writings including one which contains 2 chapters from this planned history - on liberty in antiquityand Christianity - and many book reviews where one can piece together Acton’s approach to the writing of such a history. GThoughts on Government John Adams GOn Kingship Saint Thomas Aquinas GThe Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle GPolitics Aristotle GRhetoric Aristotle GThe City of God Saint Augustine GMeditations Emperor Marcus Aurelius GPride and Prejudice Jane Austen,
  41. 41. GSense and Sensibility Jane Austen GNovum Organum Scientiarum Sir Francis Bacon GThe Law Claude Frédéric Bastiat GThat Which Is Seen and That Which Is Not Seen Claude Frédéric Bastiat GThe Proper Role of Government Ezra Taft Benson GThe Holy Bible King James Version GThe Consolation of Philosophy Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius GWuthering Heights Emily Brontë GJane Eyre Charlotte Brontë GThe American Tradition Clarence B. Carson GThe Tao of Physics Fritjof Capra GOrthodoxy Gilbert Keith “G.K.” Chesterton GCollected Speeches Sir Winston Churchill GThe Republic and The Laws
  42. 42. Marcus Tullius Cicero GOn War Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz GThe Analects Confucius GConstitution of the United States Constitutional Convention; James Madison, Principal Author GOn the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres Nicolaus Copernicus GThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen Covey GThe Divine Comedy Durante degli Alighieri, better known as “Dante” Consisting of “The Inferno,” “Purgatorio,” and “Paradiso” GThe Declaration of Independence Second Continental Congress; Principal Author- Thomas Jefferson GRobinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe GA Discourse on the Method René Descartes GA Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens GGreat Expectations Charles Dickens GMagnificent Obsession Lloyd C. Douglas GThe Story of Civilization (11 Volume Set)
  43. 43. Will and Ariel Durant GRelativity: The Special and the General Theory Albert Einstein GEmerson’s Essays Ralph Waldo Emerson GThe Thirteen Books of the Elements Euclid of Alexandria GAlas, Babylon Pat Frank GLetters and Writings Benjamin Franklin GCivilization and Its Discontents Sigmund Freud GTwo New Sciences Galileo Galilei GThe Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon GFaust I & II (Goethe : The Collected Works Johann Wolfgang von Goethe GLeviathan Thomas Hobbes GThe Iliad Homer GThe Odyssey Homer, GLes Miserables Victor Hugo
  44. 44. GEssays Moral, Political, and Literary David Hume GLetters, Speeches and Writings Thomas Jefferson, GA History of Warfare John Keegan GEpitome of Copernican Astronomy and Harmonies of the World Johannes Kepler GCollected Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr GThe Structure of Scientific Revolutions Thomas S. Kuhn GElements of Chemistry Antoine Lavoisier GMere Christianity C. S. Lewis GThe Screwtape Letters C.S. Lewis GThe Weight of Glory C.S. Lewis GGreat Speeches of Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln GSecond Treatise Of Government John Locke GThe Prince Nicccolo Machiavelli GThe Federalist Papers
  45. 45. John Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, GThe Communist Manifesto Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels, GUtopia Thomas More GThe Magna Carta King John Lackland, as forced by the nobles of England GOn Liberty John Stuart Mill, GParadise Lost John Milton GParadise Regained John Milton GHuman Action: A Treatise on Economics Ludwig von Mises, GThe Monroe Doctrine President James Monroe GThe Spirit of the Laws Charles de Secondat Montesquieu, GMathematical Principles Sir Isaac Newton GIntroduction to Arithmetic Nicomachus of Gerasa GBeyond Good and Evil Friedrich Nietzsche GThe Northwest Ordinance Congress of the Confederation (Successor to the Second Continental Congress) Created the North-west Territory, first territory of the United States.
  46. 46. GNineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell GComplete Works of Plato Plato GThe Histories Polybius of Arcadia GThe Chosen Chaim Potok GLives Plutarch, AKA Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus GAlmagest Claudius Ptolemy GComplete Works William Shakespeare GThe 5000 Year Leap W. Cleon Skousen GThe Majesty of God’s Law W. Cleon Skousen GThe Making of America W. Cleon Skousen GThe Wealth of Nations Adam Smith GA World Split Apart Alexander Solzhenitsyn GThe Gulag Archipelago Alexander Solzhenitsyn GThe Oedipus Trilogy
  47. 47. Sophocles GUncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe GThe Art Of War Sun Tzu GVanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray GWalden or Life in the Woods Henry David Thoreau GWar And Peace Leo Tolstoy GThe Peloponnesian War Thucydides GDemocracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville GLetters, Speeches and Writings George Washington GThe Mainspring of Human Progress Henry Grady Weaver GThe Virginian Owen Wister Young Children and Family Reading GAesop’s Fables Aesop GAndersen’s Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  48. 48. GBeauty and the Beast Traditional Fairy Tale GThe Besty-Tacy Series Maud Hart Lovelace GThe Holy Bible Select age appropriate stories. GThe Blind Men and the Elephant Traditional Jain Parable GCasey at the Bat Ernest Thayer GCharlotte’s Web E. B. White GChicken Little Traditional Folk Tale GA Christmas Carol Charles Dickens (can be scary–use discretion or paraphrase as needed) GCinderella Traditional Folk Tale GDinotopia Series James Gurney GDr. Seuss Series Theodor Seuss Geisel (some sequels by others) GThe Emperor’s New Clothes Hans Christian Andersen (adapted from a Medieval Spanish cautionary tale.) GThe Story Of The Other Wise Man Henry van Dyke (Children’s version by by Robert Barrett) GThe Gift of the Magi
  49. 49. O. Henry GThe Giving Tree Shel Silverstein G“God Save the Flag” Oliver Wendell Holmes GGoldilocks and the Three Bears In the earliest versions (1830s), the intruder was an old woman. She became a child in 1849, and the name Goldilocks did not appear until early in the twentieth Century GThe Goose that Laid Golden Eggs Aesop GGrimm’s Fairy Tales Collected and compiled by the “Brothers Grimm” (Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm ) G “The Highwayman” Alfred Noyes GHansel and Gretel Traditional German Folk Tale GJack and the Beanstalk Traditional English Folk Tale GThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving G “Lincoln, The Man of the People” GLittle Boy Blue GThe Little Engine That Could GThe Little House Series GThe Little Red Hen GLittle Red Riding Hood
  50. 50. GMcGuffey’s Readers GMother Goose Nursery Rhymes GPaul Revere’s Ride GPerloo The Bold GPeter Pan GPeter Rabbit GThe Pied Piper of Hamelin GPinocchio GPollyanna GThe Princess and the Pea GPuss in Boots GRapunzel GRikki-Tikki-Tavi GRip Van Winkle GRobin Hood GRumpelstiltskin GRudyard Kiplng’s Just So Stories GSleeping Beauty GThe Song of Hiawatha GSnow White
  51. 51. GTales from the Arabian Nights GThe Three Billy Goats Gruff GThe Three Little Pigs GThe Ugly Duckling GTom Thumb G‘Twas the Night Before Christmas GThe Wind in the Willows GWinnie-the-Pooh GThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz Young Readers GAlice In Wonderland, Carroll GAnimal Farm, Orwell GAsimov on Numbers, Asimov GThe Anne of Green Gables , Montgomery GAutobiography of Benjamin Franklin Classics for Young Readers G“Battle Hymn of the Republic“, Julia Ward Howe GBen-Hur Classics for Young Readers, Wallace, Johnson GThe Bible GBrighty: Of the Grand Canyon, Henry
  52. 52. GBlack Beauty, Sewell GThe Black Stallion series, Farley GThe Chronicles of Narnia series, Lewis GCollected Works of Edgar A. Guest G“The Concord Hymn “, Emerson GA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Twain GThe Constitution of the United States GDavid Copperfield, Dickens GDavy Crockett Legends GThe Declaration of Independence GThe Diary of a Young Girl, Frank GDon Quixote, Cervantes GDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Stevenson GDred Scott Decision GThe Education of Henry Adams, Adams GEight Cousins, Alcott GEmily Post’s Etiquette G“In Flanders Fields“, McCrae GFlatland, Abbott GThe Foundation series, Asimov
  53. 53. GFrankenstein, Shelley G“The Gettysburg Address,” Lincoln G“The War Inevitable”, Henry GThe Great Brain series, Fitzgerald GGulliver’s Travels, Swift GMythology, Hamilton G“Hamlet,” Shakespeare GHeidi, Spyri GThe Hiding Place, Boom GHistory Reborn, Anderson GThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain G“I Have A Dream,” King GIvanhoe, Scott GThe Hobbit, Tolkein GIsland of the Blue Dolphins, O’Dell GJoan of Arc, Twain GJo’s Boys, Alcott GJourney to the Center of the Earth, Verne G“Julius Caesar,” Shakespeare GThe Jungle Book, Kipling
  54. 54. GKing Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table GLaddie, Porter GThe Last of the Mohicans, Cooper G“Let America Be America Again,” Hughes GThe Lincoln-Douglas Debates GThe Little Britches series, Moody GLittle Lord Fauntleroy, Frances Hodgson Burnett GLittle Men, Alcott GLittle Women, Alcott GThe Lonesome Gods, L’Amour GThe Lord of the Rings series, Tolkein G“The Man with the Hoe,” Markham GMathematicians Are People, Too (2 volumes), Reimer GMoby-Dick, Melville GNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass GNational Velvet, Bagnold G Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language; see also: Online 1828 Dictionary GNorth to Freedom, Holm G“O Captain! My Captain!,” Whitman G“Old Ironsides,” Holmes
  55. 55. GOld Yeller, Gipson GOliver Twist, Dickens GPaul Bunyan and Other Tall Tales GThe Phantom Tollbooth, Juster G“The Present Crisis,” Lowell G“The Road Not Taken,” Frost GThe Real Benjamin Franklin, Allison GThe Real George Washington, Parry GThe Real Thomas Jefferson, Allison GThe Robe, Douglas GRobinson Crusoe, Defoe GThe Sackett Series, L’Amour GSaxon Math series GThe Secret Garden, Burnett GSoldiers, Statesmen & Heroes, Parry GShakespeare’s Sonnets GSpiritual Lives of the Great Composers, Kavanaugh GStuart Little, White GSummer of the Monkeys, Rawls GThe Swiss Family Robinson, Wyss
  56. 56. GTom Sawyer, Twain GTreasure Island, Stevenson GThe Trumpet of the Swan, White GThe Doctor Dolittle series, Lofting GWhite Fang, London GThe story of William Tell GWhere the Red Fern Grows, Rawls

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