A Trip to the Used Bookstore

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  1. TylerRay

    TylerRay Puritan Board Senior

    We made a trip to my favorite used bookstore today. I picked up several promising volumes, including:

    A Guide to the Westminster Standards, James E. Bordwine
    The Heidelberg Catechism: A Study Guide, G. I. Williamson
    Testaments of Love: A Study of Love in the Bible, Leon Morris
    Peaceable Fruit for the Nurture of Covenant Youth, Gertrude Hoeksema
    Worship (part of the Guides to the Reformed Tradition series), Hughes Oliphant Old
    William James and John Dewey, Gordon H. Clark
    The Flight of Humanity, R. J. Rushdoony

    What Reformed treasures have you found while perusing your local used bookstore?
  2. Eoghan

    Eoghan Puritan Board Senior

    Do online bookstores count? (Sadly it is much harder to "browse the shelves" and thumb through a volume online.)
  3. TylerRay

    TylerRay Puritan Board Senior

    No, sir. That's cheating.

  4. Logan

    Logan Puritan Board Junior

    Best thing I've ever seen in any of the used bookstores around here is something by CS Lewis. Otherwise it's almost entirely new age stuff or Osteen. Or is there a difference?
  5. Jake

    Jake Puritan Board Junior

    Some favorites:
    The FPP version of the Westminster Standards
    1611 reprint of the KJV (except with Roman type instead of Gothic in most places)
    WCF book by GI Williamson
    Several puritan paperbacks (Reformed Pastor by Baxter recently)

    Probably mostly from the same favorite you have Tyler.
  6. TylerRay

    TylerRay Puritan Board Senior

    I guess McKay's is hard to beat, huh? :lol:
  7. Cymro

    Cymro Puritan Board Junior

    Mine was not local, but in America! A ministerial friend from Scotland was appointed
    to serve a church in Livonia for 6 months, and invited my wife and myself to over. This
    was about 22yrs ago. My friend is a case of serendipity when it comes to secondhand
    book shops. He always strikes gold! But on taking us to visit Plymouth we dropped into
    a second hand Funiture shop on the off chance that there might be some treasures there.
    He went along some bookcases on one side and I the other. All the shelves were empty,
    but casting an eye onto a ground level shelf, there sitting iwith glorious appeal and isolation was
    a full set of Matthew Henry in pristine condition. In fact never been opened!
    This gave me two unexpected pleasures, in that for once I had trumped my friend, and also the
    added bonus of the shopkeeper only charging 3 dollars for each.
  8. Fly Caster

    Fly Caster Puritan Board Sophomore

    There's been a couple of guys in my area who've dumped their libraries into a local bookstore after going off the rails-- one into Greek Orthodoxy and one into some flavor of neo-orthodoxy. Hate their wandering, but made for some great finds. Have probably picked up 40-50 good titles. Some which come to mind are-- Hetherington's History of the Westminster Assembly, Gerstner's Book on Dispensationalism, AA Hodge Outlines of Theology, David Hall Savior or Servant? in nice hardback, Thomas Manton's Commentary on James, J.I. Packer A Quest for Godliness, Bainton's biography of Martin Luther, Charles Bridge's commentary on Proverbs...
  9. TylerRay

    TylerRay Puritan Board Senior

    Very nice! Particularly Manton on James and Bridges on Proverbs.

    My used bookstore hall of fame would definitely include Berkhof's Systematic Theology, Hoeksema's commentary on Revelation, Pink's The Sovereignty of God (Baker Hardback), Herman Ridderbos's Paul: An Outline of his Theology, Vos's Eschatology of the Old Testament, several commentaries by Gordon Clark, and Pink's Gleanings from Joshua; the last of which I found in a bin of free books outside of the store (reserved for books they think won't sell).
  10. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    I've found that library and other fundraising book sales as well as thrift stores (including Goodwill) can be excellent sources for bargain priced books. Prices tend to range from $0.25-$2. The most expensive ones are maybe $3.50 at the most. Estate and garage sales can also be fruitful.

    I've picked up hundreds of books at such sales in the past year or so, too many to list offhand. Many of the books I've picked up have not been Reformed or even theological, so if one is wanting to limit it to just that, you might not have as plentiful a harvest. (These types of sales are a great way to pick up books that you'd probably never pay "real" money for or wouldn't bother to hunt down used copies online but which might be of some interest nonetheless.) I've found a good many of the more popular authors such as Sproul, Boice, Lloyd-Jones and Pink. I've also picked up a good many Biblical Counseling books by authors such as Adams, Mack and Priolo. The chances of picking up something good are about the same as what you'll find in many used bookstores, in my experience, with the bigger sales often having a much bigger selection unless you're talking a really great used bookstore. And the prices will tend to be a lot cheaper.

    Finds from the past 6 months include:

    The Almost Christian Discovered - Matthew Mead
    Heroes - Iain Murray
    Spurgeon's Autobiography, vol 2 (One of the more frustrating things is getting partial sets, but at these prices you can't complain)
    Reasons for Duty - John Gerstner
    The Decline of the West, Vol I - Oswald Spengler
    Worship that is Reformed According to Scripture - Hughes Oliphant Old
    Logic - Gordon H Clark
    Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism - George Marsden
    The Unfolding Mystery - Edmund Clowney
    Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices - Thomas Brooks
    The Five Points of Calvinism - Steele and Thomas
    By His Grace and For His Glory - Thomas Nettles
    Spiritual Depression - Martyn Lloyd-Jones
    Great Doctrines of the Bible, Vol 1 - Lloyd-Jones
    Christian Baptism - John Murray
    The Returning King - Vern S Poythress
    Five English Reformers - J.C. Ryle
    Genesis in Space and Time - Francis Schaeffer
    Pollution and the Death of Man - Schaeffer
    Christ's Call to Discipleship - Boice

    You can find some of these sales on booksalefinder.com and by checking periodically with your public or university library system to see when they might have a sale. Some have sales every month, others maybe 1-3 times per year. If you get "lucky" you might come across a place with dozens of good theology books that have been sitting there waiting for you to show up and take them off the owner's hands. There are plenty of ways to find out about garage and estate sales. Of course, a lot of this is going to depend on your location and also whether or not you're willing or able to travel to larger sales. Those sales of course attract dealers and will be much more hectic than the typical stroll around the usual book store.
    Last edited: May 5, 2015
  11. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    Speaking of that, about a year ago, I saw a notable former Clarkian who apostatized (from the Christian faith completely) selling off a large number of G.H. Clark books on ebay. The price ended up being fairly low and I'm still kicking myself for not pulling the trigger on them.
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