Pictures of my Library

I took pictures of my library and thought I’d show them to you. The picture you see below–that’s it. My whole library fits on one shelving unit consisting of five shelves other than some fiction books and a few others I really don’t like that are on another shelf.

On this post by Nick Norelli I have the smallest amount of books of all the people who responded. Nick said, “I don’t know how you do it. I think everyone who owns over a thousand books should send one to you as well.” I agree.

If you could help a poor (not really, relatively) boy out, please buy your Amazon stuff through the search box at the right. I will be putting a Westminster link there also.

However, I love my library and I’m very thankful for it. In a way this is a lot of money. I used to get all my books from the library but then was able to very slowly buy some books.

I disabled clicking directly on an image because it doesn’t work well in this case. Click on the link below it to see a HUGE one. (Be sure your browser isn’t resizing them to make them smaller.) If you’re on dial-up it will take a very long time. Comments below.

Library bookshelf of Christian books

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This is the whole thing. I couldn’t shoot it straight on because our couch is in the way and with my bad back there’s no way I could move it. When I’m lying down on the couch most of the day I can see the top half of it. I often look at it and remember some of the things I’ve read in many of them.

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The bottom shelf is Bibles and a few books on reading the Bible. I wish I would have taken a picture of just the bottom shelf. Many of these are on or under the coffee table where I have access to them when I’m reading. I put those few here for the picture. The HCSB Illustrated is my primary Bible and the NLT Mosaic is my secondary. Many of the pew Bibles are under the coffee table.

The next shelf up is Calvin and Calvinism, then Philip Yancey (I’m sure he’s thrilled about that), then some odds and ends, then Greek and exegesis.


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The next two shelves are the reference section. Only the librarian can get these for you and you can’t check them out. I have one commentary for every book of the New Testament. My Old Testament material is severely lacking. The study Bibles are here because I only use them for reference. They are valuable because of not having much else in the area of OT material. I’ve read all of the commentaries all the way through except Luke and Acts which I plan to do next year.

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The top shelf has my favorite ‘regular’ books on my favorite subjects. I’ve read at least 2/3 of them. The other 1/3 will keep me busy between the other things I read and study.

There you have it–my beloved little library.

One more below just for the fun of it.

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11 Responses to “Pictures of my Library”


  1. 1 T.C. R

    Quite impressive! Like your choice of more solid, reference books. 😀

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Thank you. They’re very heavy too.
    Jeff

  3. 3 Tim

    Jeff,

    How do you like the Romano Guardini book?

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    It’s been a long time since I read it, and maybe there would be more that I disagree with now, but it was the best book I ever read on the Christ. Very complete from ‘begining’ to Revelation.
    Jeff

  5. 5 Mark Heath

    A nice selection it looks like you have there. I think you might count as what Spurgeon called a worker with “slender apparatus”! – http://www.spurgeon.org/s_and_t/wwsa.htm

    I’ve got about 350 books in my collection now (http://www.librarything.com/catalog/markheath), and I’m trying to resist the temptation just to buy for them to look good on the shelf. 30 or 40 of them I haven’t read yet, and a similar number would bear re-reading, so I am trying to resist the temptation to buy new books faster than I read them.

  6. 6 Scripture Zealot

    What a great article by Spurgeon. Thank you for that. Some of the things he mentions I naturally have gravitated to like spending my money on the very best books about meaty subjects and about the Bible (my words).

    I suppose one benefit to not having a lot of money is I don’t buy more than I can read.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
    Jeff

  7. 7 Esteban Vázquez

    You know, I just finished filling up the bookshelves in the “library” this past weekend, and I promised Nick that I would post pictures once I was done with that. Maybe I’ll use this weekend to box up the books that didn’t fit and therefore must be boxed away with the rest of the non-essentials, and so get some pictures up before too long.

  8. 8 Scripture Zealot

    I’d love to see them. I hope your camera has a big enough memory card.
    Jeff

  9. 9 Esteban Vázquez

    Well, I only could fit seven bookshelves in the one room. Everything else that didn’t fit is boxed up (or else back in Puerto Rico!).

  10. 10 Mitchell Powell

    For not having any money you’ve certainly amassed a modest but decent-looking library. When I, as a college student, go spending my precious dollars expanding my book collection, I just remind myself of Erasmus’ philosophy on books,

    “When I have a little extra money, I buy books. If I have any left over, I buy food and clothing.”

  11. 11 Scripture Zealot

    That’s a great quote. Books have been SO valuable to me.
    Jeff

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