Welcome to Solid Ground Christian Books. Our mission is to bring back the treasures of the past to minister to Christians in the present and future. The publisher is Rev. Michael Gaydosh, who served as a pastor of a Reformed Baptist Church in New York for nearly 20 years, and has been publishing these gems for over 19 years. Solid Ground is commmitted to publishing God centered, Christ-exalting, scripture-saturated books.
SGCB's Newest Releases
Displayed in the Works of Providence and Grace
John Matthews (1772-1848)
"The chief excellency of these Letters is, that they present the subject of DIVINE DECREES, without the forbidding aspect, which it is apt to assume in the view of many persons. One thing the reader may be assured of, that whether he should coincide in opinion with the author or not, he will find nothing in the volume calculated to wound the most delicate feelings. A spirit of meekness and kindness, eminently characteristic of the writer, pervades the whole." — Archibald Alexander, from the Preface
Classic Treatment of a Christian's Duty to the Poor
James W. Alexander (1804-1859)
How are God’s people to minister to the poor and needy all around us, and throughout the world? This is a burning question, but not a new one. This small volume addresses the very best way to minister to those in need as James W. Alexander uses a simple story about how a brother and sister learned from their godly and wise uncle how to transform a community for Christ. Follow Herbert and Edith, recent orphans and new convert, as they come to understand the three ways to make a happy world. Step by step they come to understand that there is a way that is good, another way that is better, and a third way that is best.
The Extent of the Atonement
John Murray (1898-1975)
"Did Christ die to save me? Or did he just die so that I may be saved? John Murray addresses these questions in a thoughtful and biblical way. He concludes that 'the atonement is efficacious substitution.' Read this excellent essay and find out what he means." — Dr. Robert Martin, Emmanuel Reformed Baptist Church, Seattle, Washington; Editor, Reformed Baptist Theological Review
"One of the most difficult questions in the whole scheme of salvation is here simply answered by Professor Murray. He takes key Scripture texts and demonstrates the great success of the atonement leaving one to glory in the sovereign Redeemer of Calvary. This treatise changed my life thirty years ago. Today it remains at the top portion of my most significant reads." — Robert B. Selph, Pastor - Grace Baptist Church, Taylors, SC
W.G.T. Shedd (1820-1894)
In the words of A.A. Hodge: "Dr. W.G.T Shedd's Sermons to the Natural Man are, if not absolutely the best, yet of the very best doctrinal and spiritual sermons produced in this generation. We have known much of their power in convincing sinners, and in deepening, widening and exalting the experience of true Christians. Doctrinal preaching, though not in fashion, is the preaching that we need, and the preaching which always best vindicates itself when put to the test of practice. And of all the examples of doctrinal preaching in this generation, the sermons of Dr. W.G.T. Shedd excel in many particulars. He grasps the very heart and soul of the truth. He holds it in its entirety with uncompromising loyalty; he states it with wonderful clearness and accuracy, and illustrates and applies it with singular facility and grace of style."
Discourses by Scottish Worthies (1877)
Thomas Chalmers, Thomas Guthrie, Thomas M'Crie and over a dozen more Scottish Worthies
"Precious Seed contains sermons by the 'hall of fame' of Scottish preachers on the most glorious themes of the gospel. Here is preaching at its apex - the best preachers presenting their best sermons on the best subjects!" — Dr. Joel R. Beeke
"Are you kidding me? This is the pantheon of 19th century Scottish evangelicalism. Take it and read. Nothing more needs be said to commend the book than to mention the names of those whose sermons are included." — Ligon Duncan
Marriage and Family Titles
Ray Rhodes, Jr. (1950 - Present)
"Imagine, leading your family in daily worship in the home, reading the Scriptures, singing and praying, but simultaneously introducing them to the history, leading figures and theology of the great sixteenth-century Reformation - all this in a fresh and interesting way, in just about a quarter of an hour each day. 'That would be great,' you say, 'but it would take me hours and days to put that together. I could never do it.' Well, Ray Rhodes has done it for you in Family Worship for the Reformation Season. Use this book with joy. It will inspire, inform and instruct you and your family. The studies are simple but meaty. The Scriptures passages are helpfully chosen. And most of the lessons can be completed in fifteen minutes. Employ and be edified!" — Dr. Ligon Duncan
"Once common, the practice of family worship has all but disappeared among the people of God today. Recent years, however, have seen a revival of interest in and commitment to this biblical responsibility and privilege. Ray Rhodes has contributed to the recovery of this resurgence with practical books like this one. Informative and useful at any time of year, this book would be particularly timely in the weeks leading up to Reformation Day." — Dr. Donald Whitney
"It is rare to find solid Family Worship resources in our day, let alone one for the advent season. Ray Rhodes has provided an outstanding tool for busy fathers during this opportune time of year. May God powerfully use it in the godly instruction of our families and for the generations to come!" — Pastor Jerry Marcellino, author of 'Rediscovering the Lost Treasure of Family Worship'
Over 40 million Americans will travel fifty or more miles during the Thanksgiving holiday to visit with family and friends. With the growth of America, since its' founding, has also come the scattering of families across the land. Thanksgiving Day calls families to journey 'over the river and through the wood' to sit around the table, enjoy a meal and remember days gone by. In the homes of Christians, Thanksgiving serves as another opportunity to recount the faithfulness of God and to give Him thanks.
On the Most Important Relative Duties
Edward Payson (1736-1801)
This is designed for a Family Book. It delineates character, enforces obligations, and inculcates duties, by the observance of which, with the blessing of God, families become nurseries of the church of Christ. Christian fathers, the members of maternal associations, all pious mothers indeed, will find it a welcome companion, a faithful monitor and friend. That such a work is greatly needed, there is but too much evidence in the prevailing laxity of family government and discipline. That it may be instrumental of reviving Family Religion, - 'of turning the heart of the fathers unto the children, and the heart of the children unto their fathers, and thus of averting the curse of God from our land,' - is the prayer of the Editor." — June 1832
Sermons for Children on the Unsearchable Riches of Christ
Richard Newton (1812-1887)
"The Prince of Preachers to the young" — Charles H. Spurgeon
"It is a simple, sound, sensible, interesting book, calculated to accomplish much good." — The Lay Preacher
Women & Young Ladies Titles
Elizabeth Prentiss (1818-1878)
"This book is an incredible journal of a woman from age 16 until death. She candidly discusses her weaknesses and struggles. Continually I said to myself, 'She's just like me!' She gives amazing insight into how God uses ther everyday difficulties to expose our pride and selfishness. I was encouraged and inspired. I could read it again immediately. I wanted to underline half the book." —An SGCB customer from Germany
It is one of the favorite books of Elisabeth Elliot, who said, "This book is a treasure of both godly and womanly wisdom told with disarming candor and humility, yet revealing a deep heart's desire to know God."
to the Harmonious Development of Christian Character
Harvey Newcomb (1803-1863)
"A good book from the past for the needs of the present. It is a 'Teacher's Manual' by which parents may scripturally and practically guide their daughters along the path of goodness and godliness. Its principles and practices are lights along the pathway of life for young ladies who desire to become godly women for the glory of God. It should be read, studied, prayed over, and put into practice by parents, young ladies, and - yes - even young men! It should be in every home, and in the library of every young lady. It is a 'companion' book for a lifetime." — Pastor Don Scott
And Lessons Taught by Them for Children
Richard Newton (1813-1887)
"Write on, good Dr. Richard Newton, our children will never grow tired of your emblems and stories. Every teacher should read this book and then repeat it to his class. Anything for the young by Dr. Richard Newton should be within reach of every Sunday-school teacher and student." — The Sword and the Trowel
"The Prince of Preachers to the young"— Charles H. Spurgeon
"We enter now on a new course of sermons for the young. The subject of these sermons will be Bible Natural History. We shall take up one after another of the different beasts and birds mentioned in the Bible, and, in their habits and characters, try to find illustrations of some of the truths taught us in the Bible, and of the duties that spring out of these truths." — Dr. Richard Newton
Robert Hawker (1753-1827)
"Gentleman, if you want something full of marrow and fatness, cheering to your own hearts by way of comment, and likely to help you in giving your hearers rich expositions, buy Dr. Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary. Dr. Hawker was the very least of commentators in the matter of criticism, but he sees Jesus, and that is a sacred gift which is most precious whether the owner be a critic or no. There is always such a savor of the Lord Jesus Christ in Dr. Hawker that you cannot read him without profit." —Charles H. Spurgeon "Commenting On Commentaries"
Robert Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary edifies believers by providing spiritual comments on each section of Scripture. The prayerful 'reflections' section that follows Hawker's comments on each chapter of Scripture marvelously enhances this devotional character. For the genuine Christian, here is devotional writing at its best: warmly Christ-centered, eminently practical, personally searching. I commend it highly for private and family worship." —Dr. Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI
Additional Old Testament Commentaries Available
John Eadie (1810-1876) was a prominent Scottish Seccession and United Presbyterian Church minister and New Testament scholar. He was appointed Professor of Biblical Literature in the United Presbyterian Divinity Hall in 1843. His widely acclaimed commentaries on Paul's epistles prompted his appointment to the New Testament committee preparing the Revised Version of the Bible in English.
“Designed to give ordinary readers a juster and fuller conception of the doctrine and life-work of the apostle. An able work.” —Charles H. Spurgeon
"Everything that John Eadie wrote is pure gold. He was simply the best exegete of his generation. His commentaries on Paul's epistles are valued highly by careful expositors. The only regret the purchaser of these volumes will have is that John Eadie did not write commentaries on the rest of the Bible. Solid Ground Christian Books has done a great service by bringing Eadie's works back into print." —Dr. Robert P. Martin
John Trapp (1601-1669)
"Trapp excels in witty stories on the one hand, and learned allusions on the other. You will not thoroughly enjoy him unless you can turn to the original, and yet a mere dunce at classics will prize him. His writings remind me of himself: he was a pastor, hence his holy practical remarks; he was the head of a public school, and everywhere we see his profound scholarship; he was for some time amid the guns and drums of a parliamentary garrison, and he gossips and tells queer anecdotes like a man used to a soldier's life; yet withal, he comments as if he had been nothing else but a commentator all his days. Trapp is my especial companion and treasure; I can read him when I am too weary for anything else. Trapp is salt, pepper, mustard, vinegar, and all the other condiments. Put him on the table when you study, and when you have your dish ready, use him by way of spicing the whole thing. Yes, gentlemen, read Trapp certainly, and if you catch the infection of his consecrated humour, so much the better for your hearers." —Charles H. Spurgeon, "Commenting On Commentaries"
22 Volume Hardcover Set
Thomas Manton (1620-1677)
"The renowned Thomas Manton (1620-1677), whose writings have long been prized by thousands, was known first and foremost as a great preacher. In a day when good preaching is sorely lacking, we need the reprint of his Complete Works, in which twenty of his twenty-two volumes are sermons. These sermons are the legacy of a powerful preacher devoted to the systematic teaching and application of God's Word. Whether he is expounding the Lord's Prayer, Psalm 119, Isaiah 53, James, or Jude, Manton presents us with the best that English Puritans had to offer in careful, solid, warmhearted exposition of the Scriptures." — Dr. Joel R. Beeke, author of MEET THE PURITANS
"A MOUNTAIN OF SOUND THEOLOGY." — C.H. Spurgeon on The Works of Manton
Exegetical and Expository (2 Large Hardcover Volumes)
William Gouge (1575-1653)
"We greatly prize Gouge. Upon any topic which he touches he gives outlines which may supply sermons for months." —C.H. Spurgeon
"There can be no doubt whatsoever that the crowning commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, as far as preachers are concerned, is the great classic, 'Gouge on the Epistle to the Hebrews,' from the pen of Dr. William Gouge. The exegetical value of this commentary is enormous: every vital word in Hebrews is explained in a manner far superior to that which suffices for modern word studies. The expository value of the commentary is equally rich: every doctrine, theme and argument which is found in the Epistle being given its own heading and section. May the Lord greatly bless this magnificent help to many preachers of the Word in these needy times." —Dr. Peter Masters
A Classic Puritan Commentary
William Jenkyn (1612-1684)
Spurgeon said of this classic Puritan commentary: "A TREASURE-HOUSE OF GOOD THINGS."
Thomas Manton first gave up the idea of printing his work on Jude when he read this masterpiece by William Jenkyn, but later changed his mind when urged by friends. Yet he tell us, "I consulted with my reverend brother's book, and when I found at any point at large discussed by him, I either omitted it or mentioned it very briefly; so that his labours will be necessary to supply the weakness of mine."
Rev. James Sherman, editor of the 1863 edition, wrote the following: "The following Exposition is the most considerable of Jenkyn's works, and exhibits his piety, diligence and learning. It was delivered at Christ Church, Newgate Street, in the ordinary course of his ministry, and met with great acceptance; two editions having been published during the life of the author, both of which have been carefully collated for the present publication. The editor believes that, from the great pains taken to render the work perfect, few errors have escaped detection. He now commits it to the favor of God, who, judging from the testimonies received from many ministers, has crowned the Exposition previously published with a large share of his blessing."
Reformed Baptist Books
Benjamin Beddome (1717-1795)
"The recent reprint of The Baptist Catechism has given families and study classes a helpful tool for memorizing the great doctrines of the Christian faith. Now, a hidden jewel, Benjamin Beddome's 'A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism,' takes its place alongside the Catechism to give much needed assistance to the same families and classes. Beddome shows how the doctrines contained in the Catechism are founded upon Scripture, and explains them for all to understand. This is indeed a wonderful instrument to make skilled craftsmen from apprentices!" — Dr. James M. Renihan
"Beddome's exposition is particularlly helpful for doctrine classes in churches and can give substantial help to any leader that would want to convene such a study." — Dr. Tom Nettles
A Reference Guide to Buying the Best Books
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
“Spurgeon's Commenting on Commentaries is invaluable for identifying the best works of past generations, many of which have been reprinted in our day."—Dr. Robert P. Martin
"In this catalogue Spurgeon lists and evaluates some 1400 commentaries on Books of the Bible. All is done with inimitable Spurgeonic frankness, wit and wisdom." —Maurice Roberts
"Commenting on Commentaries is a guide for buying and using Bible commentaries of many kinds, made entertaining by the pungent good humor of the author, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. It is an invaluable resource for ministers and theological students, as well as all Bible students, introducing them to the riches of the best of what has been written about the Bible in past generations. Let Commenting on Commentaries be your key to unlock the world of pre-twentieth-century evangelical Bible commentaries. You will find the key tried and true!" —Dr. Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids
Reformed Preaching Trilogy
Chapel Addresses from 1891-1892
Princeton Professors, ie. W.H. Green, B.B. Warfield, C.W. Hodge, John D. Davis and More
"Princeton Sermons is a treasure-trove of practical Christianity delivered by some of the greatest preachers and seminary teachers America has ever known. Here is Princeton in its glory days still reaching out to us today in biblical, doctrinal, experiential truth that is angels' food for those who want to live contagious Christian lives of holiness." —Dr. Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids
Addresses to Ministers of the Gospel and Those Who Hear Them
Gardiner Spring (1785-1873)
"In a day when the words 'power' and 'pulpit' seem unrelated in many places, the reprint of Gardiner Spring's classic will be welcome by those who wish to see the gospel preached 'in demonstration of the Spirit and power."— Dr. Robert P. Martin, Pastor of Emmanuel Reformed Baptist Church Seattle, Washington and Editor of Reformed Baptist Theological Review
An old classic on preaching that truly believes in the pulpit. "It deserves to stand on every minister's bookshelf beside Spurgeon's 'Lectures to my Students' and Lloyd-Jones's 'Preaching.' I'll never forget the first time I read Gardiner Spring's chapter on a minister's personal piety; it overwhelmed me, and moved me to tears, to silence, to confession, and to prayer for mercy and help. This is a great book which every minister should read and re-read, if he really wants to get a sense of the magnitude, awesomeness, power, and beauty of his calling." —Dr. Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids
Classic Contributions to Homiletics
James W. Alexander (1804-1859)
"I am so thankful that you are re-publishing this. I read it when I was first ordained to the ministry in 1979, and the sage advice that Alexander gives throughout still sticks with me. I still value his emphasis on preaching on the big themes. That advice and so much like it makes this book a jewel box of treasures for preachers and also for men preparing for the ministry." —Pastor Bill Shishko, OPC Franklin Square, NY
Few things are more helpful to preachers than the thoughts of a great preacher. In this volume we have such “thoughts on preacing” from the illustrious pen of Dr. James W. Alexander. First published in 1864, a few years after his death, it contains sections from his private writings with their illuminating comments on the work of the ministry. In addition to his 166 paragraphs on preaching and pastoral ministry, this priceless volume includes his masterful Letters to Young Ministers which covers such subjects as:
A Manual of Homiletical and Pastoral Theology
William Blaikie (1820-1899)
"My personal favorite book for pastors is William Blaikie's For the Work of the Ministry. How I rejoice that this outstanding manual of homiletics and pastoral theology is being reprinted! William Blaikie (1820-1899), who ministered in the Free Church of Scotland for 25 years before accepting the position of Professor of Apologetics and Pastoral Theology at the New College in Edinburgh, offers a brilliant overview of everything from the nature of and call to the ministry to Supplementary Hints on subjects like visitation of the sick, home mission work, and evangelistic movements. William Blaikie's advice on everything from pastoral care of the young to fulfilling pastoral engagements and meetings is full of mature wisdom which is as applicable today as it was over a century ago." —Pastor Bill Shishko
W.G.T. Shedd (1820-1894)
"Shedd's insights into prevailing trends and their consequences, so eloquently expressed in this book of essays is deserving of repeated close scrutiny. Sufficient for us to say that his material is biblically orthodox, historically defensible, and as important to us today as when it was first penned more than 100 years ago. Truth is timeless, and while the opinions of other writers may be in vogue for a short period, in the final analysis it is the writers who enrich our lives with theological themes that outlast their more popular contemporaries. It is with delight, therefore, that we welcome the reappearance of W.G.T. Shedd's famous essays." —Cyril Barber
A Study of the Designations of our Lord in the New Testament with Especial Reference to His Deity
B.B. Warfield (1861-1936)
"B.B. Warfield's 'The Lord of Glory' is one of the most compelling presentations of the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ I have ever encountered. B.B. Warfield had a special gift of explaining issues related to the Trinity and the Deity of Christ, and 'The Lord of Glory' is simply one of his best works. I cannot recommend this work more highly, especially when it addresses those evidences of the deity of Christ that are not as often addressed, those places where the words of Scripture used of Christ simply could not be used with propriety of any creature, no matter how exalted. Every believer should read and absorb this work!" —James White, Th.D., Director of Alpha and Omega Ministries
A Collection of Sermons from the Nineteenth Century
B.M. Palmer, Moses D. Hoge, C.K. Hemphill, and over 30 more
"An inspection of the thirty-three sermons brought together and published in this book will readily show that the double purpose of the publishers, as set forth in the Preface, is fully accomplished. A careful examination of the several discourses reveals their strength, beauty, fervor and wonderfully evangelical spirit and soundness." —The Presbyterian Quarterly, 1897
"I've often given printed sermons to the dying, grieving, confused and lost; sermons from this very book. You'll find sermons that speak to the heart in 'Southern Presbyterian Pulpit.' Acquaint yourself with the 'Spurgeons of America' and you'll find some preachers to imitate. They were truly 'Preachers with Power.'" —C.N. Willborn Ph.D.