When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. (2Ti 4:13)
Paul was obviously a reader. Even in what are probably what he knows are his last days, he asks Timothy to bring a coat, his books, and especially the parchments. Probably some of the books and parchments are copies of the Old Testament, but a man like Paul who knew the not only the Scriptures, but the greek poets as well, probably had some other books that he enjoyed reading.
If you were like Paul, under arrest and uncertain of your fate, what ten books or sets of books would you like to be brought to you (besides the Bible), if you were allowed to read?
Here’s my list.
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs-John Foxe
The Confessions of Saint Augustine-Saint Augustine
The Early Church Fathers-Phillip Schaff & Alexander Roberts
Calvin’s Commentaries-John Calvin
The Works of Jonathan Edwards-Jonathan Edwards
Biblical Theology-Geerhardus Vos
The Institutes-John Calvin
The Story of Christianity-Justo Gonzalez
The Pleasures of God-John Piper
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners-John Bunyan