Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Consolation of Philosophy

Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius was a 6th century nobleman, politician, and most notably—a philosopher. In his lifetime he saw the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the establishment of the Ostrogoths. He served a year as Consul but eventually came under suspicion of treasonous dealings with the Eastern Roman Empire. King Theodric the Great imprisoned Boethius and eventually executed him. While awaiting his fate in prison Boethius wrote The Consolation of Philosophy, a book about the weighty issues of life. Framed as a dialogue between Boethius and Philosophy (personated by a woman), Boethius discusses inequality and the overruling importance of Providence. Along with his translations of Aristotle and other Greek classics, Boethius’ writings had a profound impact on scholars of the Middle Ages. The book is available now in the Alacrity Press bookstore.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

The Peloponnesian War is an account of war between the Delian league, led by Athens and the Peloponnesian League, led by Sparta, as told by Thucydides, an Athenian historian and general. Thucydides covers the time period between 433 and 411 B.C. His candid, and generally unbiased account, investigates the causes of the war, military technology, and the temptation of expaning empire that enticed Athens into conflict. The Peloponnesian War has been considered a historical and military classic since ancient times.  Now you have the chance to read and learn from one of the great minds of history.

The History of the Peloponnesian War is available now in the Alacrity Press bookstore.

Monday, April 21, 2014

What role does emotion play in worship?

Jonathan Edwards published A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, more commonly known as Religious Affections, in 1746 to explain how true salvation occurs. The work was born out of a concern for outbursts of emotion that were common during the Great Awakening (which had begun in Edward’s church in 1734). In this work Edwards explains how emotion and intellect may both be present but are inadequate for salvation. A show of emotion is neither evidence of or evidence against one’s salvation. It is God’s “converting grace” that leads people to recognize and accept salvation through Jesus Christ. Edwards systematically explains that the true religious affections are the Fruits of the Spirit—all of which must flow out of love for Christ.

Alacrity Press is proud to republish this Christian classic that is as relevant today as when it was first published. It is available in the Alacrity Press store.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Freedom of the Will

His impact so great that he is still mentioned in secular-driven public school texts, Jonathan Edwards is remembered today as a Puritan preacher associated with the Great Awakening. A more accurate description is that Edwards was a Christian pastor with deep Puritan roots and a strong commitment to Reformation values. Scholars place his theology in the camp of New Light Calvinists.
The Freedom of the Will is a classic work by Edwards. Published in 1754 as a response to the teaching of Arminian pastor Daniel Whitby, the book examines the nature of mankind’s will and the providential will of God. Starting with Romans 9:16, “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy” Edwards argues for a traditional Calvinistic view of the work of salvation.
Alacrity Press is proud to republish this Christian classic that is as relevant today as when it was first published. Priced at less than $10, this book will make an excellent addition to your theology library. Be sure to check out our other titles, including theology books.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

More than stories for children ...

Æsop’s Fables have taught and entertained millennia of readers. These morality lessons, written to educate youth, are enjoyed by all ages today. This collection of fables contains many familiar stories and many that you have probably never heard before. With over 25 illustrations, this book is sure to be a hit with your family.

The book contains over two hundred short fables, including classics like the "Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs," "The Crow and the Pitcher," "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," "The Grasshopper and the Ant," along with many that will likely be new to you.

Alacrity Press is proud to make this collection of entertaining and thought-provoking stories available to a new generation. The book is available in the Alacrity Press bookstore.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Adventure in Colonial Burma

The latter half of the 19th century saw the rise of imperialism as European powers competed to grab as many colonies as possible. Europeans justified their actions by claiming that the spread of technology, religion, and culture benefitted the colonies as much as it did the governing state. Inevitably the local populations did not appreciate the intrusion, leading to conflict.
The British waged three costly wars against the Burmese Empire during the 19th century. The wars took the lives of over 15,000 British and Indian soldiers. When the final war ended in 1885, Great Britain controlled all of northeastern India and Burma. In this book a young man by the name of Stanley finds himself involved in the events swirling around the First Burmese War. Join Stanley as he finds his fortune during a tempestuous time in G. A. Henty’s On the Irawaddy: A Story of the First Burmese Wars.
Set in early nineteenth century India and Burma, this book includes geographical, historical, and explanatory footnotes to aid the modern reader.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Through Russian Snows

When young Julian Wyatt is accused of murder and falls into the hands of smugglers on the same day, he knows his life is going to change. Escaping to France, Julian is captured and put in prison. Offered his freedom if he joins Napoleon Bonaparte’s Grand Armée, Julian jumps at the opportunity. Finding the military life to his liking, Julian soon makes new friends and gains the respect of officers including Marshal Michel Ney. After investing Moscow, Napoleon begins a fateful retreat that will lead to the ultimate destruction of his army and his reign. Along the way Julian meets a lost child whom he takes under his care. Will Julian and the child survive the disastrous retreat? Will Julian be able to clear his name and return home? These and other questions will be answered in G.A. Henty’s Through Russian Snows: A Story of Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow

Set in the early nineteenth century in Poland, Russia, France and England, Through Russian Snows includes more than 120 geographical, historical, and explanatory footnotes to aid the modern reader.  The book is available now in the Alacrity Press Bookstore.