Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Young Colonists

The late 1800s witnessed the imperialistic Scramble for Africa, in which European nations vied for control of regions of Africa in an effort to secure labor and resources to feed the ever-expanding Industrial Revolution. The efforts of the British to secure the southern tip of the continent led them into unfortunate wars with the Zulu and the Boers (descendants of Dutch farmers).

In G.A. Henty’s The Young Colonists: A Story of the Zulu and Boer Wars, the Humphreys family moves from Derbyshire in England to the Transvaal in South Africa in the hope that a change of climate will be good for the mother’s health. Young Dick Humphreys and his friend Tom Jackson find that being colonists came with great risk. Join Dick and Tom as they seek to protect their family and fellow colonists as they vie for control with the Zulus and Boers.

Alacrity Press is proud to reprint Henty’s 1885 classic, The Young Colonists. The story is set in 19th century England and southern Africa. This title is available now in the Alacrity Press bookstore.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

G.A. Henty's Jack Archer

G.A. Henry seems to have been at his best when writing about 19th-century conflicts involving the British. His extensive knowledge of the events, tactics, and military midst of the era cannot be beat. In Jack Archer, Henty introduces the reader to one of the 19th-century's seminal events—the Crimean War—and reveals the importance of the struggle.

Young Jack Archer has joined the British Army. When Great Britain and Russia go to war, Jack finds himself on the way to the Crimean Peninsula in the Black Sea. There, he joins in on the siege of Sevastopol. Through a series of adventures, Jack is captured and is befriended by a Russian noble family. Will Jack escape? What will become of the Russian family? Who will win the conflict in the Crimea? These and other questions will be answered in G.A. Henty’s Jack Archer: A Tale of the Crimea.

Set in eighteenth-century England, Russia, and the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), this book includes more than 100 geographical, historical, and explanatory footnotes to aid the modern reader. This book is available now in the Alacrity Press Amazon bookstore.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Written in the late 19th century, G.H. Pember’s Earth’s Earliest Ages is a book that might possibly be even more relevant in the 21st century. In Ages, Pember presciently observes the decline of Godly fear in society that was predicted in the Bible. Pember details seven points by which Christians can discern the relentless march of prophetic events leading to the rapture of the Church, the Great Tribulation, and the return of Jesus Christ. The seven signs as presented in the book are:

I. A tendency to worship God as Elohim, that is, merely as the Creator and Benefactor, and not as Jehovah the covenant God of mercy, dealing with transgressors who are appointed to destruction, and finding a ransom for them.
II. An undue prominence of the female sex, and a disregard of the primal law of marriage.
III. A rapid progress in the mechanical arts, and the consequent invention of many devices whereby the hardships of the curse were mitigated, and life was rendered more easy and indulgent. Also a proficiency in the fine arts, which captivated the minds of men, and helped to induce an entire oblivion of God.
IV. An alliance between the nominal Church and the World, which speedily resulted in a complete amalgamation.
V. A vast increase of population.
VI. The rejection of the preaching of Enoch, whose warnings thus became a savour of death unto the world, and hardened men beyond recovery.
VII. The appearance upon earth of beings from the Principality of the Air, and their unlawful intercourse with the human race.

The Christian reader will be challenged and encouraged by comparing Pember’s theories with the reality of today’s world. The reader will realize that the time w have on earth is short and that history is drawing to a close. We are to be about the Lord’s work as the Lord is returning soon. Are you ready? Earth's Earliest Ages is available now in the Alacrity Press bookstore.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

An Unsinkable Titanic

Everyone knows the story of the Titanic. No, contrary to belief, Leonardo DiCaprio was not on board the ill-fated ship. It was widely believed that the cutting edge technology of the ship made it unsinkable. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Like most large scale tragedies, the causes were many and ill-timed. So what went wrong? How could such a tragedy take place?

In the preface to An Unsinkable Titanic, John Bernard Walker states, “It is the object of this work to show that, in our eagerness to make the ocean liner fast and luxurious, we have forgotten to make her safe.” Written just days after the sinking of the Titanic, Walker uses everyday language to show the reader how the Titatnic tragedy could have been prevented. This book provides insight to both the historical context of the Titanic tragedy and unveils technological understanding. An Unsinkable Titanic is available now in the Alacrity Press bookstore. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Adventure in Central Asia and along the Gold Coast

One of the great things about G.A. Henty's books is that many of them introduce modern readers to some of the more obscure, but deeply interesting military conflicts in history. In Through Three Campaigns: A Story of Chitral, Tirah, and Ashantienty introduces the reader to three distinct military campaigns. The Chitral campaign took place in northwestern Pakistan in 1895. The Tirah campaign took place on the Indian frontier in 1897-98. The Ashanti wars reached a climax in Ghana, Africa in the last decade of the 19th century. The reader will enjoy each of these "books within a book."
When Lisle Bullen’s father is killed in the line of duty, the young man must take full personal responsibility for his life. Too young to enlist, he disguises himself as a native soldier. His exceptional skills and maturity soon find him out. Over the course of three military campaigns, Bullen rises to the rank of Lieutenant in His Majesty’s Rutlandshire regiment. After two successful campaigns in Central Asia, Bullen is sent to Ghana in Africa. Will he survive his third campaign? How will he make his way in the world now that his father has passed away? These questions and more will be answered in G. A. Henty’s Through Three Campaigns: A Story of Chitral, Tirah, and Ashanti.
Set in late nineteenth century England, India, Pakistan, and Ghana, Through Three Campaigns includes more than 110 geographical, historical, and explanatory footnotes to aid the modern reader. The book is available in the Alacrity Press bookstore.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra

I first learned about Zenobia when I read Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. More recently, the Zenobia's capital city, Palmyra, has been in the news as it has been seized by ISIS and threatened with destruction. 

Zenobia was one of the great female leaders of history and queen of a glorious, if short-lived, empire. She was the wife of King Septimius Odaenathus of the Palmyrene Empire. After his death in 267 A.D., Zenobia seized power. Ovr the next two years she expanded the empire, capturing Egypt and a large part od Anatolia (Turkey). Unfortunatley, her conquests gained the attention of the Roman Empire. William Ware’s classic, Zenobia: The Fall of Palmyra, examines the splendor of the ancient empire and the remarkable lady who made it a reality.

This book is now available in the Alacrity Press Amazon bookstore.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jonathan Edward's Sermons.

The Select Sermons of Jonathan Edwards gathers together nineteen of the most well-known sermons by the influential 18th century American Christian preacher. Sermons include the convicting treatises  “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” “The Vain Self-Flatteries of the Sinner,” and “The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners.” 

It is often assumed that Edwards was simply a hell, fire and brimstone preacher. That simply is not the case. Edwards consistently warned his flock about the danger of sin but also edified and uplifted his congregation with encouraging  sermons such as “Many Mansions,” and “The Excellency of Christ.” These selected sermons feature Edward's wide range of entreaties to his flock.

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 Amazon store.