Tuesday, December 16, 2014

South Carolina Genealogy

Alacrity Press is proud to publish our first genealogy book. A Thin Black line traces members of a South Carolina family. The book is available now in the Alacrity Press bookstore.

A descendant, of South Carolina natives, Mrs. Highsmith records an amateur tracing of paternal and maternal lines. This book is a first attempt to collate family notes of ancestors who lived in the general vicinity back to, at least, the early 1800s. Plans for a future, more detailed, version is hoped in the years to come. Original research failed to trace the Black family back to Scotland (Lamont, McGregor, McLean of Durat clans) and the Turner/Knighton family to Scotland (at least the Lamont clan) and England.

Paternal lines include the antecedents of the Black and Yount families (The Black family contains antecedents of the Black, Taylor, and Huckaby families in the Union, Buffalo, Gaffney, and Limestone areas of South Carolina, while the Yount family contains antecedents of the Yount, Heck, and Kanipe families from Tennessee and the Union, Gaffney, and Pacolet Mills areas of South Carolina). 

Maternal lines include the antecedents of the Turner, Knighton, Langston, Hopkins, Malone, and Ray families from the Union, Buffalo, Gray Court Owens, and Enoree areas of South Carolina. Be sure to get your copy of A Thin Black Line.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

First published many decades ago, E.W. Bullinger’s Number in Scripture remains a first-rate scholarly study of the importance of numbers in scripture. Bullinger’s work edifies Christians and challenges cynics by expertly surveying the intricate design and purpose in God’s inspired word. Though the reader will find reading Number in Scripture from cover to cover satisfying, it is in many respects a reference book. Both Bible teachers, preachers, layman, and new Christians will benefit by keeping this book nearby while studying the Bible. 

The book has many interesting lists including, but certainly not limited to the 27 sieges of Jerusalem, the ten times the people shouted for joy, seven weak things in Judges, and seven oak trees. While written in a format resembling entries in an encyclopedia, we are sure you will enjoy reading the book from cover to cover.

The book includes original Greek words and their English equivalents. Hebrew words are rendered in their English equivalent.  Alacrity Press is proud to make available this classic Christian work for today’s generation of believers. It is available now on Amazon and in the Alacrity Press bookstore.

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.