Restoration Audio Books is a private effort and all audio books posted here are free. The project’s intent is to make available audio readings of the writings of such men as Alexander Campbell, J.W. McGarvey, David Lipscomb, Benjamin Franklin and many others. It is my hope that by providing these recordings, members of the churches of Christ (and others perhaps) may be more widely exposed to great books of the Restoration era to which they might not otherwise be exposed.
The Recordings Posted Here
This site has three main pages, Audio Books, Audio Articles, and Audio Life and Times.
At present the Audio Books page contains five books, either in whole or in part.
- The Gospel Plan of Salvation by Thomas Wesley Brents, published in 1874.
- Civil Government by David Lipscomb published in 1913.
- A Refutation of the Doctrine of Hereditary Total Depravity by Aylette Raines, published in 1833.
- The Gospel Preacher Volume 1 by Benjamin Franklin.
The Audio Articles page includes various articles as published in the journals of the Restoration Movement during the 19th century.
The Audio Life and Times page includes readings that highlight the “Life and Times” of the 19th century churches of the Restoration Movement and society in general.
Please “ckeck in” periodically because recordings are added to the site regularly.
The Audio Reader
I am not a professional reader, nor do I pretend to be. The readings you will hear on this site are entirely extemporaneous and are not carefully rehearsed. Moreover, they were not recorded in a studio, but are fully “amateur” recordings. As a result, I readily acknowledge mistakes are present and I can hear a thousand places in these recordings that I could go back and re-record with much improvement. But a busy schedule and a desire to make a timely completion of the recording projects prevents such efforts at improvement. Nevertheless, I do hope you will find the readings enjoyable and spiritually instructive.
One More Thing…
By making these recordings, I do not mean to imply that I agree with every point that any one of the recorded authors makes. Moreover, I am not one who holds a nostalgic view of “restoring the Restoration.” I do believe, however, that many books of the Restoration Movement comprise a veritable “gold mine” of Biblical knowledge and insight, and that as a church we will gain much and lose nothing by an increased exposure to these great works of the past.
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Thank you very much
This is a beautiful thing you have done
Awesome! Is it possible to get some “Restoration Church History” audiobooks? I’d love to freshen up my knowledge and use some of the information to teach classes on the subject. Thanks!
Hello Chris, Thanks for your input! I am limited to books that are not under copyright. That means anything with a publishing date of 1922 or before. The main “history” type book I am aware of is “The Memoirs of Alexander Campbell” by Robert Richardson (1869). I’ve have had it in the back of my mind to work on recording it. But it is a huge project of about 1700 pages. I think it would take about 2+ years to complete. Do you know of any other perhaps smaller Restoration history books not under copyright?
This website is a real treasure. THANK YOU for putting it together. All this is harder than it looks, I’m sure. You’re doing an admirable job. I know I speak for others when I say, We appreciate it! Well done!