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.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Historians of the Civil War have a vast amount of source material from which to draw as participants on both sides were eager to share their side of the story once the conflict ended. In the latter part of the 19th century Americans eagerly read memoirs and collections concerning the Civil War. Thanks to the Internet Age, many of these forgotten classics are once again available.

Captain Robert E. Lee, the son of the famous Civil War general provides an intimate glimpse into the life of his legendary father in the Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee. Drawing heavily from the general's personal correspondence from all seasons of his life, the letters reveal Lee as a man of principle who cared deeply for his family, and who in all endeavors proved to be the consummate southern gentleman. The modern-day historian, Civil War buff, or anyone curious about this amazing man will relish every word of this historically significant book.

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

Monday, February 18, 2013

G.A. Henty Short Stories

Beloved to this day, nineteenth-century British author G.A. Henty wrote unforgettable stories by first creating endearing characters and then placing them in exotic locales where they faced danger at every turn. Among Malay Pirates: Tales of Adventure and Peril is a collection of short stories by Henty written in the style that his readers have come to expect. In addition to Among Malay Pirates, this collection includes stories set in India, the Channel Islands, the American Gold Rush and China. The perfect book for the Henty fan or the first-time reader who wants to know more about the enduring works of this classical writer, Among Malay Pirates will not disappoint.

The title story details the adventures of a British warship attempting to establish trading with tribes located on the Malay Peninsula, home today to Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Among Malay Pirates: Tales of Adventure and Peril is available now in the Alacrity Prress Bookstore.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Commands & Colors: Napoleonics

War & Peace from Alacrity Press shares the limelight with Russian 
and French units from GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Napoleonics 
game series.
I have long loved wargames. One of my favorite game companies is GMT Games. Recently I received a copy of their Russian Army expansion for their Commands & Colors: Napoleon game series. My son and I enjoyed our first game tonight in which his Russians won a closely contested battle at Elyau.

The release of GMT's game coincides well with a "new" book from Alacrity Press. While anticipating the new game I began to do some research on the era. Though a fictional work, Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece, War & Peace, automatically moves to the front of any discussion about Napoleon's disastrous Russian invasion. Unfortunately Tolstoy's genius typically gets lost among jokes about the book's immense girth—1200 pages plus. While a lengthy book has never intimidated me, lugging around the ESV Study Bible or a copy of Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire can be wearisome. inspired by the portability of thin line editions of the Bible, I began to explore the possibility of doing something similar with War & Peace

The result is War & Peace: Slimline Edition. The book is just over 300 pages and about 3/4" of an inch thick. This was accomplished through expanded margins, 6-point type, and the use of a double-column format. Admittedly, the edition is not for everyone, but brings portability to classic. The book is available from Alacrity Press now.