I’m attempting to build a list of online resources relevant to the history and theology of The Salvation Army.   Please let me know if you have suggestions.

My Posts about The Salvation Army

Salvation Army History Websites and Academic Resources

The SA Historical and Philatetic Association has an interesting website, which includes Kindle books and other resources.  If you are interested in SA history you should also consider joining the facebook group.

Salvationist.ca has a good list of SA History websites, including the Army’s International Heritage Centre and other Territorial Heritage Centres, museums, and archives.

Although the Rubicon is no longer an active website, the archives are still up, and under the “education” category are several academic papers and theses available for download.

Word and Deed: A Journal of Salvation Army Theology and Ministry is an academic journal which has been published since 1998.   You can get back issues here.

Though it is just getting off the ground, Booth University College in Winnipeg has established a Centre for Salvation Army Studies.  They have started a lecture series, and have published their first book – Boundless Salvation: The Shorter Writings of William Booth, with Peter Lang (see my review here).

Early Salvationist Books available on Internet Archive

[ordered chronologically]:

Note: I have included books mostly from Internet Archive, because this site provides scanned-image books, which are ideal for research, since they are images of the hard-copies, and therefore include the original page numbers.  You can also access some of them through Princeton Theological Seminary’s Theological Commons, which has a nicer search interface.  There other sites, like Project Gutenberg and the Wesley Center Online, that have Salvationist books available in a typed-out formats.  Sometimes these files include original pagination, and sometimes they do not.  Internet Archive also provides options for downloading files in several formats, including plain text, epub, and Kindle.  See also Jon’s comment below about a site where you can get some of these for Kindle for a low price.

Railton, George Scott. Heathen England. 3rd Edition. London: S. W. Partridge & Co., 1879.

Booth, Catherine Mumford. Godliness: Being Reports of a Series of Addresses, Delivered at St. James’ Hall, London W., 1881. Boston: McDonald & Gill, 1883.

Booth, Catherine Mumford. The Salvation Army in Relation to The Church and State, and Other Addresses. London: Book Depot of The Salvation Army, 1883.

Machar, Agnes Maule, a.k.a. “Fidelis.” Red-Cross Knights of The Salvation Army. Toronto: Williamson & Co., 1884.

Booth, Catherine. The Holy Ghost: An Addresss by Mrs. Booth.  Toronto: Salvation Temple, 1885.

Railton, George Scott. Twenty-One Years’ Salvation ArmyLondon: Salvation Army Publishing Offices, 1886.

Booth, Catherine Mumford. Life and Death: Being Reports of Addresses Delivered in London, 1890.  London: The Salvation Army, 1890.

Booth, Maud Ballington. Beneath Two Flags. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1890.

Booth, William. In Darkest England and The Way Out.  London: Funk & Wagnalls, 1890.

Booth, Catherine Mumford.  Papers on Aggressive Christianity. London: The Salvation Army, 1891.

Booth, Catherine Mumford. Papers on Practical Religion. London: The Salvation Army, 1891.

Booth, Ballington, and Maud Booth. New York’s Inferno Explored: Scenes Full of Pathos Powerfully Portrayed – Siberian Desolation Caused by Vice and Drink – Tenements Packed with Misery and Crime. New York: The Salvation Army, 1891.

Booth, William. The Doctrines of The Salvation Army, Prepared for the Training Homes by the GeneralToronto: Territorial Headquarters [The Salvation Army], 1892.

Booth-Tucker, Frederick St. George de Latour. The Life of Catherine Booth, Mother of the Salvation Army. Volume 1 and Volume 2. London: The Salvation Army, n.d. [1892?]

Booth, Maude Ballington. The Curse of Septic Soul-Treatment.  New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1892.

Booth-Tucker, Frederick St. George de Latour. Gems from the Life of Catherine Booth, the Mother of The Salvation Army. Toronto:  Trade Headquarters [The Salvation Army], 1893.

Booth-Tucker, Frederick St. George de Latour. The Short Life of Catherine Booth, Mother of The Salvation Army: Abridged from the Original Edition London: The Salvation Army, 1893.

Booth-Tucker, Frederick St. George de Latour.  William Booth, The General of The Salvation Army. New York: The Salvation Army Printing and Publishing House, 1898.

Read, Blanche J. The Life of John Read. Toronto: Salvation Army Printing and Publishing House, n.d. [1899?]

Booth, William. The Salvation Army Music: Compiled by General Booth. London: The Salvation Army Book Department, 1900.

Booth-Tucker, Frederick St. George de Latour. Muktifauj, Or Forty Years with The Salvation Army in India and Ceylon. London, Marshall Brothers, n.d. [1923]

Brengle, Samuel Logan. Heart Talks on Holiness. 7th Edition. New York: The Salvation Army Printing and Publishing House, 1918 [originally published 1900].

Brengle, Samuel Logan. The Soul-Winner’s Secret. New York: The Salvation Army Printing and Publishing House, n.d. [1900?]

Duff, Mildred. Catherine Booth: A Sketch. London: Salvationist Publishing and Supplies, Ltd., n.d. [1901?]

Booth-Tucker, Frederick St. George de Latour. Light in Darkness: Being an Account of The Salvation Army in the United States New York: The Salvation Army Printing and Engraving Department, 1902.

Booth, William. Letters to Salvationists on Religion for Every Day, volume 1 and volume 2, London: The Salvation Army Book Department, 1902.

Haggard, H. Rider. The Poor and the Land: Being a Report on The Salvation Army Colonies in the United States and at Hadleigh England.  London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1905.

Booth, William. Sargeant-Major Do-your-best of Darkington no. 1: Sketches of the Inner Life of a Salvation Army Corps. London: The Salvation Army Book Department, 1906.

Coates, Thomas F. G. The Prophet of the Poor: The Life-Story of William Booth. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1906.

Swan, Annie S. The Outsiders: Being Brief Sketches of the Social Work of The Salvation Army. London: The Salvation Army, 1906.

Booth-Tucker, Frederick St. George de Latour.  The Consul:  A Sketch of Emma Booth-Tucker. Fourth Edition. London: The Salvation Army Publishing Department, 1907.

Begbie, Harold. Twice-Born Men: A Clinic in Regeneration. A footnote  in narrative to Professor William James’s “The Varieties of Religious Experience.”  London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1909.

Howard, T. H. Standards of Life and Service. London: Salvation Army Book Department, 1909.

Haggard, H. Rider. Regeneration: Being an Account of the Social Work of The Salvation Army in Great Britain. London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1910.

Booth, William. The Salvation Army Songs: Compiled by General Booth. London: The Salvation Army Book Department, 1911.

Railton, George Scott. The Authoritative Life of General William Booth, Founder of The Salvation Army. New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1912.

Booth, Mary. With the B.E.F. in France. London: The Salvation Army, 1916.

Wallis, Humphrey. Practical Visionaries: Brief Sketches, Illustrating the Power and Spirit of Salvation Army Work Amongst the Common People. London: The Salvation Army, 1918.

Booth, Evangeline, and Grace Livingston Hill. The War Romance of The Salvation Army. London: J. B. Lipincott Company, 1919.

Dean, Mary Morgan. The Lady with the Other Lamp: The Story of Blanche Read Johnson. Toronto: McLelland and Stewart, 1919.

Begbie, Harold. The Life of General William Booth, Founder of The Salvation Army, Volume I and  Volume II. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1920.

Books which are critical of The Salvation Army, available Internet Archive [ordered chronologically]

Whitworth, William Allen. Home Mission Preaching in Relation to the Sacramental System of the Church: Does Defectiveness of Doctrine Conduce to the Success of Missions. A Third Address on Home Mission Work.  London: Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., 1882. [see pages 13-21]

Wilson, Andrew. The Salvation Army, Its Government, Principles, and Practices. Toronto: James Bain & Son, 1884.

Cudmore, John T. The Doctrines of the Bible and The Salvation Army Compared, Or, Why I Left The Salvation Army. Charlottetown, P.E. Island: n.p.,  1889.

An Ex-Staff Officer. The New Papacy: Behind the Scenes in The Salvation Army. Toronto: Albert Brittnell, 1889.

Huxley, Thomas H. Social Diseases and Worse Remedies: Letters to the “Times” on Mr. Booth’s Scheme, with a Preface and (reprtinted) Introductory Essay. London: Macmillan & Co., 1891.

Shaw, George Bernard. Major Barbara, with an Essay as First Aid to Critics. New York: Brentano’s, 1917 [1905].

Manson, John. The Salvation Army and the Public: A Religious, Social, and Financial Study. New York, George Rutledge and Sons, 1906.

Lamb, Edwin Gifford. The Social Work of The Salvation Army. Ph.D. Dissertation, Columbia University, 1909.

Nicol, A. M. General Booth and The Salvation Army.  London: Herbert & Daniel., n.d. [1911?]



15 Responses to “Salvation Army History and Theology”

  1. September 27, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Some more resources available over at http://wesley.nnu.edu/wesleyctr/

    Search under “Index by Author – B” for plenty of Booth and Brengle books.


  2. 2 Anne-Florence Tursi
    November 15, 2011 at 4:41 am

    I discovered your blog “by chance” and have a question: we are very much interested in the books on S.A. History and Theology that you put online and would like to ask if we could use this material in the online library we are setting up in connection with our summer school for employees, salvationists in leadership position and cadets, called Catherine Programme. Is it possible to have a direct contact with you about it? I would appreciate that – having not found your email address somewhere. Thank you, and congratulations for the intesesting blog!

  3. November 15, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Hello Anne

    Thanks for your interest – I’ll send you an email!


  4. 4 Harold Hill
    January 5, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    James, just a note that
    Booth-Tucker, Frederick St. George de Latour. Muktifauj, Or Forty Years with The Salvation Army in India and Ceylon. London, Marshall Brothers, n.d. [1900?]
    was published in 1923 (See Gordon Moyles’s bibliography, and also 40 years meant since 1883 when the Army invaded India.)

  5. 6 Jon
    February 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Found a bunch of Kindle eBooks by both William and Catherine Booth here:
    These are all nicely formatted (ie: good table of contents, no spelling mistakes) and super cheap.
    Hope this is of some use!


  6. February 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks Jon – I might take advantage of that. I don’t have a kindle but I have a kindle reader on my PC.


  7. 8 thecouchman
    April 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Here’s a new source from Princeton Theological Seminary. There are some Army texts scanned and available for free download here.

  8. April 16, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Hi Adam, thanks for the link. I noticed that the Theological Commons texts are all on Internet Archive – actually the links on their page just take you to Internet Archive where the files are housed. But their search interface is a bit nicer, and you get more info than is sometimes available on archive.org. I’ve added a note above about this, and also some other links.

  9. April 18, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Hi James, the Salvation Army Historical Association have recently put some 50 high quality books on Kindle as well as working to promote our heritage in other ways such as publishing books, holding Conventions, publishing newsletters etc. We would be happy to help you in any way – you have some excellent material here, thank you.

  10. April 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you Glenn – glad to connect with you online. I am making use of your book in my dissertation.

    I will add a link to your website above in the next couple days – I have heard of the Association here and there but I don’t think I’d ever stumbled onto the website before. Lots of great resources. Thanks for the work you are doing.



  11. April 19, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Thank you for your kind words James. We also have a very active facebook group which is great for questions people have – you are welcome to join us. There are about 350 facebook SAHPA members around the world. There is also a specialist facebook site on old SA buildings. God Bless, Glenn.

  12. 14 Stephanie
    November 3, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    This is your friendly, resourceful Salvation Army librarian.
    You can find Word & Deed online in PDF at http://publications.salvationarmyusa.org/wordanddeed/

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Twitter Updates

My book