Author Guide: Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray has been one of my favorite authors since I became a Christian. I consider him the quintessential devotional author: Short books, short chapters, fluid writing, and always spiritual.

Some sources claim quite vaguely that Andrew Murray wrote 240 books; that is an exaggeration. His 1920 biography points out that he published 240 books and tracts, but many of these were published in both English and Dutch. It was not easy to put this together, but it looks like he published about 46 unique books in his lifetime, and the manuscripts and booklets he left at his time of death was arranged into three more books, meaning Andrew Murray’s legacy is 49 books. (Amazingly, all but four of these books have been in print recently.)

His Pocket Companion series of twelve booklets was also important to the people to whom he ministered directly, and those are listed separately. Though they are short, some publishers have arranged them today into books numbering over 100 pages each, so that the number of his books could be counted at 61, if we included these and his posthumous books.

In reality, it is impossible to know for sure how many published works he had. During his lifetime he published many dozens of books, booklets and tracts in two languages, on three continents.

In addition to his bilingualism, modern publishers have changed titles—apparently The School of Obedience doesn’t entice the megachurch crowd. I have included here in brackets books that were taken from his older works. All the numbered books, however, are unique material that was put together by him before he died.

His style is simple and always devotional. When asked about his style, he joked that he thought in Dutch, and wrote in English, and that accounts for his lack of literary flare. His messages almost always involve surrender and dependence on the Holy Spirit.

*** Those marked with three asterisks are the most highly recommended.

Books by Andrew Murray (alphabetical)

  1. Abide in Christ: Thoughts on the Blessed Life of Fellowship with the Son of God
  2. Absolute Surrender and Other Addresses
  3. Aids to Devotion: Thoughts on the Holy Spirit in the Epistle of Ephesians
    [Andrew Murray’s Yearbook = compilation]
  4. An Apostle’s Inner Life (posthumously arranged)
  5. Back to Pentecost: The Fulfillment of the Promise of the Father (Acts 1:4) (posthumous)
  6. Be Perfect: A Message from the Father in Heaven to His Children on Earth
    [The Believer’s Call to Commitment = Aids to Devotion]
    [The Believer’s Daily Renewal = The Inner Chamber and the Inner Life]
    [The Believer’s Full Blessing of Pentecost = Full Blessing of Pentecost]
    [The Believer’s New Covenant = The Two Covenants and the Second Blessing?]
    [The Believer’s New Life = The New Life]
    [The Believer’s Prayer Life = The Prayer Life]
    [The Believer’s Prophet, Priest and King = The Prophet-Priest]
    [The Believer’s School of Prayer = With Christ in the School of Prayer]
    [The Believer’s Secret of Holiness = Holy in Christ]
    [The Believer’s Secret of a Perfect Heart = Be Perfect?]
    [The Believer’s Secret of Living Like Christ = Like Christ]
    [The Believer’s Secret of the Master’s Indwelling = The Master’s Indwelling]
    [The Believer’s Secret of Waiting on God = Waiting on God]
    [Believing Prayer = The Secret of Believing Prayer, edited]
    [The Blessings of Obedience = The School of Obedience]
    [The Blood of Christ = ?]
  7. The Blood of the Cross (sequel to The Power of the Blood of Jesus, sometimes published together)
    [Called by Christ = ?]
  8. The Children for Christ
    [Confession and Forgiveness = Have Mercy upon Me]
    [Confession: The Road to Forgiveness = Have Mercy upon Me]
    [Consecrated to God = ?, edited]
  9. Convention Addresses Delivered at Bridge of Allan, 1895 (unavailable)
    [Covenants and Blessings = The Two Covenants and the Second Blessing]
    [Daily Experience with God = The Inner Chamber and the Inner Life, edited]
  10. The Deeper Christian Life***
  11. Divine Healing: A Series of Addresses
  12. Eagle Wings
    [An Exciting New Life = The New Life?]
    [Experiencing a Deeper Christian Life = The Deeper Christian Life]
    [Experiencing the Holy Spirit = The Full Blessing of Pentecost]
    [Every Day with God = ?]
  13. Faith in the Power of God
    [Faith: Why Do You Not Believe? = Why Do You Not Believe?]
    [The Fruit of the Vine = The True Vine, British title]
  14. The Full Blessing of Pentecost: The One Thing Needful
    [Full Life in Christ = ?]
    [The Fullness of the Spirit = The Full Blessing of Pentecost, edited]
    [God’s Best Secrets = ?]
    [God’s Plans for You = How to Work for God? Working for God?]
    [God’s Power for Today = Andrew Murray’s Yearbook]
    [God’s Will: Our Dwelling Place = Thy Will Be Done]
    [Growing in Christ = ?]
  15. Have Mercy upon Me: The Prayer of the Penitent in the Fifty-First Psalm Explained and Applied
    [Healing Secrets = Divine Healing?]
  16. The Holiest of All: An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews
  17. Holy in Christ: Thoughts on the Calling of God’s Children to Be Holy as He Is Holy
    [How to Be Perfect = Be Perfect]
    [How to Bring Your Children to Christ = The Children for Christ]
    [How to Raise Your Children for Christ = The Children for Christ]
    [How to Strengthen Your Faith = Why Do You Not Believe, edited]
  18. Humility: The Beauty of Holiness***
    [The Indwelling Spirit = The Spirit of Christ]
  19. The Inner Chamber and the Inner Life
    [The Inner Life = The Inner Chamber and the Inner Life]
    [In Search of God’s Perfection = Be Perfect?]
    [In Search of Spiritual Excellence = The Full Blessing of Pentecost]
    [Jesus Christ, Prophet/Priest = The Prophet-Priest]
    [Jesus Heals the Sick = Divine Healing]
  20. Jesus Himself: Two Addresses
    [The Joy of Being Forgiven = Have Mercy upon Me]
  21. The Key to the Missionary Problem: Thoughts Suggested by the Report of the Ecumenical Missionary Conference, Held in New York, April 1900
    [The Kingdom of God Is Within You = Within]
    [Let Us Draw Nigh: Meditations on Hebrews 10:19-25 is an excerpt from The Holiest of All]
    [A Life of Power = Power for Your Life]
    [A Life of Obedience = The School of Obedience]
  22. Like Christ: Thoughts on the Blessed Life of Conformity to the Son of God (sequel to Abide in Christ)
    [Living the New Life = The New Life]
    [Living to Please God: Light for Your Pathway to Spiritual Maturity = ?]
  23. Living Words: Addresses Delivered at the Rothesay Convention (unavailable)
  24. The Lord’s Table: A Help to the Right Observance of the Holy Supper
    [Love and Light = ?]
  25. The Master’s Indwelling
  26. The Ministry of Intercession: A Plea for More Prayer***
    [The Ministry of Intercessory Prayer The Ministry of Intercession + Pray without Ceasing]
  27. Money: Thoughts for God’s Stewards
    [The Mystery of the True Vine = The True Vine, South African title]
  28. The New Life: Words of God for Young Disciples of Christ
    [Not My Will = Thy Will Be Done, edited]
  29. Out of His Fulness: Addresses Delivered in America (unavailable)
    [The Path to Holiness = Holy in Christ, edited]
  30. Power for Your Life
    [Power in Prayer = compilation]
  31. The Power of the Blood of Jesus
    [The Power of the Blood of Christ =The Power of the Blood of Jesus]
  32. The Power of the Spirit: With Additional Extracts from the Writings of William Law
    [Prayer and the Coming Revival = The Ministry of Intercession]
    [Prayer Guide]
  33. The Prayer Life: The Inner Chamber and the Deepest Secret of Pentecost
    [The Promise of the Spirit = ?]
  34. The Prophet-Priest: Four Addresses Delivered at Mildmay Conference, 1895
    [Raising Your Child to Love God = The Children for Christ]
    [Reaching Your World for Christ = The State of the Church]
    [Revival = The Ministry of Intercession, edited]
  35. The School of Obedience (Addresses at the Students’ Convention at Stellenbosch, South Africa, July 28-31, 1898)
    [The School of Prayer = With Christ in the School of Prayer]
  36. The Secret of Believing Prayer [= two booklets compiled posthumously]
    [The Secret of God’s Love = The True Vine]
    [The Secret of God’s Presence = Be Perfect]
    [The Secret of Holiness = Holy in Christ?]
    [The Secret of Obedience = The School of Obedience?]
    [The Secret of Spiritual Strength = ?]
    [Secrets of Authority = six titles compiled]
  37. Shepherd’s Song (on Psalm 23) (unavailable)
  38. The Spirit of Christ: Thoughts on the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the Believer and the Church
    [The Spirit of the Cross]
    [Spiritual Help for Daily Living = ?]
  39. The Spiritual Life: A Series of Lectures Delivered before the Students of the Moody Bible Institute
    [Standing in the Gap = The Ministry of Intercession?]
  40. The State of the Church: A Plea for More Prayer
    [Teach Me to Pray = With Christ in the School of Prayer, edited]
  41. Thy Will Be Done: The Blessedness of a Life in the Will of God
  42. The True Vine: Meditations for a Month on John 15:1-5***
  43. The Two Covenants and the Second Blessing
  44. Waiting on God
    [Walking with God = Waiting on God + Working for God + Be Perfect]
  45. Why Do You Not Believe?
    [Wings Like Eagles = Eagle Wings]
  46. With Christ
  47. Within, or, The Kingdom of God Is Within You
    [With Christ in the School of Obedience = The School of Obedience]
  48. With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on Our Training for the Ministry of Intercession***
    [With Wings as Eagles = Eagle Wings]
    [Working and Waiting = Working for God + Waiting on God]
  49. Working for God (sequel to Waiting on God)

 

Pocket Companion Series

Murray ministered in a large rural area, and saw the immediate usefulness of advances in paperback publishing. After his retirement, this gave him a strong impetus to continue publishing daily devotional material for the rural districts, in which some people could only visit a worship service once every few weeks. The twelve booklets listed here are 30-day devotionals for his parishioners, and they comprise a substantial body of work in themselves.

  1. The Secret of the Abiding Presence 
  2. The Secret of Adoration
  3. The Secret of Brotherly Love
  4. The Secret of Christ Our Life
  5. The Secret of the Cross
  6. The Secret of the Faith Life
  7. The Secret of Fellowship
  8. The Secret to Inspiration
  9. The Secret of Intercession
  10. The Secret of Power from On High
  11. The Secret of the Throne of Grace
  12. The Secret of United Prayer

Tracts & Pamphlets (50 pages or less)

Most of these are presumed to be excerpts from other books; a few of them, like The Kingdom of God in South Africa, have perhaps never been republished.

  1. Be Ye Holy For I Am Holy
    [Boldness in Prayer is probably an excerpt from With Christ in the School of Prayer]
    [Carnal and Spiritual (1 Cor. 3:1-4) is probably an excerpt from The Spiritual Life]
  2. The Cleansed Heart
    [The Cross of Christ is an excerpt from The Blood of the Cross)
  3. The Dearth of Conversions
  4. Exhortations for the Morning Watch
  5. Faith in the Power of God
  6. Faith That Stands in the Power of God
  7. Foreign Missions and the Week of Prayer, Jan. 5-12, 1900
  8. Have Faith in God
  9. Helps to Intercession
    [Impossible with Man, Possible with God is probably an excerpt from Absolute Surrender]
  10. In Defense of the Boers
  11. In My Name
  12. In Time of Trouble
  13. Introduction to Made Exceeding Glad: A Memoir of William James Neethling, by Mrs. Neethling
  14. The Kingdom of God in South Africa: A Survey of Missions to the Heathen South of the Zambesi
  15. A Lecture on the Modern Theology
  16. The Life of Faith
    [Lord, Teach Us to Pray is an excerpt from With Christ in the School of Prayer]
  17. Love Delights to Give
  18. Love Made Perfect
  19. Meditations on Psalm 51
  20. The Morning Watch
  21. The Mother’s Great Enemy
  22. Out of the Grave a New Life (Address on Luke 23:39-43)
    [Pray Without Ceasing = Helps to Intercession]
    [The Power of United Prayer is an excerpt from With Christ in the School of Prayer]
  23. The Self Life
  24. Suggestive Thoughts
  25. The Supreme Need: In Response to a Call to the Church, in Mrs. Head’s Booklet, “The Forgotten Friend”
  26. Sweeter Than Honey
    [Thoughts for God’s Stewards is probably an abridgement of Money]
  27. Three Things a Christian Needs to Know
  28. Thy Sun Shall Nevermore Set
    [Two Addresses to Mothers = excerpts from Convention Addresses and Have Faith in God]
  29. We Can Love All the Day (Gal. 5:22)
  30. We See Jesus Crowned
  31. What Full Surrender Means
  32. The Will of God
    [Ye Are the Branches (John 15:5) is probably an excerpt from Absolute Surrender]

 

Edited Works

Wholly for God: The True Christian Life: A Series of Extracts from the Writings of William Law

 

Biographies of Andrew Murray

The Life of Andrew Murray by J. du Plessis. 1920. 618 pages.

Andrew Murray: Apostle of Abiding Love by Leona Choy. 1978. 274 pages.

Andrew Murray by William Lindner, Jr. 2011. 144 pages.

Andrew Murray: Christ’s Anointed Minister to South Africa. 2016. 336 pages.

 

Note: It is impossible to know if some Dutch titles, like Wat Zal Toch Dit Kindeke Wezen? and Wast Op in de Genade, have been translated or not, since the titles were often changed substantially after translation.

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