(The) Desire of Ages

#AtoZChallenge 2024 letter D 

One of my most favorite books ever is The Desire of Ages, by E.G.White. 

It is a beautifully written account of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ while He was on this earth. 

Table of Contents
1. "God With Us"   
2. The Chosen People  
3. "The Fullness of the Time"
4. Unto You a Saviour  
5. The Dedication  
6. "We Have Seen His Star"
7. As a Child  
8. The Passover Visit  
9. Days of Conflict  
10. The Voice in the Wilderness   
11. The Baptism  
12. The Temptation  
13. The Victory  
14. "We Have Found the Messias"  
15. At the Marriage Feast  
16. In His Temple   
17. Nicodemus   
18. "He Must Increase"
19. At Jacob's Well   
20. "Except Ye See Signs and Wonders"  
21. Bethesda and the Sanhedrin   
22. Imprisonment and Death of John
23. "The Kingdom of God Is at Hand"
24. "Is Not This the Carpenter's Son?"
25. The Call by the Sea   
26. At Capernaum   
27. "Thou Canst Make Me Clean"
28. Levi-Matthew
29. The Sabbath
30. "He Ordained Twelve"  
31. The Sermon on the Mount
32. The Centurion  
33. Who Are My Brethren?  
34. The Invitation  
35. "Peace, Be Still"  
36. The Touch of Faith  
37. The First Evangelists   
38. Come Rest Awhile   
39. "Give Ye Them to Eat"
40. A Night on the Lake   
41. The Crisis in Galilee  
42. Tradition  
43. Barriers Broken Down
44. The True Sign  
45. The Foreshadowing of the Cross  
46. He Was Transfigured  
47. Ministry
48. Who Is the Greatest?  
49. At the Feast of Tabernacles
50. Among Snares  
51. "The Light of Life"
52. The Divine Shepherd
53. The Last Journey From Galilee   
54. The Good Samaritan  
55. Not With Outward Show  
56. Blessing the Children  
57. "One Thing Thou Lackest"  
58. "Lazarus, Come Forth"  
59. Priestly Plottings  
60. The Law of the New Kingdom  
61. Zacchaeus  
62. The Feast at Simon's House
63. "Thy King Cometh"  
64. A Doomed People  
65. The Temple Cleansed Again
66. Controversy  
67. Woes on the Pharisees  
68. In the Outer Court  
69. On the Mount of Olives  
70. "The Least of These My Brethren"
71. A Servant of Servants
72. "In Remembrance of Me"
73. "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"
74. Gethsemane   
75. Before Annas and the Court of Caiaphas
76. Judas  
77. In Pilate's Judgment Hall  
78. Calvary   
79. "It Is Finished"
80. In Joseph's Tomb  
81. "The Lord Is Risen"
82. "Why Weepest Thou?"
83. The Walk to Emmaus  
84. "Peace Be Unto You"
85. By the Sea Once More  
86. Go Teach All Nations   
87. "To My Father, and Your Father"

If you want a comprehensive read of Jesus' life and ministry on earth, I highly recommend The Desire of Ages! It is sure to impact your life in some way. 


  1. I'm adding so many books to my list and it's only day 4 of the challenge! I will be checking out this one.

  2. From the Table of Contents you posted, it looks like the book is a comprehensive biography of Jesus. It may be the only such work since Albert Schweitzer wrote The Quest of the Historical Jesus in 1893. Usually, we get only smatterings of this and that -- and too often colored by the bias of the author -- and so infrequently do we get a look at a complete picture of His life. While I don't hold with organized religion -- too much of man in it -- I do look for sources of a basis for ethics in my own personal spiritual journey. I'll look for this on my library trip planned for tomorrow.


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