The following books by Ed Rickard are available:

Printed or Kindle Book

Rickard, Ed. Daniel Explained: A Commentary on the Book of Daniel.


Daniel Explained—one of the most comprehensive and extensively researched commentaries on the Book of Daniel ever written—offers a thorough treatment of both the dramatic episodes and the prophetic visions. For each story about Daniel and his friends, it fills in the historical background and develops spiritual applications. For each prophecy, it furnishes a tightly reasoned interpretation accepting the prophecy as supernatural in origin. Over 450 pages in length, this commentary offers vital information to every reader.

For unbelievers

Conclusion: The Book of Daniel is divinely inspired.

For believers

Conclusion: Jesus' return is drawing near.

For those alive during the Tribulation

Conclusion: You dare not miss the Rapture.


You can see a full outline of the commentary.

Also, you can see Web pages presenting the commentary on chapter 1 in five lessons.

Another available sample is the bibliography.


The whole commentary is available from in either printed or digital format.

Printed Book

Rickard, Ed. Primer of the Christian Life: A Detailed Map of the Pilgrim's Road.

Primer of the Christian Life is designed to serve as the textbook for a yearlong course on basic Christianity. The course objective is to teach in detail all the disciplines essential to growing in Christ. The thirty-four topics include faith, repentance, belonging to a church, daily devotions, prayer, finding God's will, the world, the flesh, the devil, witnessing, suffering, persecution, and our heavenly home.

A full discussion of each topic is followed by study questions. At the end of the book is a curriculum guide as well as an extended list of Christian biographies.

The course is best suited for college, but may be adapted for an adult class in church or a Bible class at the secondary level. Among its unique features is frequent use of illustrations from history and literature.

All the lessons are available on this website, but only the printed version includes the many scholarly references, the curriculum guide, and the list of Christian biographies. It also offers the convenience and eye appeal of a handheld book.


The whole primer is available as a printed book from

Printed Book

Rickard, Ed. James, Mirror for the Soul: Lessons on the Epistle of James.

The Epistle of James displays a striking familiarity with Jesus' mind and a profound grasp of Jesus' teachings. Even James's style, beautifully concise and poetic, is modeled after Jesus' sayings. This should come as no surprise. James was the slightly younger brother of Jesus. For years they were companions in play and work and every other realm of life.

James addresses a question of critical importance in our day, when many even in conservative churches are drowning in self-satisfied pseudoreligion. The question is, what is true godliness. To provide an answer, James reconsiders the virtues emphasized in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. He makes godliness concrete by warning us against the many ways our lives might fail to shine with these virtues.

All the lessons are available on this website, but only the printed version includes the many scholarly references and the annotated bibliography devoted to important commentaries on the Epistle of James. It also offers the convenience and eye appeal of a handheld book.


The lessons are available as a printed book from

Printed Book

Rickard, Ed. The Vegetable Soup Gang.

Here is a collection of witty stories about a gang of wacky and winsome boys who attend Gracefaith Bible Academy in Weedyfields, USA. The gang includes Carrot (with uncommon good sense), Bean (the mechanical genius), Turnip (the poet and philosopher), Pepper (the local live wire), and Watermelon (the biggest kid anyone ever saw, and all muscle), as well as Radish and Peanut (two canine members). You will watch the gang attempt world-class soccer. You will share their wonderful time at camp. And you will follow them through whirling adventures as they tangle with wild animals, weird people, and withering danger.

The stories will appeal especially to boys, but wondering girls who want to figure boys out will also find them very worthwhile.

The whole collection is available as a printed book from To read a sample, you may download chapter 1 in PDF format.


Rickard, Ed. In Perils Abounding: A Commentary on the Book of Acts.

The commentary is a work on several levels. The foundation is a lively retelling of events as recorded by Luke. Upon this, the commentary builds three kinds of discussion. The first, under the heading "Getting Practical," offers down-to-earth applications of the many spiritual principles emerging from Luke's account. The second, introduced as "Pondering a Question," explores the questions that occur to many readers. After the third title, "Delving Deeper," comes a consideration of matters of special interest to believers with mature discernment.

The commentary is available as web pages.


Rickard, Ed. Peace in a Crumbling World: The Terrorists Strike Again—at Christmas.

The action starts when the government issues a warning based on credible sources that the terrorists will mount a major attack on America at the time of Christmas. The drama proceeds along two tracks—one showing the effects of the warning on one Christian family, the Todds, and their circle of friends, including their neighbors, the Bramwells, and the students at Danny Todd's Christian school—the other track showing what happens both on-camera and behind-the-scenes at a network news show. Much of the play at the beginning is humorous, but the tone changes as suspense builds and becomes extremely sober and challenging after the terrorists succeed in delivering a devastating blow to our nation. The plot is interwoven with several powerful spiritual messages, including a clear presentation of gospel truth.


Rickard, Ed. The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley: A Program of Readings.

Seven readings span the whole life of Wesley, the first describing the childhood settings that shaped his mind and heart, the last recounting the special sorrows of his later life and explaining his final retrospective poem.

Printed Book

Rickard, Ed. Physics: The Foundational Science. Pensacola, Fla.: A Beka Book, 1990.

This book is designed for use as an upper-level high school physics text. After being in print for about twenty years, the original edition was superseded by a revision made without Ed Rickard's participation. A copy of the revised edition may be obtained from the publisher at Pensacola, FL 32523-9160, or from The original edition, somewhat longer than the revision, may still be obtained from used book sources.