J. Frank Norris Bibliography

by MBG

On this page I will be attempting to list all books by or about Norris, plus other related books. This will take some time to compile, so please bear with me. I will also be working to add links to places you can purchase the books or reprints of them, not for profit but for you help.

Many books by or about Norris were small printings by individuals or ministries. This sometimes leads to incomplete bibliographic information, such as no publisher being given. Many reprints of his books even lack publisher information. The information given here is as complete as the information I have and reflects the ORIGINAL publications. Great effort is given to the accuracy of the information here and only information that I believe is correct has been included.

The sources for the information is varied. Many of the listings are straight from Norris biographies. Some information and listings have been gleaned from various book selling websites. Some listings were found using WorldCat, an online catalog of books and media in libraries world wide. If you find information that is not correct and have something that should be added, please email me using the link at the bottom of the page.

Biographies of Norris

Barber, Raymond W. A Man Among Men: J. Frank Norris. Fort Worth, TX: n.p., 1986. 18 pages.

This is a small booklet put out by the Independent Baptist Fellowship International. I small number (with some updates) have been printed in 2015 for the 32nd anniversary of the Norris Bible Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.

Chambers, Claude E. The Rise and Fall of J. Frank Norris. Shelbyville, TN: Bible and Literature Missionary Foundation, 1997. 199 pages.

Written by an evangelist in Oklahoma, this rare paperback is part biography and part scrapbook.

Entzminger, Louis. The J. Frank Norris I Have Known For 34 years. Fort Worth, TX: n.p, 1950.

This book is really more of a scrapbook than a biography. It borrows very heavily from Norris' "Inside the Cup" sermons and the "Inside History..." book. Easily available due to numerous reprints. Classic Norris propaganda.

Falls, Roy Emerson. A Fascinating Biography of J. Frank Norris. Euless, TX: First Baptist Church, 1975. 138 pages.

This is a small paperback written by a pastor that had been under Norris as a student during the latter part of Norris' ministry in Fort Worth. It is a very glowing account of the life and ministry of Norris. I think any admirer of Norris would greatly enjoy the book. Much of the information is referenced in footnotes.

Hankins, Barry. God's Rascal: J. Frank Norris & The Beginnings Of Southern Fundamentalism . Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1996.

By far the most scholarly treatment of Norris. More of an analysis of Norris' life than a biography. It is written from a pretty liberal viewpoint so I would not consider it a very "friendly" biography to Norris. A lot of good research and information is there, especially in the end notes.

Kemp, Roy A. Norris Extravaganza! My Reminisce: A Biography of J. Frank Norris: "The Fighting Parson". Fort Worth, TX: n.p., 1975.

The strangest biography I have ever read, by far. A lot of random anecdotes arranged in a very peculiar way. I think you'd have to see a copy to understand.

Ritchie, Homer G. The Life and Legend of J. Frank Norris: "The Fighting Parson". Fort Worth, TX: n.p., 1991.

I think that this is by far the best biography currently available on Norris. Hard to find, though.

Russell, C. Allyn. Voices of American Fundamentalism. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1976.

Norris is featured as the first of seven different biographical sketches. Twenty-six pages plus end notes are devoted to him. Not the most glowing account, as the author attempts to paint Norris as a "violent fundamentalist".

Schepis, Michael E. J. Frank Norris: The Fascinating, Controversial Life of a Forgotten Figure of the Twentieth Century. Bloomington, IN: WestBow Press, 2012.

Mostly positive look at Norris' ministry that rivals Ritchie's book as the one book I would recommend. Not very objective in dealing with the controversial subject in my opinion. Good for the Norris admirer. Check out my full review here.

Stokes, David. Apparent Danger: The Pastor of America's First Megachurch and the Texas Murder Trial of the Decade in the 1920's. Minneapolis, MN: Bascom Hill Books, 2010.

The most recent book about Norris. Focuses almost entirely on the events leading up to and involving the death of D.E. Chipps. The only major issue I have with this book is that the author incessantly tries to tie both Fundamentalism and Norris to the Ku Klux Klan. In the early chapters this is a major topic, then all but dissapears in the latter. All in all, the book is wonderfully researched and written. Check out my full review here.

Stokes, David. The Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America. Hanover, NH: Steerforth, 2011.

Re-release of the afore mentioned Apparent Danger with various updates and changes.

Tatum, E. Ray. Conquest or Failure?: A Biography of J. Frank Norris. Dallas, TX: Baptist Historical Foundation, 1966.

Promoted as "the first complete biographical study of the ministry, manner, and life" of Norris. I personally don't care for his writing style and some of his conclusions.

Books by Norris

Due to the complexity and sensational forms of some of the titles, variations of the titles sometimes appear. This is also true with the Norris "commentaries", which are transcripts of lectures and sometimes have varying titles (e.g., "Lectures on..." and "Commentary on..." ).

Norris, J. Frank. Americanism: An Address to the Texas Legislature. Fort Worth, Texas: Seminary Bible and Book House, 1949. 34 pages.

This is the transcript of a speech given by Norris before a meeting of the Texas legislature. It was not an official session, but a gathering of members and the public on the evening of April 20, 1949. He was to speak on the "subversives" (communism) that he had studied and seen in his world travels. Best line comes at the closing: "To hell with Joe Stalin!"

Norris, J. Frank. Anniversary Message. n.p., 1936.

Norris, J. Frank. "But God" & Other Sermons. n.p., n.d. 210 pages.

Norris, J. Frank. Christ's Second Coming: Pre-millennial or Amillennial. n.p., n.d. 260 pages.

Transcript of debate held from February 10 to March 3, 1946, between Norris and J.L. Hines from the Church of Christ.

Norris, J. Frank. Commentary on Colossians. n.p., n.d.

Transcript of lectures given by Norris at Bible Baptist Seminary.

Norris, J. Frank. Commentary on Galatians. n.p., n.d.

Norris, J. Frank. Commentary on Genesis. n.p., n.d.

Transcript of lectures given by Norris at Bible Baptist Seminary during 1944-45.

Norris, J. Frank. Commentary on Gospel of John. n.p., n.d.

Norris, J. Frank. Commentary on Isaiah. n.p., n.d.

Transcript of lectures given by Norris at Bible Baptist Seminary.

Norris, J. Frank. Commentary on the Book of Revelation. n.p., n.d. 450 pages.

Norris, J. Frank. Commentary on Second Corinthians. n.p., n.d.

Norris, J. Frank. Confession of Faith. n.p., n.d.

Norris, J. Frank. Did the Jews Write The Protocols?. n.p., n.d. 16 pages.

Norris confronting a popular but spurious document called The Protocols that fueled anti-Semitism.

Norris, J. Frank. Dr. Louis Newton - "A Modern Jehoshaphat". n.p., n.d.

Norris, J. Frank. The Gospel of Dynamite. n.p., n.d. 181 pages.

Norris, J. Frank. Greatest Annual Church Report In Modern Times. n.p., 1937. 18 pages

Norris, J. Frank. Infidelity Among Southern Baptists, Endorsed By Highest Officials. n.p., n.d.

Norris, J. Frank. Inside Facts and Figures of the Unparalleled and Unpublished History of the First Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas. n.p., n.d.

Norris, J. Frank. Inside History of the First Baptist Church, Fort Worth and Temple Baptist Church, Detroit. n.p., 1939. 330 pages.

A collection of sermons, articles, endorsements, anecdotes, and photographs: not really a "history". Includes the "Inside the Cup" sermons, "But God", and various other things that can be found or quoted elsewhere.

Norris, J. Frank. Inside the Cup. n.p., 1930

Norris, J. Frank. Inside the Cup - Norris-Martin Debate. n.p., n.d.

Combination of the "Inside the Cup" sermons and "transcript" of the Norris-Martin debate. Looks like this was printed as a promotion for The Fundamentalist. Cover says the book is fifty cents, or free with a new or renewal one dollar cash subscription to the paper.

Norris, J. Frank. Is America at the Crossroads?. n.p., n.d.

Norris, J. Frank. Largest Combined Membership in the World Under One Pastorate - 17,000 Members. n.p., 1939. 54 pages.

Norris, J. Frank. Lectures on Daniel. n.p., n.d. 219 pages.

Norris, J. Frank. Lectures on Romans. n.p., 1946. 195 pages.

Norris, J. Frank. My Fifth Trip to Palestine. Fort Worth: The Fundamentalist Press, 1948. 126 pages.

Norris, J. Frank. Modernism and Why I Fight It. n.p., n.d.

Norris, J. Frank. Norris-Martin Debate. n.p., n.d.

"Transcript" of debate held between Norris and T.T. Martin in St. Petersburg, Florida, on May 12-13, 1932. Not surprisingly Norris seems to have neglected publishing most of what Martin said, only recording things where Martin stumbled or conceded. Warning: those sensitive to racial issues should avoid this one.

Norris, J. Frank. New Dealism Exposed. n.p., n.d.

Norris, J. Frank. Sovietizing America Through Churches, Colleges, and Consumer's Cooperatives. Rochester, New York: Interstate Evangelistic Association, 1936.

Norris, J. Frank. The Norris-Wallace Debate. n.p., n.d.

Transcript of debate held on November 4-6, 1934. Wallace printed his own version of the proceedings also.

Norris, J. Frank. Studies on Isaiah. n.p., n.d. 340 pages.

Norris, J. Frank. The Battle of Armageddon. n.p., n.d. 192 pages.

Collection of twelve sermons: "Fifteen Signs of the Second Coming", "The New Birth", "The Prodigal Son", "The Unpardonable Sin", "Where Does the Soul Go at Death?", "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled - Heaven", "To Die is Gain", "Lord, Thou Knowest All Things", "The Jew in History and Prophecy", "World-Wide Sweep of Russian Bolshevism, and Its Relation to the Second Coming of Christ", "The Battle of Armageddon", and "The Fear of Death and How to Overcome It". Cover states: "Messages that Resulted in Over 700 Conversions." Only one sermon, "The Fear of Death and How to Overcome It", is dated - March 17, 1934. My guess is that the book was published in 1935.

Norris, J. Frank. The Battle of Armageddon, Why The Believer, 24 Truths Set Forth By Baptism. n.p., n.d. 40 pages.

Collection of three sermons.

Norris, J. Frank. The Church that is Different and Why: What the First Baptist Church Believes. Fort Worth, Texas: First Baptist Church, 1934.

Norris, J. Frank. The Federal Council of Churches Unmasked. Detroit: Temple Baptist Church, 1939.

Norris, J. Frank. The Four Horsemen Are Riding Fast. n.p., n.d.

Collection of sermons, including "The Four Horsemen Are Riding Fast", "The Prodigal Son", "The New Birth", "The Doom and Destruction of Anti-Christ", "The Great White Throne Judgment".

Norris, J. Frank. The Holy Spirit and Soul Winning Power. n.p., n.d.

A collection of eight sermon transcripts dealing with the Holy Spirit and soul winning. The few sermons that are dated are from 1945 and 1946. I think this was put out after his death. My copy has newer style typeset that makes me think this collection was put together in recent years. Sermons include: "A Demonstration of the Spirit and of Power", "The Breath of God", "The Gift of the Holy Spirit", "The Spirit of Adoption", "While Peter Yet Spake These Words", "The Holy Spirit in the Life of Saul and David", "Partnership in Witnessing with the Holy Spirit", and "Your Body is the Temple of the Holy Ghost".

Norris, J. Frank. The Prophesied Alliance: of America and England on One Side Versus All of Europe on the Other. n.p., 1940.

Norris, J. Frank. The Return of the Saloon and the Doom of America. n.p., 1933.

Norris, J. Frank. The Triple Major Operation in Detroit. n.p., n.d.

Norris, J. Frank. The Wages of Sin and How to Be Saved. n.p., n.d. 52 pages.

A collection of five sermons: "The Wages of Sin and How to Be Saved", "Salvation by Grace", "Present Grace and The Ages to Come", "The King Who Abdicated His Throne", and "But God". Printed while Norris was pastoring both in Fort Worth and Detroit.

Norris, J. Frank. Three Sermons: . n.p., n.d.. 46 pages.

Contains: the World-Wide Sweep of Russian Bolshevism and Its Relation to the Second Coming of Christ, Individual Immortality (Sermon Delivered at the Funeral of Sister of Dr. J. Frank Norris), and the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer. An online seller estimated the date to be 1947.

Norris, J. Frank. What Do Fundamentalist Baptists Believe?. n.p., 1935. 23 pages.

From book: "An address delivered by Dr. J. Frank Norris at the annual meeting of the American Baptist Association which was held at the First Baptist Church, Fort Worth, on the 12th, 13th, and 14th of March, 1935." The reprint I have is only 16 pages.

Norris, J. Frank. What Does the Bible Teach Concerning Baptism?. n.p., n.d.

Other Works of Interest

Baker, Robert A. Tell the Generations Following: A History of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 1908-1983. Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman Press, 1983.

Most books like this will often ignore Norris, but this one gives much space to Norris' relationship to the Seminary. Details are given on how Norris helped in bringing the school to Fort Worth, the strained relationships with the school and faculty, and his antagonism toward the school.

Barber, Raymond W. and Wayne Martin. The Man and the Movement: J. Frank Norris and the World Baptist Fellowship. Arlington, Texas: World Baptist Fellowship.

Bartlett, Billy Vick. A History of Baptist Separatism. Baptist Bible Fellowship Publications, 1972. 79 pages

Covers the progression of groups from the Baptist Bible Union to the Baptist Bible Fellowship. A decent history of the BBF split from a very strong BBF perspective. In this book Norris is a devil and Vick is a saint.

Beale, David O. In Pursuit of Purity: American Fundamentalism Since 1850. Greenville, SC: Bob Jones University Press, 1986.

The most recent book on the history of Fundamentalism that I can find. Norris is not prominently featured, except for covering the Chipps killing. W.B. Riley is the most talked about Baptist of the era. A good look at Fundamentalism's sources, leaders, and struggles.

Bonam, Claud J.Blazing the Trail: My Experiences Working with Dr. J. Frank Norris. San Antonio. TX: Huisache Avenue Baptist Church, 1993. 50 pages.

Small printing of random memories of former employee of Norris. I don't think the book states exactly what Claud Bonam did for Norris, but I seem to recall that he was his song leader.

Cole, Stewart G. The History of Fundamentalism. New York: Richard R. Smith, Inc., 1931.

An early account of the battles between Fundamentalism and Liberalism. According to David Beale's history this book is written from a more liberal viewpoint. This book has also been recently reprinted as it appears that its copyright has expired.

Combs, James O. Roots and Origins of Baptist Fundamentalism. Springfield, MO: John the Baptist Press, 1984.

Dawson, J.M. A Thousand Months To Remember. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 1964. 280 pages

Autobiography of J.M. Dawson, Baylor classmate and longtime target of Norris. Norris is dealt with a few times, mainly in conjunction with his days at Baylor, the Baptist Standard paper, and his attacks on modernism. Some of the assertions about Norris included are generally believed to be rumor and untrue, such as the Norris' wife defending Dawson during one of her husband's radio broadcasts. Nonetheless, an interesting and personal look at the other side of the debate.

Dollar, George W. A History of Fundamentalism. Greenville, SC: Bob Jones University Press, 1973.

A friendly history of Fundamentalism that prominently features Norris. If it only had an index...

Dowell, W.E. The Birth Pangs of the Baptist Bible Fellowship, International. Springfield, Missouri: Temple Press, 1977.

The story of the founding and formation of the BBFI as told by one of its leading figures. Dowell was president of the World Fundamental Baptist Missionary Fellowship at the time of the split and subsequently the first president of the BBFI. A good first hand account.

Delnay, Robert George. A History of the Baptist Bible Union. Piedmont Bible College, 1974. 192 pages

This book was originally a doctoral dissertation at Dallas Theological Seminary from 1963. This is generally regarded to be the most reliable history of the Baptist Bible Union. In fact, it is the only book devoted to the subject that I am aware of. There is no index, references, or bibliography. A statement on the copyright page says that the documentation was left out of the book and tells "serious students" to use the original dissertation.

Gatewood, Jim. J. Frank Norris, Top O' Hill Casino, Lew Jenkins, and the Texas Oil Rich. Garland, Texas: Mullaney Corp., 2006.

Book by a local historian that deals with mainly with Top O' Hill Casino, the grounds of which became the Bible Baptist Seminary after Norris' death.

Groner, Frank Shelby. A Discussion Concerning Attacks Now Being Made On Our Organized Work. Dallas, n.d.

Not sure when or if this was printed. I found it referenced, but have not been able to track it down. I believe it is a printing of a speech by Groner on the attacks by Norris on Texas Baptist works.

Haldeman-Julius, Marcet. A Report of the Rev. J. Frank Norris' Trial. Haldeman-Julius Publications, 1927. 80 pages

An account of Norris' murder trial. This company seems to have specialized in "true crime" stories and in anti-religious literature. This is an extremely rare book.

Hyles, Jack. Fundamentalism in My Lifetime. Hammond, Indiana: Hyles Publications, 2002. 209 pages

Contains a brief description of the various sources and leaders of Fundamental Baptist groups in the first chapter. The book deals mainly with the next generation of Fundamentalists after Norris, such as John R. Rice, G.B. Vick, and Lester Roloff. The chapter on G.B. Vick has some information about Norris.

Kutilek, Doug. J. Frank Norris and his Heirs: The Bible Translation Controversy. Pasadena, Texas: Pilgrim Publication, 1999.

Booklet critical of the KJV-only stance.

McBeth, H. Leon. A Sourcebook for Baptist Heritage. B&H Academic, 1990. 554 pages

There are a few pages devoted to Norris, including excerpts from the "Fruits of Norrism" tract and taunting letters from Norris.

Martin, T.T. Inside the Cup Turned Out. Tennessee, Jackson: McCowat-Mercer Co., 1932. 102 pages

Book written against Norris.

Martin, T.T. Shall We Kill Our Mission Boards, Seminaries, and Leaders?. n.p., n.d.. 102 pages

Book written against Norris.

Pratt, J. Kristian From "Funnymentalist" to Friend: The Evolving Relationship of Ben M. Bogard and J. Frank Norris. Spring 2007 issue of Baptist History and Heritage

Article on the relationship of Norris and Bogard, one of the strongest proponents of Baptist Landmarkism. Can be read online at

World Fundamental Baptist Missionary Fellowship, Its Statement of Faith and Its Aims.. n.p., n.d. 20 pages.

Misc. Papers and Theses

Bates, David Keith. "Distinguishing Conservatism From Fundamentalism: The Approaches of J. Frank Norris and L.R. Scarborough to the Evolution Controversy". Unknown, 1999.

Bevier, W.A. "A History of the Independent Fundamental Churches of America". Ph.D. dissertation, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1957.

Bouldin, Donald G. "The J.M. Dawson--J. Frank Norris Controversy: A Reflection of the Fundamentalist Controversy Among Texas Baptists.". M.A., Baylor University, 1960.

Burleson, Benny. "The Ecclesiology and Strategy of J. Frank Norris from 1919 to 1959". M.A., Baylor University, 1960.

Conolly, Kenneth. "The Preaching of J. Frank Norris". Unpublished Master's Thesis, University of Nebraska, 1961.

Curlew, Douglas James. "They Ceased Not To Preach: Fundamentalism Culture and the Revivalist Imperative at the Temple Baptist Church of Detroit". Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2001.

Ferris, Charles J. "Southern Baptists and Evolution in the 1920's: The Roles of Edgar Y. Mullins, J. Frank Norris, and William Louis Poteat". Unknown, 1973.

Hankins, Barry Gene. "Saving America: Fundamentalism and Politics in the Life of J. Frank Norris". Baylor University, 1990.

Hicks, Alfred Edward. "The Reverend J. Frank Norris of Texas and the Politics of Cataclysm". Unknown, 1971.

Howe, Danny E. "An Analysis of Dispensationalism and its Implications for the Theologies of James Robinson Graves, John Franklyn Norris, and Wallie Amos Criswell". Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1988.

Lewis, Tom Tandy. "The Part of J. Frank Norris in the Fundamentalist Movement". Unknown, 1965.

McGlone, Lee Roy. "The Preaching of J. Frank Norris: An Apologia for Fundamentalism". Unknown, 1983.

Measures, Royce Lee. "The Relationship of J. Frank Norris to the Northern Fundamentalist Movement". Th.M., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1970.

Measures, Royce Lee. "Men and Movements Influenced by J. Frank Norris". Th.M., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1976.

Morris, Clovis Gwinn. "He Changed Things: The Life and Thought of J. Frank Norris". Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1973.

Pigott, Kelly David. "A Comparison of the Leadership of George W. Truett and J. Frank Norris in Church, Denominational, Interdenominational, and Politcal Affairs.". Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1993.

Ritchie, Homer G. "The Life and Career of J. Frank Norris". M.A., Texas Christian University, 1967.

This dissertation was printed and copies can be found.

Shamberger, William M. A History of Tarrant County Baptist Association, 1886-1922. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Tatum, E. Ray. "The J. Frank Norris Murder Trial of 1927". M.A., Texas Tech University, 1968.

Available as a PDF online here.

Terre-Blanche, Henry S. "The Life of J. Frank Norris". Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1966.

Tullock, Samuel Kyle. "The Transformation of American Fundamentalism: The Life and Career of John Franklyn Norris". Ph.D., University of Texas - Dallas, 1997.

Walker, Charles L. "The Ethical Vision of Fundamentalism: An Inquiry into the Ethic of John Franklyn Norris". Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1985.

Wall, Eston Wayne. "The Effects of Controversy on Perceptions of Preaching, Based on Methods of Dr. J. Frank Norris". Unknown, 1989.