Reading Recommendations

Reading Recommendations:

The following books are a growing list of ones that we have either read or had highly recommended to us by godly men and women whom we respect.  We’ve attempted to categorize them by topic, and will continue to add more as time allows.  [The number of asterisks beside the book title indicate lesser (“*”) to greater (“***”) reading difficulty.]

Introductory Material:

*What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert

*Christianity Explained by Mathias Media Publishers

*The Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent

**Knowing God by J.I. Packer

*Story of Hope by Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship (ABWE)

*Story of A Kingdom by Jonathan Gibson

*Gospel-Centered Life by World Harvest Mission

*Finally Alive by John Piper

**The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur

Biblical Theology:

*The Unfolding Mystery by Edmund Clowney

*God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible by Vaughn Roberts

**According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy

**Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship by David Petersen

**Gospel and Kingdom (in Goldsworthy Trilogy) by Graeme Goldsworthy

**The Christ of the Covenants by O. Palmer Roberston

**The Christ of the Prophets by O. Palmer Roberston

**Recalling the Hope of Glory by Allen Ross (Bib. Theo. of Worship)

***Biblical Theology by Geerhardus Vos


**D. Martyn Lloyd-Jonesby Iain Murray

*Spurgeonby Arnold Dallimore

**Jonathan Edwards by George Marsden

**Princeton Seminary by John Calhoun

*Here I Stand (Martin Luther) by Roland Bainton

**George Whitefield by Arnold Dallimore

*Memoirs of An Ordinary Pastor by D.A. Carson

*Marriage to A Difficult Man: The Uncommon Union of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards by Elizabeth Dodds

Church History:

**Revival and Revivalismby Iain Murray

**By His Grace, For His Gloryby Tom Nettles

**Evangelicalism Divided by Iain Murray

**Historical Theology by Alister McGrath

*The Unquenchable Flame: Introducing the Reformation by Michael Reeves


**Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testamentedited by D.A. Carson and G.K. Beale

***Calvin’s Commentaries by John Calvin

See for highly recommended single book commentaries.

Counseling Issues:

*Seeing with New Eyes by David Powlison

*Gospel-Centered Life by World Harvest Mission

*Gospel Transformation by World Harvest Mission

*Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch

*Sexual Detox by Tim Challies (click here for a free electronic copy)

*”Setting Captives Free” -an online course for finding freedom in the gospel:

*When People Are Big and God Is Small by Ed Welch

*How Long O’ Lord? by D.A. Carson (Suffering)

*Behind A Frowning Providence by John Murray

*Idols of the Heart by Elyse Fitzpatrick

*War of Words by Paul Tripp


**Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck

**Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen

*Worldliness by CJ Mahaney

**The Coming Evangelical Crisis edited by John Armstrong

***Christ and Culture Revisited by D.A. Carson

**The Courage to Be Protestant by David Wells


*Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

*For the Love of God (2 vol.) by Don Carson

*Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper

*The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink

*Pierced by the Word by John Piper


*The Trellis and the Vine by Marshall and Payne

*Gospel Transformationby World Harvest Mission

*Fight Clubs: Gospel-centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson

*Grow: Reproducing through Organic Discipleshipby Winfield Bevins

Ecclesiology (“the Church”):

*The Deliberate Church by Mark Dever and Paul Alexander

*The 9 Marks of A Healthy Church by Mark Dever

*Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches by John Hammett

**Baptism of Disciples Aloneby Fred Malone

**Infant Baptism and the Covenant of Graceby Paul Jewett

*What Is A Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile


*The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever

*Story of Hope by Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship (ABWE)

*Story of A Kingdom by Jonathan Gibson

*What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert

Hermeneutics (Bible Study Methods):

*How the Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart

**Gospel-centered Hermeneuticsby Graeme Goldsworthy

**Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation By Henry A. Virkler and Karelynne G. Ayayo

**The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation by Grant R. Osborne

**Introduction to the New Testament by D.A. Carson and Doug Moo

**Introduction to the Old Testament by Raymond Dillard and Tremper Longman

Historical Jesus:

*Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture’s Quest to Unseat The Biblical Christ by Darrell L. Bock and Daniel B. Wallace

**Studying the Historical Jesus by Darrell Bock


*Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders

*Leading with Love by Alexander Strauch

*The Heart of A Servant Leader by C. John Miller

*The Cross and Christian Ministry by D.A. Carson

*Passing the Baton by Colin Marshall

Personal Piety:

*The Cross-centered Life by C.J. Mahaney

*The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

*The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges

*Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges

*Humility by C.J. Mahaney

**A Quest for Godliness by J.I. Packer

**Knowing God by J.I. Packer

*Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

*Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life by Don Whitney

*Spiritual Discipline of  Discernment by Tim Challies

*The Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent


*Prayer by O. Hallesby

*Method of Prayer by Matthew Henry

*A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson


**Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

*The Supremacy of Christ in Preaching by John Piper

**The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross by Leon Morris

**Preaching the Whole Bible As Christian Scripture by Graeme Goldsworthy

**Between Two Worlds by John Stott

*Christ-centered Preaching by Bryan Chapell

**Preaching Christ from the Old Testament by Sidney Greidanus

**The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text by Sidney Greidanus

**Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching published by Reformation Trust

*The Archer and the Arrow by Matthias Media


**Knowing God by J.I. Packer

**Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

**The Doctrines of Grace by James Boice and Phillip Ryken

**Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

**Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof

**Systematic Theology by Charles Hodge

**Christian Theology by Milliard Erickson

**Created in God’s Image by Anthony Hokema

**Saved by Grace by Anthony Hokema

**New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ by Thomas R. Schreiner

**A Theology for the Church edited by Daniel Akin

*Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem and Jeff Purswell (recommended for laymen)


*Doing Things Right in Matters of the Heart by John Ensor

*Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Paul David Tripp

*When Sinners Say “I Do” by Dave Harvey

*This Momentary Marriage by John Piper

*Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp

*Gospel-Driven Parenting byFarley

*Shepherding A Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp

*Age of Opportunity by Paul David Tripp

*Loving Your Wife As Christ Loves the Church by Larry McCall

Shepherding/Pastoral Ministry:

**The Christian Ministry by Charles Bridges

*The Shepherd Leader by Timothy Witmer

*Dear Timothy edited by Tom Ascol

*The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne


**Give Praise to God edited by J. Ligon Duncan

Improving Congregational Worship”

A Few Puritans:

***Christ Crucified: The Marrow of the Gospel in 72 Sermons on Isaiah 53 by James Durham (17th Century)

**Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson

**The Works of John Owen by John Owen

**”The Excellency of Christ” (A Sermon) by Jonathan Edwards

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