Recommended Reading

 

Apologetics 

Always Ready- Greg Bahnsen

Who Made God?- Edgar Andrews 

Biblical Studies

Knowing Scripture- R.C. Sproul

Opening Up Proverbs- Jim Newheiser

Studies in the Sermon on the Mount- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones 

 

Biography

The Forgotten Spurgeon- Iain Murray

The Swans Are Not Silent Series- John Piper 

The Legacy of Sovereign Joy- God’s Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, & Calvin

The Hidden Smile of God- The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of Bunyan, Cowper, & Brainerd

The Roots of Endurance- Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of Newton, Simeon, & Wilberforce

Filling up the Afflictions of Christ- The Cost of Bringing the Gospel to the Nations in the Lives of Tyndale, Judson, & Paton

Contending for Our All- Defending Truth and Treasuring Christ in the Lives of Athanasius, Owen, & Machen

Autobiography of George Muller- George Muller

George Muller of Bristol- A.T. Pierson

Jonathan Edwards: A Life- George Mardsen

George Whitefield- Arnold Dallimore

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther- Roland Blainton

A God Entranced Vision of All Things: The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards-John Piper 

 

Church History

Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950-2000- Iain Murray Church History in Plain Language- Bruce Shelley

The Story of Christianity- Vol. 1 and II- Justo Gonzalez 

Christian Living

All Things For Good-Thomas Watson

Slave- John MacArthur

Leading with Love- Alexander Strauch Respectable Sins- Jerry Bridges

From Pride to Humility- Stuart Scott

The Vanishing Conscience- John MacArthur Trusting God- Jerry Bridges

Twelve Ordinary Men- John MacArthur Found: God’s Will- John MacArthur

The Enemy Within- Kris Lundgaard

Future Grace- John Piper

The Pursuit of Holiness- Jerry Bridges

Just Do Something- Kevin DeYoung

The Discipline of Grace- Jerry Bridges

When God Weeps- Joni Eareckson Tada

How to Worship Jesus Christ- Joseph Carroll

Living the Cross-Centered Life- C.J. Mahaney

 

Classics

A Body of Divinity- Thomas Watson

Redemption Accomplished and Applied- John Murray

The Reformed Pastor- Richard Baxter

The Pursuit of God- A.W. Tozer

The Mortification of Sin- John Owen

The Knowledge of the Holy- A.W. Tozer

Holiness- J.C. Ryle

Thoughts for Young Men- J.C. Ryler

The Crook in the Lot- Thomas Boston

The Institutes of the Christian Religion- John Calvin 

 

Recommended Reading 

Spiritual Depression- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The Valley of Vision- Arthur Bennett

The Religious Affections- Jonathan Edwards

Overcoming Sin and Tempation- John Owen

Communion with the Triune God- John Owen

The Death of Death in the Death of Christ- John Owen

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment- Jeremiah Burroughs 

Trusting God - Jerry Bridges

 

Communication 

War of Words- Paul Tripp

Expository Listening- Ken Ramey 

 

Conversion/The Gospel

The Gospel According to Jesus- John MacArthur

Today’s Gospel- Synthetic or Authentic?- Walter Chantry

Hard to Believe- John MacArthur

Finally Alive- John Piper

What Jesus Demands from the World- John Piper

A Gospel Primer for Christians- Milton Vincent

Ashamed of the Gospel- John MacArthur

Saved from What?- R.C. Sproul

God is the Gospel- John Piper

The Gospel for Real Life- Jerry Bridges

What is the Gospel?- Greg Gilbert 

 

Counseling

How People Change- Paul Tripp & Timothy Lane

Seeing with New Eyes- David Powlinson

Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands- Paul Tripp

When People Are Big and God is Small- Ed Welch 

 

The Cross/Substitutionary Atonement

The Cross of Christ- John Stott

The Cross- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Pierced for Our Transgressions- Steve Jeffery, Michael Ovey, and Andrew Sach

The Great Exchange- Jerry Bridges 

In My Place Condemned He Stood- John Stott & Mark Dever

The Cross He Bore- Frederick Leahy 

 

Evangelism

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God- J.I. Packer

Tell the Truth- Will Metzger      

                                                                                                                       

Marriage

The Exemplary Husband- Stuart Scott

The Excellent Wife- Martha Peace

This Momentary Marriage- John Piper

When Sinners Say I Do- Dave Harvey

Love that Lasts- Gary & Betsy Ricucci

God, Marriage, and Family- Andreas Kostenberger

What Did You Expect?- Paul Tripp 

 

Parenting

Shepherding a Child’s Heart- Tedd Tripp

Getting to the Heart of Parenting (DVD)- Paul Tripp

 

Missions

Operation World- Jason Mandryk 

 

Prayer 

A Call to Spiritual Reformation- D.A. Carson

A Praying Life- Paul Miller

Prayer and the Knowledge of God- Graeme Goldworthy

E.M. Bounds on Prayer- E.M. Bounds 

 

The Church

The Master’s Plan for the Church- John MacArthur

Biblical Eldership- Alexander Strauch 

The New Testament Deacon- Alexander Strauch

Exemplary Spiritual Leadership- Jerry Wragg

Stop Dating the Church- Joshua Harris

Strange Fire - John MacAuthur

 

Theology

Bitesize Theology- Peter Jeffery

Knowing God- J.I. Packer

Desiring God- John Piper

The Doctrines of Grace- James Boice and Phillip Ryken The Pleasures of God- John Piper

The Holiness of God- R.C. Sproul

Spectacular Sins- John Piper

Chosen By God- R.C. Sproul 

 

Women’s Interest

Feminine Appeal- Carolyn Mahaney

Twelve Extraordinary Women- John MacArthur 

 

Youth/College

Growing Up Christian- Karl Graustein Don’t Waste Your Life- John Piper Thriving at College- Alex Chediak

 

Additional Reading Material

 

Title:  Gravity, True for you but not for me

Author:  Michael Edwards

Difficulty:  Beginner

Comments:  More of a pamphlet that provides a comprehensive case for Christianity.  Available by ordering from the author direct in bulk

 

Title:  God Does Exist

Author:  Michael A. Robinson

Difficulty:  Moderate to Hard

Comments:  Conversational Presuppositional Apologetics 

 

Title:  The End Times in Chronological Order

Author:  Ron Rhodes

Difficulty:  Moderate

Comments:  Provides a dispensational Premillennial view of the end times

 

Title:  Tactics 

Author:  Greg Koukl

Difficulty:  Moderate

Comments:  An excellent book that will teach you how to defend your faith

 

Title: I don’t have Enough Faith to be an Atheist

Author:  Norman Geisler with Frank Turek

Difficulty:  Moderate

Comments:  A comprehensive case for the Christian World View and a Theistic God.

 

Title:  Correct, not politically correct

Author:  Frank Turek

Difficulty:  Beginner to Moderate

Comments:  An effective way to address the Same-sex marriage issue

 

Title:  Mere Christianity

Author:  C.S. Lewis

Difficulty:  Moderate

Comments:  Deep thoughts on the Christian Faith by this well known theologian

 

Title:  The Screwtape Letters

Author:  C.S. Lewis

Difficulty:  Moderate

Comments:  An interesting view of spiritual battles that is going on around us.

 

Title:  The Problem of Pain

Author:  C. S. Lewis

Difficulty:  Moderate

Comments:  Deals with a Christians response to pain and evil in the world

 

Title:  5-Minute Apologetics for Today

Author:  Ron Rhodes

Difficulty:  Beginner

Comments:  A daily devotional taking a different apologetic topic every day

 

Title:  Bonhoeffer

Author:  Eric Metaxas

Difficulty:  Moderate

Comments:  The inspiring true story of Deitrich Bonhoeffer

 

Title:  Cold Case Christianity

Author:  J. Warner Wallace

Difficulty:  Beginner to Moderate

Comments:  A one time atheist and detective investigates Christianity and becomes a Christian!

 

Title:  The Reasons for God

Author:  Tim Keller

Difficulty:  Beginner to moderate

Comments:  Addressing questions for Christianity then presenting a case for it.

 

Title:  50 People every Christian Should know

Author:  Warren Wiersbe

Difficulty:  Beginner

Comments:  Short stories of 50 faithful men and women

 

Title:  The Doctrines of Grace

Author:  James Montgomery Boice

Difficulty:  Moderate

Comments:  A thorough explanation of the five points of Calvinism

 

Title:  Icons of Evolution

Author:  Jonathan Wells

Difficulty:  Moderate

Comments:  Debunking many of the popular icons of evolution such as the picture of man evolving from monkey to man.

 

Title:  More than a Carpenter

Author:  Josh McDowell

Difficulty:  Beginner

Comments:  An excellent first book to read to consider Christianity.

 

Title:  Total Truth

Author:  Nancy Pearcey

Difficulty:  Advanced

Comments:  Liberating Christianity from its cultural captivity

 

Title:  Finding Truth

Author:  Nancy Pearcey

Difficulty:  Advanced

Comments:  5 Principles for unmasking atheism, secularism and other God substitues.

 

Title:  The Case For Faith

Author:  Lee Strobel

Difficulty:  Beginner to Moderate

Comments:  Answering questions relative to faith

 

Title:  The Case for Christ

Author:  Lee Strobel

Difficulty:  Beginner to Moderate

Comments:  Answering questions regarding Christ

 

Title:  The Case for the Creator

Author:  Lee Strobel

Difficulty:  Beginner to Moderate

Comments:  Answering questions regarding the Creator

 

Title:  The Case for the Resurrection

Author:  Lee Strobel

Difficulty:  Beginning to Moderate

Comments:  A comprehensive defense of the resurrection