RECOMMENDED BOOKS

We've begun compiling this list of books and articles as a resource for those seeking to gain wisdom through reading. It's a list that's constantly being added to!

There is something about reading that videos and audio just can't duplicate. It's like studying Scripture and/or a topic with someone who has taken the time to know the subject deeply. Not only that, but we go at our own pace, stopping to learn what a word means or to think about an idea and continuing once we are ready to move forward. Our prayer is that these words help you understand who God is and what he thinks about any given subject so that we might put ourselves under his rightful place of authority in our lives.

 

Bibles

English Standard Version - We use this in preaching and teaching because it is accurate to the Greek and readable. You can learn more about the ESV here. Or buy any number of binding styles here.

 

Reading the Bible

Beginner

How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour by Gordon Fee 

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

Intermediate

Reading the Bible with Heart & Mind by Tremper Longman

Advanced

Getting the Message by Dan Doriani

He Gave us Stories by Richard Pratt

 

The Church

Beginner

Why We Love The Church by Kevin DeYoung -

The Enduring Community by Brian Habig and Les Newman

The Living Church by John Stott

Intermediate

How Jesus Runs the Church by Guy Waters

Advanced

The Church of Christ by James Bannerman 

Systematics

Beginner

Everyone’s a Theologian by R.C. Sproul

Foundations of the Christian Faith by James Boice

Pilgrim Theology by Michael Horton

Intermediate

Berkhof's Systematic Theology - This was the standard text in Seminary.

A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith by Robert Reymond

The Christian Faith by Michael Horton

Advanced

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

Reformed Dogmatics by Herman Bavinck

Institutes of Elenctic Theology by Francis Turretin

 

Prayer 

Beginner

Heart of Prayer: What Jesus Teaches Us by Jerram Barrs

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

The Message of Prayer by Tim Chester 

Intermediate

With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray 

Prayer by Tim Keller

A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper 

Advanced

Prayer by John Bunyan 

Valley of Vision - Collection of Puritan Prayers, they're beautiful.

Reformed Theology

Whatever Happened to The Gospel of Grace?: Rediscovering the Doctrines That Shook the World by James Montgomery Boice

What Is a Reformed Church? (Basics of the Faith) by Stephen Smallman

What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics by R.C. Sproul

Why Do We Baptize Infants? (Basics of the Faith) by Bryan Chapell

 

Singleness/Dating/Purity

Sex, Dating, and Relationships by Gerald Hiestand 

Sex and Money: Pleasures That Leave You Empty and Grace That Satisfies by Paul David Tripp 

Redeeming Singleness: How the Storyline of Scripture Affirms the Single Life by Barry Danylak

Singleness Redefined: Living Life to the Fullest by Carolyn Leutwiler

 

Pre-Marriage Counseling

Preparing for Marriage Gods Way: A Step-by-Step Guide for Marriage Success Before and After the Wedding by Wayne Mack

 

Marriage

This Momentary Marriage by John Piper 

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller 

Gospel-Centered Marriage: Becoming the Couple God Wants You to Be by Tim Chester

Reforming Marriage by Doug Wilson

 

Men

The Masculine Mandate: God's Calling to Men by Richard Phillips -

Sex and Money: Pleasures That Leave You Empty and Grace That Satisfies by Paul David Tripp

Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes

The Complete Husband: A Practical Guide to Biblical Husbanding by Lou Priolo

Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture by David Murray

 

Women

Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper 

Eve in Exile by Rebekah Merkle 

Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney 

Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands by David & Shona Murray

 

Parenting

The Duties of Parents by J.C. Ryle -

Shepherding a Child's Heart - Parent's Handbook by Tedd Tripp 

Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by David Paul Tripp

Gospel-Centered Family: Becoming the Parents God Wants You to Be by Tim Chester

Adventures in Odyssey audio cds

 

Seeking the Truth

Coming Soon

 

The Christian Life

Gospel Treason by Brad Bigney

Sanctification / Growth in Holiness

Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung 

Worldliness by C.J. Mahaney 

Holiness by J.C. Ryle 

 

Worship

A Brief History of Christian Worship by James White 

Worship Sourcebook - This is a great resource for putting together worship liturgy.

 

Community

Coming Soon

 

Discipleship

Coming Soon

 

Evangelism

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

Jesus the Evangelist by Richard Phillips

The Heart of Evangelism by Jarram Barrs

 

Decision Making

Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung 

 

Suffering

Behind a Frowning Providence by John Murray

 

Counseling

Quick Reference Guide for Counseling by John Kruis

Quick Reference Guide for Counseling Women by Patricia Miller

 

Apologetics

Coming Soon

 

The Trinity

Beginner

The Deep Things of God by Fred Sanders

Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves

Intermediate

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

God Is by Mark Jones

Knowing Christ by Mark Jones

Advanced

The Holy Spirit by Sinclair Ferguson

The Doctrine of God by Gerald Bray

The Person of Christ by Donald Macleod

Christian Biographies

Coming Soon

 

Ministry

Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being by Zack Eswine 

Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry by David Paul Tripp 

 

Literature

Here is some great literature, I especially recommend it for people who aren't readers. It wasn't until college when I picked up The Hobbit over Christmas break that I became a reader. If you just don't consider yourself a reader, find a great one and get hooked.

The Hobbit 

Lord of the Rings

Chronicles of Narnia