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Reading Recommendations

God

  • Knowing God by J. I. Packer
  • Desiring God by John Piper
  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller
  • The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul
  • Your God is Too Safe by Mark Buchanan
  • The Existence and Attributes of God by Stephen Charnock
  • No One Like Him by John Feinberg
  • The Doctrine of God by John Frame
  • The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God by John Frame
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask) by Eric Metaxas
  • Everything Else You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask) by Eric Metaxas

Jesus

  • Slandering Jesus: Six Lies People Tell About the Man Who Said He was God by Erwin Lutzer
  • The Cross of Christ by John Stott
  • The Cross and Salvation by Bruce Demarest
  • Christ Our Mediator by C. J. Mahaney
  • According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible by Graeme Goldsworthy
  • Jesus and the Victory of God by N.T. Wright
  • The Resurrection and the Son of God by N.T. Wright
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Jesus: Who Was He, What Did He Do, and Why Should You Care by Eric Metaxas

Holy Spirit

  • He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit by Graham Cole
  • Engaging with the Holy Spirit: Real Questions, Practical Answers by Graham Cole
  • God’s Empowering Presence by Gordon Fee

The Trinity

  • The Three are One by Stuart Olyott
  • God the Holy Trinity: Reflections on Christian Faith and Practice edited by Timothy George

The Bible

  • The Origin of the Bible by F.F. Bruce
  • The Canon of Scripture by F.F. Bruce
  • The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable by F.F. Bruce
  • What Have They Done with Jesus? Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History – Why We Can Trust the Bible by Ben Witherington
  • How We Got the Bible by John H. Sailhammer
  • The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities by Darrell L. Bock
  • From God to Us: How We Got Our Bible by Norman Geisler and William Nix
  • Words of Life: Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God by Timothy Ward
  • Lost in Transmission? What We can Know About the Words of Jesus by Nicholas Perrin
  • How We Got the Bible: A Visual Journey by Clinton E. Arnold
  • Reading the Whole Bible:  http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/12/31/how-to-read-the-whole-bible-in-2015/
  • The Bible Project (video series)

The Gospel

  • In Christ Alone: Reflections on the Heart of the Gospel by Sinclair Ferguson
  • What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert
  • Gospel by J. D. Greear
  • In My Place Condemned He Stood by J.I. Packer and Mark Dever
  • The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur
  • Am I Really a Christian? by Michael McKinley
  • Only One Way? edited by Richard Phillips
  • Finally Alive by John Piper
  • Do I Know God? Finding Certainty in Life’s Most Important Relationship by Tullian Tchividjian
  • Counterfeit Gospels by Trevin Wax

Heaven and Hell

  • Afterlife by Hank Hanegraaff
  • Biblical Teaching on the Doctrines of Heaven and Hell by Edward Donnelly
  • Heaven by Randy Alcorn
  • God Wins by Francis Chan
  • A Taste of Heaven by R.C. Sproul

Questions about God, Jesus, & the Bible

  • Now That’s A Good Question by R. C. Sproul
  • The Bible Answer Book by Hank Hannegraf
  • If You Could Ask God One Question by Paul Williams and Barry Cooper
  • Ask Me Anything: Provocative Answers for College Students by J. Budziszewski
  • The New Answers Book 1 & 2 by Ken Ham
  • Things That Cannot Be Shaken: Holding Fast to Your Faith in a Relativistic World by Scott Oliphint and Rod Mays
  • Persuasions: A Dream of Reason Meeting Unbelief by Doug Wilson
  • The God I Don’t Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith by Christopher J.H. Wright

Interpreting the Bible

  • How to Understand Your Bible by T. Norton Sterrett
  • The New Testament Documents by F.F. Bruce
  • The Drama of Scripture by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen
  • God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Story-Line of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts
  • What’s In The Bible? by R. C. Sproul and Robert Wolgemuth
  • Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church by Michael Lawrence
  • Let the Reader Understand: A Guide to Interpreting and Applying the Bible by Dan McCartney

Trusting God in Difficulty

  • How Long, O Lord? by D. A. Carson
  • Suffering and the Sovereignty of God by John Piper and Justin Taylor
  • Is God Really in Control? by Jerry Bridges
  • Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
  • The Invisible Hand by R.C. Sproul
  • Suffering and the Greatness of God by Christopher Morgan

Dealing with Discouragement

  • When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper
  • Depression A Stubborn Darkness by Ed Welch
  • Anxiety Attacked by John MacArthur
  • Running Scared by Ed Welch

Evangelism/Christian Witness

  • Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different by Tullian Tchividjian
  • Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing your Christian Convictions by Greg Koukl

Spiritual Growth

  • The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges
  • What Every Christian Ought to Know by Adrian Rogers
  • 7 Things You Better Have Nailed Down by Robert Wolgemuth
  • The Enemy Within by Kris Lundgaard
  • Future Grace by John Piper
  • The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
  • Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power and the Only Hope that Matters by Tim Keller
  • The Doctrine of the Christian Life by John Frame

Men

  • Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes
  • The Hidden Value of a Man by Gary Smalley
  • Not Even a Hint by Joshua Harris
  • Fidelity by Douglas Wilson

Women

  • Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes
  • Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney
  • Becoming a Woman Who Pleases God by Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock
  • By Design by Susan Hunt
  • Biblical Womanhood in the Home edited by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
  • Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
  • Becoming a Woman of Discretion: Cultivating a Pure Heart in a Sensual World by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
  • Purity is Possible: How to Live Free of the Fantasy Trap- Helen Thorne

Marriage

  • Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God by C. J. Mahaney
  • When Sinners Say I Do by Dave Harvey
  • Hidden Keys to a Loving, Lasting Marriage by Gary Smalley
  • Helper By Design by Elise Fitzpatrick
  • The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
  • Staying Close by Dennis and Barbara Rainey
  • Tying the Knot Tighter: Because Marriage Lasts a Lifetime by Martha Peace
  • God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation by Andreas Kostenberger

Same Sex Marriage

Family

  • The Most Important Place on Earth by Robert Wolgemuth
  • Building Strong Families by Dennis Rainey
  • Disciplines of a Godly Family by Kent and Barbara Hughes

Death of A Child

  • From Grief to Glory by James W. Bruce III
  • Safe in the Arms of God by John MacArthur

Child-rearing

  • Don’t Make Me Count to Three: A Mom’s Look at Heart-Oriented Discipline by Ginger Plowman
  • Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers by Mark D. Regenerus
  • The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On by Dawn Eden
  • The Christian Mom’s idea Book: Hundreds of Idea, Tips, and Activities to Help You Be a Great Mom by Ellen Banks Elwell
  • The Christian Grandma’s Idea Book – Hundreds of Ideas, Tips, and Activities to Help You Be a Good Grandma by Ellen Banks Elwell
  • Everyday Talk by John A. Younts
  • Truth Made Simple by John Todd
  • Instructing a Child’s Heart by Tedd and Margy Tripp
  • The New Dare to Discipline by James Dobson
  • The Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo
  • Heirs of the Covenant: Leaving a Legacy of Faith for the Next Generation by Susan Hunt

College Students

  • How to Stay Christian in College by J. Budziszewski
  • Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
  • A Journey Worth Taking: Finding Your Purpose in This World by Charles Drew
  • Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower Guide for the Journey by Jonathan Morrow
  • Who Made God? And Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith by Ravi Zacharias
  • Ask Me Anything: Provocative Answers for College Students by J. Budziszewski
  • Ask Me Anything 2: More Provocative Answers for College Students by J. Budziszewski
  • How to Stay Christian in College by J. Budziszewski
  • Thriving at College by Alex Chediak
  • Hard Questions, Real Answers by William Lane Craig
  • The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping your Clothes On by Dawn Eden
  • What We Can’t Not Know: A Guide by J.Budziszewski

Biography

  • George Whitefield by Arnold Pallimore
  • Wesley and the Men Who Followed by Iain Murray
  • Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers by Lewis Drummond
  • Here I Stand (on Martin Luther) by Roland Bainton
  • Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography by Iain Murray
  • A Life of John Calvin by Alistair McGrath
  • Life and Letters of John A Broadus by A. T. Robertson
  • William Tyndale by David Daniell
  • The Life and Diary of David Brainerd edited by Jonathan Edwards
  • Bonhoeffer: A Biography by Eric Metaxas
  • J. Gresham Machen: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought by Stephen Nichols 
  • Living by Revealed Truth, the Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon by Tom Nettles 
  • Adoniram Judson by Jason Duesing 
  • Andrew Fuller by Paul Brewster
  • The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts by Douglas Bond
  • John Newton by Jonathan Aitken