Because our God has chosen to reveal Himself to us through the medium of the written Word, God’s people have always been book people. In most places throughout the world, the spread of literacy quickly followed the spread of Christianity. And even now, in an age dominated by visual media, Christians still value and prize the printed word. Therefore, books–and good books, in particular-–remain a valuable resource to God’s people.

While we do not endorse every word written in these volumes, we do think discerning readers will find the books in this list particularly helpful to them as they seek to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

 

THEOLOGY / DOCTRINE
Basic Christianity, John Stott
Christian Beliefs, Wayne Grudem
Concise Theology, J.I. Packer
The Christian Life, Sinclair Ferguson
Knowing God, J.I. Packer
The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul
The Cross of Christ, John Stott
Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem
Historical Theology, Gregg Allison
God Is Love, Gerald Bray

CHURCH HISTORY
Church History in Plain Language, Bruce Shelley
Turning Points, Mark Noll
131 Christians Everyone Should Know, Mark Galli and Ted Olsen
The Unquenchable Flame, Michael Reeves
The Reformation, Stephen Nichols

THE CHURCH
Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches, John Hammett
What Is a Healthy Church? Mark Dever
What Is a Healthy Church Member? Thabiti Anyabwile
Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Church Membership, Jonathan Leeman
I Am a Church Member, Thom Rainer

THE BIBLE
According to Plan, Graeme Goldsworthy
God’s Big Picture, Vaughan Roberts
The God Who Is There, D.A. Carson
Read the Bible for Life, George Guthrie
Reverberation, Jonathan Leeman
What Is Biblical Theology?, James Hamilton

WORSHIP
Worship Matters, Bob Kauflin
Worship by the Book, D.A. Carson
Engaging with God, David Peterson
Recalling the Hope of Glory, Allen Ross
Worship Old and New, Robert Webber

EVANGELISM
The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, Mark Dever
Tell the Truth, Will Metzger
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J.I. Packer
Reason for God, Tim Keller
Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper
Always Ready, Greg Bahnsen
Marks of the Messenger, Mack Stiles

CHRISTIAN LIVING
Living the Cross Centered Life, C.J. Mahaney
The Discipline of Grace, Jerry Bridges
The Gospel for Real Life, Jerry Bridges
The Prodigal God, Tim Keller
In Christ Alone, Sinclair Ferguson
Just Do Something, Kevin DeYoung
Worldliness, C.J. Mahaney
Desiring God, John Piper
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald Whitney
A Praying Life, Paul Miller
A Call to Spiritual Reformation, D.A. Carson
What Is the Gospel?, Greg Gilbert
Gospel, J.D. Greear
Crazy Busy, Kevin DeYoung
Multiply, David Platt and Francis Chan

CLASSICS
Confessions, St. Augustine
Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther
Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin
Mortification of Sin, John Owen
The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
Religious Affections, Jonathan Edwards
Christianity and Liberalism, J. Gresham Machen
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

MARRIAGE
Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas
When Sinners Say “I Do”, Dave Harvey
Love That Lasts, Gary and Betsy Ricucci
What Did You Expect?, Paul David Tripp

PARENTING
Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Tedd Tripp
Instructing a Child’s Heart, Tedd and Margy Tripp
Sacred Parenting, Gary Thomas
Treasuring God in Our Traditions, Noel Piper
Teach Them Diligently, Lou Priolo
Apparent Privilege, Steve Wright and Chris Graves
Gospel-Powered Parenting, William Farley
Heaven at Home, Ginger Plowman
Parenting in the Pew, Robbie Castleman

CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd-Jones
The Big Picture Story Bible, David Helm and Gail Schoonmaker
Mighty Acts of God: Family Storybook Bible, Starr Meade
The Prince’s Poison Cup, R.C. Sproul
The Priest with Dirty Clothes, R.C Sproul
The Church History ABCs, Stephen Nichols and Ted Bustard
Big Truths for Young Hearts, Bruce Ware
Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers (series), Joey Allen
My 1st Books (series), Carine Mackenzie

REFERENCE WORKS
Introduction to the Old Testament, Tremper Longman and Raymond Dillard
Introduction to the New Testament, D.A. Carson and Douglas Moo
Holman Bible Handbook, David Dockery, ed.
New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Desmond Alexander, D.A. Carson, Graeme Goldsworthy, and Brian Rosner
New Dictionary of Theology, Sinclair Ferguson, J.I. Packer, and David Wright