suggested reading

Charles Spurgeon once said, "Visit many good books, but live in the Bible."

This is a very short list of some recommended reading designed to help you grow

in your knowledge of the Bible, your love for God, and your love for others.

  • Books and printed peridoicals

    Christianity 101

    • Basic Christianity by John Stott
    • The Gospel for Real Life: Turning to the Liberating Power of the Cross…Every Day by Jerry Bridges

    The Storyline of the Bible

    • The Mystery of Christ: His Covenant and His Kingdom by Samuel Renihan
    • The Kingdom of God: A Baptist Expression of Covenant and Biblical Theology by Jeffrey D. Johnson

    Evangelism, Missions, and Discipleship

    • The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever
    • Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer
    • One-to-One Bible Reading: A Simple Guide for Every Christian by Dave Helm
    • Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions by John Piper

    Prayer and Christian Living

    • A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers by D.A. Carson
    • The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict by Ken Sande
    • The Confessions by Augustine
    • Communion With the Triune God by John Owen
    • Cardiphonia, Or the Utterance of the Heart by John Newton
    • Practical Religion by J.C. Ryle

    Church, Worship, and Preaching

    • What is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
    • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever
    • Worship by the Book, edited by D.A. Carson
    • Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God's Word Today by Dave Helm
    • Men and Women in the Church: A Short, Biblical, Practical Introduction by Kevin DeYoung

    Bible Study Aids

    • NIV Zondervan Study Bible
    • ESV Study Bible
    • New Bible Commentary Ed. by Gordan Wenham, Alec Motyer, D.A. Carson and R.T. France

    Theology and Church History

    • Concise Theology by J.I. Packer
    • Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith by Michael Reeves
    • Rejoicing in Christ by Michael Reeves
    • Knowing God by J.I. Packer
    • Knowing Christ by Mark Jones
    • 2000 Years of Christ's Power by Nick Needham (4 vols.)
    • Historical Theology by Greg Allison
    • Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

    Marriage and Family

    • The Big Picture Story Bible by Dave Helm
    • Married for God: Making Your Marriage the Best It Can Be by Christopher Ash
    • Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp
    • Men and Women in the Church: A Short, Biblical, Practical Introduction by Kevin DeYoung