Recommended Readings

This remains a work in progress that will be frequently updated. Books are divided alphabetically by subject and the sorted alphabetically by authors last name. The easiest way to purchase these books would be to search for them by name or ISBN at Amazon or Christian Book Distributers. Many of the older books, among countless other works not listed here, are available for free download, in PDF format, at the Christian Classics Etherial Library.


  • Comfort, Ray. God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists: Proof That the Atheist Doesn’t Exist.
  • Dempski, William. Design Inference.
  • Frame, John M. Apologetics to the Glory of God.
  • Geisler, Norman L. and Ronald M. Brooks. When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook of Christian Evidence.
  • ________, and Thomas Howe. When Critics Ask: A Popular Handbook on Bible Difficulties.
  • ________, and Ron Rhodes. When Cultists Ask: A Popular Handbook on Cultic Misinterpretations.
  • Ham, Ken. The Lie: Evolution.
  • MacArthur, John. Why One Way?.
  • Machen, J. Gresham. Christianity and Liberalism.
  • Shaeffer, Francis. The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: The Three Essential Books in One Volume: The God Who Is There, Escape from Reason, He Is There and He Is Not Silent.
  • Sproul, R. C. Classical Apologetics.
  • ________. The Consequence of Ideas.
  • ________. Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics.
  • Watts, Isaac. Logic: The Right Use of Reason in the Inquiry After Truth.
  • Wells, David F. Above All Earthly Pow’rs: Christ In A Postmodern World.
  • ________. No Place For Truth or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?.
  • ________. God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams.
  • ________. Losing Our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision.


  • The English Standard Version Reverse Interlinear.
  • MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Daily Bible: Read through the Bible in one year, with notes from John MacArthur.
  • ________. The MacArthur Study Bible NKJV.
  • ________. The MacArthur Study Bible NASB.
  • Sproul, R. C. The Reformation Study Bible: ESV.
  • Wuest, Kenneth S. The New Testament : An expanded translation.

Bible Studies

  • Grace Community Church. Fundamentals of the Faith.
  • Grudem, Wayne. Christian Beliefs : Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know.
  • MacArthur, John. Macarthur Bible Studies.
  • Shaeffer, Francis. 25 Basic Bible Studies: Including Two Contents Two Realities.


  • Brown, Peter. Augustine of Hippo.
  • Dallimore, Arnold. The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival (2 separate volumes).
  • ________. The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival (2 separate volumes).
  • Elliot, Elisabeth. Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliott.
  • ________. Through Gates of Splendor.
  • Gerstner, Edna. Jonathan and Sarah an Uncommon Union.
  • Marsden, George M. Jonathan Edwards: A Life.
  • Oberman, Heiko A. Luther: Man Between God and the Devil.
  • Parker, T. H. L. John Calvin: A Biography.
  • Piper, John. The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God’s Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin.
  • ________. The Hidden Smile of God: The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd.
  • ________. The Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce.
  • ________. Contending for Our All: Defending the Truth And Treasuring Christ in the Lives of Athanasius, John Owen, And J. Gresham Machen.
  • Stuart, Arabella. The Three Mrs. Judsons.

Church Discipline, Membership, Polity

  • Dever, Mark. Nine Marks of a Healthy Church.
  • ________. The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel.
  • ________. Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life.
  • McManus, Erwin Raphael. An Unstoppable Force: Daring to Become the Church God Had in Mind.

Church History

  • Lawson, Steven J. Foundations of Grace 1400 BC – AD 100: A Long Line of Godly Men (Volume One).
  • McBeth, Leon H. The Baptist Heritage: Four Centuries of Baptist Witness.
  • Murray, Iain. Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000.
  • Nettles, Tom. Baptists: Key People Involved in Forming a Baptist Identity (Beginnings in Britain).
  • ________. Why I Am a Baptist.
  • Olson, Roger E. The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform.
  • Ryken, Leland. Worldly Saints: The Puritans as They Really Were.
  • Verduin, Leonard. The Reformers and Their Stepchildren (Dissent and Nonconformity).

Church Planting

  • Driscoll, Mark. Confessions of a Reformission Rev. Hard Lessions from an Emerging Missional Church.
  • Stetzer, Ed. Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age. Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2003. ISBN: 0805427309

Commentaries (One Volume)

  • Jamieson, Robert, A.R. Fausset and Brown. A Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical on the Old and New Testaments.
  • MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Bible Commentary.

Commentary Sets

  • Bruce, F. F., ed. New International Commentary on the New Testament.
  • Calvin, John. Calvin’s Commentaries.
  • Clendenen, E. Charles and David S. Dockery. The New American Commentary.
  • Harrison, R. K., ed. New International Commentary on the Old Testament.
  • Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible.
  • Hughes, R. Kent. gen.ed. Preaching the Word Series.
  • Keil, C. F. and F. Delitzsch. Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament.
  • MacArthur, John. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary.
  • Wuest, Kenneth S. Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament : For the English reader.


  • Cahill, Mark. One Thing You Can’t do in Heaven.
  • Comfort, Ray. The Way of the Master: How to share your faith simply, effectively, biblically… the way Jesus did.
  • ________. How to Bring Your Children to Christ… & Keep Them There: Avoiding the Tragedy of False Conversion.
  • Ichabod, Spencer. A Pastor’s Sketches: Conversations with anxious souls concerning the way of salvation.
  • MacArthur, John. The Gospel According to Jesus.
  • Metzer, Will. Tell The Truth: The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person by Whole People.
  • Piper, John. God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love As the Gift of Himself.
  • Sproul, R. C. Getting the Gospel Right.


  • Couch, Mal. An Introduction to Classical Evangelical Hermeneutics: A Guide to the History and Practice of Biblical Interpretation.
  • Thomas, Robert L. Evangelical Hermeneutics.
  • Zuck, Roy B. Basic Bible Interpretation.


  • Baxter, Richard. The Reformed Pastor.
  • MacArthur, John. The Book on Leadership.
  • ________. The Quest for Character.
  • McManus, Erwin Raphael. Seizing Your Divine Moment : Dare to Live a Life of Adventure.
  • Piper, John. Brothers, We are NOT Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry.
  • Sanders, J. Oswald. Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer.


  • MacArthur, John. The Fulfilled Family: God’s Design for Your Home.
  • Mahaney, C. J. Sex, Romance And The Glory Of God: What Every Christian Husband Needs To Know.
  • Piper, John and Wayne Grudem. 50 Crucial Questions: An Overview of Central Concerns About Manhood and Womanhood.


  • Johnstone, Patrick. Operation World: When We Pray God Works.
  • Neill, Stephen. A History of Christian Missions : Second Edition (Hist of the Church).
  • Piper, John. Let the Nations Be Glad!.

New Testament

  • Dever, Mark. The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept.
  • MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Bible Handbook.

Old Testament

  • Dever, Mark. The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made.
  • MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Bible Handbook.


  • Chappell, Bryan. Christ-Centered Preaching.
  • Greidanus, Sidney. Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method.
  • Goldsworthy, Graeme. Preaching the Whole Bible As Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching.
  • Lawson, Steven J. Famine in the Land: A Passionate Call for Expository Preaching.
  • Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn. Preaching and Preachers.
  • MacArthur, John. Preaching: MacArthur Pastor’s Library.
  • Piper, John. The Supremacy of God in Preaching.
  • Vines, Jerry and James Shaddix. Power in the Pulpit: How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons.

Systematic Theology

  • Berkhof, Louis. Systematic Theology.
  • Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology.
  • Hodge, Charles. Systematic Theology (3 volumes).


  • Boice, James M. Foundations of the Christian Faith.
  • Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion.
  • Edwards, Jonathan. The Religious Affections.
  • Frame, John F. The Doctrine of God (Theology of Lordship).
  • Goldsworthy, Graeme. According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible.
  • Owen, John. Apostasy from the Gospel.
  • Packer, J.I. Knowing God.
  • Piper, John. The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God.
  • ________. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist.
  • Ryle, J.C. Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots.
  • Sproul, R. C. Essential Truths of the Christian Faith.

Word Studies and Lexicons

  • Abbott-Smith, George. A Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
  • Bauer, Walter, F. W. Danker, W. F. Arndt, and F. W. Gingrich. A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament and other early Christian Literature.
  • Brown, Francis, S. R. Driver, and Charles A Briggs. The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon.
  • Moulton, J. H. and G. Milligan. Vocabulary Of The Greek Testament.
  • Robertson, A. T. Word Pictures in the New Testament.
  • Vincent, Marvin R. Word Studies in the New Testament.


  • Colson, Charles C., Nancy Pearcey, and Harold Fickett. How Now Shall We Live?.
  • MacArthur, John., Richard Mayhue, and John A. Hughes. Think Biblically!: Recovering a Christian Worldview.
  • Pearcey, Nancy. Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From It’s Cultural Captivity.
  • Shaeffer, Francis. A Christian Manifesto.
  • ________. How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture.
  • Sproul, R. C. Lifeviews.


  • Boice, James Montgomery. Give Praise To God: A Vision for Reforming Worship.
  • Cowper, William. The Poems of William Cowper.
  • Newton, John. Olney Hymns.
  • The Baptist Hymnal.

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