Recommended Readings

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, just representative of books which have helped me as a Christian and a pastor.

Christian World View

The God Who Is There, Francis Schaeffer
Escape From Reason, Francis Schaeffer
He is There and He is Not Silent, Francis Schaeffer
Fit Bodies, Fat Minds, Os Guinness
Apologetics to the Glory of God, John Frame
Tell the Truth, Will Metzger
Outgrowing the Ingrown Church, C. John Miller


Baptists and Their Doctrines, B. H. Carroll
Knowing God, J.I. Packer
Concise Theology, J.I. Packer
Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, R. C. Sproul
Abstract of Systematic Theology, James Boyce
Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin, (McNeill edition, 2 hardback volumes from Westminster Press)

The Gospel

Faith Alone, R. C. Sproul
Chosen by God, R.C. Sproul
Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, Michael Horton
What Ever Happened to the Gospel of Grace?, James Boice
Faith: The Gift of God, Tom Wells

The Atonement

A Price for a People, Tom Wells
Redemption Accomplished and Applied, John Murray
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, John Owen
The Cross, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Preaching and Preachers, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Christ-Centered Preaching, Bryan Chapell
Lectures to My Students, C.H. Spurgeon
An All-Round Ministry, C.H. Spurgeon
Between Two Worlds, John Stott
The Art of Pastoring, David Hansen
The Power of Loving Your Church, David Hansen
Preaching With Freshness, Bruce Mawhinney
The Supremacy of God in Preaching, John Piper
Feed My Sheep, Don Kistler, ed.
The Contemplative Pastor, Eugene Peterson
The Power of Speaking God’s Word, Wilbur Ellsworth
Reforming Pastoral Ministry, John Armstrong, ed.
Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome, Kent & Barbara Hughes


George Whitefield, 2 volumes, Arnold Dallimore
Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography, Iain Murray
The Legacy of Sovereign Joy, John Piper
C.H. Spurgeon, Arnold Dallimore
C.H. Spurgeon Autobiography: The Early Years & The Full Harvest, 2 Volumes
The Life of Adoniram Judson, Edwin Judson
The Three Mrs. Judsons, Arabella Stuart
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, Roland Bainton
Confessions, Augustine
Walking with the Giants, Warren Wiersbe
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years & The Fight of Faith, 2 Volumes, Iain Murray
Memoir and Remains of Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Andrew Bonar

Holy Spirit/Revival

Joy Unspeakable, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Revival, D. Marytn Lloyd-Jones
Come Down Lord!, Roger Ellsworth
Revival and Revivalism, Iain Murray
True Revival, John Armstong
Keep in Step With the Spirit, J.I. Packer
Current Issues
The Coming Evangelical Crisis, John Armstrong, ed.
The Compromised Church, John Armstrong, ed.
No Place for Truth, David Wells
Dining with the Devil, Os Guinness
The Gagging of God, D.A. Carson
Christian Living
Spiritual Depression: It’s Causes and Cure, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Holiness by Grace, Bryan Chapell
Transforming Grace, Jerry Bridges
The Pursuit of Holiness, Jerry Bridges
Christian, Take Heart, Tom Wells
Desiring God, John Piper
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald S. Whitney
Simplify Your Spiritual Life, Donald S. Whitney
Born Free, Steve Brown
Living Free, Steve Brown
Puritans (readable)
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Jeremiah Burroughs (contentment in all circumstances)
Heaven on Earth, Thomas Brooks (assurance of salvation)
The Bruised Reed and the Smoking Flax, Richard Sibbes (assurance of salvation)
Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan (beginning and progress of the Christian life)
Human Nature in it’s Fourfold State, Thomas Boston (before the fall, after the fall, after conversion, in heaven)

About the Puritans

A Quest for Godliness, J.I. Packer
The Puritans: Their Origins and Successors, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Darwinism/Intelligent Design
Darwin on Trial, Phillip Johnson
The Wedge of Truth, Phillip Johnson
Objection Sustained, Phillip Johnson
By His Grace and For His Glory: The Doctrines of Grace in Baptist Life, Tom Nettles
Worship in Spirit and Truth, John Frame
The Precious Things of God, Octavius Winslow
Knowing Scripture, R.C. Sproul
Exegetical Fallacies, D. A. Carson
A Call to Prayer, J.C. Ryle
The Valley of Vision, Arthur Bennett


Any of C.H. Spurgeon’s books of sermons are worth having. They are reprinted in a variety of paperbacks as well as hardbacks.