Church Reading List

Church Reading List

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology

Allison, G. R. (2018). 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture

Davis, A. (2014). An approach to extended memorization of scripture. Greenville, SC: Ambassador International.

Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God

Ware, B. A. (2009). Big truths for young hearts: teaching and learning the greatness of god. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions

VanDrunen, D. (2009). Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me

Ferguson, S. B. (2010). By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me. Lake Mary, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing.

A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers

Carson, D. A. (1992). A call to spiritual reformation: priorities from Paul and his prayers. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books

Kruger, M. J. (2012). Canon revisited: establishing the origins and authority of the new testament books. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know

Grudem, W. A. (2005). Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know. (E. Grudem, Ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Christianity Considered: A Guide for Skeptics and Seekers

Frame, J. M. (2018). Christianity Considered: A Guide for Skeptics and Seekers. (T. Hains, M. L. Ward Jr., & E. Vince, Eds.). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Church History in Plain Language

Shelley, B. L. (1995). Church history in plain language (Updated 2nd ed.). Dallas, TX: Word Pub.

Communion with the Triune God

Owen, J., & Vanhoozer, K. J. (2007). Communion with the triune god (foreword by kevin j. vanhoozer). (J. Taylor & K. M. Kapic, Eds.). Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs

Packer, J. I. (1993). Concise theology: a guide to historic Christian beliefs. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House.

Conscience: What It Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ

Naselli, A. D., & Crowley, J. D. (2016). Conscience: What It Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Conversion: How God Creates a People

Lawrence, M. (2017). Conversion: How God Creates a People. (M. Dever & J. Leeman, Eds.). Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ

Fitzpatrick, E., & Johnson, D. E. (2009). Counsel from the cross: connecting broken people to the love of christ. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem

DeYoung, K. (2013). Crazy busy: a (mercifully) short book about a (really) big problem. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

The Cross of Christ

Stott, J. R. W. (2006). The Cross of Christ. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books.

Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament

Vroegop, M. (2019). Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Date Your Wife

Buzzard, J. (2012). Date your wife. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness

Bridges, J. (2006). The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.

Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus

Dever, M. (2016). Discipling: how to help others follow jesus. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity

Challies, T. (2015). Do more better: a practical guide to productivity. Adelphi, MD: Cruciform Press.

Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal

Lovelace, R. F. (1979). Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal (Expanded Edition). Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.

Engaging with the Holy Spirit: Real Questions, Practical Answers

Cole, G. A. (2008). Engaging with the Holy Spirit: Real Questions, Practical Answers. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

The Essential Edwards Collection: Set of Five Books

Strachan, O., & Sweeney, D. (2010). The essential edwards collection: set of five books. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Essential Truths of the Christian Faith

Sproul, R. C. (1992). Essential truths of the Christian faith. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House.

Everyday Talk: Talking Freely and Naturally About God With Your Children

Younts, J. A. (2005). Everyday talk: talking freely and naturally about god with your children. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press.

Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for the Family

Thompson, J., & Fitzpatrick, E. (2014). Exploring grace together: 40 devotionals for the family. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ

Fitzpatrick, E. (2013). Found in him: the joy of the incarnation and our union with christ. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Friends and Lovers: Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriage

Beeke, J. R. (2012). Friends and lovers: cultivating companionship and intimacy in marriage. Adelphi, MD: Cruciform Press.

The Fruitful Life: The Overflow of God’s Love Through You

Bridges, J. (2006). The Fruitful Life: The Overflow of God’s Love Through You. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.

Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home

Furman, G. (2013). Glimpses of grace: treasuring the gospel in your home. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

The Godly Home

Baxter, R., & Packer, J. I. (2010). The godly home. (R. J. Pederson, Ed.). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation

Saxton, D. W. (2015). God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books.

The Gospel according to Jesus

MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2000). The Gospel according to Jesus: what does Jesus mean when he says “follow me” (Electronic ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Academic and Professional Books, Zondervan Pub. House.

The Gospel at Work: How the Gospel Gives New Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs

Traeger, S., Gilbert, G. D., & Platt, D. (2018). The gospel at work: how the gospel gives new purpose and meaning to our jobs. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World

Butterfield, R. (2018). The gospel comes with a house key: practicing radically ordinary hospitality in our post-christian world. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ

Ortlund, R. (2014). The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ. (M. Dever & J. Leeman, Eds.). Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

The Grace of Repentance (Repackaged Edition)

Ferguson, S. B. (2011). The grace of repentance (repackaged edition). Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

A Grief Observed

Lewis, C. S. (1996). A Grief Observed. HarperOne.

Growing Your Faith: How to Mature in Christ

Bridges, J. (2004). Growing Your Faith: How to Mature in Christ. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.

The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World

Murray, D. (2015). The happy christian: ten ways to be a joyful believer in a gloomy world. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Hints for Parents

Spring, G., Tripp, T., & Gardner Spring, G. E. B. T. T. (2004). Hints for parents. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press.

Holiness

Ryle, J. C. (1999). Holiness: it’s nature, hinderances, difficulties and roots (electronic ed. based on the Evangelical Press reprinting, with new forward, 1995.). Simpsonville, SC: Christian Classics Foundation.

The Holiness of God

Sproul, R. C. (1993). The holiness of God. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

How Does Sanctification Work?

Powlison, D. (2017). How does sanctification work?. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer

Piper, J. (1997). A hunger for God: desiring God through fasting and prayer. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Just Do Something

DeYoung, K. L., & Harris, J. (2009). Just do something: a liberating approach to finding god’s will or how to make a decision without dreams, visions, fleeces, impressions, open doors, random bible verses, casting lots, liver shivers, writing in the sky, etc. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Lessons from a Hospital Bed

Piper, J. (2016). Lessons from a Hospital Bed. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books

Reinke, T. (2011). Lit! a christian guide to reading books. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Living for God: A Short Introduction to the Christian Faith

Jones, M. (2020). Living for God: A Short Introduction to the Christian Faith. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Love in Hard Places

Carson, D. A. (2002). Love in Hard Places. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Love That Lasts (Foreword by CJ and Carolyn Mahaney): When Marriage Meets Grace

Ricucci, G. A. B., Mahaney, C. J., & Mahaney, C. (2006). Love that lasts (foreword by cj and carolyn mahaney): when marriage meets grace. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Made for Friendship: The Relationship That Halves Our Sorrows and Doubles Our Joys

Hunter, D., & Ortlund, R. (2018). Made for friendship: the relationship that halves our sorrows and doubles our joys. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Making All Things New: Restoring Joy to the Sexually Broken

Powlison, D. (2017). Making all things new: restoring joy to the sexually broken. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel

Ortlund, R. (2016). Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel. (D. C. Ortlund & M. Van Pelt, Eds.). Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Men And Women: Equal Yet Different

Strauch, A. (1999). Men And Women: Equal Yet Different. Littleton, CO: Lewis and Roth Publishers.

Overcoming Sin and Temptation (Foreword by John Piper): Three Classic Works by John Owen

Owen, J., Kapic, K. M., & Taylor, J. J. (2006). Overcoming sin and temptation (foreword by john piper): three classic works by john owen. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit

Storms, S. (2015). Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit. (S. J. Nichols & J. Taylor, Eds.). Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principles that Can Radically Change Your Family

Tripp, P. D. (2016). Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principles that Can Radically Change Your Family. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans

Elmer, R. (Ed.). (2019). Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

The Pilgrim’s Progress

Bunyan, J. (1995). The pilgrim’s progress: From this world to that which is to come. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church

Onwuchekwa, J. (2018). Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church. (M. Dever & J. Leeman, Eds.). Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World

Miller, P. E., & Powlison, D. (2017). A praying life: connecting with god in a distracting world. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.

Praying the Bible

Whitney, D. S. (2015). Praying the Bible. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer

Hill, M. (2016). Praying together: the priority and privilege of prayer. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

The Pursuit of Holiness

Bridges, J. (1978). The pursuit of holiness. Colorado Springs: Navpress.

A Quest for Godliness

Packer, J. I. (1990). A quest for godliness: the Puritan vision of the Christian life. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Redemption: Accomplished and Applied

Murray, J. (1955). Redemption: Accomplished and Applied. Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Reforming Marriage

Wilson, D. (1995). Reforming marriage. Moscow, ID: Canon Press.

Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands

Murray, D., & Murray, S. (2017). Refresh: embracing a grace-paced life in a world of endless demands. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making

Lane, T. S., Tripp, P. D., & Timothy S. Lane, P. D. T. (2006). Relationships: a mess worth making. Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press.

Remember Death: The Surprising Path to Living Hope

McCullough, M., & Moore, R. (2018). Remember death: the surprising path to living hope. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Rescuing Ambition

Harvey, D., & Mahaney, C. J. (2010). Rescuing ambition. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture

Murray, D. (2017). Reset: living a grace-paced life in a burnout culture. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate

Bridges, J. (2007). Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.

Salvation Belongs to the Lord: An Introduction to Systematic Theology

Frame, J. M. (2006). Salvation belongs to the Lord: an introduction to systematic theology. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ

Piper, J. (2004). Seeing and savoring Jesus Christ. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Servanthood as Worship: The Privilege of Life in a Local Church

Palmer, N. (2010). Servanthood as worship: the privilege of life in a local church. Adelphi, MD: Cruciform Press.

Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12–14

Carson, D. A. (1987). Showing the Spirit: a theological exposition of 1 Corinthians 12–14. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

Whitney, D. S. (1991). Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.

Suffering Is Never for Nothing

Elliot, E. (2019). Suffering is never for nothing. Nashville, TN: B&H Books.

Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me

DeYoung, K. (2014). Taking god at his word: why the bible is knowable, necessary, and enough, and what that means for you and me. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love

Bridges, J. (2008). Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.

True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters to God

Kauflin, B. (2015). True worshipers: seeking what matters to god. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds

Brauns, C. (2008). Unpacking forgiveness: biblical answers for complex questions and deep wounds. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation

Reeves, M., & Dever, M. (2010). The unquenchable flame: discovering the heart of the reformation. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic.

Welcome to the Story: Reading, Loving, and Living God's Word

Nichols, S. J. (2011). Welcome to the story: reading, loving, and living god’s word. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

Tripp, P. D. (2010). What did you expect? redeeming the realities of marriage. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?

DeYoung, K. (2015). What does the bible really teach about homosexuality?. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

What Grieving People Wish You Knew about What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts)

Guthrie, N. (2016). What grieving people wish you knew about what really helps (and what really hurts). Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

What If I Don’t Desire to Pray?

Onwuchekwa, J. (2020). What If I Don’t Desire to Pray? (p. 48). Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

What Is a Healthy Church Member?

Anyabwile, T. M. (2008). What Is a Healthy Church Member?. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done

Perman, M. A. (2016). What’s best next: how the gospel transforms the way you get things done. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

When Sinners Say "I DO": Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

Harvey, D. (2007). When sinners say “i do”: discovering the power of the gospel for marriage. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press.

Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy

Tripp, P. D. (2008). Whiter than snow: meditations on sin and mercy. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

The Whole Armor of God: How Christ’s Victory Strengthens Us for Spiritual Warfare

Duguid, I. M. (2019). The Whole Armor of God: How Christ’s Victory Strengthens Us for Spiritual Warfare. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters

Ferguson, S. B. (2016). The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Why We Pray

Philip, W. (2015). Why We Pray. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Work and Our Labor in the Lord

Hamilton, J. M., Jr. (2017). Work and Our Labor in the Lord. (D. C. Ortlund & M. V. Van Pelt, Eds.). Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God

Kauflin, B. (2008). Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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