Book Recommendations

The aim of these book recommendations is to provide for you a carefully curated list of books that will stir your affections for Christ and help equip you to be a productive ambassador for Christ. We get asked for book recommendations all the time. We hope this will be a helpful resource for you. You should always develop and strengthen your own discernment, but we've taken great care to provide this list for your edification. If you are looking for a book recommendation outside the scope of the topics you see here, e-mail us and we will try to give a recommendation.


Reforming Apologetics by J.V. Fesko

Cultural Apologetics by Paul Gould

Finding Truth by Nancy Pearcy

How Then Should We Live By Francis Schaeffer

Defending Your Faith by R.C. Sproul

Apologetics for the 21st Century by Louis Markos

He is There and He is Not Silent by Francis Schaeffer

Is Christianity Good for the World by Douglas Wilson and Christopher Hitchens

Expository Apologetics by Voddie Baucham

By What Standard: God’s World, God’s Rules Edited by Jared Longshore

Ever-Loving Truth: Can Faith Thrive in a Post-Christian Culture by Voddie Baucham

The Faith of Christopher Hitchens (will be in biography as well) by Larry Taunton

Redeeming Reason by Vern Poythress

Why Believe by Neil Shenvi


Biblical Interpretation

Interpreting Scripture in the Great Tradition by Craig Carter

Contemplating God with the Great Tradition by Craig Carter

The Creedal Imperative by Carl Trueman

The Need for Creeds Today by J.V. Fesko

The Trinity and the Bible by Scott R. Swain

Reformed Catholicity by Scott R. Swain and Michael Allen

Trinity & Creation by Richard Barcellos

By Good and Necessary Consequence by Ryan M. McGraw

Principles of Biblical Interpretation by Louis Berkhof

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament Christopher J.H. Wright

Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals by Gavin Ortlund

Jesus on Every Page by David Murray


*Banner of Truth Trust Biographies are a good place to start.*

Confessions by Saint Augustine

John G. Paton: The Autobiography of the Pioneer Missionary to the New Hebrides by John G. Paton

The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon by Steve Lawson

The Expository Genius of John Calvin by Steve Lawson

The Unwavering Resolve of Johnathan Edwards by Steve Lawson

The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd Jones by Steve Lawson

The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield by Steve Lawson

The Trinitarian Devotion of John Owen by Sinclair Ferguson

Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield

Grace Abounding by John Bunyan

Devoted: Great Men and Their Godly Moms by Tim Challies

John G. Patton Autobiography

John G. Patton: Missionary to the Cannibals of the South Seas by Paul Schlehlein

The Puritan Hope by Ian Murray

George Whitefield (2 Volumes) by Arnold Dallimore

Joni: An Unforgettable Story by Joni Earekson Tada

9 Writers to Read: Nine Names that Belong on Your Bookshelf by Doug Wilson

A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 by Joseph Loconte

The Forgotten Spurgeon by Ian Murray

The Life of Martyn Lloyd Jones by Ian Murray

John MacArthur by Ian Murray

J.C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone by Ian Murray

J.I. Packer: An Evangelical Life by Leland Ryken

Religious Beliefs of Americas Founders by Gregg Frazer

The Faith of Christopher Hitchens by Larry Taunton


*see fiction section for some overlap

Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids by David Murray

Exploring the Bible Together: A 52 week Family Family Worship Plan by David Murray

Meeting Jesus: A Daily Bible Reading Plan for Kids by David Murray

Why Is My Teenager Feeling Like This? A Guide for Helping Teens Through Anxiety and Depression by David Murray

The Chronicles of Narnia (7 volume set) by C.S. Lewis

The Hobbit and the LOTR Triology by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Barber who Wanted to Pray by R.C. Sproul

God’s Providence by Sally Michael
The Moon is Always Round by Jonathan Gibson

God Made Me for Worship: Helping Children Understand Church by Jared Kennedy

Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat by Andrew Wilson

The Donkey who Carried a King by R.C. Sproul

The Biggest Story by Kevin Deyoung

Church History

2000 Years of Christ’s Power (multivolume) by Nick Needham

Popular Patristics Series (multivolume)

Reformation as Renewal: Retrieving the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church by Matthew Barrett

Cultural Hot Topics (See Sex/Sexuality for More)

By What Standard: God’s World, God’s Rules Edited by Jared Longshore

Five Lies of our Anti-Christian Age by Rosaria Butterfield

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by Carl Trueman

Strange New World by Carl Trueman

Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe by Voddie T. Baucham

Eve in Exile: The Restoration of Femininity by Rebekah Merkle

Doctrine of God

*Doctrine of God certainly falls under the category of Theology, but it is the most important aspect of theology and is often the most neglected.

The Doctrine of God by Herman Bavinck

God Without Passions: A Primer by Samuel Reninhan

God Without Passions: A Reader by Samuel Reninhan (editor)

All that is in God by James Dolezal

Confessing the Impassible God by Ronald S. Baines and edited by Richard Barcellos

Trinity and Creation by Richard Barcellos

Eternal God: A Study of God without Time by Paul Helm

Simply Trinity by Matthew Barrett

None Greater by Matthew Barrett

The Biblical Trinity by Brandon Smith

The Trinity in Canon edited by Brandon Smith


Good Daily Bible Reading Plans Published by Ligonier Ministries

Tabletalk Devotionals by Ligonier Ministries

Knowing God and Ourselves: Reading Calvin’s Institutes Devotionally by David B. Calhoun

Knowing Christ by Mark Jones

Knowing Sin by Mark Jones

Serious Joy: Reflections and Devotions on Jonathan Edwards’ Seventy Resolutions by Joey Tomlinson

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers by Arthur Bennet (editor)

Voices from the Past: Puritan Devotional Readings by Richard Rushing (editor)

The Puritans Day by Day by H.J. Horn
Morning and Evening by C.H. Spurgeon

A Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace by Ed Welch

Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund


The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers

History and Fallacies by Carl Trueman

Classical Education & The Homeschool by Douglas Wilson, etc.

Teaching Truth, Training Hearts by Tom Nettles

Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning by Douglas Wilson

Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham

 Foundations for Lifelong Learning by John Piper
Liberal Arts for the Christian Life Edited by Jeffrey Davis and Philip Ryken

*We took this section out of the Theology section to make sure it stands out. We get questions about eschatology all the time. Here is a list of important resources. We don’t agree with everything in any of these resources, but these are very helpful voices.

Revelation (expositional commentary) by Joel Beeke

Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth by Douglas Wilson

The Puritan Hope: Revival and the Interpretation of Prophecy by Ian Murray

Series of Sermons on Revelation by Voddie Baucham (these are free)

Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation by Kenneth Gentry

He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology by Kenneth Gentry

Evangelism and Missions

Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel Wholly by Grace Communicated Truthfully & Lovingly by Will Metzger

Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions by John Piper

What if I am Discouraged in my Evangelism by Isaac Adams

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer

The Transcultural Gospel by E.D. Burns

Missions by the Book by Chad Vegas and Alex Kocman

Who is Jesus by Greg Gilbert

The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever

Gender Roles (Masculinity and Femininity)

The Masculine Mandate by Richard Philipps

Man of the House by C.R. Wiley

In the House of Tom Bombadil by C.R. Wiley

Eve in Exile by Rebekah Merkle

Men and Women in the Church by Kevin DeYoung

Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes

Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes

Can Women Be Pastors by Greg Gilbert

Church Elders by Jeramie Rinne

Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott

What’s the Difference by John Piper

The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace

Government and Christianity

City of God by St. Augustine

Slaying Leviathan: Limited Government and Resistance in the Christian Tradition by Glenn Sunshine

Lex Rex: The Law and the King by Samuel Rutherford

A Revolutionary Reading of Romans 13 by Tim Decker


The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership that Matter by R. Albert Mohler

Brothers, We are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry by John Piper

Called to Lead: 26 Leadership Lessons from the Life of the Apostle Paul by John MacArthur

Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders

Saint Peter’s Principles: Leadership for Those Who Already Know Their Incompetence by Peter Lillback

Leadership in an Age of Anxiety by Joe Rigney

The Pastor as Leader by John Currie

Marriage and Family

When Sinners Say ‘I do’: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage by Dave Harvey

The Household and the War for the Cosmos: Recovering a Christian Vision for the Family by C.R. Wiley

Married for God: Making Your Marriage the Best it Can Be by Christopher Ash

Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Critical Questions and Answers by Jim Newheiser

Raising Children God’s Way by D. Martyn Lloyd Jones

Family Worship by Donald Whitney

Family Worship Bible Guide by Reformation Heritage Books

Why Children Matter by Douglas Wilson

Ministry and Worship

The Christian Ministry by Charles Bridges

Worship: The Regulative Principle and the Biblical Principle of Accommodation by Tom Nettles

Regenerate Church Membership by Tom Ascol

Green Pastures: A Primer on the Ordinary Means of Grace by J. Ryan Davidson

A Covenant Feast: Reflections on the Lord’s Table by J. Ryan Davidson

The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace by Richard Barcellos

The Book of Pastoral Rule by Gregory the Great

The Care of Souls by Harold Senkbeil

Classical Pastoral Care by Thomas Oden


A Way to Pray by Matthew Henry

Prayer by John Bunyan

Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul E. Miller

The Lord’s Prayer by Kevin DeYoung

The Prayers of Jesus by Mark Jones


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

Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity by Tim Challies

Redeeming Productivity by Reagan Rose


Puritan Paperback Series from Banner of Truth Trust (a good place to start)


Institutes of Christian Religion (1541 Edition) by John Calvin

The Doctrine of Justification by James Buchanan

The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit by George Smeaton

Going Beyond the Five Points:Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation Edited by Rob Ventura

The Holy Spirit by Geoffrey Thomas

Reformed Dogmatics (4 vols) by Herman Bavinck

The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology by Paschal Denault

Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof

Abstract of Systematic Theology by James P. Boyce

Foundations of the Christian Faith: A Comprehensive and Readable Theology by James Montgomery Boice

A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel Beeke and Mark Jones

Signs of the Apostles: Observations on Pentecostalism Old and New by Walter Chantry

Satan Cast Out: A Study in Biblical Demonology by Frederick Leahy

Reformed Systematic Theology (Multivolume) by Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley

The Mystery of Christ, His Covenant, His Kingdom by Samuel Renihan

Crux, Mors, Inferi: A Primer and Reader on Christ’s Descent by Samuel Renihan

Deity and Decree by Sameul Renihan

Getting the Garden Right by Richard Barcellos

Post Reformation Reformed Dogmatics (multivolume) by Richard Mueller


Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God by C.J. Mahaney

What is the Meaning of Sex by Denny Burk

Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert

More than a Battle by Joe Rigney

Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys who are Sick of Porn by Tim Challies

Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Free by Tim Chester

What does the Bible Really Teaches about Homosexuality by Kevin Deyoung

Transgender by Vaughan Roberts

Strange New World by Carl Trueman

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into the Christian Faith by Rosaria Butterfield

5 Lies of Our Anti-Christian Age by Rosaria Butterfield


Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Wingfeather Saga (4 vols) by Andrew Peterson

100 Cupboards series by N.D. Wilson

J.R.R. Tolkein’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Series

The Light Princess by George MacDonald

The Fiddler’s Green by A.S. Peterson

The Fiddler’s Gun by A.S. Peterson

Wilderking Trilogy by Jonathan Rogers

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

The Space (Ransom) Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia (7 volume set) by C.S. Lewis

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Spiritual Growth (Issue Specific)

The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict by Ken Sande

Pursuing Peace: A Christian Guide to Handling our Conflict by Robert D. Jones

Uprooting Anger: Biblical Help for a Common Problem by Robert D. Jones

Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cures by Martyn Lloyd Jones

Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness by Ed Welch

Christians Get Depressed Too by David Murray

In the Day of Trouble: Depression, Scripture and the God Who is Near by Joey Tomlinson

Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression by Zack Eswine

Thinking Through Anxiety: A Brief Christian Look by J. Ryan Davidson

Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert

Suffering and Sovereignty: John Flavel and the Puritans on Afflictive Providence by Brian Cosby

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

Watchfulness: Recovering a Lost Spiritual Discipline by Brian Hedges

Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says About Sexual Orientation and Change by Heath Lambert and Denny Burk

Women Studies

Learning Contentment by Nancy Wilson

5 Puritan Women by Jenny-Lyn De Klerk

Elisabeth Elliot: A Life by Lucy Austen

How Can Women Thrive in the Local Church by Keri Folmar

Growing in Gratitude by Mary K. Mohler

Refresh: Living a Grace Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands by Shona and David Murray

Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes

Suffering is Not For Nothing by Elizabeth Elliot

Sophron Bible Studies Edited by Keri Folmar

You Who? Why You Matter And How to Deal With It by Rachel Jankovic

The Clouds Ye So Much Dread by Hannah Grieser

The Accidental Feminist by Courtney Reissig

Popes and Feminists by Elise Crapuchettes

Eve in Exile by Rebekah Merkle