Recommended Books

We’ve begun compiling this list of books and articles as a resource for our people and anyone else who seeks to gain wisdom through reading. It’s just a start and we’ll continue to update in coming weeks and months.

There is something about reading that videos and audio just can’t duplicate. It’s like studying Scripture and/or a topic with someone who has taken the time to know the subject deeply. Not only that, but we go at our own pace, stopping to learn what a word means or to think about an idea and continuing once we are ready to move forward. Our prayer is that these words help you understand who God is and what he thinks about any given subject so that we might put ourselves under his gracious place of authority in our lives.

Bibles

English Standard Version – We use this in preaching and teaching because it is accurate to the Greek and readable. You can learn more about the ESV here. Or buy any number of binding styles here.

 

Reading the Bible

How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour by Gordon Fee –

Reading the Bible with Heart & Mind by Tremper Longman

 

The Church

 Why We Love The Church by Kevin DeYoung –

 

Systematics

Berkhof’s Systematic Theology – This was the standard text in Seminary.

A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith by Robert Reymond – This should be the standard text in Seminary, it’s really great.

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

 

 

Prayer

With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray –

A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper –

Prayer by John Bunyan –

Heart of Prayer: What Jesus Teaches Us by Jerram Barrs

The Message of Prayer by Tim Chester –

Valley of Vision – Collection of Puritan Prayer, they’re beautiful.

 

Reformed Theology

Whatever Happened to The Gospel of Grace?: Rediscovering the Doctrines That Shook the World by James Montgomery Boice

What Is a Reformed Church? (Basics of the Faith) by Stephen Smallman

What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics by R.C. Sproul

Why Do We Baptize Infants? (Basics of the Faith) by Bryan Chapell

 

 

Singleness/Dating/Purity

Sex, Dating, and Relationships by Gerald Hiestand – This is a fantastic book that that is Biblical and very realistic. Highly recommend it.

Sex and Money: Pleasures That Leave You Empty and Grace That Satisfies by Paul David Tripp – Great book for people in all stages of life.

Redeeming Singleness: How the Storyline of Scripture Affirms the Single Life by Barry Danylak

Singleness Redefined: Living Life to the Fullest by Carolyn Leutwiler

 

Pre-Marriage Counseling

Preparing for Marriage Gods Way: A Step-by-Step Guide for Marriage Success Before and After the Wedding. by Wayne Mack

 

Marriage

This Momentary Marriage by John Piper –

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller –

Gospel-Centered Marriage: Becoming the Couple God Wants You to Be by Tim Chester

Reforming Marriage by Doug Wilson – Honestly I’m not a huge fan of Doug Wilson, but did find this book to be helpful to understanding marriage.

Men

The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men by Richard Phillips –

Sex and Money: Pleasures That Leave You Empty and Grace That Satisfies by Paul David Tripp – Great book for people in all stages of life.

Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes

The Complete Husband: A Practical Guide to Biblical Husbanding by Lou Priolo

 

Women

Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper –

Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney –

 

Parenting

The Duties of Parents by J.C. Ryle –

Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Parent’s Handbook by Tedd Tripp –

Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by David Paul Tripp – Great for parents of Teens.

Gospel-Centered Family: Becoming the Parents God Wants You to Be by Tim Chester

 

 

Seeking the Truth

Coming Soon

 

The Christian Life

Gospel Treason by Brad Bigney – This book helps us understand our hearts pull to worship idols in the place of God. It will help you identify hidden idols in your life and more importantly show you how with Christ they can be destroyed.

Sanctification / Growth in Holiness

Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung –

Worldliness by C.J. Mahaney –

Holiness by J.C. Ryle –

 

Worship

A Brief History of Christian Worship by James White –

Worship Sourcebook – This is great for putting together worship liturgy.

 

Community

Coming Soon

 

Discipleship

Coming Soon

 

Evangelism

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by JPacker)

Jesus the Evangelist by Richard Phillips

The Heart of Evangelism by Jarram Barrs

Decision Making

Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung –

 

Suffering

Behind a Frowning Providence by John Murray

Counseling

Quick Reference Guide for Counseling by John Kruis

Quick Reference Guide for Counseling Women by Patricia Miller

 

Apologetics

Coming Soon

 

Christian Biographies

Coming Soon

 

Ministry

Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being by Zack Eswine –

Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry by David Paul Tripp –

 

Literature

Here is some great literature, I especially recommend it for people who aren’t readers. It wasn’t until college when I picked up The Hobbit over Christmas break that I became a reader. If you just don’t consider yourself a reader, find a great one and get hooked.

The Hobbit – I’m not a natural fan of Science Fiction in fact that genre name is not enticing by any means. The Hobbit is just a great adventure that is written so well you feel like you went on the adventure.

Lord of the Rings – Once you get over the story not being about Bilbo you settle in and find this to be an even greater or more engaging adventure than the Hobbit.

Chronicles of Narnia – It’s another adventure book, but this time there are layers to the story. The story itself is great, when you start to see the analogies it’s even better.