Monday, January 01, 2007

Bring the Books: Good Books to Read in 2007

If you want to improve your ability to think biblically in 2007, here are some books that we as a church have found challenging or helpful. Reading good books is one of the best ways to educate yourself on all kinds of things relating to the Christian life. This list can serve as a starter’s guide to helpful literature. Don't be intimidated by it. The books listed here are not written primarily for specialist scholars, but for anyone who wishes to think. As always, test all things by the Scriptures, and use discernment in reading. The very process of engaging good books on the basis of Scripture will be very enlightening for you. I heartily recommend that you purchase some or all of the books on this list (and if you have recommendations for others, let me know!) and digest them well. It will benefit your soul.

English Standard Version
New King James Version
NIV Study Bible
New American Standard Bible
New English Translation
Holman Christian Standard Bible

Bible Study
How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
Living By the Book by Howard Hendricks
Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics by Walter Kaiser and Moses Silva
Basic Bible Interpretation by Roy B. Zuck

Bible Knowledge Commentary, ed. Walvoord and Zuck
Expositor’s Bible Commentary, ed. Frank Gabelein
MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur
Believer’s Bible Commentary by William MacDonald
New Bible Commentary, ed. Wenham, Motyer, Carson, and France
[Contact me for recommendations on specific, in-depth commentaries.]

A few significant historical works
On the Incarnation by Athanasius
The Trinity and The City of God by Augustine
Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther

Significant historical creeds, confessions, and catechisms
The Apostles’ Creed
The Nicene Creed
The Creed of Chalcedon
The Augsburg Confession
The Heidelberg Catechism
The Canons of the Synod of Dort
The Westminster Confession of Faith
The Westminster Shorter Catechism

Significant historical Baptist confessions
The First London Baptist Confession
The Second London Baptist Confession of 1688/89
The Philadelphia Baptist Confession of 1742
The New Hampshire Baptist Confession of 1833

A few recent evangelical theologies
The Moody Handbook of Theology by Paul Enns
Introducing Christian Doctrine by Millard Erickson (or the more extensive Christian Theology)
Charts of Christian Theology & Doctrine by H. Wayne House
Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem (or the more extensive Systematic Theology)
A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith by Robert Reymond
Basic Theology by Charles Ryrie
Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul

Morning and Evening by C. H. Spurgeon
Confessions by Augustine of Hippo
The Valley of Vision: a Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions by Arthur G. Bennett
For the Love of God, 2 vol. by D. A. Carson

Evangelism and Missions
Always Ready by Greg Bahnsen
Apologetics to the Glory of God by John Frame
Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper
For the Sake of His Name by Doran, Johnson, and Eckman
The Soulwinner by Charles Spurgeon
How to Give Away Your Faith by Paul Little
Tell the Truth by Will Metzger

Christian Living
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Changed Into His Image by Jim Berg
Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
Knowing God by J. I. Packer
Holiness by J. C. Ryle
The Hospitality Commands by Alexander Strauch
Mystery of Providence by John Flavel
A Lifting Up for the Downcast by William Bridge
The Crook in the Lot by Thomas Boston
The Quest for Meekness and Quietness of Spirit by Matthew Henry
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs

Christian Family and Parenting
Christian Living in the Home by Jay Adams
Strengthening Your Marriage by Wayne Mack
God, Marriage and Family by Andreas Kostenberger with David Jones
The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
How Should a Child Be Trained by J. C. Ryle
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
Family Worship in the Bible, in History & in Your Home by Donald S. Whitney
Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman

Thoughts for Young Men by J. C. Ryle
Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes

Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Becoming a Titus 2 Woman by Martha Peace

The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer
With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray

Church History
Christianity Through the Centuries by Earle Cairns
In Pursuit of Purity: American Fundamentalism Since 1850 by David Beale
Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of the Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000 by Ian Murray

Jonathan Edwards by Ian Murray
Marriage to a Difficult Man by Elizabeth Dodds (about Sarah Edwards)
Here I Stand by Rolland Bainton (bio of Martin Luther)
C. H. Spurgeon Autobiography, Volumes 1 & 2
Susannah Spurgeon: Free Grace and Dying Love by Charles Ray
John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides by John Paton
The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards
Robert Murray M’Cheyne by Andrew Bonar
Through Gates of Splendor by Elizabeth Eliot
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
George Whitefield
by Arnold Dallimore

Contemporary Practical or Theological Issues
The Look: Does God Really Care What I Wear? by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Christian Modesty and The Public Undressing of America by Jeff Pollard
Singing and Making Music: Issues in Church Music Today by Paul S. Jones
Measuring the Music: Another Look at the Contemporary Christian Music Debate by John Makujina
The King James Only Controversy by James R. White
Christianity & Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen
The Tragedy of Compromise by Ernest D. Pickering
The Answers Book by Batten, Ham, Safarti, and Wieland
The Genesis Flood by Whitcomb and Morris
Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, ed. Wayne Grudem and John Piper
The Feminist Mistake by Mary Cassian

Once again, I welcome suggested additions to this list. Happy reading! to you. But more importantly, may you grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

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