Bible reading, Bible study, Bible memorization, and Bible sermons are the best ways to deepen your knowledge of Scripture. However, the next step is to read books which will explain and apply Biblical principles in powerful, winsome, and enduring ways. My prayer is that you will make it your ambition to read “just a bit more” in 2023. For some that may mean reading one book this year, for others one book a month or week! Regardless, the benefit of reading can hardly be overstated. You would do well to turn off Netflix, wait to download the next video game, even silence your music for a little while, and indulge in a few good Christian books.

To that end, I have a few suggestions! Below are a list of books that I have compiled over the years – broken up, vaguely, into various categories to help direct your attention to areas of interest. This is certainly not a comprehensive list, but these are some of the best books I have read in these different areas and I pray that they will be of benefit and blessing to you. I you have questions or other suggestions, please feel free to email me at the church and I will respond as I can!

Chris’ Book List

If I could pick ten books for you to read in your lifetime they would be:

  1. Holiness – J.C. Ryle
  2. Mortification of Sin – John Owen
  3. Knowing God – J.I. Packer
  4. The Holiness of God – R.C. Sproul
  5. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment – Jeremiah Burroughs
  6. George Whitefield – Arnold Dallimore (2 Volume Set)
  7. Trusting God – Jerry Bridges
  8. The Joy of Fearing God – Jerry Bridges
  9. Spiritual Disciplines – Don Whitney
  10. Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper

General Book List

B. Christian Living

  1. Holiness – J.C. Ryle
  2. Knowing God – J.I. Packer
  3. Trusting God – Jerry Bridges
  4. The Joy of Fearing God – Jerry Bridges
  5. The Pursuit of Holiness – Jerry Bridges
  6. The Hole in our Holiness – Kevin DeYoung
  7. Respectable Sins – Jerry Bridges
  8. Spiritual Disciplines – Donald Whitney
  9. Habits of Grace – David Mathis
  10. Killing Sin Habits – Stuart Scott
  11. The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
  12. Desiring God – John Piper
  13. Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper
  14. Pleasing People – Lou Priolo
  15. Spiritual Leadership – Oswald Sanders
  16. The Enemy Within – Kris Lungaard
  17. Idols of the Heart – Elyse Fitzpatrick
  18. When People are Big and God is Small – Ed Welch
  19. The Gospel Primer – Milton Vincent
  20. The Treasure Principle (Money/Finances) – Randy Alcorn
  21. Humility – True Greatness – C.J. Maheny
  22. Prayer
    a) Alone with God – MacArthur
    b) A Call to Spiritual Reformation (Prayer) – D.A. Carson
    c) A Call to Prayer – J.C. Ryle
  23. Decision Making
    a) Decisions, Decisions – Dave Swavely
    b) Just Do Something – Kevin DeYoung
    c) Is That You God – Gary Gilley
  24. Purity
    a) The Purity Principle – Randy Alcorn
    b) Finally Free – Heath Lambert
    c) From Passion to Purity – Elizabeth Elliott
  25. Marriage
    a) Not Yet Married – Marshall Segal
    b) I Still Do – Dave Harvey
    c) What Did You Expect – Paul Tripp
    d) Sex and the Supremacy of Christ – John Piper
  26. Parenting
    a) Instructing a Child’s Heart – Paul Tripp
    b) Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Ted Tripp
    c) Gospel Powered Parenting – William Farley
    d) Age of Opportunity (Teens) – Paul Tripp
    e) The Heart of Anger – Lou Priolo
    f) Growing Up Christian – Karl Graustein
  27. Discipling Your Teens
    *Contains repeats from above lists
    a) Growing up Christian – Karl Graustein
    b) The Enemy Within – Kris Lungaard
    c) The Purity Principle – Randy Alcorn
    d) The Treasure Principle – Randy Alcorn
    e) Thoughts for Young Men – J.C. Ryle
    f) The Masuline Mandate – Richard Philips
    C. Church Ministry
  28. Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hand – Paul Tripp
  29. The Peacemaker – Ken Sande
  30. The Master’s Plan for the Church – MacArthur
  31. Why We Love the Church – Kevin DeYoung
  32. Nine Marks of a Healthy Church – Mark Dever
  33. Let the Nations be Glad (Missions) – John Piper

D. Men’s/Women’s

  1. The Masculine Mandate – Richard Philips
  2. Thoughts for Young Men – J.C. Ryle
  3. The Exemplary Husband – Stuart Scott
  4. The Complete Husband – Lou Priolo
  5. A Woman After God’s Own Heart – Elizabeth George
  6. The Excellent Wife – Martha Peace

E. Knowing the Gospel

  1. What is the Gospel – Greg Gilbert
  2. The Gospel According to Jesus – MacArthur
  3. The Cross of Christ – Stott
  4. Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis

F. Dealing With Culture

  1. Not Ashamed of the Gospel – John MacArthur
  2. The Vanishing Conscience – John MacArthur
  3. Why We are Not Emergent – Kevin DeYoung
  4. What is the Mission of the Church – Kevin DeYoung
  5. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert (Homosexuality) – Rosaria Butterfield
  6. What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality – Kevin DeYoung
  7. Christianity and Wokeness – Owen Strachan
  8. Why Social Justice is Not Biblical Justice – Scott David Allen

G. Theological Topics

  1. The Holiness of God – R.C. Sproul
  2. The God Who Loves – MacArthur
  3. The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness – MacArthur
  4. What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace – Richard Philips
  5. The Battle for the Beginning – John MacArthur
  6. The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God – D.A. Carson
  7. Evangelicalism Divided – Ian Murray
  8. Delighting in the Trinity – Michael Reeves
  9. Taking God at His Word – Kevin DeYoung
  10. The God Who Justifies – James White
  11. Satisfied by the Spirit – Thomas Edgar
  12. Sinners in the Hands of a Good God (Calvinism) – David Clotfelter

H. Theological Study

  1. Systematic Theology – John MacArthur
  2. Systematic Theology – Wayne Grudem
  3. Calvin’s Institutes – John Calvin
  4. The Existence and Attributes of God – Charnock

I. Classic/Puritan

  1. Pilgrims Progress – Bunyan
  2. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment – Jeremiah Burroughs
  3. Mortification of Sin – John Owen
  4. The Glory of Christ – John Owen
  5. The Doctrine of Repentance – Thomas Watson
  6. A Treatise on Earthly-Mindedness – Jeremiah Burroughs
  7. The Life if God in the Soul of Man – Henry Scougal
  8. The Rent Veil – Horatius Bonar
  9. The Mystery of Providence – John Flavel
  10. The Godly Man’s Picture – Thomas Watson
  11. An Alarm to the Unconverted – Joseph Alleine

J. Church History

  1. Evangelicalism Divided – Ian Murray
  2. The Unquenchable Flame (Reformation) – Michael Reeves
  3. Church History in Plain Language – Bruce Shelley

K. Apologetics

  1. Nothing But the Truth – Brian Edwards
  2. Total Truth – Nancy Pearcy
  3. Finding Truth – Nancy Pearcy
  4. Tactics – Greg Koukl

L. Bible Study

  1. Living By the Book – Howard Hendricks
  2. Knowing Scripture – R.C. Sproul
  3. How to Get the Most from God’s Word – MacArthur
  4. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth – Fee and Stuart

M. Christian Philosophy

  1. Francis Schaeffer
    a) The God Who is There
    b) Escape From Reason
    c) He is There and He Is Not Silent
  2. C.S. Lewis
    a) Mere Christianity
    b) The Great Divorce
    c) The Problem of Pain
    d) The Abolition of Man
  3. David Wells
    a) God in the Wasteland
    b) Losing Our Virtue
    c) Above all Earthly Powers
  4. When Choice Becomes God – F. Lagard Smith

N. Biography

  1. Athanasius of Alexandria – Peter Barnes
  2. Augustine of Hippo – Peter Brown
  3. Martin Luther – Roland Bainton or Eric Metaxas
  4. John Calvin – Alister McGrath
  5. William Tyndale – David Daniel
  6. John Bunyan – Faith Cook
  7. Jonathan Edwards – George Marsden
  8. George Whitfield – Arnold Dallimore (2 Volumes)
  9. John Wesley – Ian Murray
  10. Spurgeon – Arnold Dallimore or Lewis Drummond
  11. Susie (Spurgeon’s Wife) – Ray Rhodes
  12. William Wilberforce – Eric Metaxas
  13. J.C. Ryle – Ian Murray
  14. Amy Carmichael – Ian Murray
  15. William Carey – S. Pearce Carey
  16. Hudson Taylor – Vance Christie
  17. George Mueller – A.T. Pierson
  18. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Eric Metaxas
  19. David Brainerd – Life and Diary of David Brainerd – Jonathan Edwards
  20. Adoniram Judson – To the Golden Shore – Courtney Anderson
  21. C.S. Lewis – Surprised by Joy – C.S. Lewis
  22. C.S. Lewis – A Life Observed – Devin Brown
  23. Jim Elliott – Through Gates of Splendor – Elizabeth Elliott
  24. Martin Lloyd-Jones – Ian Murray (2 Volumes)
  25. Eric Liddell – Pure Gold – David McCasland
  26. Eric Liddell – For the Glory – Duncan Hamilton
  27. Agape Leadership – Life of R.C. Chapman – Alexandar Strauch
  28. R.C. Sproul – Stephen J. Nichols