Pastor’s Recommended Reading

Favorite Books of 2016

We believe that Scripture alone is the sole authority for our church and for our Christian lives. In His word, God has given us all that we need for life and godliness. Nonetheless, we acknowledge that we are not the first ones to interpret Scripture or live as followers of Christ. We are grateful that throughout the history of the church up to the present day there have gone before us a great cloud of witnesses who have faithfully lived for Christ and reflected wisely and worshipfully on God and His word. The following is a list of books that I, pastor Daniel, have found helpful and encouraging in my own walk with the Lord. I hope they can be so for you as well. Though I do not necessarily endorse or agree with everything written by each author in every book, we can read each book with an open Bible, a discerning mind, and a praying heart.

Note: the following list is in no particular order

Christian Truth

Wayne Grudem Systematic Theology
J. Gresham Machen Christianity & Liberalism
J.I. Packer Concise Theology
J.I. Packer Knowing God
John Stott The Cross of Christ
John Piper The Pleasures of God
John Murray Redemption Accomplished & Applied
Bruce Ware The Man Christ Jesus
Sinclair Ferguson The Holy Spirit
Tom Schreiner & Shawn Wright Believer’s Baptism

Christian Living

Jerry Bridges The Discipline of Grace
Paul Tripp Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands
Kevin DeYoung The Hole in Our Holiness
John Piper When I Don’t Desire God
Michael Reeves Delighting in the Trinity
Martyn Lloyd-Jones Spiritual Depression
J.C. Ryle Holiness
Martin Luther The Freedom of a Christian
John Owen Overcoming Sin and Temptation

The Church

Gregg Allison Sojourners & Strangers
Thabiti Anyabwile What is a Healthy Church Member?
Dietrich Boenhoeffer Life Together
D.A. Carson, ed. Worship by the Book
Mark Dever What is a Healthy Church?
Mark Dever 9 Marks of a Healthy Church
Mark Dever The Deliberate Church
Mark Dever The Church: The Gospel Made Visible
Kevin DeYoung Why We Love the Church
Jonathan Leeman Church Membership
Benjamin Merkle 40 Questions about Elders and Deacons

Marriage and Family

William Farley Gospel-Powered Parenting
Timothy Keller The Meaning of Marriage
Andreas Kostenberger God, Marriage & Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundations
C.J. Mahaney Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God
John Piper and Wayne Grudem Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
John Piper This Momentary Marriage
Gary & Betsy Ricucci Love that Lasts: When Marriage Meets Grace
Tedd Tripp Shepherding a Child’s Heart

Bible Reading & Prayer

Bible Reading Plans
D.A. Carson For the Love of God: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God’s Word
Don Whitney Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
Mark Dever The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made
Mark Dever The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept
Graeme Goldsworthy According to Plan
Vaughan Roberts God’s Big Picture
D.A. Carson The God Who is There
Robert Plummer 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible
New Bible Commentary
New Bible Dictionary
Arthur Bennet, ed. Valley of Vision (a collection of Puritan prayers)
D.A. Carson A Call to Spiritual Reformation
John Piper A Hunger for God
R.C. Sproul The Prayer of the Lord

Christian Biographies

Augustine Confessions
Richard Hannula Trial & Triumph: Stories from Church History
Roland Bainton Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
David Daniell William Tyndale: A Biography
J.C. Ryle Five English Reformers
J.I. Packer A Quest for Godliness: the Puritan Vision of the Christian Life
John Bunyan Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners
George Marsden Jonathan Edwards: A Life
Arnold Dallimore George Whitefield
Faith Cook William Grimshaw of Haworth
Andrew Fuller A Heart for Missions: The Classic Memoir of Samuel Pearce
Courtney Anderson To the Golden Shore: the Life of Adoniram Judson
John G. Paton John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides
Arnold Dallimore Spurgeon
Iain Murray D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Elisabeth Elliot Shadow of the Almighty
C.S. Lewis Surprised by Joy


David Helm The Big Picture Storybook Bible
Oliver Hunkin The Dangerous Journey: the Story of Pilgrim’s Progress
Bruce Ware Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God
Marty Machowski The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments
Marty Machowski Long Story Short: 10 Minute Devotions to Bring Your Family to God
Starr Meade The Mighty Acts of God
R.C. Sproul The Lightlings
R.C. Sproul The Prince’s Poison Cup
R.C. Sproul The Priest with the Dirty Clothes

Evangelism & Apologetics

Mark Dever The Gospel & Personal Evangelism
J.I. Packer Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God
Mack Stiles Marks of the Messenger
John Piper Let the Nations Be Glad
Andrew Hoffecker, ed. Revolutions in Worldview
Timothy Keller The Reason for God
C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity