Recommended Books

Biographies/Autobiographies

  • Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Robert E. Lee on Leadership by H.W. Crocker
  • No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green by Melody Green
  • The Autobiography of George Mueller by George Mueller
  • Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen Ambrose
  • Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George Marsden
  • Filling up the Afflictions of Christ by John Piper
  • Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala

Christian Living

  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt
  • The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God by Dallas Willard
  • The God You Can Know by Dan DeHaan
  • Knowing God by J.I. Packer
  • The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard
  • Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
  • The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
  • The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges
  • The Mortification of Sin by John Owen

Evangelism

  • The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever
  • God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
  • The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman
  • The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay
  • Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer
  • Evangelism Handbook: Biblical, Spiritual, Intentional, Missional by Alvin Reid
  • Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did by Randy Newman
  • You Are God’s Plan A (and There Is No Plan B) by Dwight Robertson

Church Philosophy

  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever
  • Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods by Mark Driscoll
  • The Emotionally Healthy Church: A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives by Pete Scazzero
  • When the Church Was a Family: Recapturing Jesus’ Vision for Authentic Christian Community by Joseph Hellerman
  • Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches: A Contemporary Ecclesiology by John Hammett
  • Total Church: A Radical Reshaping Around Gospel and Community by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

Culture and Apologetics

  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • A Third Testament by Malcolm Muggeridge
  • The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman
  • Five Views on Apologetics by Craig, Habermas, Frame, Clark, and Feinberg

Discipleship

  • The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman
  • Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster
  • The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
  • Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change by Paul David Tripp
  • The Walk: Steps for New and Renewed Followers of Jesus by Stephen Smallman

Devotionals

  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
  • Renewed Day by Day: A Daily Devotional by A.W. Tozer
  • Devotional Classics by Richard Foster
  • Ancient Christian Devotional: A Year of Weekly Readings by Cindy Crosby and Thomas Oden

Prayer

  • A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller
  • A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper
  • Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God by J.I. Packer

God’s Will

  • Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung
  • Decision Making and the Will of God: A Biblical Alternative to the Traditional View by Garry Friesen

Leadership

  • How to Lead and Still Have a Life: The Eight Principles of Less Is More Leadership by H. Dale Burke
  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey
  • Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership by Alexander Strauch
  • The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church by Timothy Witmer
  • Leaders Who Last by Dave Kraft
  • The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham by Harold Myra and Marshall Shelley
  • Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer by Oswald Sanders

Finances/Money

  • The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving by Randy Alcorn
  • Personal Finance for Dummies by Eric Tyson
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

Early Church History

  • Theology of the Reformers by Timothy George
  • Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley
  • A History of Christianity by Paul Johnson

Knowing God and the Gospel

  • Death by Love: Letters from the Cross by Mark Driscoll
  • God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love as the Gift of Himself by John Piper
  • The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
  • Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing by C.J. Mahaney
  • Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church by Michael Horton

Marriage

  • When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage by Dave Harvey
  • Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? by Gary Thomas
  • A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
  • This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence by John Piper
  • The Mystery of Marriage: Meditations on the Miracle by Mike Mason
  • Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage by Kevin Leman
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman

Missions

  • Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Mission by John Piper
  • The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out by Mark Driscoll
  • When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor … and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
  • Revolution in World Missions: One Man’s Journey to Change a Generation by K.P. Yohannan
  • The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay
  • Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility by Duane Elmer

Pastoral/Preaching

  • Lectures to My Students (Volumes 1 and 2) by Charles Spurgeon
  • Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon by Bryan Chapell
  • The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter
  • I Can See You Naked by Ron Hoff

Personal Growth

  • When People Are Big and God Is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man by Edward Welch
  • Humility: True Greatness by C. J. Mahaney
  • How People Change by Timothy Lane and Paul David Tripp

Racial Reconciliation

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Oneness Embraced: Reconciliation, the Kingdom, and How We Are Stronger Together by Dr. Tony Evans
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations About Race by Beverley Daniel Tatum
  • Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Bryan Loritts

Scripture

  • Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading by Eugene Peterson
  • Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free by F.F. Bruce
  • Cross Talk: Where Life and Scripture Meet by Michael Emlet
  • Living By the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible by Howard Hendricks and William Hendricks
  • How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
  • Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey by Margaret Feinberg

Mercy Ministry

  • Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins
  • Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Timothy Keller

Classics

  • Confessions by St. Augustine
  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
  • Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
  • Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
  • The Mortification of Sin by John Owen
  • The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes
  • Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
  • The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards
  • Pensees by Blaise Pascal
  • The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination by Loraine Boettner