Recommended Reading

“Of making many books there is no end…” – Ecclesiastes 12:12

The following is a list of recommended books for reading. My attempt in this list is to provide a variety of perspectives. I do not personally agree with everything on this list, but do find each book helpful for overall understanding. If there are other categories you would want to recommend adding to this list, let us know here. Enjoy!

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Pastor Mark Driscoll

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Embryo: A Defense of Human Life

Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen

The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture

Scott Klusendorf

Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice

Francis J. Beckwith

Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments

Randy Alcorn

Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments

Randy Alcorn

Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments

Randy Alcorn

Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line

Randy Alcorn

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Ethics and the Beginning of Human Life

Megan Best

Compelling Interest: The Real Story behind Roe v. Wade

Roger Resler


Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel

Ed Welch

Hope, Help, and Healing for Eating Disorders: A Whole-Person Approach to Treatment of Anorexia, Bulimia, and Disordered Eating

Gregory Jantz



Billy Graham

Angels: Who They Are and How They Help–What the Bible Reveals

David Jeremiah


Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest

Ed Welch

Overcoming Anxiety, Worry, and Fear: Practical Ways to Find Peace

Greg Jantz


Apologetics to the Glory of God

Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen

Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity

Scott Klusendorf

Classical Apologetics

Scott Klusendorf

Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics

Scott Klusendorf

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

Scott Klusendorf

Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics

Scott Klusendorf

The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

Scott Klusendorf


The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World

Alister McGrath

I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist

Normal Geisler

The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists

Ravi Zacharias

Attributes of God

The Knowledge of the Holy

A. W. Tozer

Knowing God

J.I. Packer


The Canon of Scripture

F. F. Bruce

God Has Spoken: Revelation and the Bible

 J. I. Packer

Biblical Inspiration

I. Howard Marshall

Bible “Contradictions”

The Big Book of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation

Norman L. Geisler

New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties

Gleason L. Archer Jr.

Hard Sayings of the Bible

Bruce, Manfred Brauch

Bible Translations

The Bible in Translation: Ancient and English Versions

Bruce M. Metzger

How We Got the Bible: A Visual Journey

Clinton E. Arnold

Bible Study

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

Gordon D. Fee, Douglas Stuart

Getting the Message: A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible

Daniel M. Doriani

Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible

J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays, Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Mark L. Strauss


Praying Hyde, Apostle of Prayer: The Life Story of John Hyde

E G Carre

A Life of John Calvin: A Study in the Shaping of Western Culture

Alister E. McGrath

Through Gates of Splendor

Elisabeth Elliot

The Hiding Place

Corrie Ten Boom

A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael

Elisabeth Elliot

Luther’s Theology of the Cross: Martin Luther’s Theological Breakthrough

Alister E. McGrath

The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God’s Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin

John Piper

Tortured for His Faith

Dr. Haralan Popov

Tortured for Christ

Richard Wurmbrand

The Life of St. Patrick and His Place in History

John B. Bury

The Forgotten Spurgeon

Iain H Murray

Embryo: A Defense of Human Life

Iain H. Murray

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Eric Metaxas

Shadow Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot

Elizabeth Elliott

Calvinism vs Arminianism

Debating Calvinism: Five Points, Two Views

Dave Hunt and James White 

The Five Dilemmas of Calvinism

Craig R. Brown

The Institutes of Christian Religion

John Calvin

For Calvinism

Michael Horton

Why I Am Not an Arminian

Robert A. Peterson 

Against Calvinism

Roger E. Olson

Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities

Roger E. Olson

Why I Am Not a Calvinist

Jerry L. Walls and Jerry R. Dongell

Children’s Bible

The Jesus Storybook Bible

Sally Lloyd-Jones

The First Step Bible

Mack Thomas

The Early Reader’s Bible

V. Gilbert Beers

Church History

Church History in Plain Language

Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen

Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought

Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen

The Story of Christianity, Vol. 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation

Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen

The Story of Christianity, Vol. 2: The Reformation to the Present Day

Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen

The Rise of Christianity

Rodney Stark

How The Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story Of Ireland’s Heroic Role From the fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe

Thomas Cahill

A History of Christianity

Kenneth S. Latourette

The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success

Rodney Stark

Church Leadership

Sticky Church

Larry Osborne

Sticky Teams

Larry Osbourne

Lectures to My Students

Charles Spurgeon

Rare Leadership

Marcus Warner

Classics – Ancient

Christianity for Modern Pagans

Peter Kreeft

The City of God

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Luther’s Works Lectures on Galatians

Martin Luther

Institutes of the Christian Religion

John Calvin

The Religious Affections

Jonathan Edwards

Edifying Discourses

Soren Kierkegaard

On the Incarnation

Saint Athanasius

A Shorter Summa: The Essential Philosophical Passages of Saint Aquinas’ Summa Theologica

Peter Kreeft

The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

St. Ignatius of Loyola

The Imitation of Christ

Thomas à Kempis

The Practice of the Presence of God

Brother Lawrence

Interior Castle

St. Theresa of Avila

Dark Night of the Soul

St. John of the Cross

The Wisdom of the Desert

Thomas Merton

Foxes Book of Martyrs

John Foxe

Classics – Puritan

Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices

Thomas Brooks

Pilgrim’s Progress

John Bunyan

The Mortification of Sin

John Owen

The Reformed Pastor

Richard Baxter

Light and Heat: The Puritan View of the Pulpit

Bruse Bickel

Worldly Saints: The Puritans As They Really Were

Leland Ryken

A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life

J. I. Packer

Classics – Modern

Mere Christianity

C. S. Lewis

The Cost of Discipleship

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Desiring God

John Piper

Power Through Prayer

E. M. Bounds


G. K. Chesterton

The Holiness of God

R. C. Sproul

The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?

Rick Warren

The Jesus I Never Knew

Philip Yancey

Complementarianism vs Egalitarianism

Two Views on Women in Ministry

James R. Beck, Stanley N. Gundry and Linda L. Belleville

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism

John Piper and Wayne Grudem

Beyond Sex Roles

Gilbert Bilezikian


The Genesis Debate: Three Views on the Days of Creation

J. Ligon Duncan III and David W. Hall 

The Wedge of Truth: Splitting the Foundations of Naturalism

Phillip E. Johnson

Three Views on Creation and Evolution

John Mark Reynolds, Howard J. Van Till, Paul Nelson, Robert C. Newman, James Porter Moreland

Genesis Unbound: A Provocative New Look at the Creation Account

John H. Saihamer

The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

Francis S. Collins

The Case for a Creator: A journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God

Lee Strobel

Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism

Alvin Plantinga


The Cross of Christ

John Stott


A Guide to New Religious Movements

Ronald Enroth

Correcting the Cults

Norman L. Geisler

The Kingdom of the Cults

Walter Martin and Ravi Zacharias


6 Modern Myths About Christianity & Western Civilization

Philip J. Sampson 

Christianity On Trial: Arguments Against Anti-Religious Bigotry

Vincent Carroll

Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…and Other Lies You’ve Been Told: A Sociologist Shatters Myths From the Secular and Christian Media

Bradley R.E. Wright

To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World

James Davidson Hunter

The Gospel in a Pluralist Society

Leslie Newbigin

Christ and Culture Revisited

D. A. Carson


Turning Your Down into Up: A Realistic Plan for Healing from Depression

Dr. Gregory L. Jantz 

Unmasking Male Depression: Recognizing the Root Cause to Many Problem Behaviors Such as Anger, Resentment, Abusiveness, Silence, Addictions, and Sexual Compulsiveness

Archibald Hart

Mark Driscoll Books

Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together

Mark and Grace Driscoll

Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ

Mark Driscoll

A Guide to New Religious Movements

Mark Driscoll

A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?

Mark Driscoll


Mark Driscoll

Vintage Jesus: Timeless Answers to Timely Questions

Mark Driscoll

The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World

Mark Driscoll

The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out without Selling Out

Mark Driscoll

Entrusted with the Gospel: Pastoral Expositions of 2 Timothy

Mark Driscoll

Doctrina: Lo que cada cristiano debe creer

Mark Driscoll

Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions

Mark Driscoll

Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches: Five Perspectives

Mark Driscoll


Ethics for a Brave New World

John S. Feinberg and Paul D. Feinberg

Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today

John Jefferson Davis

Christian Ethics: Contemporary Issues and Options

Norman L. Geisler


The Blessed Life: Unlocking the Rewards of Generous Living

Robert Morris

Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

Dave Ramsey

The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving

Randy Alcorn


Total Forgiveness

R. T. Kendall

Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

Lewis B. Smedes

Choosing Forgiveness: Turning from Guilt, Bitterness and Resentment Towards a Life of Wholeness and Peace

John Loren Sandford and Paula Sandford



Randy Alcorn


Hell Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents Eternal Punishment

Christopher W. Morgan

Four Views on Hell

William Crockett

Hell on Trial: The Case for Eternal Punishment

Robert A. Peterson

Historical Theology


Harold O. J. Brown

A History of Christian Thought, Vol. 1: From the Beginnings to the Council of Chalcedon

Justo L. González

A History of Christian Thought, Vol. 2: From Augustine to the Eve of the Reformation

Justo L González

Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought

Alister E. McGrath

Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine

Gregg Allison

The Five Dilemmas of Calvinism

Craig R. Brown

Holy Spirit

Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God

J. I. Packer

God’s Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul

Gordon D. Fee

He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Graham A. Cole

Baptism And Fullness: The Work of the Holy Spirit Today

John Stott


Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross

Abdul Saleeb

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

Nabeel Qureshi

Jesus Christ

The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus

Lee Strobel

The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ

Lee Strobel

The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ

Gary R. Habermas

Kingdom of God

Gospel of the Kingdom: Scriptural Studies in the Kingdom of God

George Eldon Ladd


The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development

Robert Clinton

Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence For Every Believer

J. Oswald Sanders

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

John C. Maxwell

Marriage & Family

Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?

Gary L. Thomas

God, Marriage, and Family (Second Edition): Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation

Andreas J. Köstenberger

Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs

Emerson Eggerichs

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

Gary D. Chapman


Disciplines of a Godly Man

R. Kent Hughes

The Measure of a Man

Gene A. Getz


The Gospel in a Pluralist Society

Leslie Newbigin

Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission

David J. Bosch

Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations

Walter C. Jr. Kaiser

The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission

Christopher J. H. Wright

The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative

Christopher J. H. Wright

Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America

Darrell L. Guder

Breaking the Missional Code: Your Church Can Become a Missionary in Your Community

Ed Stetzer


Shepherding a Child’s Heart

Tedd Tripp

Instructing a Child’s Heart

Tedd Tripp

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus

Elyse Fitzpatrick

Grace-Based Parenting

Tim Kimmel

Bringing Up Boys

James C. Dobson

Raising Boys by Design

Dr.Gregory L. Jantz


Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain

William M. Struthers

Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time

Stephen Arterburn


Politics – According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture

Wayne A. Grudem


A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World

Paul E. Miller

Power Through Prayer

E. M. Bounds

Praying the Bible

Donald S. Whitney


Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon

Bryan Chapell

Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism

Tim Keller


Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before — and After — You Marry

Les and Leslie Parrott

The Right One: How to Successfully Date and Marry the Right Person

Jimmy Evans and Frank Martin


Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren’t

Henry Cloud

Necessary Endings

Henry Cloud

Boundaries by Cloud

Henry Cloud

Boundaries by Cloud Our Mother’s, Ourselves

Dr. Henry Cloud & John Townsend


The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

Gary R. Habermas and Michael R. Licona

The Resurrection of the Son of God

N. T. Wright

The Son Rises: Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus

William Lane Craig


The Church in Revival

E. A. Johnston

Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal

Richard F. Lovelace


Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Revival and Revivalism

Iain H. Murray


The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath

Mark Buchanan


A Celebration of Sex: A Guide to Enjoying God’s Gift of Sexual Intimacy

Douglas E. Rosenau

Intimate Issues – Conversations Woman To Woman – 21 Questions Christian Women Ask About Sex

Lorraine Dillow

Intimacy Ignited: Conversations Couple to Couple: Fire Up Your Sex Life with the Song of Solomon

Joseph and Linda Dillow


Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin

Cornelius Plantinga Jr.

Social Justices

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself

Steve Corbett

Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just

Timothy Keller

Spiritual Warfare

3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare

Clinton E. Arnold

The Screwtape Letters

C. S. Lewis

Spiritual Warfare and Missions

Ed Stetzer

Steps to Freedom in Christ

Neil T. Anderson

Study Bible

The ESV Study Bible


God, Freedom, and Evil

Alvin Plantinga

Where Is God When It Hurts?

Phillip Yancey

The Problem of Pain

C. S. Lewis

If God Is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil

Randy Alcorn

Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God

Paul Copan

Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine

Wayne Grudem

Christian Theology

Millard J. Erickson


What is the Trinity?

R. C. Sproul

The Forgotten Trinity

James R. White

Our Triune God: Living in the Love of the Three-in-One

Phillip Graham Ryken

World Religions

Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message

Ravi Zacharias

Christianity at the Religious Roundtable: Evangelicalism in Conversation with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam

Timothy C. Tennent


The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog

James W. Sire

The Consequences of Ideas: Understanding the Concepts that Shaped Our World

R. C. Sproul

Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview

J. P. Moreland and William Lane Craig


Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts

Harold M. Best

For All God’s Worth: True Worship and the Calling of the Church

N. T. Wright

Manifest Presence: Expecting a Visitation of God’s Grace Through Worship

Jack W. Hayford

We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry

G. K. Beale

Good Friday & Easter

The Cross of Christ

John Smitt

God, Freedom, and Evil

Alvin Plantinga

Is God a Moral Monster?

Paul Copan

The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

Gary R. Habermas

The Resurrection of the Son of God

N. T. Wright

The Son Rises: Historical Evidence of the Resurrection of Jesus

Wiliam Lane Craig