Recommended Books

indexThere are so many books and so little time.  Wading through what would be a good book to read on a particular subject can be an overwhelming task.  Below I offer my recommendations for the best books on different subjects.  This comes from sixteen years of reading Christian books and from reading what others have said about books.  You will also find links where you can purchase these books either at Amazon or Westminster Seminary Bookstore.  The comments are turned on for this page, so let us know if there is a good book that you think I have left off.

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem (Amazon / WTS)
The Bible and the Future by Anthony Hoekema (Amazon / WTS)
The Reason for God by Tim Keller (Amazon / WTS)
The Person of Christ by Donald MacLeod (Amazon / WTS)
Knowing God by J.I. Packer (Amazon / WTS)
Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul (Amazon / WTS)
The Cross of Christ by John Stott (Amazon / WTS)

The Christian Life
The Bookends of the Christian Life by Jerry Bridges (Amazon / WTS)
Living the Cross-Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney (Amazon / WTS)
A Praying Life by Paul Miller (Amazon / WTS)
The Life of God in the Soul of Man by Henry Scougal (Amazon / WTS)
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney (Amazon / WTS)
Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson (Amazon / WTS)

Introduction to the Bible
An Introduction to the New Testament by D.A. Carson and Douglas Moo (Amazon / WTS)
According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy (Amazon / WTS)
An Introduction to the Old Testament by Tremper Longman III and Raymond Dillard (Amazon / WTS)
The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made by Mark Dever (Amazon / WTS)
The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept by Mark Dever (Amazon / WTS)
Understanding the Bible by John Stott (Amazon / WTS)

How to Interpret the Bible
Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul (Amazon / WTS)
How to Read the Bible for All its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart (Amazon / WTS)
Interpreting the Pauling Epistles by Thomas Schreiner (Amazon)
40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible by Robert Plummer (Amazon / WTS)

Christ-Centered Preaching by Bryan Chappel (Amazon / WTS)
Evangelical Eloquence by R.L. Dabney (Amazon / WTS)
Preach by Mark Dever and Greg Gilbert (Amazon / WTS)
Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Amazon / WTS)
The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper (Amazon / WTS)
Between Two Worlds by John Stott (Amazon / WTS)

Pastoral Ministry
The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter (Amazon / WTS)
The Christian Ministry by Charles Bridges (Amazon / WTS)
Church Planter by Darrin Patrick (Amazon / WTS)
Brothers We are Not Professionals by John Piper (Amazon / WTS)
The Pastor’s Justification by Jared Wilson (Amazon / WTS)
The Shepherd Leader by Timothy Witmer (Amazon / WTS)

The Church
Deliberate Church by Mark Dever and Paul Alexander (Amazon / WTS)
Why We Love the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck (Amazon / WTS)
Everyday Church by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester (Amazon / WTS)
Total Church by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester (Amazon / WTS)

A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester (Amazon / WTS)
Tell the Truth by Will Metzger (Amazon / WTS)
The Art of Neighboring by Dave Pathak and Jay Runyon (Amazon)

Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George Marsden (Amazon / WTS)
Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years by Iain Murray  (Amazon / WTS)
Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The Fight of Faith by Iain Murray (Amazon / WTS)
The Autobiography of George Mueller (Amazon)

When Sinners Say “I Do” by Dave Harvey (Amazon / WTS)
The Meaning of Marriage by Tim and Kathy Keller (Amazon / WTS)
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas (Amazon / WTS)
What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp (Amazon / WTS)
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp (Amazon / WTS)

For the Love of God: Volume 1 by D.A. Carson (Amazon / WTS)
For the Love of God: Volume 2 by D.A. Carson (Amazon / WTS)
The Valley of Vision by Arthur G. Bennett (Amazon / WTS)
A Godward Life by John Piper (Amazon / WTS)
Taste and See by John Piper (Amazon / WTS)
Note to Self by Joe Thorn (Amazon / WTS)

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