Friday, October 05, 2007

Topical Book Recommendations

This page features a topical guide to books that I strongly recommend for readers: lists are in alphabetical order and will continue to be updated in the future. Underlined books are especially recommended.

A Biblical History of Israel - Iain Provan, V. Philips Long, and Tremper Longman III
A Survey of Old Testament Introduction - Gleason L. Archer
Against Apion - Flavius Josephus
Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, 5 Volumes - Michael Brown
Can I Really Trust the Bible? - Barry Cooper
Can You Believe It's True? - John Feinberg
Christianity and Religious Diversity - Harold A. Netland
Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ - Harold W. Hoehner
Daniel in the Critics' Den - Josh McDowell
Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics - R.C. Sproul
Dissonant Voices: Religious Pluralism and the Question of Truth - Harold A. Netland
Easter Faith and History - Daniel P. Fuller
Eternity in Their Hearts - Don Richardson
Evidence that Demands a Verdict, 2 Volumes - Josh McDowell
He is There and He is Not Silent - Francis Schaeffer
How Should We Then Live? - Francis Schaeffer
Israel in Egypt: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition - James K. Hoffmeier
Miracles - C.S. Lewis
Misquoting Truth - Timothy Paul Jones
On the Incarnation - Athanasius
On the Reliability of the Old Testament - Kenneth Kitchen
Orthodoxy - G.K. Chesterton
Rays of Messiah's Glory - David Baron
Signs of Intelligence - W. Dembski & J. Kushiner
The Abolition of Man - C.S. Lewis
The Authority of the Bible - John Stott
The Bible Among the Myths - John N. Oswalt
The Case for Christ - Lee Strobel
The Case for the Resurrection - G. Habermas & M. Licona
The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible - Benjamin B. Warfield
The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? - F.F. Bruce
The Resurrection Factor - Josh McDowell
The Resurrection of Jesus - James Orr
The Ring of Truth - J.B. Phillips
The Scandal of Jesus - Vinoth Ramachandra
The Virgin Birth of Christ - James Orr
The Word of God and the Mind of Man - Ronald H. Nash
Unearthing the Bible - Titus Kennedy

A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards - George Marsden
Biblical Authority: Infallibility and Inerrancy in the Christian Tradition - John Woodbridge
Calvin's Company of Pastors - Scott M. Manetsch
Confessions of St. Augustine - Augustine
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners - John Bunyan
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther - Roland Bainton
John Bunyan - Frank Mott Harrison
Massacre at Mountain Meadows - Ronald Walker, Richard Turley, & Glen Leonard
Memoir of the Early Life of William Cowper - William Cowper
Out of the Depths - John Newton
Reply to Sadoleto - John Calvin
Spurgeon - Arnold Dallimore
Surprised By Joy - C.S. Lewis
The Early Church - Henry Chadwick
The Force of Truth - Thomas Scott
The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom
Theology of the Reformers - Timothy George
Tortured for Christ - Richard Wurmbrand

A Conversation with Jesus: Renewing Your Passion for Ministry - Stephen Seamands
A Gospel Primer for Christians - Milton Vincent
A Grief Observed - C.S. Lewis
A Praying Life - Paul E. Miller
A Theory of Agape: On the Meaning of Christian Love - Stephen G. Post
Agape Leadership - Alexander Strauch & Robert Peterson
Boyhood and Beyond - Bob Schultz
Church Elders - Jeramie Rinne
Classic Christianity - Bob George
Continuous Revival - Norman Grubb
Devoted: Great Men and Their Godly Moms - Tim Challies
Discipleship By Grace - Derek Levendusky
Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus - Mark Dever
Exhortation to Martyrdom, Addressed to Fortunatus - Cyprian
Family Driven Faith - Voddie Baucham
Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, and the Universal Longing - Christopher West
Foxe's Book of Martyrs - John Foxe
God in the Dark: The Assurance of Faith Beyond a Shadow of Doubt - Os Guinness
How Long, O Lord: Reflections on Suffering and Evil - D.A. Carson
How to Be Free from Bitterness - Jim Wilson
Humility - Andrew Murray
Leadership and Self-Deception - The Arbinger Institute
Life Together - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Love or Die - Alexander Strauch
Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
Men and Women, Equal Yet Different - Alexander Strauch
Ministry in the Image of God: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Service - Stephen Seamands
Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God - G. Furman
Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global - Andy Johnson
Navigating the Deeper Life - Brent Trockman
On Becoming Baby Wise - Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam
On the Freedom of a Christian - Martin Luther
Pastoral Graces: Reflections on the Care of Souls - Lee Eclov
Preaching and Preachers - Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood - J. Piper & W. Grudem
Revolutionary Love - Festo Kivengere
Seven Epistles of Saint Ignatius - Ignatius
Shepherding a Child's Heart - Tedd Tripp
Thankfulness and Confession - Brad Scheelke
The Benedict Option - Rod Dreher
The Bruised Reed - Richard Sibbes
The Christian Mind - Harry Blamires
The Cost of Discipleship - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - Patrick Lencioni
The Greatest Thing in the World - Henry Drummond
The Hospitality Commands - Alexander Strauch
The Mystery of Marriage - Mike Mason
The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian and the Risk of Commitment - Daniel Taylor
The Pastor as Scholar & the Scholar as Pastor - John Piper & D.A. Carson
The Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan
The Spirit of Truth - Art Katz
The Tragedy of American Compassion - Marvin Olasky
The Weight of Glory - C.S. Lewis
Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering - Timothy Keller
We Would See Jesus - Roy Hession
When Helping Hurts - Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Daily Light on the Daily Path - Samuel Bagster
Faith's Checkbook - Charles Spurgeon
He Won them for Christ - Eric Hayden
In Him Will I Trust - Basilea Schlink
Morning and Evening - Charles Spurgeon
The Book of Common Prayer
The Life of Christ in Stereo - Johnston M. Cheney
The Valley of Vision - Arthur Bennett

Daniel and the Latter Days - Robert D. Culver
Jerome's Commentary on Daniel - Jerome
Revelation 20 and the Millennial Debate - Matthew Waymeyer
The Blessed Hope - George E. Ladd
The Case for Progressive Dispensationalism - Robert Saucy
The Gospel of the Kingdom - George E. Ladd
The Hope of Christ's Second Coming - Samuel P. Tregelles

Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus - J. Mack Stiles
Hell's Best Kept Secret - Ray Comfort
Principles of War - Jim Wilson
Speaking the Truth in Love to Mormons - Mark Cares
Tactics - Gregory Koukl
The Free Offer of the Gospel - John Murray
Words to Winners of Souls - Horatius Bonar

Dachau: A Silent Witness - Art Katz
Fact or Fraud? The Protocols of the Elders of Zion -
Goran Larsson
Future Israel - Barry E. Horner
Israel in the Plan of God - David Baron
The History of the Ten "Lost" Tribes - David Baron
The Holocaust: Where was God? - Art Katz
The Jerusalem Sinner Saved - John Bunyan
Zechariah: A Commentary on His Visions and Prophecies - David Baron

A Word for the World: Calvin on the Extent of the Atonement - Paul Hartog
Christ Crucified - Adolph Saphir
Christianity and Liberalism - J. Gresham Machen
Commentary on Galatians - Martin Luther
Epistle to Diognetus - Mathetes
Evil and the Cross - Henri Blocher
Faith and Saving Faith - Gordon H. Clark
General Revelation: Historical Views & Contemporary Issues - Bruce Demarest
God's Integrity and the Cross - Richard S. Taylor
God's Way of Peace - Horatius Bonar
In Search of Ancient Roots: The Christian Past & the Evangelical Identity Crisis - Kenneth J. Stewart
Justification Reconsidered - Stephen Westerholm
Love, Freedom, and Evil - Thaddeus J. Williams
Perspectives on Spirit Baptism - Chad Owen Brand
Preaching in the New Testament - Jonathan Griffiths
Sermons on the Death and Resurrection of Jesus - C.H. Spurgeon
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God - Jonathan Edwards
Spurgeon v. Hyper-Calvinism - Iain H. Murray
The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross - Leon Morris
The Atonement and the Modern Mind - James Denney
The Christian Doctrine of Reconciliation - James Denney
The Church Before the Watching World - Francis Schaeffer
The Cross: The Vindication of God - Martyn Lloyd-Jones
The Cross of Christ - John Stott
The Death of Christ - James Denney
The Death of Christ - Norman Douty
The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything - Fred Sanders
The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God - D.A. Carson
The Divine Unity of Scriptures - Adolph Saphir
The End for Which God Created the World - Jonathan Edwards
The Everlasting Righteousness - Horatius Bonar
The Freedom of the Will - Jonathan Edwards
The God Who Loves - John MacArthur
The Great Meaning of Metanoia - Treadwell Walden
The Immortality of the Soul or the Resurrection of the Body? - Oscar Cullmann
The Johannine Logos - Gordon H. Clark
The Justification of God - John Piper
Words of Life - Timothy Ward

4 Steps to a Friendlier Church (The G.I.F.T. Plan) - Karl Vaters
4 Ways to Make Hierarchy Less Awful - Erika Andersen
10 Strengths (and 10 Dangers) of Systematic Theology - Tim Challies
A Brief History of Complementarian Literature - Owen Strachan
A Brief Theology of Sleep - John Piper
A Dying Man Taught Me How to Live - Ivan Mesa
A Few Reflections on the Christian Music Industry - Warren Cole Smith
A God-Centered Understanding of Sin - Stephen Witmer
A Non-Polemical Reading of 1 John - Terry Griffith
A Reply to R.C. Sproul (1939-2017) and John MacArthur on the Love of God - Tony Byrne
A Review of a Review - Francis Schaeffer
A Second Critique of R.C. Sproul on the Love of God - Tony Byrne
Abortion and the Lonely Modern Woman - John Frame
Amillennialism  vs  Premillennialism - Gary Vaterlaus
Annihilationism, Traditionalism, and the Problem of Hell - Shawn Bawulski
Are We Too Distracted for Revival? - Brett McCracken
Assembly Required25 Reasons to Regularly Participate in Public & Corporate Worship - H.B. Charles
Balancing Act: How the Renaissance Ideal Became a Pointless Hustle - Benjamin & Jenna Storey
Biblical Calvinists Acknowledge That God Loves All People - Mark Horne
Calvinists are Uncommonly Good at Affirming Free Will - Wyatt Graham
Catholicism Made Me Protestant - Onsi A. Kamel
Critical Theory and Christianity - Neil Shenvi & Pat Sawyer
Do We Have Free Will? Yes - Wyatt Graham
Does God Need Our Obedience? A Brief Thought on the Necessity of Sacrifice - Derek Rishmawy
Euthanasia Abandons Despairing People to Worst Fears - Wesley J. Smith
Everlasting Punishment and the Problem of Evil - Henri Blocher
Faith in Future Grace vs. Anxiety - John Piper
Faith that Moves Mountains: What Jesus Didn't Mean - Thomas Schreiner
False Comfort: The Treacherous Gospel of Wrathless Universalism - Andrew Moody
Finishing the Task: The Unreached Peoples Challenge - Ralph Winters & Bruce Koch
Five Effective Ways to Avoid Boredom in Expository Preaching - Peter Adam
Five Steps for Racial Reconciliation on Sunday at 11 a.m. - D.A. Carson
Fury Not in God - Thomas Chalmers
God's Genuine Love for All - Travis Campbell
God Without Mood Swings - Phil Johnson
God's Indiscriminate Proposals of Mercy - R.L. Dabney
How Can We Reconcile the Love and the Transcendent Sovereignty of God? - D.A. Carson
How I Found God at Columbia - Dennis Prager
How (Not) to Discover Your Spiritual Gifts - Thomas Schreiner
How to Stay Married - Ericka Andersen
How to Think About Secularism - Wolfhart Pannenberg
Is America Really Getting Gayer? - Joseph Blackholm
Is God's Glory His Only Goal? - Christopher Morgan
Is Learning Greek and Hebrew Really Worth It? - Marc Cortez
Islam's Future in America - Adam Francisco
Islam's Rule of Thumb - David Wood
It Was Very Good - Gordon L. Wilson
Jesus of Nazareth: How Historians Can Know Him and Why It Matters - Craig Blomberg
Jewish Resistance to the Gospel - David N. Brickner
Joyless Christianity is Dangerous - Jim Johnston
Judas's Demise in Matthew 27 & Acts 1: Do They Contradict? - James Bejon
Knowledge, Not Mystery, the Basis of Religion - James Denney
Letter to an Aspiring Theologian - Kevin J. Vanhoozer
Luther's Rules for How to Become a Theologian - John Piper
Must a Scholar of Religion Be Methodologically Atheistic or Agnostic? - Michael Cantrell
Mystery and Fulfillment - D.A. Carson
New Testament Use of the Old Testament - Craig A. Evans
Of the Trinity and a Christian - John Bunyan
On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of the Family - G.K. Chesterton
On Obstinacy in Belief - C.S. Lewis
Open Theism and Divine Foreknowledge - John Frame
Pastors Around the World Apply Romans 13 - Elliot Clark
Perseverance and Assurance: A Survey and a Proposal - Thomas Schreiner
Preaching and Biblical Theology - Peter J.H. Adam
Priestesses in the Church? - C.S. Lewis
Reclaiming the M-Word: The Legacy of Missions in Nonwestern Societies - Robert Woodberry
Reflections on Assurance - D.A. Carson
Roger Olson, Arminianism and the Death of Exegesis - Andrew Wilson
Semper Reformanda - Michael Horton
"Silent in the Churches": On the Role of Women in 1 Corinthians 14:33b-36 - D.A. Carson
Sins Within and Sins Without: An Interpretation of 1 John 5:16-17 - David M. Scholer
Smart Kids and Dumb Phones - Douglas Wilson
Spurgeon's Theology: Embracing Biblical Paradox - Randy Alcorn
Stereoscopic Calvinism - Tony Byrne
The Essence of Femininity: A Personal Perspective - Elisabeth Elliot
The Fear of God - J. Gresham Machen
The Good War Against Moods: How Stubborn Faith Overcomes Feelings - Joe Rigney
The Heart of Middle-School Meanness - Kristen Hatton
The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment - C.S. Lewis
The Mind is the Opposite of a Computer - Michael Egnor
The Purpose of Pleasure - Rodolfo A.C. de Souza
The Question - Eugene Genovese
The Rout of Traditionalist Conservatism - Rod Dreher
The SBJT Forum: Neglected Matters in Evangelism - D.A. Carson
The Secret to Prayer - Samuel Whitefield
The Ultimate Meaning of True Womanhood - John Piper
The Unknown Slavery: In the Muslim World, That Is — and It's Not Over - John J. Miller
The Virtue of Noticing: Refusing Numbness and Recovering Wonder - L.M. Sacasas
Three Types of Evangelistic Contexts: Contact, Context, and Friendship - Jerry Root
Understanding Conservative Anti-Capitalism - Julio Publius
When Doctrine Sparks Delight in Messy Relationships - Dave Harvey
When God Answers 'No' to Our Prayers - John Piper
When the Chariot of Guilt Rolls into Town - Erik Raymond
When the Darkness Doesn't Yield - Gavin Ortlund
Where Did Satan Come From? - Guy M. Richard
Who Chose the New Testament Books? - Charles E. Hill
Why Did Jesus Say He Will Crush Some to Pieces? - Steve Mathewson
Why I Believe Again - A.N. Wilson
Why People Don't Leave Social Media - Tim Suffield
Why You Should Be Praying the Psalms - Donald Whitney
Women, Callings, and Having It All - Jennifer A. Marshall
Women Need Accountability, Too - Tori Campbell
Your Single Most Important Habit - David Mathis



Jon said...

I'm surprised you didn't add Francis Collins' The Language of God.

I'm ready Mere Christianity and I like it so far--not a big fan of some of CS Lewis' other works, however--like the Narnia stuff.

About Lee Strobel's works: I'll need them myself, but the critiques I've read have been devestating:

Take care.

Jon said...

*reading Mere Christianity

Anonymous said...

Hey this List is awesome! I would recommand almost the same! Cool to know there are other christians around the world who have the same mindset.

did you ever hear about Greg Violi? he's one of the few man of god who impressed me (the other were Watchman Nee & Arthur Katz).

greetings from the body of christ in Germany!

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth: George Ladd may be a respected Bible scholar and a brother in Christ, but I'm afraid he doesn't understand and completely mischaracterizes dispensationalism in his book "The Blessed Hope." *NOT* recommended IMHO, because, I'm sorry, but he simply doesn't know what he's talking about. Of course, if you are untroubled by that fact because you happen to be a post-tribber, have at it.