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Recommended Reading

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy near the end of his life and asked him to “bring…the books…” indicating that there were some reading material that he wanted to read and study (2 Timothy 4:13). Throughout church history, men and women who love God also love to read. Reading is a discipline every Christian should cultivate.


In addition to one’s normal and daily Bible reading and study, there are scores of volumes written by godly men and women on a variety of subjects. While no substitute for the Bible, and no more authoritative than the Scriptures, other books can give valuable spiritual insight into the Christian life and can be enjoyed by Christians today.


The following is a list of recommended books on several subjects. One general caveat: all human authors are flawed, and therefore all humanly authored books are flawed. While we can glean benefit and edification from a variety of authors, please remember that mentioning a certain book is not necessarily a full out endorsement of its author. Please read with spiritual discernment and a mind trained to think according to the Scriptures.

General Christian Living:

  • Desiring God, John Piper

  • Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan

  • Changed into His Image, Jim Berg

  • Knowing God, J.I. Packer

  • More Like the Master, Randy Jaeggli

  • Spiritual Depression, Martyn Lloyd-Jones

  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald S. Whitney



  • Biblical Separation, Ernest Pickering

  • Incomparable Christ, J. Oswald Sanders

  • From the Mind of God to the Mind of Man, ed. J.B. Williams

  • The Suffering Savior, F.W. Krummacher

  • Systematic Theology (3 vols.), Rolland McCune

  • Things to Come, J. Dwight Pentecost



  • Spiritual Leadership, J. Oswald Sanders

  • Biblical Leadership, Ken Collier & Matt Williams

  • The Servant Leader, Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges



  • The Call for Spiritual Reformation, D.A. Carson

  • Working with God through Prayer, D. Edmond Hiebert

  • A Method of Prayer, Matthew Henry

  • With Christ in the School of Prayer, Andrew Murray



  • Sweethearts for a Lifetime, Wayne & Carol Mack

  • The Complete Husband, Lou Priolo

  • A Remarkable Marriage, David Whitcomb

  • Love & Respect, Emerson Eggerichs



  • The Complete Husband, Lou Priolo

  • Disciplines of a Godly Man, Kent Hughes

  • The Masculine Mandate, Richard Phillips

  • Being a Dad who Leads, John MacArthur

  • The Godly Man’s Picture, Thomas Watson



  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Tedd Tripp

  • Age of Opportunity, Paul Tripp

  • Teach Them Diligently, Lou Priolo

  • Don’t Make Me Count to Three, Ginger Plowman



  • Disciplines of a Godly Woman, Barbara Hughes

  • Biblical Womanhood in the Home, Nancy Leigh DeMoss

  • Becoming a Titus 2 Woman, Martha Peace


Pastoral Ministry

  • Lectures to My Students, Charles Spurgeon

  • Preaching & Preachers, Martyn Lloyd-Jones

  • The Minister as Shepherd, Charles Jefferson

  • An Earnest Ministry, John Angell James

  • The Christian Ministry, Charles Bridges

  • Planning Your Preaching, Stephen Nelson Rummage


Church Ministry

  • Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome, Kent & Barbara Hughes

  • Set Apart, Kent Hughes

  • Building Conservative Churches, David deBruyn

  • More Than Spectators, Paul W. Downey

  • 9 Marks of a Healthy Church, Mark Dever



  • For the Sake of His Name, David M. Doran

  • What is the Mission of the Church?, Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert



  • The Glory Due His Name, Gary Reimers

  • True Worship, David Whitcomb & Mark Ward Sr.

  • Christ-Centered Worship, Bryan Chapell

  • The Beauty of Holiness, Michael P.V. Barrett



  • Muller of Bristol, A.T. Pierson

  • The Journals of Jim Elliot, Ed. Elisabeth Elliot

  • Life and Diaries of David Brainerd, Ed. Jonathan Edwards

  • Memoirs of M’Cheyne, ed. Andrew Bonar

  • Bordon of Yale, Mrs. Howard Taylor

  • A Scottish Christian Heritage, Ian Murray

  • Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur, Frank Houghton

  • Hudson Taylor (2 Vols.), Dr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor

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