Recommended books

Top 10 Most Influential Books (Timing in my life is key here; no particular order)

§ Living By the Book Workbook: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible by Howard Hendricks and William Hendricks

§ How Now Shall We Live? by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey

§ Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

§ The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out without Selling Out by Mark Driscoll

§ The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges

§ The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D. A. Carson

§ Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

§ Warranted Christian Belief by Alvin Plantinga

§ The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller

§ Master Plan of Evangelism, The, by Robert E. Coleman

 

15 Favorite Books (Most Recommended; no particular order)

§ Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

§ The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out without Selling Out by Mark Driscoll

§ Faith and Reason by Dr. Ronald H. Nash

§ The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D. A. Carson

§ Let the Nations Be Glad! 2d ed. by John Piper

§ How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart

§ The Gravedigger File: Papers on the Subversion of the Modern Church by Os Guinness

§ God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Story-Line of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts

§ The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges/The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

§ Getting the Gospel Right by R. C. Sproul

§ Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and His Confrontation with the World: An Exposition of Matthew 5-10 by D. A. Carson

§ Knowing God by J. I. Packer

§ Hard Questions, Real Answers by William Lane Craig

§ Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing by C.J. Mahaney

§ God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love as the Gift of Himself by John Piper

§ The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church by Alan Hirsch

 

15 best Books of 2008.

1.       You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behaviour and Negative Emotions by Tim Chester

2.      When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage by Dave Harvey

3.      The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World by David Wells

4.      Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change by Paul David Tripp

5.      The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It by Os Guinness

6.      The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller

7.      Christ and Culture Revisited by D. A. Carson

8.      Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan

9.      Mission and the Coming of God  by Tim Chester

10.  Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview by Albert M. Wolters

11.  Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures by Dennis E. Johnson

12.  Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach by Vern Sheridan Poythress

13.  Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy by Paul David Tripp

14.  Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling by Andy Crouch

15.  Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be by Kevin DeYoung, Ted Kluck

15 Best Books Read in 2007 (In Order)

1. The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church by Alan Hirsch

2. Preaching the Whole Bible As Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching by Graeme Goldsworthy

3. Truth to Tell: The Gospel as Public Truth (Osterhaven Lecture) by Lesslie Newbigin

4. Seeing With New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition Through the Lens of Scripture by David Powlison

5. Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry by John Piper

6. Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth: An Analysis of More Than 100 Disputed Questions and/or Countering the Claims of Evangelical Feminism: Biblical Responses to the Key Questions by Wayne Grudem

7. Salvation Belongs to the Lord: An Introduction to Systematic Theology by John M. Frame

8. Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics: Foundations and Principles of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation by Graeme Goldsworthy

9. What’s So Great About Christianity by Dinesh D’Souza

10. Reforming Marriage by Douglas Wilson

11. Christian Theology: An Introduction by Alister E. McGrath

12. By Faith Alone: Answering the Challenges to the Doctrine of Justification by David F. Wells, Cornelis P. Venema, T. David Gordon, and Richard D. Phillips

13. When People Are Big and God Is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man (Resources for Changing Lives) by Edward T. Welch

14. Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Charles A. Anderson, and Michael J. Sleasman (see my comments here)

15. Arminian Theology: Myths And Realities by Roger E. Olson and then Chosen for Life: The Case for Divine Election by C. Samuel Storms

 

15 Best Books Read in 2006 (In Order)

1. The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out without Selling Out by Mark Driscoll

2. Warranted Christian Belief by Alvin Plantinga

3. The Science Of God: An Introduction To Scientific Theology by Alister E. McGrath

4. The Drama Of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach To Christian Theology by Kevin J. Vanhoozer

5. God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Story-Line of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts

6. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God’s Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People by Jim Cymbala and Dean Merrill

7. Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing by C.J. Mahaney

8. Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity (Study Guide Edition) by Nancy R. Pearcey

9. Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology by Gregory A. Boyd and Paul R. Eddy

10. Evangelical Feminism: A New Path to Liberalism? by Wayne Grudem

11. 5 Minute Theologian: Maximum Truth in Minimum Time (5 Minute) by Rick Cornish

12. Serious Times: Making Your Life Matter in an Urgent Day by James Emery White

13. According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible by Graeme Goldsworthy

14. Ask Me Anything: Provocative Answers for College Students by J. Budziszewski

15. Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church (The Leadership Network Innovation) by Mark Driscoll

Theology

God, His Glory and Attributes

§ The Joy of Fearing God by Jerry Bridges

§ Knowing God by J. I. Packer

§ The Holiness of God by RC Sproul

§ The Pleasures of God by John Piper

§ Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper

§ The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D. A. Carson

§ How Long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil by D. A. Carson

§ Concept of God, The by Dr. Ronald H. Nash

§ The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life by A. W. Tozer

§ The Doctrine of God (A Theology of Lordship) by John M. Frame

§ No Other God: A Response to Open Theism by John M. Frame

Systematic Theology

§ Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem (or Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem and Jeff Purswell or Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know by Wayne Grudem and Elliot Grudem)

§ Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof

§ Christian Theology, by Millard J. Erickson

§ A New Systematic Theology Of The Christian Faith 2nd Edition – Revised And Updated by Robert L. Reymond

§ 5 Minute Theologian: Maximum Truth in Minimum Time (5 Minute) by Rick Cornish

§ Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs by J. I. Packer

§ Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R. C. Sproul

§ Christian Theology: An Introduction by Alister E. McGrath

§ God, Revelation and Authority by Carl F. H. Henry

§ Salvation Belongs to the Lord: An Introduction to Systematic Theology by John M. Frame

Biblical Theology

§ Preaching the Whole Bible As Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching by Graeme Goldsworthy

§ Biblical Theology by Geerhardus Vos

§ The Drama Of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach To Christian Theology by Kevin J. Vanhoozer

§ According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible by Graeme Goldsworthy

§ God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Story-Line of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts

§ The Unity of the Bible: Unfolding God’s Plan for Humanity by Daniel P. Fuller

§ Drama of Scripture, The: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story by Craig G., Bartholomew and Michael W., Goheen

§ The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept by Mark Dever

§ God’s Big Design: Life As He Intends It to Be by Vaughan Roberts

§ Preaching the Whole Bible As Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching by Graeme Goldsworthy

§ Goldswothy Trilogy: (Gospel and Kingdom, Gospel and Wisdom, Gospel and Revelation) by Graeme Goldsworthy

§Salvation Belongs to Our God: Celebrating the B… by Christopher J. H. Wright

§New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ by Thomas R., Schreiner

§From Creation to New Creation: Understanding the Bible Story by Tim Chester

§ Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures by Dennis E. Johnson

§ The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses by Vern S. Poythress


Soteriology

§ Why I Am Not a Calvinist by Jerry L. Walls and Joseph Dongell and Why I Am Not an Arminian by Robert A. Peterson

§ The Potter’s Freedom by James R. White

§ Grace Unknown: The Heart of Reformed Theology by R. C. Sproul

§ Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport: Making Connections in Today’s World by Richard J. Mouw

§ Grace, Faith, Free Will: Contrasting Views of Salvation: Calvinism and Arminianism by Robert E. Picirilli

§ Justification of God, The,: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Romans 9:123 by John Piper

§ Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray

§ Still Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives on Election, Foreknowledge, and Grace by Bruce A. Ware

§ Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God by J. I. Packer

§ Reformed Doctrine of Predestination by Loraine Boettner

§ Putting Amazing Back into Grace by Michael Scott Horton

§ Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility: Biblical Perspective in Tension by D. A. Carson

§ Arminian Theology: Myths And Realities by Roger E. Olson

§ The Sovereignty of God by Authur W. Pink

§ Chosen for Life: The Case for Divine Election by C. Samuel Storms

§ Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards

§ God’s Sovereign Purpose, 9:1-33 (Romans Series) by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

§ Biblical Predestination by Gordon H. Clark

Gospel (and NPP)

§ God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love as the Gift of Himself by John Piper

§ Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study by Gordon D. Fee

§ Is Jesus The Only Savior? by James R. Edwards

§ The Great Work of the Gospel: How We Experience God’s Grace by John M. Ensor

§ God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards (With the Complete Text of The End for Which God Created the World) by John Piper and Jonathan Edwards

§ Counted Righteous in Christ: Should We Abandon the Imputation of Christ’s Righteousness? by John Piper

§ Getting the Gospel Right by R. C. Sproul

§ Perspectives Old and New on Paul: The “Lutheran” Paul and His Critics by Stephen Westerholm

§ The God Who Justifies by James R. White

§ Justification And Variegated Nomism (2 Vol. set) by D. A. Carson, Peter T. O’Brien, and Mark A. Seifrid

§ Justification: What’s at Stake in the Current Debates by Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier

§ The Cross and Christian Ministry: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians by D. A. Carson

§ Do I Know God?: Finding Certainty in Life’s Most Important Relationship by Tullian Tchividjian

§ The Truth of the Cross by R C Sproul

§ The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges

§ The Gospel for Real Life (with Study Guide) by Jerry Bridges

§ Preaching the Cross (Together for the Gospel) by Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan, Jr., Albert Mohler, and C. J. Mahaney

§ Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person by Whole People by Will Metzger

§ The Cross: God’s Way of Salvation by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

§ Gospel of the Kingdom by George Ladd

§ By Faith Alone: Answering the Challenges to the Doctrine of Justification by David F. Wells, Cornelis P. Venema, T. David Gordon, and Richard D. Phillips

§ Preaching the Cross (Together for the Gospel) by Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan, Jr., Albert Mohler, and C. J. Mahaney

§ In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement by J. I. Packer

§ Pierced for Our Transgressions: Rediscovering the Glory of Penal Substitution by Michael Ovey, Andrew Sach, and Steve Jeffery

§ What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey

§ Death by Love: Letters from the Cross (Re:Lit) by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears

Pneumatology

§ Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians, 12-14 by D. A. Carson

§ Keep in Step With the Spirit by J.I. Packer

§ Surprised by the Power of the Spirit by Jack S. Deere

§ Are Miraculous Gifts for Today? by Wayne Grudem

§ Convergence: Spiritual Journeys of a Charismatic Calvinist by Sam Storms

§ Joy Unspeakable by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

§ The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today by Wayne Grudem

§ God’s Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul by Gordon D. Fee

Ecclesiology/Missiology

§ Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever

§ The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel by Mark Dever and Paul Alexander

§ Dining With the Devil: The Megachurch Movement Flirts With Modernity (Hourglass Books) by Os Guinness

§ Let the Nations Be Glad! 2d ed. by John Piper

§ Christian Mission in the Modern World by John R. W. Stott

§ Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture by Michael Frost

§ Breaking the Missional Code: Your Church Can Become a Missionary in Your Community by Ed Stetzer

§ Planting Missional Churches by Ed Stetzer

§ Evangelism Outside the Box: New Ways to Help People Experience the Good News by Rick Richardson

§ The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out without Selling Out by Mark Driscoll

§ Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church (The Leadership Network Innovation) by Mark Driscoll

§ The Church Between Gospel and Culture: The Emerging Mission in North America (Gospel & Our Culture) by George R. Hunsberger and Craig Van Gelder

§ The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21 Century Church by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch

§ Perimeters of Light by Elmer Towns and Edward Stetzer

§ Power Evangelism by John Wimber and Keith Springer

§ Master Plan of Evangelism, The, by Robert E. Coleman

§ The Celtic Way of Evangelism: How Christianity Can Reach the West…Again by George G., III Hunter

§ Truth to Tell: The Gospel as Public Truth (Osterhaven Lecture) by Lesslie Newbigin

§ Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends (Cultural Exegesis) by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Charles A. Anderson, and Michael J. Sleasman

§ The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church by Alan Hirsch

§Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community (Re:Lit) by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

§ Mission and the Coming of God (Paternoster Theological Monographs) (Paternoster Theological Monographs) (Paternoster Theological Monographs) by Tim Chester

§ The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever

§ Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World by Richard, Bauckham

§ The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative by Christopher J. H. Wright

§ Biblical Eldership: Restoring the Eldership to Its Rightful Place in Church by Alexander Strauch

§ Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens by Neil Cole

 

 

Emergent Church

 

Overview of Theological Beliefs

 

 

Criticism of Evangelicalism

 

Marriage

Great:

·        When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage by Dave Harvey

·        Sacred Marriage by Gary L. Thomas

·        Reforming Marriage by Douglas Wilson

Good:

·        Strengthening Your Marriage by Wayne A. Mack

·        Peacemaking for Families (Focus on the Family) by Ken Sande and Tom Raabe

·        Sweethearts for a Lifetime: Making the Most of Your Marriage (Strength for Life) by Wayne A. Mack and Carol Mack

·        The Marriage Builder by Larry Crabb

·        Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God: What Every Christian Husband Needs to Know by C. J. Mahaney

Helpful:

·        Men & Women by Larry Crabb

·        The Mystery of Marriage 20th Anniversary Edition: Meditations on the Miracle by Mike Mason

·        Lasting Love by Alistair Begg

·        Each for the Other: Marriage as Its Meant to Be by Bryan Chapell and Kathy Chapell

·        Intimate Allies (AACC Library) by Dan B. Allender and Tremper Longman III

Alright:

·        The Intimate Marriage: A Practical Guide to Building a Great Marriage (R. C. Sproul Library) by R. C. Sproul

·        God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation by Andreas Kostenberger and David W. Jones

·        Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs

·        Every Man’s Marriage: An Every Man’s Guide to Winning the Heart of a Woman (previously released as Every Woman’s Desire) by Stephen Arterburn, Fred Stoeker, and Mike Yorkey

 

Men and Women Roles

 

History

 

 

Worldview Formation

 

Sanctification

Biblical Counseling

§ Seeing With New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition Through the Lens of Scripture (Resources for Changing Lives) by David Powlison

§ When People Are Big and God Is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man (Resources for Changing Lives) by Edward T. Welch

§ How People Change (VantagePoint Books) by Timothy S. Lane and Paul D. Tripp

§ Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave : Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel (Resources for Changing Lives) by Edward T. Welch

§ Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change (Resources for Changing Lives)
by Paul David Tripp

§ Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick

§ You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behaviour and Negative Emotions by Tim Chester

§ War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles (Resources for Changing Lives) by Paul David Tripp

 

 

Apologetics

General

·         The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller

Historical

·          

Philosophy

·          

Post-Modernism

Science

Cults

·          

 

Scripture

Hermeneutics and Exegesis

§ Knowing Scripture by R. C. Sproul

§ Exegetical Fallacies by D. A. Carson

§ Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics: Foundations and Principles of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation by Graeme Goldsworthy

§ Introduction to Biblical Interpretation: Revised and Expanded by William W. Klein, Craig L. Blomberg, and Robert L. Hubbard

§ How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart

§ How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour by Dr. Gordon D. Fee and Dr. Douglas Stuart

§ New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors(3rd Edition) by Gordon D. Fee

§ The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation by Grant R. Osborne

§ Living By the Book Workbook: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible by Howard Hendricks and William Hendricks

§ Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics, An by Jr., Dr. Walter C. Kaiser and Dr. Moises Silva

§ A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible: Playing by the Rules by Robert H. Stein

 

Philosophy of Scripture

§ Scripture Alone: Exploring the Bibles Accuracy, Authority and Authenticity by James R. White

§ The Word of God and the Mind of Man by Ronald H. Nash

§ Inerrancy by Norman L. Geisler

§ 3 Crucial Questions About the Bible by Grant R. Osborne

§ Scripture and Truth by D. A. Carson and John D. Woodbridge

§ Symphonic Theology: The Validity of Multiple Perspectives in Theology by Vern S. Poythress

§ Beyond the Bible: Moving from Scripture to Theology (Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology) by I. Howard Marshall

§ Foundation of Biblical Authority by James Montgomery Boice

 

 

Resources

§ A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature by Walter Bauer

§ Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible by Kevin J. Vanhoozer

§ New Testament Commentary Survey by D. A. Carson

§ Introduction to the New Testament, An by D. A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo

§ Theological Dictionary of the New Testament by Gerhard Kittel, Gerhard Friedrich, and Geoffrey W. Bromiley

§ Baker Theological Dictionary of the Bible by Walter A. Elwell

§ New Dictionary of Biblical Theology: Exploring the Unity & Diversity of Scripture by Brian S. Rosner, T. Desmond Alexander, and Carson Goldsworthy

§ The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament by Craig S. Keener

§ Hard Sayings of the Bible by Peter H. Davids

§ The ESV Study Bible

 

 

Commentaries

§ The Gospel According to John: An Introduction and Commentary (Pillar New Testament Commentary) by Donald A. Carson

§ The Epistle to the Romans (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Douglas J. Moo

§ Romans (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Thomas R. Schreiner

§ The Letter to the Ephesians (Pillar New Testament Commentary) by Peter T. O’Brien

§ Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 42, Ephesians (lincoln), by Andrew T. Lincoln

§ The lamb and the lion: The Gospel in Revelation by Graeme Goldsworthy

§ Romans by David Martyn Lloyd-Jones

§ The Letters of John: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries) by John R. W. Stott

§ The Letters of John (Pillar New Testament Commentary) by Colin G. Kruse

§ Epistles of John (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by I. Howard Marshall

§ Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 51, 1,2,3 John by Stephen S. Smalley

§ The Gospel According to Mark (Pillar New Testament Commentary) by James R. Edwards

§ The Gospel According to Mark: The English Text With Introduction, Exposition, and Notes (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by William Lane

§Romans (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Thomas R., Schreiner

§ Exposition of Ephesians (8 vol set) by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

 

 

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