Scripture is the living and active Word of God.  That said, Scripture was designed not only to be verbally read, but to be explained and exhorted.  The Lord has truly gifted His church with men who have been able to expose the truths of the Bible in such a way that has edified His saints and equipped them for the work of ministry.  Their works have been collected in the form of books, many of which are listed below.

The following are the books that I have read to completion that have had a significant impact on my growth as a believer.  Thus, I can recommend them not only because they were recommended to me, but because God has used them to produce change in me.  Note that it is not in my nature to recommend books that I have not personally read.

Devotional & Christian Living

  1. Heaven by Randy Alcorn
  2. Dying Thoughts by Richard Baxter
  3. The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
  4. Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges
  5. Knowing Christ by Jonathan Edwards
  6. The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards
  7. Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey
  8. The Obedience Option by David Hegg
  9. Spiritual Depression by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  10. The Ultimate Priority by John Macarthur
  11. Alone with God by John Macarthur
  12. Slave by John Macarthur
  13. Humility by C.J. Mahaney
  14. Humility by Andrew Murray
  15. The Glory of Christ by John Owen
  16. Knowing God by J.I. Packer
  17. Desiring God by John Piper
  18. The Pleasures of God by John Piper
  19. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
  20. God is the Gospel by John Piper
  21. God’s Passion for His Glory by John Piper
  22. Future Grace by John Piper
  23. Holiness by J.C. Ryle
  24. The Upper Room by J.C. Ryle
  25. Cat and Dog Theology by Bob Sjogren & Gerald Robison
  26. The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
  27. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney
  28. Simplify Your Spiritual Life by Donald Whitney

Manhood, Marriage, and Fatherhood

  1. Word Filled Families by John Barnett
  2. Craftsmen by John Crotts
  3. Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes
  4. Disciplines of a Godly Family by R. Kent & Barbara Hughes
  5. This Momentary Marriage by John Piper
  6. Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle
  7. The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott
  8. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
  9. What Every Man Wishes His Father Had Told Him by Byron Yawn

Leadership, Pastoral Ministry, and Church Life

  1. The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter
  2. The Christian Ministry by Charles Bridges
  3. Churches that Abuse by Ron Enroth
  4. Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome by R. Kent Hughes
  5. The Minister as Shepherd by Charles Jefferson
  6. Mistakes Leaders Make by Dave Kraft
  7. Spiritual Influence by Mel Lawrence
  8. The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love by Jonathan Leeman
  9. Reverberation by Jonathan Leeman
  10. Pastoral Ministry by John Macarthur (and TMS Faculty)
  11. The Trellis and the Vine by Tony Marshall and Collin Payne
  12. Spiritual Leadership by Oswald Sanders
  13. Lectures to My Students by C.H. Spurgeon

Missions and Evangelism

  1. A Biblical Theology of Missions by George Peters
  2. Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper

Biblical Counseling

  1. Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul Tripp
  2. How People Change by Paul Tripp and Timothy Lane
  3. When People are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch


  1. Spurgeon by Arnold Dalimore
  2. Shadow of the Almighty by Elizabeth Elliot

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