Top 10 General Reading List
By J. I. Packer
J. I. Packer's Knowing God has become a classic of the Christian faith. Why? While it gives us information about God with clarity and grace, it does much more---it aids us in actually knowing him, in building our relationship with him, and helps draw us closer to him in love and worship.
The Holiness of God
By R. C. Sproul
From Rudolf Otto's mysterium tremendum to Martin Luther's "insanity" and Jonathan Edwards's fiery sermons, Sproul's classic offers an accessible exploration of history and Scripture that will help you understand---and live with---the tension that exists between God's terrifying holiness and his inexplicable grace. Includes challenging study questions for individuals or small groups. 226 pages, softcover from Tyndale.
The Sovereignty of God
By Arthur Pink
In this classic by Arthur Pink, he offers a clear explanation of the Sovereignty of God. Pink uses Scripture to back up his claims and references many great theologians of the past (John Calvin, Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, etc ). This is a superb treatment of a very important topic. Discover the importance and relevance of God's sovereignty in your daily life.
Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cures
By David Martyn-Lloyd Jones
This enduring collection of twenty-one sermons by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, each originally delivered at Westminster Chapel in London, carefully analyzes an undeniable feature of modern society -- spiritual depression. Lloyd-Jones talks about how to pursue joy in God, and it's great importance for the Christian life. A must read!
Let the Nations Be Glad
By John Piper
Worship as the fuel for missions makes sense to a lot of people, but worship as the goal of missions? Piper reminds us that the true reason we share God with others is to make them worshippers (and sharers) as well. He feels that the true goal of missions is "the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God." If it is true, (as Piper states) that "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him," then increasing the number of people who are satisfied in God will bring God more glory. And missions is the way we can do that.
When God Weeps
By Joni Eareckson Tada
When life hurts, can God be trusted? What are his purposes in the face of suffering? Joni Eareckson Tada---herself a quadriplegic---knows about pain. Now she and Pastor Steven Estes combine their deep personal experience with solidbiblical foundations to help you find answers to yourquestions and learn to trust God---no matter what.
How Should We Then Live
By Francis Schaeffer
Schaeffer's brilliant analysis of Western civilization from ancient Rome to the Atomic Age examines the breakdown of modern society in philosophy, theology, the arts, and morals. The only viable alternative, he says, is living by the Christian ethic, acceptance of God's revelation, and total affirmation of the Bible's values and meaning. A timeless classic.
The Good Life
By Chuck Colson
A big house, a fancy car, an expensive vacation---that's happiness! Or is it? Exploring the ways we seek pleasure and contentment, Colson shares real-life stories about people who define themselves by their positions and possessions vs. those who define themselves by their faith in God. You'll find new purpose and meaning for your own life.
By C.S. Lewis
Arguably the 20th century's most influential Christian writer, C.S. Lewis sought to explain and defend the beliefs that nearly all Christians at all times hold in common. His simple yet deeply profound classic, originally delivered as a series of radio broadcasts, is a book to be thoroughly digested by believers and generously shared with skeptics.
The Gospel According to Jesus: What Is Authentic Faith?
By John MacArthur
Over the past 50 years, a handful of books have become true classics, revered world-wide for their crystal-clear presentation of the Gospel and lauded for their contribution to the Christian faith. These extraordinary books are read, re-read, and discussed in churches, Bible study groups, and homes everywhere. John MacArthur's The Gospel According to Jesus is one of those books. In The Gospel According to Jesus, MacArthur tackles the idea of 'easy believism,' challenging Christians to re-evaluate their commitment to Christ by examining their fruits. MacArthur asks, 'What does it really mean to be saved?' He urges readers to understand that their conversion was more than a mere point in time, that, by definition, it includes a lifetime of obediently walking with Jesus as Lord.
Top 10 Academic Reading List
Is There a Meaning in This Text?
By Kevin Vanhoozer
A very good summary of how hermeneutics is possible in a postmodern climate.
A History of Christian Missions
By Stephen Neill
Stephen Neill's book, "A History of Christian Missions" is now a classic in the Christian world. It traces the expansion of Christianity from its origins in the Middle East to Rome, the rest of Europe and the colonial world, and assesses its position as a major religious force worldwide. Professor Stephen Neill's comprehensive and authoritative survey examines centuries of missionary activity, beginning with Christ and working through the Crusades and the colonization of Asia and Africa up to the present day.
The Inclusive Language Debate
By D. A. Carson
An insightful introduction to the issues surrounding Bible translation.
The Next Christendom
By Philip Jenkins
A gifted American historian from Penn State looks at the global shifts and trends of Christendom.
The Mission of God
By Christopher Wright
Wright, an Old Testament scholar in England, traces the Bible's grand narrative from Genesis to Revelation.
The Twilight of Atheism
By Alister McGrath
McGrath, an Anglican theologian with two earned two doctorates (one in molecular biophysics and one in historical theology) looks at the decline of atheism in the West.
What Went Wrong?
By Bernard Lewis
A leading Jewish scholar addresses one of the most a commonly asked question by Muslim intellectuals.
Jonathan Edwards-A Life
By George Marsden
A leading evangelical historian examines and assesses the life of Jonathan Edwards, one of America's leading thinkers.
The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind
By Mark Noll
A leading evangelical historian examines the decline of thinking in the American church.