A small list of good books. by bigplew
September 20, 2007, 9:41 am
Filed under: Books

by Mike Plewniak

I wanted to pass this list along to you. It’s a list of some good books for young Christians by Tullian Tchivdiian. After looking thru it, I would say this list is good for ALL Christians. I put the post here in it’s entirety.

“In response to my post on the need to read good books, I was asked by one new believer if I could recommend some good books to begin reading. Below is a list of some books (categorized) that really helped me out as a young Christian. My hope and prayer is that God would use some of these to help you the way he used them to help me.

Spiritual Disciplines
E.M. Bounds, “Power Through Prayer”
John Piper, “A Hunger for God”
Donald Whitney, “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life”
T.M. Moore, “The Disciplines of Grace”
Matthew Henry, “A Method for Prayer”

J.I. Packer, “Knowing and Doing the Will of God”
Arthur Bennett, “The Valley of Vision”
Charles Spurgeon, “Morning and Evening”
John Piper, “A Godward Life” (Book 1 and Book 2)
J.C. Ryle, “Expository Thoughts on the Gospels” (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)

Church History
Earle E. Cairns, “Christianity Through the Centuries”
S.M. Houghton, “Sketches From Church History”
Bruce L. Shelley, “Church History in Plain Language”
James Eckman, “Exploring Church History”
Kenneth Scott Latourette, “A History of Christianity” (Vol. 1 and 2)
Justo L. Gonzalez, “The Story of Christianity”

Introduction to Theology
J.I. Packer, “Concise Theology”
J.I. Packer, “Knowing God”
Thomas Watson, “A Body of Divinity”
Bruce Milne, “Know the Truth”
Sinclair Ferguson, “Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction”
R.C. Sproul, “Essential Truths of the Christian Faith”
R.C. Sproul, “Chosen by God”
James Montgomery Boice, “Foundations of the Christian Faith”
Michael Scott Horton, “Putting Amazing Back Into Grace”
John Piper, “The Pleasures of God”
D. James Kennedy, “Truths that Transform”

Christian Living
J.C. Ryle, “Practical Religion”
J.C. Ryle, “Holiness”
John Piper, “Desiring God”
J.I. Packer, “God’s Plans for You”
J.I. Packer, “Rediscovering Holiness”
Jerry Bridges, “The Pursuit of Holiness”
Jerry Bridges, “Discipline of Grace”
Jerry Bridges, “The Gospel for Real Life”
C.J. Mahaney, “Living The Cross Centered Life”
Joshua Harris, “Stop Dating the Church”

Basic Bible Study Helps
Tremper Longman, “Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind”
Tremper Longman, “Making Sense of the Old Testament”
Alec Motyer, “The Story of the Old Testament”
John Stott, “The Story of the New Testament”
R.C. Sproul, “Knowing Scripture”
Philip Comfort, Ed., “The Origin of the Bible”

Evangelism and Missions
J.I. Packer, “Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God”
John Piper, “Let the Nations Be Glad”
Will Metzger, “Tell the Truth”
John Stott, “Christian Mission in the Modern World”
Joseph Alleine, “An Alarm to the Unconverted”

Other authors I would highly recommend as you get started would be C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Os Guinness, Nancy Pearcey, Charles Colson, John Frame, and Ravi Zacharias. Also, read the footnotes and endnotes in these books for further direction on who and what to read. Enjoy…


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