Recommended Reading

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17
 
Our thinking and behavior are changed when we come in contact with the thoughts and views of others.
This is exactly what takes place when we pick up and read a book. Our minds come into a dialogue with godly saints with whom we will most likely never meet on this side of eternity.
 
The Scriptures are by far the most important book a person can read, but it is also important to have our minds sharpened by godly men and women who experience the same trials and tribulations that we face.
 
Below is a list of books that we believe to be very beneficial for the growth of godly men and women.
Bible Study Aids
ESV MacArthur Study Bible
MacArthur Study Bible
A great study Bible with notes from gifted pastor, John MacArthur.
 
Theology
Knowing God
J.I. Packer
Knowing God
In this Christian classic, J.I. Packer takes some of the deep truths of the faith and explains them in a concise way that will surely lead Christians to grow in understanding of the Lord and also in worship of the majesty of the Lord.
God’s Big Picture
Vaughan Roberts
God's Big Picture
This book is a great resource for seeing the “big picture” of the Bible. Roberts traces the theme of the kingdom of God throughout the pages of Scripture to give readers a very easy-to-understand framework for seeing how the Old and New Testaments fit together.
Apologetics
Reason for God
Tim Keller
The Reason for God
For skeptics of the faith or Christians seeking resources for defending their faith, The Reason for God seeks to show the compelling case for Christianity by answering common objections and showing that the claims of Scripture fit in with what we know to be true in this world.
Mere Christianity
C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity
Originally delivered as a series of radio broadcasts in Great Britain during World War II, Mere Christianity sets out a rational basis for Christianity.
Now, That’s a Good Question
R.C. Sproul
Now, That's a Good Question
This book answers over 300 questions dealing with the difficult issues of life and faith.
Church History
A Summary of Christian History
Robert Baker and John Landers
A Summary of Christian History
An introductory-level study of the
history of the Christian religion.
Turning Points
Mark Noll
Turning points
Turning Points gives the reader a framework for viewing the history of Christianity by focusing on several key people or events that have shaped our history.
Missions & Evangelism
Gospel and Personal Evangelism Mark Dever
Gospel and Personal Evangelism
In this work, Mark Dever seeks to let the Scriptures answer the basic questions of evangelism: Who? How? What? Why? This is a great introduction for the person interested in personal evangelism.
Let the Nations Be Glad
John Piper
Let the Nations be Glad
Seeking to give the church a solid foundation and passion for missions, Piper explains that the church is called to pursue missions zealously because there are places in the world where God is not receiving the proper worship that He deserves. This is a powerful book that will fan the flames of passion to fulfill the Great Commission.
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
J.I. Packer
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
Have you ever wondered how our actions in evangelism relate to God’s sovereignty in salvation? This short, easy-to-read book explains how these two seemingly contradictory things beautifully coincide.
Through Gates
of Splendor
Elisabeth Elliot
Through the Gates of Splendor 
In 1956, five missionaries were killed in the jungles of Ecuador trying to reach the Huaorani Tribe with the gospel of Jesus Christ. This book, written by the wife of one of those men, is a personal account of that tragedy that reveals God’s grace and unconditional love even during the difficult times.
Christian Living/Growth
Spiritual Disciplines
for the Christian Life
Donald Whitney
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
Spiritual disciplines (prayer, Bible reading, fasting, etc.) are the means that God has given us to grow in godliness. Don Whitney helps us to understand what are the various spiritual disciplines and offers practical advice as to how we can cultivate these vital practices in our daily lives.
In Christ Alone
Sinclair Ferguson
In Christ Alone
Exploring the person and work of Jesus Christ, In Christ Alone is a series of short articles that would serve Christians well in a daily devotional time to fix one’s eyes upon the splendors of Christ.
Living the Cross
Centered Life
C.J. Mahaney
Living the Cross Centered Life
The leader of Sovereign Grace Ministries, C.J. Mahaney, does the church a great service by turning readers’ eyes back to the essence of their faith, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and showing that it should daily impact every aspect of life.
Don’t Waste Your Life
John Piper
Don't Waste Your Life
A convicting and challenging book that calls Christians to not waste their lives on chasing fleeting treasures but to focus on living a life that affects eternal realities.
Marriage & Family
When Sinners Say “I Do”
Dave Harvey
When Sinners Say I Do
Marriage is the union of two people, two sinful people. This sin is going to cause difficulties, and Dave Harvey explains how the transforming power of the gospel can help couples deal with the problems that they experience along the pathway of life.
Shepherding a Child’s Heart
Ted Tripp
Shepherding a Child's Heart
This is an insightful and practical book for the parents who desires to raise their child in the way of the Lord. Tripp helps parents understand the biblical goals of parenting and the correct methods to reach those goals.
Children’s Books
The Big Picture Story Bible
David Helm
The Big Picture Story Bible
Aimed at helping children understand the unified story of the Old and New Testaments, The Big Picture Story Bible presents the story of Scripture in an illustrated and simple format. It is a great tool for parents to read to their children or for the children to read for themselves.
Pilgrim’s Progress
John Bunyan
Pilgrim's Progress
This classic of English literature tells the story of Christian who journeys through various trials on his way to the Celestial City. Being an allegory of the Christian life, readers of all ages can gain much insight into our lifelong voyage to eternity with God.