Recommended Resources

At the request of one of my friends and Christian Brother I am compiling a list of recommended resources. In keeping with the spirit of this blog I’ll be dividing the list between the dead guys and the still living ones. And in the still living list I’ll further divide between books, blogs and other media. If you see something I left off the list please let me know and I’ll consider adding it.

Before I get into the list I’d like to note that the MOST important book on the matter of Christianity you can own is a good study Bible. Here are my two favorite and both are in the English Standard Version or as I like to call it the Elect Sanctified Version…or ESV.

This is in no way an exhaustive list, nor I have I read every book on this list…but I have read several of them. To some extent, especially in this first list, it is safe to say that any book you find by that author is good.

The MacArthur Study Bible-I’ve only found a couple of verses so far where MacArthur doesn’t get the meaning of the text quite right and so I’ve had to refer to my…

Lutheran Study Bible This has been a great resource for me; Luther’s introduction to Romans alone is worth the cost.

And now on to the list:

Confessions St. Augustine

The Bondage of the Will Martin Luther

Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional Martin Luther

Table Talk: Luther’s Comments on Life, the Church and the Bible Martin Luther

The Bondage and Liberation of the Will John Calvin

Institutes of the Christian Religion John Calvin

Truth for All Time John Calvin

The Bruised Reed Richard Sibbes

The Godly Home Richard Baxter

The Reformed Pastor Richard Baxter

The Mortification of Sin John Owen

All Things For Good Thomas Watson

Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan (NOTE: Technically speaking this is fiction, though it’s more allegorical in nature, it is a must read.)

Justification Francis Turretin

The Freedom of the Will Jonathan Edwards

Old Paths J. C. Ryle

Outlines of Theology A.A. Hodge

A Defense of Calvinism C. H. Spurgeon

Lectures to My Students C.H. Spurgeon

The Power of Prayer in a Believer’s Life C.H. Spurgeon

Biblical Doctrines B.B. Warfield

The Christian View of Man J. Gresham Machen

The Sovereignty of God A.W. Pink

Our Accountability to God A.W. Pink

Authentic Christianity Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The God Who is There Francis Schaeffer

How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments Edmund P. Clowney

The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Evangelical Gospel James Montgomery Boice & Philip Graham Ryken

The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel Dr. C. F. W. Walther

Authors that are Still Living

What Is a Healthy Church Member? Thabiti M. Anyabwile

The Transforming Power of the Gospel Jerry Bridges

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

Divine Sovereignty & Human Responsibility: Biblical Perspectives in Tension D. A. Carson

In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement J. I. Packer & Mark Dever

Don’t Call It a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day Kevin DeYoung

The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism Kevin DeYoung

By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me Sinclair Ferguson

Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith Wayne Grudem

Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church Michael Horton

Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing the Heart of the Gospel Michael Horton

Fool’s Gold: Discerning Truth in an Age of Error John MacArthur

Ashamed of the Gospel John MacArthur

He is Not Silent R. Albert Mohler

Evangelicalism Divided Ian H. Murray

The Triumph of Grace: Augustine’s Writings on Salvation N.R. Needham 

Knowing God J.I. Packer

The Holiness of God R.C. Sproul

What is Reformed Theology? R.C. Sproul

Basic Christianity John Stott

Blogs and Websites

Again, if you know of a great Christian resource that I haven’t covered here suggest it below in the comments section and I’ll consider adding it to the list.

11 thoughts on “Recommended Resources

  1. I would humbly ask that you add this site to your list of websites.
    I believe this man Charles D Alexander had a greater understanding of the scriptures that most of todays theologians.
    Reading his writings and listening to his expositions I am amazed at the extent of his studies.
    Read the introduction by brother Jim Gunn on the site.

    http://www.allbygrace.com/chasalexander.html

  2. John, this could be a little bit bigger project than you want to take on, this page could have the recommendations of the individual contributors, instead of a grand generic list. That way when someone reads one of my nonsensical posts they could look on this page and realize that it is because I read nonsensical books.

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