Frequently, the pastors get asked for book recommendations on various topics. We love the question because we believe that Christians should be readers. Charles Spurgeon said it well (of course!): “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” So below are some books we would encourage you to visit. The list isn’t exhaustive by any means, and we expect it to grow. But as it is, there are enough places to visit to keep us traveling for a long time.

General Theology

  • Knowing God, J.I. Packer
  • Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem
  • Basic Christianity, John Stott

The Scriptures

  • Taking God at His Word, Kevin DeYoung
  • God Has Spoken, J.I. Packer
  • A Peculiar Glory, John Piper
  • Knowing the Scriptures, R.C. Sproul

The Triune God

  • Delighting in the Trinity, Michael Reeves

God, the Father

  • Desiring God, John Piper
  • The Pleasures of God, John Piper
  • The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul

Providence and Predestination/Sovereignty and Responsibility

  • Chosen by God, R.C. Sproul
  • Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J.I. Packer
  • Providence, John Piper

The Person and Character of Christ

  • Gentle and Lowly, Dan Ortlund
  • Seeing and Savoring Christ, John Piper
  • Rejoicing in Christ, Michael Reeves
  • Knowing Christ, Mark Jones

The Holy Spirit and His Gifts

  • Showing the Spirit, D.A. Carson
  • The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament, Wayne Grudem
  • Keep in Step with the Spirit, J.I. Packer
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Gifts, Sam Storms

Humanity and Sin

  • Christian View of Man, J. Gresham Machen
  • The Enemy Within, Kris Lungaard
  • The Imputation of Adam’s Sin, John Murray
  • Future Grace, John Piper
  • Spectacular Sins, John Piper
  • Knowing Sin by Mark Jones


  • Saved by Grace, Anthony Hoekema
  • The Cross-Centered Life, C.J. Mahaney 
  • The Atonement, Leon Morris
  • Redemption: Accomplished and Applied, John Murray
  • The Passion of Jesus Christ, John Piper
  • Saved From What?, R.C. Sproul
  • The Cross of Christ, John Stott
  • Union with Christ, Rankin Wilbourne

Sanctification/Christian Living

  • The Prodigal God, Tim Keller
  • The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness, Tim Keller
  • The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn
  • The Discipline of Grace, Jerry Bridges
  • The Gospel for Real Life, Jerry Bridges
  • The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Jeremiah Burroughs
  • The Hole in Our Holiness, Kevin DeYoung
  • Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cures, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Humility: True Greatness, C.J. Mahaney
  • Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper
  • When I Don’t Desire God, John Piper
  • Holiness, J.C. Ryle
  • Evangelism, J. Mack Stiles

The Church

  • The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ, Ray Ortlund
  • Why We Love the Church, Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck
  • Church Membership, Jonathan Leeman
  • I Am a Church Member, Thom Rainer
  • Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church, Don Whitney

The Last Things

  • The Bible and the Future, Anthony Hoekema 
  • Heaven, Randy Alcorn


  • When Sinners Say “I Do,” Dave Harvey
  • Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God, C.J. Mahaney
  • Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel, Ray Ortlund
  • The Momentary Marriage, John Piper
  • Love that Lasts, Gary and Betsy Ricucci
  • What Did You Expect?, Paul Tripp
  • Marriage Matters by Winston Smith


  • Gospel-Powered Parenting, William Farley
  • Age of Opportunity, Paul Tripp
  • Parenting, Paul Tripp
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Tedd Tripp
  • Instructing a Child’s Heart, Tedd Tripp

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

  • Doing Things Right in the Matters of the Heart, John Ensor
  • Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, John Piper and Wayne Grudem
  • What’s the Difference, John Piper


  • Is God Anti-Gay, Sam Allberry 
  • What Is the Meaning of Sex?, Denny Burk
  • What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality, Kevin DeYoung
  • Strange New World, Carl Trueman
  • Affirming God’s Image: Addressing the Transgender Question with Science and Scripture, J. Allen Branch
  • Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality, Nancy R. Pearcey

The Spiritual Disciplines

  • Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, Tim Keller
  • Habits of Grace, David Matthis
  • A Praying Life, Paul Miller
  • A Hunger for God, John Piper
  • Reading the Bible Supernaturally, John Piper
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Don Whitney

Biblical Counseling

  • Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, Paul Tripp
  • Theology of Biblical Counseling, Heath Lambert
  • The Dynamics of the Heart in Daily Life, Jeremy Piere
  • Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically, John MacArthur


  • Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave, Ed Welch
  • The Heart of Addiction, Mark Shaw
  • Finally Free, Heath Lambert


  • The Valley of Vision, Various
  • Not by Sight, Jon Bloom
  • Things Not Seen, Jon Bloom
  • Morning and Evening, Charles Spurgeon
  • In the Lord I Take Refuge, Dane Ortlund
  • Whiter Than Snow, Paul Tripp

Christian Biography

  • Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, Roland Bainton
  • Spurgeon: A Biography, Arnold Dallimore
  • Through Gates of Splendor, Elizabeth Elliot 
  • Jonathan Edwards: A Life, George Marsden
  • The Autobiography of George Muller, George Mueller

Christian Classics

  • Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
  • Confessions, Augustine
  • Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin
  • The Life of God in the Soul of Man, Henry Scrougal
  • Honey Out of the Rock, Thomas Wilcox


  • The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
  • Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis
  • The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis
  • The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
  • Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor (and everything else she wrote)
  • Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  • The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Jane Eyer, Charlotte Bronte
  • Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • Children of Men, P.D. James