What Should I Read?

Church History

B = Beginner (overview and introductory)

I = Intermediate (thorough, medium length)

A = Advanced (in-depth exposition)

Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity, Mark Noll (B)

The Church in History, B.K. Kuiper (B)

The Story of Christianity, Justo Gonzalez (I)

The Reformation, Diarmaid McCullough (I)

Seeking a Better Country: 300 Years of American Presbyterianism, D.G. Hart & John R. Muether (I)

Early Christian Doctrines, J.N.D. Kelly (A)

Christ’s Churches Purely Reformed: A Social History of Calvinism, Philip Benedict (A)

A Religious History of the American People, Sydney Ahlstrom (A)


Paul: An Apostle of the Heart Set Free, F.F. Bruce (I)

Augustine of Hippo, Peter Brown (I)

The Thought of Thomas Aquinas, Brian Davies (I)

Martin Luther, Heiko Oberman (I)

Calvin: A Biography, Bruce Gordon (I)

Jonathan Edwards: A Life, George Marsden (I)

J Gresham Machen, Darryl Hart (I)

Children’s Books

A Dangerous Journey: Pilgrim’s Progress for Young People, John Bunyan and Oliver Hunkin

Christian Biographies for Young Readers (multiple books), Simonetta Carr

Church History ABC’s, Stephen Nichols

God’s Names, Sally Michael

Culture & Contemporary Thought

Christ and Culture, Richard Niebuhr (B)

Lectures on Calvinism, Abraham Kuyper (B)

Who’s Afraid of Post-Modernism? James Smith (I)

Resident Aliens, Stanley Hauerwas & Will Willimon (I)

Living in God’s Two Kingdoms, David VanDrunen (I)

No Place for Truth, David Wells (I)

To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, James Hunter (A)

After Virtue, Alister McIntyre (A)

Ethics, Family, Counseling

The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy and Kathy Keller (B)

When People are Big and God is Small, Ed Welch (B)

Of Such is the Kingdom: Nurturing Children in Light of Scripture, Timothy Sisemore (B)

Seeing with New Eyes: Counseling through Lens of Scripture, David Powlison (I)

Bioethics and the Christian Life, David VanDrunen (I)

The Ten Commandments, Jochem Douma (I)

Resurrection and Moral Order, Oliver O’Donovan (A)

The Triumph of the Therapeutic, Philip Rieff (A)

Apologetics, Evangelism, Missions

Truth in All Its Glory: Commending the Reformed Faith, William Edgar (B)

The Joy of Calvinism, Greg Forster (B)

Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper (B)

The Defense of the Faith, Cornelius Van Til (I)

An Introduction to the Science of Missions, J. Herman Bavinck (I)

The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society, Lesslie Newbigin (I)

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J.I. Packer (I)

Every Thought Captive, Richard Pratt, Jr. (I)

Worship, Church, Sacraments

Why we Love the Church, Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck (B)

Church Membership, Johnathan Leeman (B)

In the Splendor of Holiness, Jon Payne (B)

What Every Christian Parent should Know about Infant Baptism, John Sartelle (B)

The Biblical Doctrine of Infant Baptism, Pierre Marcel (I)

Worship Reformed According to Scripture, Hughes Oliphant Old (I)

Give Praise to God, Ligon Duncan & Derek Thomas (I)

Singing and Making Music, Paul Jones (I)

The Church, Edmund Clowney (A)

Bible Content and Interpretation

God's Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible, Vaughan Roberts (B)

The Jesus Story Book Bible, Sally Lloyd-Jones (B)

Reading the Bible for all Its Worth, Gordon Fee (B)

According to Plan: the Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible, Graeme Goldsworthy (I)

The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses, Vern Poythress (I)

The Christ of the Covenants, Palmer Robertson (I)

He Gave Us Stories, Richard Pratt, Jr. (I)

The Progress of Redemption, Will Van Gemeren (I)

Biblical Theology, Geerhardus Vos (A)

Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation, ed. Moises Silva (A)


Knowing God, J.I. Packer (B)

Putting Amazing Back into Grace, Mike Horton (B)

God is Love: a Biblical and Systematic Theology, Gerald Bray (B)

Summary of Christian Doctrine, Louis Berkhof (I)

Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin (I)

Redemption Accomplished and Applied, John Murray (I)

Christian Theology: An Introduction, Alistair McGrath (I)

The Holy Spirit, Sinclair Ferguson (I)

Reformed Dogmatics, Herman Bavinck (A)

The Christian Faith, Michael Horton (A)

The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, John Owen (A)

Spiritual Growth

The Call, Os Guiness (B)

Disciplines of Grace, Jerry Bridges (B)

Grow in Grace, Sinclair Ferguson (B)

Confessions, Augustine (B)

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Eugene Peterson (I)

Holiness, J.C. Ryle (I)

Decision Making & the Will of God Gary Friesen (I)

The Enemy Within, Kris Lundgaard (I)

If God Already Knows, Why Pray?, Doug Kelly (I)

A Quest for Godliness: a Puritan View of the Christian Life, J.I. Packer (A)

A Christian’s Reasonable Service, A’Brackel (A)


Does the Center Hold? Donald Palmer (B)

The Universe Next Door, James Sire (B)

Longing to Know, Esther Meek (I)

The Passion of the Western Mind, Richard Tarnas (I)

Reason for the Hope Within, ed. Michael Murray (I)

History of Philosophy, Frederick Coppleston (A)