These books will help you develop a deeper understanding of God and His Word. They are divided into the main categories of a comprehensive biblical worldview.

This list is intended as a general guide of useful, important, solid books that will expose believers to a variety of ideas related to biblical, theological, historical, and pastoral theology. Categories are alphabetical. This list is not exhaustive and should not be taken to imply that we are in complete agreement with literally everything in every book.

Apologetics/Worldview

  • The Reason for God - Keller
  • Making Sense of God - Keller
  • Mere Christianity - Lewis
  • Why Should I Believe Christianity? - Anderson
  • Apologetics to the Glory of God - Frame
  • Unparalleled - Wilson
  • Tactics - Kokul
  • Expository Apologetics - Baucham
  • Covenantal Apologetics - Oliphint
  • Reasonable Faith - Craig

Attributes of God

  • Knowing God - Packer
  • God Is - Jones
  • None Like Him - Wilkin
  • Knowledge of the Holy - Tozer
  • The Attributes of God - Pink
  • The Doctrine of God - Frame

Biblical Interpretation

  • Grasping God's Word - Duvall, Hays
  • How to Study the Bible Series - Fee
  • Women of the Word - Wilkin
  • Reading the Bible Supernaturally - Piper
  • Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics - Goldsworthy
  • Through New Eyes - Jordan
  • A House for My Name - Leithart
  • How the Understand and Apply the OT - Derouchie
  • How to Understand and Apply the NT - Naselli
  • Exegetical Fallacies - Carson
  • Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels - Hays

Biblical Reference

  • The New Bible Dictionary (IVP)
  • New Dictionary of Biblical Theology (IVP)
  • New Dictionary of Theology (IVP)

Biblical Survey and Introduction

  • Introduction to the NT - Carson
  • Introduction to the OT - Longman III
  • A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the NT - Kruger
  • A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the OT - Van Pelt
  • How to Read and Understand the Biblical Prophets - Gentry

Biblical Theology

  • God's Big Picture - Roberts
  • Gospel and Kingdom - Goldsworthy
  • According to Plan - Goldsworthy
  • From Eden to the New Jerusalem - Alexander
  • The King in His Beauty - Schreiner
  • Far As the Curse is Found - Williams
  • Echoes of Exodus - Wilson and Roberts

Christian Classics

  • Confessions - Augustine
  • City of God - Augustine
  • On the Incarnation - Athanasius
  • Pilgrim's Progress - Bunyan
  • Institutes of the Christian Religion - Calvin
  • The Bondage of the Will - Luther
  • The Freedom of the Will - Edwards
  • The Weight of Glory - Lewis
  • Desiring God - Piper
  • God’s Passion for His Glory - Piper
  • Holiness - Ryle
  • The Holiness of God - Sproul
  • Christianity and Liberalism - Machen
  • Life Together - Bonhoeffer

Christian Life/Spiritual Growth

  • Spiritual Disciplines - Whitney
  • Call to Spiritual Reformation - Carson
  • Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands - Tripp
  • What is a Healthy Church Member? - Anyabwile
  • God in the Whirlwhind- Wells
  • In His Image - Wilkin
  • Radical - Platt
  • Ordinary - Horton
  • Core Christianity - Horton
  • Follow Me - David Platt
  • Don’t Waste Your Life - Piper
  • Devoted to God - Ferguson
  • Suffering & the Sovereignty of God - Piper
  • Future Grace - Piper
  • The Imperfect Disciple - Wilson
  • You Are What You Love - Smith
  • Walking with God through Pain and Suffering - Keller
  • Keep in Step with the Spirit - Packer
  • Gospel-centered Discipleship - Dodson
  • The Hole in our Holiness - DeYoung
  • Humble Roots - Anderson
  • Every Good Endeavor - Keller

Christology

  • Who is Jesus? - Gilbert
  • God the Son Incarnate - Wellum
  • Knowing Christ - Jones
  • The Person of Christ - MacLeod
  • The Glory of Christ - Owen

Church History & Biography

  • Church History in Plain Language - Shelley
  • The Courage to be Protestant - Wells
  • The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History - Curtis, et al.
  • 21 Servants of Sovereign Joy - Piper
  • The Whole Christ - Ferguson
  • Revival and Revivalism - Murray
  • The Unquenchable Flame - Reeves
  • Theology of the Reformers - George
  • God Has Spoken - Gerald Bray
  • Here I Stand: The Life of Martin Luther - Bainton
  • Jonathan Edwards - Marsden
  • Anything by Iain H. Murray

Church and Ministry

  • 9 Marks of a Health Church - Dever
  • What is a Healthy Church? - Dever
  • Brothers, we are NOT Professionals - Piper
  • Don't Fire Your Church Members - Leeman
  • The Trellis and the Vine - Marshall and Pane
  • Biblical Eldership - Strauch
  • Uncomfortable - McCracken
  • Worship Matters - Kaufflin
  • Rhythms of Grace - Cosper
  • Worship by the Book - Carson
  • The Church - Clowney
  • The Prodigal Church - Wilson
  • Christ-Centered Worship - Chapell

Commentaries and Study Bibles

  • ESV Study Bible (Crossway)
  • Reformation Study Bible (Reformation Trust)
  • New Bible Commentary (IVP, highly recommended)
  • The Tyndale OT and NT series
  • The Bible Speaks Today series
  • For the Love of God - Carson
  • Commentary on the NT Use of the OT -Beale, Carson

Doctrine of Salvation

  • What is the Gospel? - Gilbert
  • The Gospel - Ortland
  • Saved by Grace - Hoekema
  • The Explicit Gospel - Chandler
  • The Cross of Christ - Stott
  • Putting Amazing Back into Grace - Horton
  • Prodigal God - Keller
  • Redemption: Accomplished & Applied - Murray
  • God is the Gospel - Piper
  • Union with Christ - Wilbourne

Doctrine of Scripture

  • What is the Bible? - Gilbert
  • A Peculiar Glory - Piper
  • Taking God at His Word - DeYoung
  • The Inerrant Word - MacArthur
  • The Doctrine of the Word of God - Frame
  • The Question of Canon - Kruger

Eschatology (Last Things)

  • The Last Days According to Jesus - Sproul
  • The Triumph of the Lamb - Johnson
  • Heaven - Alcorn
  • The Bible and the Future - Hoekema
  • The Blessed Hope - Ladd
  • Kingdom Come - Storms

Ethics, Culture, & Politics

  • Counter-Culture - Platt
  • Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood - Piper
  • Homosexuality - DeYoung
  • God and the Transgender Debate - Walker
  • How the Nations Rage - Leeman
  • Onward - Moore
  • 12 Ways your Phone is Changing You - Reinke
  • Is God Anti-Gay? - Alberry
  • We Cannot be Silent - Mohler
  • United - Newbell
  • Bloodlines - Piper
  • The Courage to be Protestant - David Wells
  • Ethics for a Brave New World - Feinberg
  • Our Secular Age - Hansen (TGC)
  • The Doctrine of the Christian Life - Frame
  • Heirs Together - Roberts

Evangelism and Missions

  • Let the Nations Be Glad - Piper
  • Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God - Packer
  • The Soulwinner - Spurgeon
  • The Gospel and Personal Evangelism - Dever
  • The Unbelievable Gospel - Dodson
  • The Gospel at Work - Traeger & Gilbert
  • What is the Mission of the Church? - DeYoung & Gilbert

The Holy Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit - Ferguson
  • Rediscovering the Holy Spirit - Horton
  • He Who Gives Life - Cole
  • Perspectives on Pentecost - Gaffin

Leadership and Productivity

  • The Conviction to Lead - Mohler
  • What’s Best Next - Perman
  • From Weakness to Strength - Sauls

Kids and Teens

  • God Made All of Me - Holcomb
  • Exploring the Bible - Murray
  • The Biggest Story - DeYoung
  • The Ology - Machowski
  • God's Very Good Idea - Newbell
  • The Radical Book for Kids -Thornton
  • Disciplines of a Godly Young Man - Hughes
  • This Changes Everything - Crowe
  • Just Do Something - DeYoung

Marriage

  • God, Marriage, and Family - Köstenberger
  • Designed for Joy - Strachan & Parnell
  • The Meaning of Marriage - Keller
  • This Momentary Marriage - Piper
  • Married for God - Ash

Men & Women

  • Thoughts for Young Men - Ryle
  • Disciplines of a Godly Man -Hughes
  • Manhood Restored - Mason
  • Adorned - Woglemuth
  • Disciplines of a Godly Woman - Hughes
  • Becoming God's True Woman - Wolgemuth

Parenting & Family

  • Family Worship - Whitney
  • Shepherding a Child's Heart - Tripp
  • Age of Opportunity - Tripp
  • Family Shepherds - Baucham
  • Adopted for Life - Moore
  • The Godly Home - Baxter
  • Treasuring Christ when your Hands are Full - Furman
  • Glimpses of Grace - Furman
  • Missional Motherhood - Furman
  • Mom Enough -Reinke
  • Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood - Kruger
  • Glory in the Ordinary - Reissig

Puritan Classics

  • Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions
  • Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment - Boroughs
  • Overcoming Sin and Temptation - Owen
  • Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices - Brooks
  • The Bruised Reed - Sibbes
  • Religious Affections - Edwards
  • A Puritan Theology - Beeke and Jones

Reformed Theology

  • What Is Reformed Theology - Sproul
  • Five Points - Piper
  • The Doctrines of Grace - Boice
  • The Joy of Calvinism - Forster
  • Chosen By God - Sproul

Systematic Theology

  • Systematic Theology - Berkhof
  • Systematic Theology - Grudem
  • Concise Theology - Packer
  • Reformed Dogmatics - Bavinck
  • Christian Dogmatics - Allen and Swain

The Trinity

  • The Deep Things of God - Sanders
  • Delighting in the Trinity - Reeves
  • Life in the Trinity - Fairbairn
  • The Essential Trinity - Crowe
  • The Holy Trinity - Letham
  • Communion with the Triune God - Owen

World Religions

  • Answering Islam - Geisler
  • The Universe Next Door - Sire
  • Reasoning from the Scriptures with Jehovah's Witnesses - Rhodes
  • Roman Catholic Theology and Practice - Allison
  • Are We Together? - Sproul
  • The Four Major Cults - Hoekema