BOOKS TO GROW

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THE BIBLE

Basic Christianity by John Stott

Do you ever wish you had a short and sweet book that explained the basics of Christianity and the difference it makes in your life? Try this little gem, which comes with study questions as an added bonus! Get a handle on what Christianity is and what it means for you.

Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Michael Horton

The Bible is an unfolding drama of the greatest rescue mission ever: God's redemptive plan to save the world. Join Michael Horton as he winsomely explains what God is doing in the world and how you fit into the drama of redemption as his image-bearer.

The Cross of Christ by John Stott

What does the cross mean? What is its importance? How does the cross of Christ affect our lives? Join John Stott as he explains the importance of Christ's cross, its implications for your life, and why believers have held steadfastly to it as the symbol of the Christian faith. 

Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith by Michael Reeves

What does it mean that there is "one God in three persons"? How do we relate to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit? We hear a lot about Jesus and God the Father, but what is our relationship to the Holy Spirit? Join Michael Reeves as he explores the wonderful reality of the Trinity and how we can delight in knowing God. 

God so Loved, He Gave: Entering the Movement of Divine Generosity by Kelly M. Kapic

The good news of salvation is forgiveness and righteousness freely offered to sinners, who receive this salvation by faith alone—not by deserving it. But this salvation was not without a price. Kelly Kapic explores what it means that God gave his Son and how that knowledge should affect our lives.

GOD’S BIG PICTURE by Vaughan Roberts

Have you ever wished you could make sense of the Bible? It's a big book full of ancient names, places and customs. Not only that, it's written in different genres over different time periods. How in the world is it all connected? Begin the journey of understanding God's message in his Word with Vaughan Roberts as he guides you to see the big picture of what God is communicating in the Bible.  

The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul

It's all about holiness! The problem is that God is holy and we aren't. God is pure goodness, and he must uphold all of his attributes of love, truth, justice, and righteousness. R. C. Sproul explains why a better knowledge of God’s holiness will fill us with awe and wonderand will help us to understand why we need to be holy through the finished work of Christ on our behalf to stand in God’s presence.

Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God by Timothy Keller

Who is Jesus anyway? Some call him a prophet, some a good moral teacher, and many say he is dead. But what does the Bible actually teach about him, and what impact does he have on our lives now? Follow Timothy Keller as he unpacks who Jesus is and how we should understand his purpose and mission as revealed in the Scriptures. The answer may surprise and shock you, but hopefully, it comforts and encourages you as well. 

Knowing Scripture by R. C. Sproul

Reading Scripture can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Is the Bible to be read as one unit or as a collection of unrelated books? R.C. Sproul provides simple, straightforward direction in studying the Scriptures. By the end, you won't just be reading words; you'll be understanding God's message. 

The Lamb of God (A 10-week Bible Study): Seeing Jesus in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy by Nancy Guthrie

Many people love the four Gospels that teach about Jesus. The stories of Abraham, David and the judges of Israel also provide an exciting read. But often people struggle with Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Why are there all these laws? What do they mean? What benefit are they for the Christian today? Experience these books anew with Nancy Guthrie as she explains how Christ Jesus is taught in these books and how they are important to the Christian life. 

Manual of Christian Doctrine by Louis Berkhof

Need a quick refresher on the doctrines of faith, grace, justification, sanctification, the work of Christ, and more? Keep this handy reference manual by your bedside or on your smart phone for ready access to essential biblical terms and doctrines on the Christian faith.

The Majesty on High: Introduction to the kingdom of God in the new testament by S. M. Baugh

If you have ever wondered what the "kingdom of God" means and the implications for the Christian life, join New Testament scholar S. M. Baugh as he explains why “the kingdom of God is not just the center of the Gospels and Acts. It is the center of all things." 

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

With the plethora of denominations, churches, and customs, sometimes it's difficult to see the connecting fabric of Christianity. Master writer and communicator C.S. Lewis walks you through the basic and foundational beliefs of Christianity—helping you to see the unity of the Church, despite of all its diversity.  

Walking with Jesus Through His Word: Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures by Dennis E. Johnson

Where do we first learn about Jesus in the Bible? In the Gospels in the New Testament? In the prophetical books of the Old Testament? Dennis Johnson helps explain why we find Jesus in the entire Biblefrom Genesis to Revelation—since all of Scripture is about the fulfillment of God's promises to redeem his people in Christ.

What is the Gospel? (9Marks) by Greg Gilbert

The Gospel is central to Christianity, yet it's amazing to see how much Christians struggle to answer the question of what the Gospel is. Such an important message should be understood, and every Christian should be ready to share it. If you need help answering this question don't be shy. Join Greg Gilbert as he explains what the Gospel is. 

Words of Life: Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God by Timothy Ward

Have you ever wished God would speak to you? Well, he has in his Word! Timothy Ward explains that the Scriptures—sometimes erroneously perceived as dry and old—are actually a living and active Word. 

JUSTIFICATION

(How we are at peace with God)

All of Grace by Charles Spurgeon

If you are wondering if God's grace is enough to save even you, please read this comforting book by Charles Spurgeon. It will help you better understand the true joy found in salvation by God's grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

Justified by Faith Alone by R. C. Sproul

What in the world does it mean to be justified? This word isn't common in modern Christian vocabulary, but the scriptural teaching about justification is vital for a beautiful and joyful Christian life. Let R. C. Sproul introduce you to this wonderful teaching that reveals God's love and mercy for sinners. 

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

Christianity isn't about trying harder to get to heaven, or being good enough to be worthy of God's love. Michael Horton explains how a proper understanding of God's grace is vital to the Christian life. If you feel beaten down or are carrying a load of guilt trying to earn God's favor, drink from the truths in this book and experience God's grace and relief from your burdens. 

What Is Justification by Faith Alone? by J. V. Fesko

What does it mean to be justified by faith alone, and how exactly does someone have peace with God through faith in Christ? Join J. V. Fesko as he explains the critical doctrine of justification, and have peace in your heart about the finished work Christ has done for all who trust in him.

The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters by Sinclair B. Ferguson

What is the relationship between the law and the gospel? Do Christians still need to keep the law if they are saved by grace? Sinclair Ferguson sheds much needed light on a debate that caused the Marrow Controversy of the eighteenth century and continues on today regarding the role of the law in the lives of believers.

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SANCTIFICATION

(Growing in holiness)

Christians Get Depressed Too by David Murray

The world is broken by sin, and there is much suffering and pain, not only physically but mentally. Saints throughout history have struggled with depression, and the Scriptures acknowledge and give comfort to those struggling in this way. Learn about God's love in the midst of depression with David Murray, and discover that you are not alone.. 

Comforts from the Cross: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time By Elyse M. Fitzpatrick

Get a daily dose of Christ-centered, soul nourishing truths. While this sweet book doesn't deny the sin that Christians find in their lives, it does points them to the only Savior who can heal them. Elyse Fitzpatrick reminds us that the cross of Christ is a daily blessing, not just a one-time benefit to our souls. 

The Fruit of the Spirit Is... by J. V. Fesko

Christians want the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; Gal. 5:22-23), but how do they actually go about getting it? J. V. Fesko's helpful explanation of the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of all believers will most certainly comfort you. 

A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss by Jerry L. Sittser

A Grace Disguised is the best first-person account out there of how to survive grief. The author lost his mother, wife, and daughter in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. This is a highly beneficial book for anyone who is grieving.

A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

Do you ever feel alone in your darkest moments? Far from friends and, most painfully, far from God? From the beginning of time, saints have struggled to find comfort and meaning amid despair and pain. Accompany C.S. Lewis through his own "valley of the shadow of death" to see with him the light on the other side, and be comforted that you are not alone.

The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness by Kevin DeYoung

Author Kevin DeYoung writes, "The Bible could not be any clearer. The reason for your entire salvation, the design behind your deliverance, the purpose for which God chose you in the first place is holiness (pp. 25-26). Sanctification in Christ consists of two parts: the dying of the old self (mortification), and living unto God (vivification). DeYoung explains why every Christian should be focused on growing in holiness.

Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon

Trying to get into the habit of spending time in God's Word? Sometimes it's hard to maintain a consistent, organized system. Where do you start?! Help yourself achieve a regular and fruitful Bible-time by using this rich, organized, Christ-centered devotional from the renowned and passionate preacher Charles Spurgeon. 

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller

Need help with prayer? Why does talking to God often take a back seat in the Christian life? Why is it a vital means of grace that is so often neglected? Learn from the insightful and practical teaching of Pastor Tim Keller as he teaches about prayer. This book is a helpful aid in growing as a praying saint.

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller

Praying is hard. We talk daily to friends, co-workers, and neighbors; but when it comes to speaking with God, we don't have much to say. How is it that speaking to the most important being in the world is a neglected or awkward practice? Paul Miller helps the want-to-be-a-praying-Christian embrace prayer in a natural and helpful manner by offering practical instruction and encouragement along the way.

Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael S. Horton

What does it mean to live a full Christian life? Is there a list of things you need to do? Dr. Michael Horton gives crucial insight about living a simple, joyous Christian life and not getting caught up in the busyness of trying to live a "spectacular" Christian life. God really does work in the ordinary details of life.

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God by John Piper (Editor) and Justin Taylor (Contributor)

Join John Piper, Joni Eareckson Tada, Steve Saint, Carl Ellis, David Powlison, Dustin Shramek, and Mark Talbot as they explore the wonderful truth that God is in control of his creation even amidst suffering in this world. Be encouraged and comforted as you learn about suffering in light of the goodness and power of God.

Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in the Christian Life by R. C. Sproul

Why do Christians experience pain and suffering? How is death used in the believer's life? R. C. Sproul addresses difficult questions about pain and death and offers help in understanding the suffering that God allows Christians to experience in their lives. 

Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller

Sometimes God can seem far away in our pain and suffering. Yet, even when we are hurting the most and think we are not experiencing God's love, he is still with us. Join Timothy Keller as he teaches about suffering, and know that God is with you

Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy by Paul David Tripp 

God's promises stand, even when we fail to keep his commands. In his small, thoughtful devotional, Paul David Tripp comforts the hearts of sinners with the mercy of God through this brief but potent study based on Psalm 51 and explains how God sustains us by his grace in Christ throughout all our struggles in this life.

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