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 wonder—and 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 Bible—from 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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THE CHURCH

Know the Creeds and Councils (KNOW Series) by Justin S. Holcomb

The Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Council of Orange—why do they matter for us today? Use this handy and easy-to-read guide by Justin Holcomb on the historical creeds and confessions of the church to learn about the important doctrines which the church has fought to uphold over the centuries and which are still critical to hold today. 

Know the Heretics (KNOW Series) by Justin S. Holcomb

Most people don’t start out wanting to be a heretic—but some wind up becoming one anyway. Justin Holcomb gives an easy-to-read summary of the major heresies that have plagued the church over the centuries, helping us to avoid following in the footsteps of those who have chosen to “deviate from traditional teaching in favor of one’s own insights.”

Nine Marks of a healthy Church (9 Marks) by Mark Dever and David Platt

How do you know if you are in a good church? The assortment of styles, vibes, programs, and ministries makes choosing a church mind-boggling at times. Mark Dever and David Platt provide this helpful resource in sorting through the noise and identifying the essentials of a healthy church. 

What Is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert

How do Christians understand their part in the world? Is the church supposed to be involved or separate from political and social matters? Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert offer thoughtful answers to these questions and provide the Christian some guidance in understanding how Christians and the Christian community interact with local and global issues.

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RELATIONSHIPS

God’s Good Design: What the Bible Really Says about Men and Women by Claire Smith

There is a lot of confusion today regarding men’s and women’s roles in both marriage and the broader culture. Theologian Claire Smith brings clarity to the topic of what it means for both men and women to be made in God’s image. Smith also addresses controversial Bible passages about women’s and men’s roles in the church, home, and society.

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Do you have trouble saying no to people? Are you such a nice person that you often feel like those closest to you frequently take advantage of your loving heart? With over 2 million copies sold, this book shows you how to set healthy boundaries in daily life with your family, friends, coworkers, and yourself. 

Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change Through Ordinary Moments By Winston T. Smith

A down-to-earth guide for those preparing for marriage or those already married who need some tips, guidance, and wisdom. This is a wonderful book that helps you understand yourself and your spouse in the light of God's Word and grace. Winston T. Smith helps untangle and illuminate relationship problems and provides tools to avoid or identify common difficulties in marriage.

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Timothy Keller

We study in school to prepare ourselves for the future. We are taught how to do our jobs, and we would expect anyone who wants to improve in their career to study and learn more about it. But how do we prepare for marriage, understand what it is about, and learn how to navigate that relationship well? Timothy Keller is a wonderful guide for those wanting to build a strong marriage.  

Is God Anti-Gay? (Questions Christians Ask) by Sam Allberry

If you need a good book to explain same-sex attraction and how to understand, love, and interact with those around you who struggle with it, learn from Sam Allberry as he shares about his own life and the positive and negative interactions he experienced in the church. Allberry also gives suggestions regarding how church members can support and love each other in the midst of struggle.

APOLOGETICS

(Defending the Faith)

Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters by Timothy Keller

Human beings are idol-making factories. Because of our sinful natures, we are bent to worship created things instead of the Creator. In Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller explains why we can only find lasting joy and peace in God, the maker of heaven and earth, through faith in Christ alone.

The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel

Who was Christ? What can be known about this man whose name is often used as a swear word? Was he a real person, and if so, is there any reason to take note of him? Lee Strobel teaches about who Christ is, the historical proof of his existence, and the truth of his message. Engage your mind as you learn the facts about Jesus Christ. 

Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels by J. Warner Wallace

If only there was good evidence for Christianity and the existence of Christ. Well, here it is! J. Warner Wallace takes you on a forensic journey to analyze the message of the Bible from a no-nonsene perspective. What are the facts? Is there reasonable proof regarding the historicity of the resurrection? How do the Scriptures stand up to investigation by a homicide detective? Read Wallace's book to find out.

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller

How do you explain God to yourself or others? Many mock belief in an all-powerful, good, and wise God who made the universe and also has a relationship with humankind. Have your questions answered by Pastor Tim Keller and be encouraged that there is a defense for the God of the Bible. 

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CHRISTIANS AND CULTURE

Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions By David VanDrunen

Life is full of hard decisions, and sometimes it's difficult to know how to apply the principles to Scriptures in our modern situations. Find wisdom in this small book by David VanDrunen as he helps the reader understand pressing issues in light of the Word of God. 

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work by Timothy Keller

How are Christians to understand the significance of the ordinary things in their lives and their connection to God's bigger plan? Is my work important, or is it only useful if it is religious in some way? Join Timothy Keller as he teaches about the importance and place of our ordinary work for God's Kingdom.

God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life by Gene Veith

Often the work Christians perform in their daily jobs is not noticeably different from the work of unbelievers. It can be of similar quality, take just about the same time, and produce similar results. Is there anything unique about how Christians approach their jobs? Gene Veith helps us view the Christian's work from God's perspective, encouraging those who find themselves in the grind of their daily occupation. 

Living in God's Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture by David VanDrunen

During this time when Jesus is building his church by the power of the Holy Spirit, what should Christians be doing while waiting for their Savior's return? David VanDrunen explains why Christians should actively engage in culture, while also being sojourners and exiles in this world.

Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition by Christine D. Pohl

In this insightful book, Christine Pohl helps us to develop a lifestyle focused on hospitality. Historically, Christian hospitality has been a practice rooted not in promoting the most prized of society, but in honoring the dishonored and welcoming them into a society that finds value in the “least of these.”

To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World by James Davison Hunter

How do Christians influence the world around them effectively? Are there methods that are more constructive than others? James Davidson Hunter explores why some Christian efforts concerning culture have been ineffective and also offers suggestions for Christians as they interact with the world.

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 HISTORICAL FICTION AND NON-FICTION BOOKS

Luther in Love by Douglas Bond

Learn about historical Christian figures in a fun and entertaining way as you enter their world through story. Douglas Bond weaves narratives full of adventure and historical truth in this novel about Martin Luther and many other books about famous saints. 

The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts (A Long Line of Godly Men Profile) by Douglas Bond

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Christian people of the past but weren't sure where to start? Or have you already begun reading about historical Christians but would like more recommendations for well-researched books? Douglas Bond reveals famous Christians of the past in this book and in all of his insightful short books on godly men in history.  

St. Bartholomew's Eve: A Tale Of The Huguenot Wars by G. A. Henty

Meet ancient Egyptians, first-century Romans, Anglo-Saxons, medieval knights, and French Huguenots in G. A. Henty's numerous historical Christian novels. Travel the centuries and experience adventure while encountering prominent figures and the Christian faith through the ages.

(Novels set in historical settings and written with a Christian influence)

Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska, and Love finds You in Victory Heights, Washington by Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss

If you are interested in a good novel incorporating history, romance, and Christian teaching, curl up by a fire with a warm drink, or relax in the shade on a summer day with these two books. Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska is set in early twentieth-century Alaska, and Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington takes place in World War I in Seattle, Washington. 

Going Further

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THE BIBLE

The Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology by Jeremy Treat

Crucifixion and kingship are not words that go well together. Whether it was in first-century Rome or today, the idea of being publicly tortured is not the picture of a ruling victorious king. Yet Jeremy Treat explains how these two opposite concepts are reconciled in the death and life of Jesus Christ and how they bring the surprise blessing of salvation for sinners. 

The Heidelberg Catechism by Zacharias Ursinus

Have you ever wanted an orderly approach to learning about Christ that also spoke to the heart? Try using this comforting Christ-centered catechism to better understand the three "G's" of the Christian faith: humanity's guilt, God's grace in Christ, and the gratitude Christians have for all that Christ has done on their behalf.

An Introduction to the New Testament by D. A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo

Want an easy-to-read summary and history of each book of the New Testament? Look no further than this comprehensive guide to what scholars have learned about the composition of each New Testament book.

An Introduction to the Old Testament By Tremper Longman III and Raymond B. Dillard

Want an easy-to-read summary and history of each book of the Old Testament? Look no further than this comprehensive guide to what scholars have learned about the composition of each Old Testament book.

The Westminster Confession of Faith

Forged in a tumultuous time of British history (seventeenth-century England), The Westminster Confession of Faith is a document outlining fundamental beliefs of the Christian faith. Arranged in easy-to-read paragraphs, this document will improve your understanding of the central truths of Scripture.

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JUSTIFICATION

(How we are at peace with God)

The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther

Known for his open disagreement with and protest against the Roman Catholic Church, Martin Luther is a central figure in the history of the Christian Church. He was also a prolific writer. Join Luther as he explains humanity’s current state of sin and our only hope of redemption found in Jesus Christ. 

Death in Adam, Life in Christ: The Doctrine of Imputation by J. V. Fesko

How can a sinner be righteous before God? J. V. Fesko addresses this question in straightforward terms. Enjoy a clearly written explanation of the doctrine of justification and be inspired to praise and worship the God of grace.

The Doctrine of Justification by Faith by John Owen

How are humans made right with God? Pastor and writer John Owen explains the wonderful doctrine of how God counts Christ's righteousness to the believing sinner—a beautiful doctrine that doesn't receive the attention it deserves. Soak in the amazing reality of God's grace in Christ as you study the doctrine of justification. 

The Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

A classic for theological studies, Calvin's Institutes are also a wonderful resource for laypeople in the Church. Enjoy the work of this reformer as he explains biblical truths about God, humanity, and many aspects of Christian life. 

SANTIFICATION

(Growing in holiness)

Sanctification: Explorations in Theology and Practice by Kelly M. Kapic, ed. 

How are Christians to understand their holiness? Is sanctification (growing in holiness) something believers do or something the Holy Spirit does? Understand your growth in holiness better as you learn the meaning of sanctification from Kelly Kapic.

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith

Habit is an important part of the Christian life. If you have never considered your habits as a Christian and their implications for your spiritual growth, check out this book by James K. A. Smith and learn how the power of habit can be a blessing or a hindrance. 

APOLOGETICS

(Defending the Faith)

Christian Apologetics: A COMPREHENSIVE CASE FOR BIBLICAL FAITH BY DOUGLAS GROOTHUIS

Answering questions about Christianity for yourself and others can be a daunting task. With this book by Douglas Groothuis, you will feel better prepared for conversation with those seeking answers about the Christian faith. 

Did Adam and Eve really exist?: Who they were and why You should care by C. John Collins

Have you wondered about the historicity of the Bible and in particular about the claims concerning Adam and Eve? Is their existence really that important? How do we know the story of Adam and Eve is not just a myth? C. John Collins addresses the idea of a historical Adam and Eve and how important they are to Christianity.

longing to know the philosophy of knowledge for ordinary people by Esther Lightcap Meek

How do we come to know God? This is a question that many people struggle with. But on a broader level, how do we come to know anything that we know? Esther Lightcap Meek explains how humans go about knowing, and how knowing God is similar to how we come to know anything else. A pleasant, down-to-earth read, this is a small book with a big message.

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THE CHURCH

The Church by EdMund P. Clowney

There is a lot of confusion today about the church and its role in society. Some people think that Christians should market the church, and others think that the church should promote social justice. Follow Edmund Clowney as he explains what the church is and how to biblically understand its creation, purpose, and mission.

The Creedal Imperative by Carl R. Trueman

The historic creeds and confessions of the church help Christians to understand their faith and avoid doctrinal error. Historian and theologian Carl Trueman engagingly explains why they are both “necessary for the well-being of the church” and “consistent with the belief that Scripture alone is the unique source of revelation and authority.” 

People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology by Michael S. Horton

If you want to have a greater understanding about the identity of the church, and to understand God's purpose for it, join Michael Horton as he teaches from the Bible what the church is and who those are who belong to it. 

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THEOLOGY

(The study of God)

The Christian View of Man by J. Gresham Machen

How do we understand mankind? Are we more evolved animals? What differentiates us from other creatures? J. Gresham Machen gives us a biblical understanding of who and what humanity is from God's perspective. If you feel confused about your place and status in God's sight, get clarity from this great book. 

Cur Deus Homo: Why God Became Man by Anselm of Canterbury

Just because it's old doesn't mean it's useless. As an example of this truth, we have a wonderful gem from Anselm, an early church father. Delve into a rich and thoughtful explanation of the importance of God becoming man. Take a stimulating walk with an old saint and uncover a wealth of blessings as you come to understand better the humanity and deity of Jesus Christ. 

On the Incarnation by Athanasius

One important reason contemporary Christian scholars have much to teach us about Christianity is that, in addition to the Bible, they have spent an abundance of time studying the great theologians of the past. Every Christian will benefit from reading On the Incarnation, a classic book that explains why Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, took on human flesh.   

On the Trinity by Saint Augustine

Travel in time to the fourth and fifth centuries and learn from Augustine of Hippo about the Trinity. Alhough this influential church father joined the heavenly array of saints centuries ago, his writings continue to offer edifying, thoughtful, and nourishing wisdom concerning Scripture and its doctrine. 

Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples by Michael Horton

This is a wonderful book that clarifies so many issues. Michael Horton’s modern systematic theology is dense—but also very rich. Covering typical topics of systematic theology, but weaving them together in an organic fashion, Horton gives an in-depth and fruitful look at biblical Christian teachings.

Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton

The Holy Spirit is present throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Michael Horton points out how it is easy to overlook the Spirit’s work because he “is so actively involved in our lives.” Join Dr. Horton as he brings much needed attention to the critical role of the Holy Spirit in the biblical drama.

Sacred Bond: Covenant Theology Explored by Michael Brown and Zach Keele

At first glance, the covenants in the Bible can seem like strange, ancient practices from the long-ago past that have no relevance for us today, but nothing could be farther from the truth! In Sacred Bond, Michael Brown and Zach Keele clearly explain the eight covenants of the Bible—and what each one means for you personally.

The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament by Edmund Clowney

Many Christians avoid reading the Old Testament and find they connect better with the New Testament, as it teaches about Jesus. While the stories in the Old Testament may be interesting, it is often difficult to understand how to apply them to the Christian life in a productive and appropriate way. Join Edmund Clowney as he explains the wonders of the Old Testament as it declares Christ to us and sets the stage for a fuller, richer understanding of the work of Christ in the New Testament.