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New Internation Version
Bibles to Avoid
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Read your Bible First
If you enjoy novels, consider reading "Pilgrim's Progress."  There are many good novels to be read; however, one should have a quiet time with the Bible before one considers reading a novel that may seek to convey an idea contained within the Bible.   A novel (or anything else) is judged by the Word of God, not the other way around.

Mark Dever - The Message of the New Testament
Mark Dever - The Message of the Old Testament
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance

Desiring God - John Piper (Desiring God Ministries)
Donald S. Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines within the Church (Moody)
The Bible Panorama
Handbook to the Bible (Zondervan)

New Bible Commentary (IVP)
New Bible Dictionary (IVP)
Matthew Henry Commentary
RC Sproul - After the Darkness, Light
John Bunyan - Pilgrim’s Progress (Penguin) - Note this is an alagory
Mark Dever - Nine Marks of a Healthy Church Member (book; Crossway)
Does Truth Matter Anymore - Word
RC Sproul - Holiness of God - Ligonier Ministries
RC Sproul - Sovereignty of God - Ligonier Ministries
John Piper - The Blazing Center
John Piper - Battling Unbelief

Stephen Davey - Wisdom for the Heart
RC Sproul - Renewing Your Mind
John MacArthur
(Modified from 9Marks Recommended Readings)
Stanley Jaki, The Savior of Science (Scottish Academic Press)
Philip Johnson, Darwin on Trial (IVP)
Philip Johnson, Objections Sustained (IVP)
Philip Johnson, Reason in the Balance (IVP)
Francis Shaeffer, Escape from Reason (IVP)
Michael J Wilkins and J.P. Moreland, Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus (Zondervan)
Courtney Anderson, To the Golden Shore: The Life of
Adoniram Judson (Zondervan)
Roland H. Bainton, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther (Abingdon)
Iain Murray, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, 2 vols. (Banner of Truth)
Iain Murray, Jonathan Edwards (Banner of Truth)
C.H. Spurgeon, Autobiography (Banner of Truth)
Tom Nettles, Teaching Truth, Training Hearts (Calvary)
John Piper, ed., A Baptist Catechism (Desiring God Ministries)
Jay Adams, Handbook on Church Discipline (Zondervan)
John Armstrong, ed., The Compromised Church (Crossway)
J.L. Dagg, Manual of Church Order
Mark Dever, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (booklet; Center for Church Reform)
Mark Dever, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (book; Crossway)
Mark Dever, ed., Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life (CCR)
Mark Dever, A Display of God’s Glory: Deacons, Elders, Membership, and Congregationalism (CCR)
John Piper, Elders (Desiring God Ministries)
Donald S. Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines within the Church (Moody)
Mark Dever, Richard Sibbes (Mercer)
Tom Dowley, ed., Handbook to Church History (Fortress)
Greg Wills, Democratic Religion (Oxford)
Joshua Harris, I Kissed Dating Goodbye (Multnomah)
Joshua Harris, Boy Meets Girl (Multnomah)
Augustine, Confessions (Henry Chadwick translation, Oxford World Classics)
Horatius Bonar, Longing for Heaven (Christian Focus)
John Bunyan, Grace Abounding (Anchor)
John Bunyan, Holy War (Christian Focus)
John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (Penguin)
D.A. Carson, For the Love of God, 2 vols. (Crossway)
Jonathan Edwards, Charity and its Fruits (Banner of Truth)
Carolyn Mahaney, Feminine Appeal (Crossway)
Jerry Marcellino, Rediscovering the Lost Jewel of Family Worship (Audobon Press)
J.I. Packer, Knowing God (IVP)
Elizabeth Prentiss, Stepping Heavenwards (Calvary)
J.C. Ryle, Holiness (Baker)
C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook (Whitaker)
C.H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (thin ones; Christian Focus)
Donald S. Whitney, How Can I Be Sure I’m a Christian? (Navpress)
Donald S. Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (Navpress)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together (Harper & Row)
Elyse Fitzpatrick & Carol Cornish, Women Helping Women (Harvest House)
John Stott, Basic Christianity (Eerdmans)
Joseph Bayly, The Gospel Blimp (Lifejourney Books)
D.A. Carson, ed., Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns (Zondervan)
Jonathan Edwards, Works on Revival (including Distinguishing Marks) (Banner of Truth)
Val Grieve, Your Verdict on the Empty Tomb (Paternoster)
Patrick Johnstone, Operation World (Zondervan)
Will Metzger, Tell the Truth (IVP)
Iain Murray, The Invitation System (Banner of Truth)
Iain Murray, Revival and Revivalism (Banner of Truth)
J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (IVP)
Mack Stiles, Speaking of Jesus (IVP)
Christianity Explained (Narrowgate Press, UK)
John Murray, Divorce (Presbyterian & Reformed)
Ted Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart (Shepherd Press)
Arthur Bennett, ed., Valley of Vision (Banner of Truth)
D.A. Carson, A Call to Spiritual Reformation (Baker)
Samuel Prime, The Power of Prayer (Banner of Truth)
Handbook to the Bible (Zondervan)
New Bible Commentary (IVP)
New Bible Dictionary (IVP)
Dan Allender and Tremper Longman, Bold Love (Navpress)
Dan Allender and Tremper Longman, Bold Purpose (Navpress)
D.A. Carson, Doug Moo, Leon Morris, Introduction to the New Testament (Zondervan)
Raymond Dillard and Tremper Longman, Introduction to the Old Testament (Zondervan)
Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All it’s Worth (Zondervan)
D.A. Carson, How Long, O Lord? (Baker)
Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed (Banner of Truth)
Louis Berkhoff, Systematic Theology (Banner of Truth)
F.F. Bruce, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? (Eerdmans)
John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (Westminster/John Knox)
D.A. Carson, The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God (Crossway)
D.A. Carson, Love in Hard Places (Crossway)
D.A. Carson, Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (Wipf and Stock)
J.L. Dagg, Manual of Theology (Gano/Sprinkle)
John Flavel, They Mystery of Providence (Banner of Truth)
Timothy George, The Theology of the Reformers (Broadman)
Graeme Goldsworthy, Gospel and Kingdom (Paternoster)
Wayne Grudem and John Piper, eds., Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Crossway)
Martin Hengel, Crucifixion (Fortress)
Carl F.H. Henry, Toward a Recovery of Christian Belief (Crossway)
Robert Letham, The Works of Christ
Fred Malone, A String of Pearls Unstrung (Founders)
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression (Eerdmans)
Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will (Westminster/John Knox, or SCM
Leon Morris, The Atonement (IVP)
John Murray, Redemption Accomplished and Applied (Banner of Truth)
Tom Nettles, By His Grace and For His Glory (Founders)
J.I. Packer, A Quest for Godliness (Crossway)
J.I. Packer, Fundamentalism and the Word of God (Eerdmans)
J.I. Packer, God Has Spoken: Revelation and the Bible (Baker)
A.W. Pink, The Attributes of God (Baker)
John Piper, Future Grace (Multnomah)
John Piper, God’s Passion for His Glory (Crossway)
John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad (Baker)
John Piper, The Pleasures of God (Multnomah)
John Piper, TULIP: What We Believe about the Five Points of Calvinism (Desiring God Ministries)
Ernest Reisinger, What Should We Think of the Carnal Christian? (Banner of Truth)
Thomas Scott, The Articles of the Synod of Dort (Sprinkle)
B.B. Warfield, The Plan of Salvation (Simpson)

The Deep End of the Pool
For Pastors, Church Leaders, 
and Those Considering Seminary



Grant R. Osborne - The Hermeneutical Spiral
Mark Dever et al - Preaching the Cross
John MacArthur - Rediscovering Expository Preaching
Bryan Chappell – Christ-Centered Preaching
Greg Heisler - Sprit Led Preaching
Graeme Goldsworthy – Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture
Sidney Greidanus – The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text
Sidney Greidanus – Preaching Christ from the Old Testament
D. Martyn Lloyd Jones – Preaching and Preachers
John Piper – Supremacy of God in Preaching
C.H. Spurgeon – Lectures To My Students
John Stott – Between Two Worlds

Dennis E. Johnson – Him We Proclaim

Walter C. Kaiser Jr. – Toward an Exegetical Theology

Graeme Goldsworthy – According to Plan

Hershael York & Bert Decker – Preaching with Bold Assurance
Craig L. Blomberg - Preaching the Parablese
Haddo Robinson - Biblical Preaching  
Michael Duduit - Handbook of Contemporary Preaching
Graeme Goldsworth - Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture
Ramesh Richard - Preparing Expository Sermons
Warren Wiersbe - Preaching & Teaching with Imagination
D. Brent Sandy & Ronald L. Giese Jr. - Cracking the Old Testament Code
Sidney Greidanus - Preaching Christ for the Old Testament
Tremper Longman III - Making Sense of the Old Testament
John Stott - Between Two Worlds
D Martin Lloyd Jones - Preaching & Preachers
Peter Adam - Speaking God's Words
Sidney Greidanus - The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text
Thabiti M. Anyabwile - The Faithful Preacher
John A. Broadus - On Preparation and Delivery
Dennis M. Cahill - The Shape of Preaching
Michael Fabarez - Preaching that Changes Lives
Walter L. Liefeld - New Textament Exposition
Keith Willhite - Preaching with Relevance without Bumbing Down
Arturo G. Azurdia III - Spirit Empowered Preaching
Jack Kuhatschek - Applyig the Bible
Daniel M. Doriania - Putting the Truth to Work
Fred B. Craddock - As One Without Authority
Haddon Robinson & Craig B. Larson - The Art & Craft of Biblical Preaching
Mark Dever - The Gospel & Personal Evangelism
Brian Chapell - Using Illustrations to Preach with Power
Graham Johnston - Preaching to a Post Modern World
Richard J. Erickson - A Beginners Guide to New Testament Exegesis

Paul, Apostle of the Heart Set Free, F.F. Bruce 
Introduction to the New Testament, D.A. Carson, Douglass Moo, and Leon Morris
Crucifixion, Martin Hengel 
Origin of Paul’s Gospel, Seyoon Kim 
The Presence of the Future, George Eldon Ladd 
A Theology of the New Testament, George Eldon Ladd
Introduction to the New Testament, John Stott 

The Authority of the Old Testament, John Bright
History of Israel, John Bright 
Introduction to the Old Testament, Dillard and Longman 
The Faith of Israel, William Dumbrell 
The Goldsworthy Trilogy, Graeme Goldsworthy (see esp. Gospel and Kingdom in this volume)
Whoredom, Ray Ortlund, Jr.

New Bible Dictionary, IVP 
New Bible Commentary, IVP 
Handbook to the Bible, Eerdmans 
Exegetical Fallacies, Donald Carson 
How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth, Fee & Stuart
The Hermeneutical Spiral, Grant Osborne

Systematic Theology, Louis Berkhof 
Manual of Theology, J.L Dagg 
Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem
Systematic Theology (3 vols.), Charles Hodge 

Cur Deus Homo, Anselm 
Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter 
Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan 
Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin
The Gagging of God, D.A. Carson 
The Religious Affections, Jonathan Edwards
Spiritual Depression, D. Martin Lloyd-Jones 
Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther 
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J.I. Packer 
Fundamentalism and the Word of God, J.I. Packer 
Introduction to John Owen’s Death of Death in the Death of Christ, J.I. Packer 
Knowing God, J.I. Packer 
Future Grace, John Piper 
The Pleasures of God, John Piper
Holiness, J.C. Ryle
Little Exercise for Young Theologians, Helmut Thielicke 
Inspiration and Authority of Scripture, B.B. Warfield 
No Place for Truth, David Wells 
God in the Wasteland, David Wells 
Losing Our Virtue, David Wells 

Handbook of Church Discipline, Jay Adams
The Compromised Church, ed., John Armstrong
Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, Mark Dever
Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life, ed., Mark Dever
The Reformation of the Church, ed., Iain Murray
Democratic Religion, Greg Wills

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, Roland Bainton
The Early Church, Henry Chadwick 
The Dumb Ox (A Biography of Aquinas), G.K. Chesterton 
George Whitfield (2 vols.), Arnold Dallimore 
Handbook to the History of Christianity, ed. Tim Dowley
Theology of the Reformers, Timothy George 
The Democratization of American Christianity, Nathan Hatch 
The Waning of the Middle Ages, Johan Huizinga 
A History of Christianity in the U.S & Canada, Mark Noll
Quest for Godliness, J.I. Packer 
The Church Under Siege, M.A. Smith 

The Gospel Blimp, Joe Bayly
Tell The Truth, Will Metzger
Revival and Revivalism, Iain Murray
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J.I.Packer
Speaking of Jesus, J.Mack Stiles
Christianity Explained (Workbook)Scripture Union
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
The Christian Ministry, Charles Bridges
Elders, John MacArthur
Biblical Eldership, John Piper
Brothers, We are NOT Professionals, John Piper
Biblical Eldership, Alexander Strauch

Operation World, Patrick Johnstone
Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper
Christian Mission in the Modern World, John Stott 
David Wells, The Bleeding of the Evangelical Church (Banner of Truth)
David Wells, God in the Wasteland (Eerdmans)
David Wells, Losing our Virtue (Eerdmans)
David Wells, No Place for Truth (Eerdmans)
John Wenham, Christ and the Bible (Baker)
George Whitefield, Selected Sermons (Banner of Truth)
Baptist Hymnal (Broadman)
Horton Davies, Worship of the American Puritans (Soli Deo Gloria)
Michael Horton, In the Face of God (Word)
Leonard Payton, Reforming Our Worship Music (Crossway)
David Petersen, Engaging with God (Eerdmans)