Salty Believer Bibliography

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While not exhaustive, the following book list is a completion of books other than the Bible that have been influential in shaping into what it is today.  We recommend the books on this list and are always on the hunt for helpful and informative books.  We've reviewed and recommended many of these on this website.  The authors of some of these books have been our guest on Salty Believer Unscripted.  Some authors are our friends; others we wish we could call friends.  As we look at the bookshelves of, these are the books we feel highlight the library.  (If you'd like, you may see this list organized by subject too.) 

Akers, John (Editor) and John Armstrong (Editor). This We Believe: The Good News of Jesus Christ For the World.  Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2000. 

Barber, Leroy. Embrace: God's Radical Shalom for a Divided WorldDowners Grove, Ill: IVP Books, 2016. 

Benner, David G., Strategic Pastoral Counseling: A Short-Term Structured Model. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 2003. 

Bennett, Arthur, editor.  The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions. East Peoria, Ill: Versa Press, 2011.

Bradberry, Travis and Jean Greaves. Emotional Intelligence 2.0. San Diego, CA: TalentSmart, 2009. 

Burce, F. F. The Gospel of John: Introduction, Exposition, and Notes. Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdmans Publishing, 1983.

Calvin, John. Calvin Commentaries (Series). 500th Anniversary Edition. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2009.

Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1960.  

Carson, D.A. Exegetical FallaciesGrand Rapids, MIch: Baker Academic, 1996. 

Carson, D.A. How Long O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and EvilGrand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 2006.

Carson, D. A. The Pillar New Testament Commentary (Series). Grand Rapids, Mich: W. B. Eerdmans.

Carson, D.A. and Douglas J. Moo. An Introduction to the New TestamentGrand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2005. 

Chandler, Matt, and Jared C. Wilson. The Explicit Gospel. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2012.  

Chandler, Matt and Michael Snetzer. Recovering Redemption: A Gospel-Saturated Perspective on How to ChangeNashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing Group, 2014.

Chester, Tim and Steve Timmis. Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community. Wheaton, Ill: Corssway, 2008. 

Christopherson, Jeff and Mac Lake. Kingdom First: Starting Churches That Shape Movements. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing Group, 2015.

Clarkson, Sally. The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart for Eternity. Colorado Springs, Col: Waterbrook Press, 2003. 

Clifton, Mark. Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing Group, 2016. 

Clinton, Tim and Ron Hawkins. The Quick-Reference Guide to Biblical Counseling: 40 Topics, Spiritual Insights & Easy-to-Use Action StepsGrand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2009. 

Clinton, Tim and Eric Scalise. The Quick-Reference Guide to Addictions and Recovery Counseling: 40 Topics, Spiritual Insights & Easy-to-Use Action Steps. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2013. 

Cloud, Henry and John Townsend. Boundaries: When to Say, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life. Nashville, Tenn: Thomas Nelson Publishing, 1992. 

Crockett, William V. Four Views on Hell. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan Publishing, 1996.  

Cole, Neil.  Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life HappensSan Fransisco, Cal: Jossey-Bass, 2010. 

Colman, Lymann, editor. Serendipity Bible: For Personal and Small Group StudyGrand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan 1984. 

Dever, Mark. Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, 3rd ed. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2013. 

Driscoll, Mark. A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? Carol Stream, Ill: Tyndale House Publishers, 2013. 

Driscoll, Mark, and Gerry Breshears. Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2010.

Durst, Rodrick, Reordering the Trinity: Six Movement of God in the New TestamentGrand Rapids, Mich: Kregel, 2015. 

Duvall, J. Scott and J. Daniel Hays. Grasping God's Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the BibleGrand Rapid, Mich: Zondervan, 2005.  

Earley, Dave. Prayer: The Timeless Secret of High-Impact Leaders. Chattanooga, Tenn: Living Ink Books, 2008.    

Earley, Dave, and Rod Dempsey. The Pocket Guide to Leading a Small Group: 52 Practical Ways to Become a Better Small Group Leader. Houston, Tex: Touch Publications, 2007. 

Edwards, Gene. Exquisite Agony: Experiencing the Cross As Seen by the Father. Jacksonville, FL: The SeedSowers, 2004.   

Eggerichs, Emerson. Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs. Nashville, Tenn: Thomas Nelson, 2004. 

Erickson, Millard J. Christian Theology. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Book House, 1983. 

Eswine, Zack. Spurgeon's Sorrows: Realistic Home for those who Suffer from Depression.  Scotland, UK: Christian Focus Publications, 2014. 

Fee, Gordon D., and Douglas K. Stuart.  How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2002. 

Fee, Gordon D., and Douglas K. Stuart. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2003.  

Foster, Richard J. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. New York: HarperCollins World, 2003.  

Friedman, Edwin H. Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue. New York: The Gilford Press, 1985.

Gaffin, Richard B., and Wayne A. Grudem. Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?: Four Views. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan Pub, 1996.

Galli, Mark, and Ted Olsen. 131 Christians Everyone Should Know. Nashville, Tenn: Broadman & Holman, 2000.  

Gasque, W. Ward. New International Biblical Commentary (NT Series). Peabody, Mass: Henderickson Publishers.

Geisler, Norman and Ron Brooks.  When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook on Christian Evidences.  Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2013. 

Gonzalez, Justo L. The Story of Christianity: Complete in One Volume: the Early Church to the Present Day. Peabody, Mass: Prince Press, 2009.   

Gorman, Michael J. Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 2009.  

Greear, J.D. Gaining By Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2015. 

Grudem, Wayne A., Elliot Grudem, and Wayne A. Grudem. Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2005. 

Grudem, Wayne A. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. Leicester, England: Inter-Varsity Press, 1994. 

Guthrie, George H. Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God's Word. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing, 2011. 

Harley, Willard F., Jr.  His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage (Revised and Expanded Edition). Grand Rapids, Mich: Revel, 2011. 

Haynes, Warren. Discipleship UncomplicatedFranklin, Tenn: Carpenter's Son Publishing, 2016.

Harrington, Bobby and Alex Absalom. Discipleship that Fits: The Five Kinds of Relationships God Uses to Help us Grow. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2016. 

Harrison, R. K. and Robert Hubbard Jr. The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (Series). Grand Rapids, Mich: W. B. Eerdmans.

Hendricks, Howard G. and William D. Hendricks. Living by the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the BibleChicago, Ill: Moody Publishers, 2007. 

Hindson, Ed and Ergun Caner. The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics: Surveying the Evidence for the Truth of Christianity. Eugene, Oreg: Harvest House Publishers, 2008. 

Howard, David and Glenn Barker (General Editors). Word Biblical Commentary (Series). Nashville, Tenn: Thomas Nelson.

Hughes, Barbara. Disciplines of a Godly Woman. Wheaton, Ill, Crossway Books, 2001. 

Hughes, Kent R. Disciplines of a Godly Man. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Books, 1991.  

Hull, Bill. The Disciple-Making Church: Leading a Body of Believers on the Journey of Faith. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2010. 

Iorg, Jeff.  The Case for Antioch: A Biblical Model for a Transformational Church. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing Group, 2011.

Iorg, Jeff. Is God Calling Me?: Answering the Question Every Leader Asks. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing Group, 2008.  

Iorg, Jeff.  The Painful Side of Leadership: Moving Forward Even When It HurtsNashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing, 2009. 

Iorg, Jeff.  Seasons of a Leader's Life: Learning, Leading, and Leaving Your Legacy. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing, 2013. 

Johnson, David and Jeff Van Vonderen. The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church. Minneapolis, Minn: Bethany House Publishers. 1991. 

Johnson, Eric, and Sean McDowell. Sharing the Good News with Mormons: Practical Strategies for Getting the Conversation StartedEugene, Oreg: Harvest House, 2018.  

Jones, Peyton. Church Zero: Raising 1st Century Churches Out of the Ashes of the 21st Century Church. Colorado Springs, Col: David C Cook, 2013. 

Jones, Peyton. Reaching the Unreached: Becoming Raiders of the Lost Art. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2017.

Klein, William W., Craig Blomberg, Robert L. Hubbard, and Kermit Allen Ecklebarger. Introduction to Biblical Interpretation. Nashville, Tenn: Thomas Nelson, 2003.

Keller, Timothy. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2012.
Keller, Timothy J. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009. 

Kollar, Charles Allen. Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling: An Effective Short-Term Approach for Getting People Back on Track.  Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2011. 

Kostenberger, Andreas J., L. Scott Kellum and Charles L. Quarles. The Cradle, The Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New TestamentNashville, Tenn: B&H Academic, 2016.  

Laaser, Mark R. Becoming a Man of Valor. Kansas City, Miss: Beacon Hill Press, 2011. 

Lea, Thomas D. and David Alan Black. The New Testament: Its Background and Message. Nashville, Tenn: B&H, 2003. 
Lewis, C. S. Mere Christianity. London: Fount, 1997.  

Lewis, C. S. Reflections on the Psalms. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1958.  

Longman, Temper III and David Garland, editors. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Series). Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan.

Longman, Temper III and Raymond D. Dillard. An Introduction to the Old TestamentGrand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2006. 

Mager, Robert F. Goal Analysis (2nd ed.).  Belmont, Cali: Lake Publishing Company, 1984. 

Malphurs, Aubrey. Look Before You Lead: How to Discern and Shape Your Church Culture. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2013.  

Mancini, Will. Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement. San Fransisco, Cal: Jossey-Bass, 2008.

Marshall, Howard and W. Ward Gasque, editors. The New International Greek Testament Commentary (Series). Grand Rapids, Mich, Eerdmans Publishing.

McDill, Wayne. 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching. (2nd ed.). Nashville, Tenn: B&H Academic, 2006. 

McNeal, Reggie. Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church. San Fransisco, Cal: Jossey-Bass, 2009.

McRaney, Will. The Art of Personal Evangelism: Sharing Jesus in a Changing Culture. Nashville, Tenn: Broadman & Holman, 2003.

McKeever, Bill and Eric Johnson. Mormonism 101: Examining the Religion of the Latter-Day Saints. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2015.  

Moore, Ralph. How to Multiply Your Church: The Most Effective Way to Grow. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2009. 

Moore, Ralph.  Making Disciples: Developing Lifelong Followers of Jesus. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2013. 

Moore, Russell and Andrew T. Walker. The Gospel & Racial Reconciliation(The Gospel for Life Series). Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing Group, 2016. 

Moreland, James Porter, and Dallas Willard. Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul. Colorado Springs, Colo: NavPress, 1997. 

Morris, Leon, editor. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (Series). Downer’s Grover, Ill: IVP Academic.

Muck, Terry, editor. The NIV Application Commentary: From biblical text . . . to contemporary life (Series). Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan.

Nichols, Stephen J., and Ned Bustard. The Church History ABCs Augustine and 25 Other Heroes of the Faith. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2010.

Nouwen, Henri J.M.  The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society. New York: Image Doubleday, 1972.

Oden, Thomas C., editor. Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (Series). Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press.  

Packer, J. I. Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs. Carol Stream, Ill: Tyndale House, 2001.  

Patrick, Darrin. Church Planter: The Man, Message, The Mission. Weaton, Ill: Crossway 2012. 

Payne, J. D.  Apostolic Church Planting: Birthing New Churches From New Believers. Downers Grove, Illi: InterVarsity Press, 2015.

Payne, J. D. Discovering Church Planting: An Introduction to the Whats, Whys, and Hows of Global Church Planting. Milton Keynes, U.K.: Paternoster Publishing, 2009.

Peterson, Eugene H. A Long Obedience In The Same Direction. Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2000. 

Peterson, Eugene H. The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction.  Wheaton, Ill: 1989.

Peterson, Eugene H. Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity. Grand Rapids, Mich: W.B. Eerdmans, 1987.

Phillips, Rob. What Ever Christian Should Know About Same-Sex Attraction: A Biblical Primer for the Local Church.  Missouri Baptist Convention, 2016. 

Pierre, Jeremy and Deepak RejuThe Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need.  Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2015. 

Piper, John. Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry. Nashville, Tenn: B&H, 2013.  

Piper, John. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist. Colorado Springs, Colo: Multnomah, 2011.  

Piper, John. Don't Waste Your Life. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Books, 2003.  

Piper, John. A Peculiar Glory: How the Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Complete Truthfulness. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2016.  

Piper, John. When the Darkness Will Not Life: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God--and JoyWheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2006.

Platt, David, Daniel Akin, and Tony Merida. Christ Centered Exposition (Series). Nashville, Tenn: Holman Reference.

Plummer, Robert L. 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich: Kregal Publications, 2010. 

Putman, Jim and Bobby Harrington.  DiscipleShift: Five Steps to Help Your Church Make Disciples Who Make Disciples.  Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2013.

Rainer, Thom S. Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing Group, 2014. 

Rainer, Thom. The Unexpected Journey: Conversations with People Who Turned From Other Beliefs to Jesus.  Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2003. 

Rainer, Thom S. and Eric Geiger. Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing Group, 2006.

Rainey, Dennis. Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood. Little Rock, Ark: FamilyLife Publishing, 2011. 

Reinke, Tony.  12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You.  Wheaton, Ill: Crossway: 2017. 

Rogers, Matt and Donny Mathis. Seven Arrows: Aiming Bible Readers in the Right Direction. Spring Hill, Tenn: Rainer Publishing, 2017. 

Rowe, David. I Love Mormons: A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-Day Saints. Grand Rapids, Mich, Baker Books, 2005.

Roxburgh, Alan J. and M. Scott Boren. Introducing the Missional Church: What it is, Why it Matters, How to Become One. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2009. 

Sande, Ken. The Peace Maker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2004. 

Sandy, D. Brent. Plowshares and Pruning Hooks: Rethinking the Language of Biblical Prophecy and Apocalyptic. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

Scott, J. Julius Jr. Jewish Backgrounds of the New TestamentGrand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 1995. 

Smith, Steve and Ying Kai. T4T: A Discipleship ReRevolutionBangalore, India: WIGTake Resources, 2011. 

Sproul, R. C. The Holiness of God. Wheaton, Ill: Tyndale House Publishers, 1985.  

Sproul, R. C. What Is Reformed Theology? Orlando, Fla: Ligonier Ministries, 1991. 

Sproul, R.C. and Robert Wolgemuth. What's in the Bible: A Tour of Scripture from the Dust of Creation to the Glory of Revelation. Nashville, Tenn: Thomas Nelson, 2011. 

Spurgeon, Charles. Lectures to My Students. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 1954.

Sterrett, T. Norton and Richard L. Schultz. How to Understand Your BibleDowners Grove, Ill: IVP Connect, 2010. 

Stetzer, Ed and Daniel Im. Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that MultiplyNashville, Tenn: B&H Academic, 2016.

Stetzer, Ed, and David Putman. Breaking the Missional Code: Your Church Can Become a Missionary in Your Community. Nashville, Tenn: Broadman & Holman, 2006.   

Stone, Charles. Brain Savvy Leaders: the Science of Significant Ministry. Nashville, Tenn: Abingdon Press, 2015.

Stonehouse, Ned, F. F. Bruce, Gordon Fee, and Joel Green, editors. The New International Commentary on the New Testament (Series). Grand Rapids, Mich: W. B. Eerdmans.

Stott, John. Through the Bible Through the Year.  Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2006.

Terkeurst, Lysa. Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not FoodGrand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2010.  

Thomas, Gary. Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?.  Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2000. 

Thomas, Gary. Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes our Soulsrand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2004. 

Thompson, W. Oscar. Concentric Circles of Concern: Seven Stages for Making Disciples. Nashville, Tenn: Broadman Press, 1981.

Tripp, Paul David.  What did you Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2010. 

Towns, Elmer L., and Douglas Porter. Churches That Multiply: A Bible Study on Church Planting. Kansas City, Mo: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2003.  

Towns, Elmer. Theology for TodayMason, Ohio: Cengage Learning, 2008.  

Van Til, Cornelius, and William Edgar (editor). Christian Apologetics.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2003.

Warren, Kay. Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor's Wife. Grand Rapids, Mich: Revell, 2017.

Westerhoff, John H. Spiritual Life: The Foundation for Preaching and Teaching. Louisville, Kent: Westminster John Knox Press, 1994.  

Wilder, Lynn. Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of the Mormon Church.  Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2013.

Willard, Dallas. Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 1999.  

Willard, Dallas. The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988.  

Wilson, Jim L. Future Church: Ministry in a Post-Seeker Age. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishers, 2004. 

Wilson, Michael Todd, and Brad Hoffmann. Preventing Ministry Failure: A ShepherdCare Guide for Pastors, Ministers and Other Caregivers. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Books, 2007.  

Worden, J. William. Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner. New York: Springer Publishing, 2009. 

Worthington, Everrett L, Jr.  Forgiving and Reconciling: Bridges to Wholeness and Hope. Downers Grover, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 2003. 

Yarbrough, Robert and Robert Stein, editors. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Series). Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic.