Book Recommendations

I love good books.  I love to talk about good books, share recommendations, and stockpile bound works on tall bookshelves.  I hope you love good books too.  

If you're on the hunt for a good book, I suggest you ask your friends what they're reading and what they thing you should read.  Ask your pastor.  Ask other professors.  Look at the bibliography and footnotes in your favorite books. Ask instructors of courses that interest you for copies of their syllabi and read the books listed.  Listen to Salty Believer Unscripted and take note of the books mentioned.  Subscribe to the Salty Believer YouTube Channel and do the same. And always keep a keen eye out for recommendations.

This recommendation page is a work in progress and always will be.  Please check out the recommendations by videos and list by subject below.  And please remember that my recommendation is not an endorsement that every word of every book is right and true. Please read with discernment and be sure to measure ever book against God’s Word.

You can also check out the Salty Believer Bibliography for an alphabetical list of recommendations.  I’m always up for a good recommendation, so please don't hesitate to contact me.    

Book Recommendations By Video

- The Reluctant Witness: Discovering the Delight of Spiritual Conversations by Don Everts YouTube
- What is a Healthy Church
by Mark Dever YouTube
- Letters to My Students: Volume 1 On Preaching
by Jason K. Allen YouTube
- Above All: The Gospel is the Source of The Church’s Renewal
by J. D. Greear YouTube
- Saving the Reformation: The Pastoral Theology of the Canons of Dort
by W. Robert Godfrey YouTube
- SBC FAQs: A Ready Reference by Keith Harper and Amy Whitfield
YouTube
- A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society
by Eugene Peterson YouTube
- The Saints of Zion: An Introduction to Mormon Theology
by Travis Kerns. YouTube
- Impact Preaching: A Case for the One-Point Expository Preaching
by Jim Wilson.  YouTube
- Bible Promises to Live By by Dave Earley.  YouTube
- The Character of Leadership: Nine Qualities that Define Great Leaders by Jeff Iorg.  YouTube
- Delighting in God by A.W. Towzer and the Christ-Centered Exposition Series.  YouTube
- Concise Theology: A Guide to Historical Christian Belief  by J.I. Packer.  YouTube
- Reordering the Trinity: Six Movements of God in the New Testament by Rodrick Durst.  YouTube
- Reaching the Unreached: Becoming Raiders of the Lost Art by Peyton Jones.  YouTube
- The Painful Side of Leadership: Moving Forward Even When it Hurts by Jeff Iorg.   YouTube
- Brain Savvy Leaders: The Science of Significant Ministry by Charles Stone.  YouTube 
- 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke.  YouTube 
- Working the Angles and The Contemplative Pastor, both by Eugene H. Peterson.  YouTube

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The Approved Workman: Developing Faithful Disciples Into Tested Leaders by Bryan Catherman includes many of the suggestions below in a format to help with discipleship and training for lay, bi-vocational, and full-vocational leaders, pastors, missionaries, and church planters. There is also a Kindle edition, however, it’s a workbook designed to be written in, checked off, and edited.

Book Recommendations By Subject:

Apologetics

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

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

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

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

Kerns, Travis. The Saints of Zion: An Introduction to Mormon Theology. Nashville, Tenn: B & H Academic, 2018.

Keller, Timothy J. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009.  

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

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. 

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

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

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. 

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

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

 

Bible Study

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

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

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

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.  

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.  

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

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

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

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

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. 

Lea, Thomas D. and David Alan Black. The New Testament: Its Background and Message. Nashville, Tenn: B&H, 2003. 

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

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

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

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

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. 

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. 

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

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

 

Biblical Counseling & Restoration

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

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

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

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. 

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

Edwards, Gene. A Tale of Three Kings: A Study of Brokenness. Carol Stream, Ill: Tyndale House, 1992.   

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

 

Church Planting

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

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

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

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

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

Keller, Timothy. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2012.

Lewis, C. S. A Grief Observed. San Fransisco, Cal: HarperCollins, 1996.

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. 

Patrick, Darrin. Church Planter: The Man, Message, The Mission. Wheaton, 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.

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. 

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.   

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.  

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

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

 

Commentary

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.

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

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

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

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

Hoehner, Harold W. Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 2002.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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. 

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

 

Discipleship*

Bonhoeffer, Deitrich. The Cost of Discipleship. New York: Touchstone, 1995.

Chan, Francis. Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples. Colorado Springs, Col: David C. Cook, 2012.

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

Donahue, Bill and Russ Robinson. Building a Life-Changing Small Group Ministry: A Strategic Guide for Leading Group Life in Your Church. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2012.

Donahue, Bill and Russ Robinson. The Seven Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry: A Troubleshooting Guide for Church Leaders. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2005.

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

Earley, Dave. The 8 Habits of Effective Small Group Leaders. Huston, Tex: Cell Group Resources, 2001.

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. 

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

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. 

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

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

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

Iorg, Jeff. Live Like a Missionary: Giving Your Life for What Matters Most. Birmingham, Alab: New Hope, 2011.

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

Keller, Timothy. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2012.

Marchall, Collin and Tony Payne. The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift that Changes Everything. Sydney, Australia: Matthias Media, 2009.

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

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

Rainer, Thom S. I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes a Difference. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing Group, 2013.

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

Ogden, Greg. Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Press, 2016.

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

Peterson, Eugene H. A Long Obedience In The Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society. Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2000. 

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

Platt, David. Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. Carol Stream, Ill: Tyndale House, 2013.

Platt, David. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Colorado Springs: Col, 2010.

Putman, Jim. Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches that Make Disciples. Colorado Springs, Col, 2010.

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

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

Wilson, Jared C. The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2017.

 

Evangelism & Mission*

Allen, Roland. The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church: And Causes that Hinder It. Eugene, Org: Wipf and Stock, 1962.

Earley, Dave and David Wheeler. Evangelism Is. . . : How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Academic, 2010.

Everts, Don. The Reluctant Witness: Discovering the Delight of Spiritual Conversations. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP, 2019.

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

Hybels, Bill. Just Walk Across the Room: Simple Steps Pointing People to Faith. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2006.

Iorg, Jeff. Live Like a Missionary: Giving Your Life for What Matters Most. Birmingham, Alab: New Hope, 2011.

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

Keller, Timothy. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2012.

Koukl, Gregory. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2009.

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.

Metzger, Will. Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel Wholly by Grace Communicated Truthfully and Lovingly. Downers Grove: Ill: InterVarsity Press, 2012.

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

Packer, J. I. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 2008.

Payne, J. D. The the Edge: Reflections on Kingdom Leadership, Mission, and Innovation. Scotts Valley, Cal: CreateSpace, 2015.

Piper, John. Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 2003.

Reid, Alvin L. Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out: Evangelism the Way You were Born to Do It. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Academic, 2017.

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. 

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

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

Willis, Dustin and Aaron Coe. Life on Mission: Joining the Everyday Mission of God. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2014.

 

History

Augustine. Confessions. London, England: Penguin Books, 1961.

Begg, Alistair. CSB Spurgeon Study Bible. Nashville, Tenn: Holman, 2017.

Betteson, Henry and Chris Maunder (Editors). Documents of the Christian Church. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Christian, George. The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon Volume I: His Earliest Outlines and Sermons Between 1851 and 1854. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Academic, 2017.

Dowley, Tim. Eerdmans’ Handbook to the History of Christianity. Grand Rapids, Mich: W. B. Eerdmans, 1977.

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

Godfrey, W. Robert. Saving the Reformation: The Pastoral Theology of the Canons of Dort. York, Penn: Reformation Trust, 2019.

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

Maier, Paul L. Eusebius: The Church History. Grand Rapids, Mich: Kregel, 1999.

Green, Michael. Evangelism in the Early Church. Guildford, Surry: Eagle, 1970.

Hall, Christopher A. Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 1998.

Hill, Jonathan. The History of Christian Thought: The Fascinating Story of the Great Christian Thinkers and How They Help Shape the World as We Know it Today. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 2003.

Hunke, E. W., Jr. Southern Baptists in the Intermountain West (1940-1989): A Fifty-Year History of Utah, Idaho, and Nevada Southern Baptists. Franklin, Tenn: Providence House, 1998.   

Marsden, George M. A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards. Grand Rapids, Mich: W. B. Eerdmans, 2008.

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

Piper, John. 21 Servants of Sovereign Joy: Faithful, Flawed, and Fruitful (Swans Are Not Silent). Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2018.

Spurgeon, C. H., Spurgeon’s Sermons. Peabody, Mass: Henderickson Publishers, 2011.

Water, Mark (Editor). The Encyclopedia of Christian Martyrs. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2001.

Local Church

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

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

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

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

Dever, Mark. What is a Healthy Church?, Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2007.

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

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

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.

Keller, Timothy. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2012.

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

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

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

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

McIntosh, Gary L. Taking Your Church to the Next Level: What God You Here Won’t Get You There. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2009.

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

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

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

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.  

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

 

Pastoral Leadership

Clowney, Edmund P. Called to the Ministry. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1964.

Geiger, Eric and Kevin Peck. Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing Group, 2016.

Iorg, Jeff. The Character of Leadership: Nine Qualities that Define Great Leaders, Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing Group, 2007. 

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

Iorg, Jeff. Leading Major Change in Your Ministry. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing, 2018.

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. 

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.

McIntosh, Gary L. Taking Your Church to the Next Level: What God You Here Won’t Get You There. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2009.

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

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

Peterson, Eugene H. A Long Obedience In The Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society. Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2000. 

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

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

Shelly, Marshall. Ministering to Problem People in Your Church: What do to with Well-Intentioned Dragons. Minneapolis, Minn: Bethany House, 2013.

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

Tripp, Paul David. Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2012.

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

Prayer

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

Croft, Brian and Ryan Fullerton. Pray for the Flock: Ministering God’s Grace Through Intercession. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2015.

Earley, Dave. The 21 Most Effective Prayers Collection. Uhrichsville, Ohio: Barbour Books, 2014.

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

Hybels, Bill. Too Busy Not To Pray. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 2008.

Keller, Timmothy. Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. New York, New York: Penguin, 2016.

Peterson, Eugene H. Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer.  New York, New York: HarperCollins, 1989.

Sproul, R. C. The Prayer of the Lord. Harrisonburg, Virg: Reformation Trust, 2009.

Spurgeon, C. H. The Pastor in Prayer: A Collection of the Sunday Morning Prayers of C. H Spurgeon. Carlisle, Pens: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2004.

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

 

Preaching & Teaching

Allen, Jason K. Letters to My Students: Volume 1 On Preaching. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing, 2019.

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

Duduit, Michael (Editor) Handbook of Contemporary Preaching: A Wealth of Counsel for Creative and Effective Proclamation. Nashville, Tenn: Broadman Press, 1992.

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. 

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

Hamilton, Donald L. Homiletical Handbook. Nashville, Tenn: Boradman Press, 1992.

Hendricks, Howard. Teaching to Change Lives: Seven Proven Ways to Make Your Teaching Come Alive. New York: Multnomah, 1987.

Johnson, Darrel W. The Glory of Preaching: Participating in God’s Transformation of the World. Downer’s Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 2009.

MacArthur, John, Jr. Rediscovering Expository Preaching: Balancing the Science and Art of Biblical Exposition. Dallas, Tex: Word Books, 1992.

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

Millar, Gary and Phil Campbell. Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God’s Word and Keep People Awake. Kingsford, Australia: Matthias Media, 2013.

Miller, Calvin. Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2006.

Piper, John. The Supremacy of God in Preaching. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2004.

Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages (3rd ed.). Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 2014.

Rummage, Stephen Nelson. Planning Your Preaching: A Step-by-Step Guide for Developing a One-Year Preaching Calendar. Grand Rapids, Mich: Kregel Academic and Professional, 2002.

Shelly, Marshall (Editor). Changing Lives Through Preaching and Worship. Nashville, Tenn: Moorings, 1995.

Sills, M. David. Hearts, Heads, & Hands: A Manual for Teaching Others to Teach Others. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing, 2016.

Simon, Carmen. Impossible to Ignore: Creating Memorable Content to Influence Decisions. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2016.

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

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

Sunukjian, Donald R. Invitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance. Grand Rapids, Mich: Kregal Academic and Professional, 2007.

Wax, Trevin. Gospel-Centered Teaching: Showing Christ in All Scripture. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing, 2013.

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

Wilson, Jim L., R. Gregg Watson, Michael Kuykendall, and David Johnson. Impact Preaching: A Case for the One-Point Expository Sermon. Bellingham, Wash: Lexham Press, 2018.

Yount, William R. Called to Teach: An Introduction to the Ministry to Teaching. Nasville, Tenn: B&H Academic, 1999.

 

Social Life (Marriage, Gender, Race, Children, & Family)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greear, J.D. Above All: The Gospel is the Source of the Church’s Renewal. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing, 2019.

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

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.  

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

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

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

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

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. 

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 SoulsGrand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2004. 

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

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

 

Theology

Augustine. Confessions. London, England: Penguin Books, 1961.

Armstrong, John H. (General Editor), and Paul Engle (Series Editor). Understanding Four Views on Baptism. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2007.

Armstrong, John H. (General Editor), and Paul Engle (Series Editor). Understanding Four Views on the Lord’s Supper. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2007.

Bock, Darrell L. (General Editor), and Stanley N. Gundry (Series Editor). Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 1999.

Blackaby, Henry T. and Claude V. King. Experiencing God: How to Live the Full Adventure of Knowing and Doing the Will of God. Nashville, Tenn: Broadman and Holman, 1994.

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

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

Chesterton, G. K. Orthodoxy. Scotts Valley, Cal: CreateSpace, 2015.

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

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. 

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

Godfrey, W. Robert. Saving the Reformation: The Pastoral Theology of the Canons of Dort. York, Penn: Reformation Trust, 2019.

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

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

Grudem, Wayne A. (General Editor) and Stanley N. Gundry (Series Editor). Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2005. 

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

Packer, J. I. Knowing God. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 1973.

Piper, John. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist. Sisters, Org: Multnomah Publishers, 1992.

Piper, John. The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Books, 2007.

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

Richards, Larry, and Gary J. Bredfeldt. Creative Bible Teaching. Chicago, Ill: Moody Press, 1998.

Selph, Robert B. Southern Baptist and the Doctrine of Election. Harrisonburg, Virg: Sprinkle Publications, 1998.

Sproul, R. C. Essential Truths of the Christian Faith. Wheaton, Ill: Tyndale House, 1992.

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. 

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

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

Tozer, A. W. The Knowledge of the Holy. New York: HarperCollins, 1961.

 

Worship & Spiritual Formation

Boswell, Matt. Doxology and Theology: How the Gospel Forms the Worship Leader. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing, 2013.

Demarest, Bruce. Satisfy Your Soul: Restoring the Heart of Christian Spirituality. Colorado Springs, Col: NavPress, 1999.

Earley, Dave and Rod Dempsey. Spiritual Formation Is. . . : How to Grow in Jesus with Passion and Confidence. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Academic, 2018.

Fadling, Alan. An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus’ Rhythms of Work and Rest. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 2013.

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

Foster, Richard J. The Challenge of The Disciplined Life: Christian Reflections on Money, Sex, and Power. New York, HarperCollins, 1985.

Kauflin, Bob. Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God. Wheaton, Ill, 2008.

Lewis, C. S. Mere Christianity. London: Fount, 1997. 

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

MacDonald, Gordon. Ordering Your Private World. Nashville, Tenn: W Publishing, 2017.  

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. 

Murray, David. Reset: Living Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2017.

Nouwen, Henri. Making All Things New: An Invitation to the Spiritual Life. San Francisco, Cal, Harper & Row, 1981.

Peterson, Eugene H. A Long Obedience In The Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society. Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2000. 
 
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.  

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

Roster, Richard J. Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith. New York: HarperCollins, 1998.

Ryan, Austin. The Radical Worship Solution: igniting the Heart of Your Team. Las Vegas, Nev: Worship Catalyst, 2015.

Sanford, David (Editor). Mosaic: Holy Bible. Carol Stream, Ill: Tyndale House, 2009.

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

Towzer, A.W. Delighting in God, Bloomington, Minn: Bethany House, 2015.

Wiersbe, Warren. God Isn’t in a Hurry: Learning to Slow Down and Live. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 1994.

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. Soul Shaping: Disciplines that Conform You to the Image of Christ. Scotts Valley, Cal: CreateSpace, 2014.



*I believe that evangelism and discipleship should not be two separate functions of disciple-making, however, some books are written within these separate distinctions. Therefore, I have two categories here.