We believe that part of loving the Lord with all our minds means that we make a discipline of life-long learning. One fantastic way to do that is through reading. Below are recommendations of books of various sorts on a range of topics, all of which can keep us growing in the Lord. All recommended books are available at reasonable prices through MonergismBooks.com.*
The ESV Bible is known for its translation accuracy and readability. It is the Bible we teach from at FBCMB. Available in hardback, paperback, leather, large print, and several other editions.
The ESV Study Bible is contains the biblical text of the ESV as well as hundreds of notes, maps, charts, and articles that help in answering historical and theological questions. Available in hardback, paperback, leather, large print, and several other editions. Highly recommended!
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name is a fantastic storybook Bible for children. Full of great pictures and easy to follow text, the real blessing of this book is how it reveals that the whole Bible is about Jesus Christ.
Recommendations for New Christians:
Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know, by Wayne Grudem, is a survey of some of the most important issues of faith, including the inspiration and authority of the Bible, the nature of God, the gift of salvation, and the nature of the church. An easy, yet substantive read.
J.I. Packer’s Knowing God is a modern-day classic on the glory and joy of having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Truth for All Time, originally titled “A Brief Outline of the Christian Faith,” was John Calvin’s attempt to boil down the major truths of Christianity and write them in a way that would be accessible to all people. This classic, first published in 1537, is as powerful today as when it was first written.
Recommendations for Growing Christians:
Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing, by C.J. Mahaney. This short book is full of practical reasons and ways that Christians can life daily by grace through faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
R.C. Sproul is known as the greatest preacher on the subject of God’s holiness alive today. His book, The Holiness of God, is an eye-opening exposition on God’s pure and perfect character. A much-needed reminder in our culture.
Finally Alive, by John Piper, is clear, accessible, and thorough explanation of the miracle of the new birth. The truths of this book bring Christians a sense of awe and humility before the God who saved by His grace.
The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism, by Kevin DeYoung, is a study based on the Heidelberg Catechism, adopted in 1563. This contemporary look at an historic document provides rich truths for all believers.
Recommendations for In-Depth Study:
Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology is a comprehensive overview of doctrinal issues, subject by subject. Great for personal study and for use as a reference book.
Desiring God is a paradigm-shifting book for many believers. In this volume, John Piper argues that for the Christian, there is no conflict between duty and delight, instead we live out our duty of glorifying God by being most satisfied and delighted in Him.
Interested in church history? Check out The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation. This small book provides a great account of the major happenings and players during one of the most important periods in the history of the church.
Did you ever think about what the Bible was like when Jesus read and studied it? Stephen Dempster’s Dominion and Dynasty: A Biblical Theology of the Hebrew Bible examines the Old Testament (the Bible Jesus read) in the arrangement of the Hebrew Bible (the order in which Jesus would have read it). This fascinating work helps believers to understand better how the Old Testament all points to the coming of Jesus Christ!
Recommendations on Evangelism and Missions:
Mark Dever’s The Gospel and Personal Evangelism is an easy, quick read that will challenge all believers to be active and intentional in sharing their faith with others.
John Piper’s Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions shows how from cover to cover, the Bible clearly reveals that God has a heart to be worshiped by people from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. In fact, the only reason why missions exists is because worship does not.
If God controls everything, why do we ask people to respond to the gospel? And if people make a real choice to repent and believe in Jesus, does that mean God is not fully sovereign? J.I. Packer’s Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God shows how these two truths (God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility) exist side by side. A short, yet thought-provoking read.
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