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A Nice Reading List To Consider

Posted by Job on April 5, 2009

Hat Tip: Bible Geek Gone Wild

Knowing God – J.I. Packer
God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible– Vaughan Roberts
The Call– Os Guinness
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction – Eugene Peterson
If God Already Knows, Why Pray? – Doug Kelly
Reading the Bible with Heart & Mind – Tremper Longman III
Salvation Belongs to the Lord – John Frame
Called to the Ministry – Edmund P. Clowney
Building a Christian Worldview – Andrew Hoffecker & Gary Scott Smith
Truth in All Its Glory: Commending the Reformed Faith – William Edgar
Church History in Plain Language – Bruce Shelley
Apologetics to the Glory of God – John Frame

A more comprehensive list:

I Bible Content and Interpretation
A. Essential Reading
God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible, Vaughan Roberts
Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind, Tremper Longman III
According to Plan: the Unfolding Revelation of God in in the Bible, Graeme Goldsworthy
Playing by the Rules, Robert H. Stein
Survey of the Bible, William Hendricksen
B. Further Reading
Christ of the Covenants, O. Palmer Robertson
He Gave Us Stories, Richard Pratt, Jr.
Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, Christopher Wright
Let the Reader Understand, Dan McCartney & Charles Clayton
The Progress of Redemption, William Van Gemeren
C. Advanced/Comparison Reading
Biblical Theology, Geerhardus Vos
Introduction to the Old Testament, Raymond Dillard & Tremper Longman III
The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses, Vern Poythress
Introduction to the New Testament, Carson, Moo, and Morris
The Coming of the Kingdom, Herman Ridderbos
New Testament History, F.F. Bruce
Hermeneutics, Authority and Canon, Carson and Woodbridge
Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation, ed. Moises Silva

II Spiritual Growth and Calling
A. Essential Reading
The Call, Os Guiness
Called to the Ministry, Edmund Clowney
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Eugene Peterson
Confessions, St. Augustine
Grow in Grace, Sinclair Ferguson
Pray With Your Eyes Open, Richard Pratt, Jr.
If God Already Knows, Why Pray?, Douglas Kelly
Born Free, Steve Brown
The Lord’s Prayer, Derek Thomas
B. Further Reading
Studying Theology As A Servant of Jesus, John Frame
The Godly Man’s Picture, Thomas Watson
The Disciplines of Grace, Jerry Bridges
The Way of Life, Charles Hodge
Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
The Ascent Psalms, Derek Thomas
Cry of the Soul, Dan Allender
The Pleasures of God, John Piper
C. Advanced/Comparison Reading
Holiness, J.C. Ryle
The Religious Life of Theological Students, B.B. Warfield
An Introduction to Theological Studies, William Cunningham
Finding the Will of God, Bruce Waltke
Decision Making and the Will of God, Garry Friesen
The Enemy Within & Through the Looking Glass, Chris Lundgaard
A Resilient Life, Gordon MacDonald
The Devoted Life, Kelly Kapic & Randall Gleason

III Systematic Theology
A. Essential Reading
Knowing God, J.I. Packer
Salvation Belongs to the Lord, John Frame
Concise Theology, J.I. Packer
The Fabric of Theology, Richard Lints
Putting Amazing Back into Grace, Michael Horton
The Christian Life, Sinclair Ferguson
Summary of Christian Doctrine, Louis Berkhof
Introductory Essay to John Owens’ The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, J.I. Packer
Perspectives on the Word of God, John Frame
B. Further Reading
Foundations of the Christian Faith, James Boice
Inspiration and Authority of the Bible, B.B. Warfield
The Infallible Word, ed. by Stonehouse/Woolley
Redemption Accomplished and Applied, John Murray
Studies in Theology, B.B. Warfield
Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms
C. Advanced/Comparison Reading
Institutes of Christian Religion, John Calvin
Systematic Theology, Louis Berkhof
Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem
A New Systematic Theology, Robert Reymond
The Holy Trinity, Robert Letham
The Doctrine of God, John Frame
The Atonement, Leon Morris
Adopted By God, Robert Peterson

IV Philosophy and Christian Thought
A. Essential Reading
Building a Christian World View (Vol. 1-2), W. Andrew Hoffecker and Gary Scott Smith
Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy, Jostein Gaarder
The Christian Mind, Harry Blamires
The Universe Next Door, James Sire
World Views in Conflict, Ronald Nash
God and the Philosophers: The Reconciliation fo Faith and Reason, Thomas V. Morris
B. Further Reading
The Gravedigger File, Os Guiness & Nick Butterworth
Longing to Know, Esther Meek
The Way of the World, Craig Gay
C. Advanced/Comparison Reading
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn
Reason Within the Bounds of Religion, N. Wolterstorff
Ideas Have Consequences, Richard Weaver
Lectures on Calvinism, Abraham Kuyper

V Church History
A. Essential Reading
Church History in Plain Language, Bruce Shelley
Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity, Mark Noll
Church History, Volume 1: From Christ to Pre-Reformation, Everett Ferguson
A Religious History of the American People, Sydney Ahlstrom
The Story of Christian Theology, Roger Olson
Historical Theology, Alister McGrath
B. Further Reading
Augustine of Hippo, Peter Brown
The Thought of Thomas Aquinus, Brian Davies
Luther, Heiko Oberman
Calvin: A Biography, Bernard Cottret
Jonathan Edwards: A Life, George Marsden
C. Advanced/Comparison Reading
The Early Church, Henry Chadwick
Early Christian Doctrines, J.N.D. Kelly
Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 1, Colin Brown
Western Society and the Church in the Middle Ages, R.W. Southern
The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine (5 vols.), Jaroslav Pelikan
The Medieval Theologians, G.R. Evans
A World History of Christianity, Adrain Hastings

VI Contemporary Western Culture
A. Essential Reading
Engaging God’s World, Cornelius Plantinga
Christ and Culture, H. Richard Niebuhr
No Place for Truth, David Wells
B. Further Reading
Culture Wars, James D. Hunter
Resident Aliens, Stanley Hauerwas & William Willimon
A Primer on Postmodernism, Stanlye Grenz
Postmodern Times, Gene Veith
Pop Culture Wars, William Romanowski
Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, Mark Noll
The Struggle for America’s Soul, Robert Wuthnow
C. Advanced/Comparison Reading
The Culture of Interpretation, Roger Lundin
Total Truth, Nancy Pearsey
The Sensate Culture, Harold O.J. Brown

VII Apologetics
A. Essential Reading
Every Thought Captive, Richard Pratt, Jr.
God in the Dock, C.S. Lewis
B. Further Reading
Apologetics to the Glory of God, John Frame
Christian Apologetics, Cornelius Van Til
Why I Believe in God, Cornelius Van Til (available online)
C. Advanced/Comparison Reading
The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, John Frame
Van Til: An Analysis of His Thought, John Frame
Van Til’s Apologetic, Greg Bahnsen
Five Views of Apologetics, ed. Steve Cowan

VIII Missions and Evangelism
A. Essential Reading
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J.I. Packer
Right With God, John Blanchard
Powerful Evangelism for the Powerless, C. John Miller
Tell the Truth, Will Metzger
B. Further Reading
Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper
Christian Mission, John Stott
An Introduction to the Science of Missions, J. Herman Bavink
The Pastor-Evangelist: Preacher, Model, and Mobilizer for Church Growth, Roger Greenway
Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns, D.A. Carson
The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society, Lesslie Newbigin
Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours?, Allen Rolland
C. Advanced/Comparison Reading
Perspectives on the World Christian Movevment, Ralph Winter
Mission in the Old Testament, Walter Kaiser
Gospel and Mission in the Writings of St. Paul, Peter T. O’Brien
God’s Missionary People, Charles Van Engen
A Heart for Mission: Five Pioneer Thinkers, Ron Davies
What In the World is God Doing?, C. Gordon Olson

IX Task of Preaching
A. Essential Reading
How To Talk So People Will Listen, Steve Brown
The Supremacy of God in Preaching, John Piper
B. Further Reading
Between Two Worlds, John Stott
Biblical Preaching, Haddon Robinson
Preaching with Purpose, Jay Adams
C. Advanced/Comparison Reading
Christ-Centered Preaching, Bryan Chapell
Preachers and Preaching, Sam Logan
Preaching Christ in All of Scripture, Ed Clowney
Preaching for Revitalization, Michael Ross

X Pastoral Ministry and Leadership
A. Essential Reading
Jesus Christ Disciplemaker, William Hull
Spiritual Leadership, J. Oswald Sanders
Working the Angles, Eugene Peterson
B. Further Reading
Shepherding God’s Flock, Jay Adams
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
The Work of the Pastor, William Still
C. Advanced/Comparison Reading
The Christian Ministry, Charles Bridges
The Making of a Leader, Robert Clinton
The Unnecessary Pastor, Eugene Peterson
Pastoral Theology, Thomas Oden

XI Christian Counseling
A. Essential Reading
The Care of Souls, David Benner
The Healing Path, Dan Allendar
Inside Out, Larry Crabb
Telling Secrets, Frederick Buechner
Connecting, Larry Crabb
B. Further Reading
Bold Love, Dan Allender & Tremper Longman III
The Cry of the Soul, Dan Allender & Tremper Longman III
Finding God, Larry Crabb
The Gospel According to Job, Mike Mason
The Sacred Romance, Brent Curtis & John Eldredge
Sacred Thirst, M. Craig Barnes
A Tale of Three Kings, Gene Edwards
When God Interrupts, M. Craig Barnes
The Wounded Healer, Henri Nouwen
C. Advanced/Comparison Reading
Ministry in the Image of God, Stephen Seamands
The Myth of Certainty, Daniel Taylor
The Awakened Heart, Gerald May
Yearning: Living Between How It Is and How It Ought to Be, M. Craig Barnes

XII Other Titles
A. Essential Reading
Truth in All Its Glory: Commending the Reformed Faith, William Edgar
How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren
Chosen by God, R.C. Sproul
Designed for Dignity, Richard Pratt, Jr.
God Has Spoken, J.I. Packer
The Church, Edmund Clowney
Seeking a Better Country: 300 Years of American Presbyterianism, D.G. Hart & John R. Muether
B. Further Reading
Give Praise to God, Ligon Duncan & Derek Thomas
With One Voice: Discovering Christ’s Song in Our Worship, Reggie Kidd
Creation and Change, Douglas Kelly
The Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther
Plan of Salvation, B.B. Warfield
Created in God’s Image, Anthony Hoekema
The Glorious Body of Christ, R.B. Kuiper


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