Grace Bible Church
Suggested Book List
THE FOLLOWING IS A BRIEF LISTING of some of the most important books you might want to have in your library.Authors are italicized. (Publishers are in parentheses.) You can also download a PDF version of the list by clicking on this link: Suggested Book List.
- The New Open Bible (Thomas Nelson)
This Study Bible has many valuable helps, without a particular theological bent. Errol’s choice.
- The Reformation Study Bible (Ligonier)
Available only in the ESV, this study Bible is theologically Reformed.
- The John MacArthur Study Bible (Thomas Nelson)
This Study Bible is conservative but quite dispensational.
- Regarding Translations:
While the NASB is the most accurate, most teaching at Grace is from the NKJV. The ESV is good and gaining in popularity among many respected Christian leaders. The NIV is fine for reading, though not for study because in some places the translation is not as accurate.
- BIBLE STUDY HELPS
- Knowing Scripture R. C. Sproul (InterVarsity)
This gives a good overview of how to study the Bible.
- Studying, Interpreting, and Applying Scripture Henrichsen (Zondervan)
Another good overview of how to study the Bible.
- Halley’s Bible Handbook (Zondervan)
The best brief overview of the Bible including many interesting articles about a variety of Bible-related subjects.
- Holman’s Bible Dictionary (Broadman)
Gives definitions of Bible words, people, places, etc.
- History of the Bible Errol Hale
Provides detail on how the Bible came to be and offers instruction about choosing a translation and type of Study Bible. Available from Grace Bible Church.
- Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words (Nelson)
Provides definitions of both Hebrew and Greek words. The edition that has both Old and New Testament words in one volume is recommended.
- BIBLE SOFTWARE
- e-Sword Rick Meyers (www.e-sword.net)
This Bible software program is free, though e-Sword does accept donations, which we heartily recommend users to send in. This program does virtually everything the expensive commercial programs do, but for whatever you can afford to pay. Some Bible versions and commentaries can only be used when you purchase a “product key” number from the publisher, but the vast majority of what most people will use is included at no cost. Download e-Sword at: www.e-Sword.net.
- Matthew Henry [two choices] (Zondervan)
The greatest commentary on the whole Bible, not only for doctrine but pastoral insight. The complete six volume work is so exhaustive it can be overwhelming. The one volume edition is best for most students.
- Mathew Poole [3 volumes] (Hendrickson)
Matthew Pool is possibly the most complete, yet concise commentary around. No frills here, just great commentary. While it is rather expensive and has small print, it is worth it!
- John MacArthur (Zondervan)
This covers only the New Testament, and is not yet complete. New volumes are released as they are completed. Very helpful both with detail and application.
- John Calvin (Baker)
This 22-volume set covering almost the entire Bible is more pastoral than most will expect. The definitive reformed voice.
- New Testament Commentary by William Hendriksen, Simon J. Kistemaker (Baker)
This 12-volume set covering the New Testament is the definitive modern Reformed commentary. Very usable.
- Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels J. C. Ryle (Baker)
A favorite on the gospels. It is devotional, pastoral, and Reformed.
- Beginning to Intermediate Students
- London Baptist Confession of Faith 1689 (P&R)
An important part of Grace’s statement of faith. All members of our church should be familiar with this. A great help in understanding the confession is entitled “A Faith To Confess” by S. M. Houghton, published by (Cary Publications).
- A Simple Manual of Systematic Theology Errol Hale
A baptistic Reformed systematic theology written for laymen. Includes a history of Christian theology and comparison of numerous theological perspectives. Available from Grace Bible Church.
- Westminster Shorter Catechism, Westminster Study Manual G. I. Williamson (P & R)
This is a modern language version and a study guide to get the most of the Catechism.
- Knowledge of the Holy A. W. Tozer (Harper & Row)
A favorite on the attributes of God because it is theological and devotional. It leaves the reader with a sense, not only of knowing more about God, but loving God more.
- Chosen By God R. C. Sproul (Tyndale)
Readable treatment of the doctrine of Election.
- The Sovereignty of God A. W. Pink (Banner)
A thorough treatment of this all-important attribute of the Almighty. Easy to read. Challenging to man’s naturally Arminian mind.
- The Attributes of God A. W. Pink (Baker)
Wonderful inspection of some key attributes of God.
- More Advanced Students
- Institutes of the Christian Religion John Calvin (Baker)
There are two editions to choose from depending on how detailed one wants to be. The definitive two-volume work is edited by John McNiell, (Westminster). A much simpler edition is edited by Tony Land and Hilary Osborn, (Baker). This one-volume work covers the heart and soul without the detail.
- Charts of Christian Theology and Doctrine House (Zondervan)
Excellent for comparing various theological perspectives in many theological issues. It is concise and easy to use.
- The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Baker)
Provides more detailed definitions of biblical and theological issues. Differs from a Bible Dictionary in that it provides information about theological terms and theologians not mentioned in the Bible.
- Systematic Theology Louis Berkhof [two choices] (Eerdmans)
Louis Berkhof’s Systematic Theology is the finest treatment of systematic theology to be found. He explains other views, but his views are thoroughly Reformed. It is scholarly. Those preferring a less scholarly treatment might prefer the Manual of Christian Doctrine, (Eerdmans). It is the same material as “Big Berkhof,” but with less scholarly detail. Both are excellent.
- Systematic Theology Wayne Grudem (Zondervan)
Grudem’s Systematic Theology has become a modern standard. It is conservative, Reformed, and presents a balance treatment of charismatic issues that Christians from both Charismatic and non-Charismatic camps find helpful. This work is also set up for use in personal devotional study, including suggested memory verses and hyms to sing.
- Bondage of the Will M. Luther (Baker)
The classic by the Great Reformer.
- ESCHATOLOGY (End Times)
- Last Days Madness Gary Demar (American Vision)
The most important book on the subject for modern Christians who have been force-fed so much fiction on the subject. Reformed.
- The Meaning of the Millennium Robert G. Clouse (InterVarsity Press)
The issue is not the tribulation, the issue is the millennium. This debate in book form presents the four major views written by proponents of each view (no unfair misrepresentation of other people’s views.) Then each writer offers a rebuttal to the other three authors.
- Call to Prayer J. C. Ryle (Audubon Press)
A searching challenge regarding personal prayer. A must read for every Christian.
- With Christ in the School of Prayer Andrew Murray (Whitaker House)
- Too Busy Not To Pray Bill Hybels (IVP)
A modern book that teaches simple truths about prayer and challenges the reader to “make time to pray.”
- Beginning to Intermediate Students
- The Way of the Master Ray Comfort
A video series on personal evangelism. Recommended #1!
- Today’s Gospel: Authentic or Synthetic? Walter J. Chantry(Banner of Truth)
This little book is a must read in this day in which much of the church has lost sight of the true gospel.
- Answering Questions about Your Faith Errol Hale
This booklet explains how to discern what type of persons you are dealing with and how to deal with them, followed by answers (including illustrations) for the thirteen most commonly asked questions. Available as a free download from www.gbcmpk.org by clicking here.
- How to Give Your Faith Away Paul E. Little (InterVarsity Press)
A classic “How To” book on personal evangelism.
- More Advanced Students
- Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God J. I. Packer
This book provides tremendous information about how our responsibility to preach the gospel is harmonious with the doctrine of election. Not only good on evangelism, but also on the doctrine of predestination.
- Todays Evangelism Reisinger (P & R)
Examines the biblical methods of evangelism, not the worldly ways of the modern era.
- Let The Nations Be Glad John Piper (Baker)
“Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” Piper argues that the goal of missions is to gather God’s people from every tongue tribe and nation so that they may praise Him. This is great reading.
- The Coming Revolution in World Missions K. P. Yohannan (Creation House)
A real challenge to western Christians about the need. This book can be a little bit of a guilt trip, but if you can overlook this, it is an important challenge to we who have been given much.
- Missionary Methods: Saint Paul’s or Ours? Roland Allen(Eerdmans)
A classic on world missions.
- The Role of the Local Church in Missions Grace Elders
A simple explanation of the belief that missions are to be sent from the local church. Available as a free download from www.gbcmpk.org by clicking here.
- CHURCH HISTORY
- Beginning to Intermediate Students
- A Survey of Christian History Errol Hale
This is based primarily on “Christianity Through the Centuries” byCairnes.
- A Quest For Godliness J. I. Packer (Crossway)
A wonderful treatment of the Puritans, who came closer to conforming their society to biblical standards than any other in history.
- More Advanced Students
- Christianity Through The Centuries E. Cairnes (Zondervan)
A great overview in a comprehensive, scholarly, and yet readable format.
- MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
- Love and Respect Emerson Eggerichs (Thomas Nelson)
#1! The book and the workbook give the simplest, most biblical counsel on how to be happily married.
- Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage Jay Adams (Zondervan)
In this day of casual marriage, easy divorce and serial remarriage, every Christian needs to know what God’s Word says about this issue.
- Errol’s Marriage Series Errol Hale
These two booklets include Who You Marry and Why, a look at who is a prospect and who is not! How to Marry and Why examines the biblical process of finding a mate. Who You Marry and Why is available as a free download from www.gbcmpk.org by clicking here.How to Marry and Why is available as a free download from www.gbcmpk.org by clicking here.
- Parenting By God's Promises Joel R. Beeke (Reformation Trust)
Very biblical counsel about parenting. Instead of assembling a list of good ideas and then finding verses to support them, Dr. Beeke begins with scripture and draws the counsel from the Bible. One word of warning, Dr. Beeke devotes a great deal of ink at the beginning on the importance of infant baptism. As a practitionier of baptism for believers only, I cannot agree with his position. Dr. Beeke's arguments only made me stronger in my position. Other than that, this gook is great!
- Give Them Grace Fitzpatrick and Thompson (Crossway)
Too often we Christian parents raise legalists and moralists by emphasizing obedience without communicating the gospel. This book encourages parents hoy to turn discipline into pointing children to Christ and the gospel for forgiveness.
- Duties of Parents J. C. Ryle (Old Paths Gospel)
The best—if only parents would read this and follow the advice contained in it.
- Love Must Be Tough James Dobson (Word)
The notion that Christians are to be doormats has contributed to untold numbers of broken lives and marriages. This is good for people who are either going through, or counseling anyone going through difficult times with a partner who is a substance abuser, chronic gambler, an adulterer, or a spouse of a child abuser. Tough counsel for tough times.
- Anything by A. W. Tozer (Christian Publishers)
Tozer is the closest thing to a 20th Century prophet.
- Anything by J. C. Ryle
Ryle is better at putting more into a few words than anyone.
- Anything by John Piper
Excellent modern day pastor-theologian and devotional writer.
- Anything by Andrew Murray
Excellent devotional writer.
- Let Go Francois Fenelon (Whitaker House)
Fenelon gets at the root of our problem—us! He writes wonderfully about emptying ourselves of self, that we may be filled with the fullness of God.
- Golden Booklet of the Christian Life John Calvin (Baker House)
The classic Reformer demonstrated wonderful pastoral devotional writing.
- Practice the Presence of God Brother Lawrence (Zondervan)
A timeless classic about walking in the spirit and in an attitude of prayer—every minute of every day.
- Lord, Make My Life A Miracle Ray Ortlund (Broadman Holman)
A challenge to walk with God.
- My Utmost for His Highest Oswald Chambers (Zondervan)
Daily devotional readings. Great insights.
- Loving God Charles Colson (Zondervan)
Colson at his best.
- More Advanced Students
- Religious Affections Jonathan Edwards (Bethany House)
The greatest theologian America has ever produced. This is an edited version for modern readers.
- Confessions St. Augustine (Oxford University Press)
- Ordering Your Private World MacDonald (Nelson)
This book should be required reading for the person who just can’t seem to get his or her life organized.
- Every Life a Plan of God Oswald Sanders (Zondervan)
One of the best books on the subject you will ever read.
- Practice of Godliness & Pursuit of Holiness Jerry Bridges(NavPress)
Both are classic works. Both have study guides.
- Holiness J. C. Ryle (Evangelical Press)
One of His best works.
- Desiring God John Piper (Evangelical Press)
Developing a desire for God and then fulfilling that desire.
- Hunger for God John Piper (Crossway Books)
A most important work on the subject of fasting as a Christian discipline.
- Spiritual Leadership Oswald Sanders (Zondervan)
A wonderful manual on leadership.
- Disciples Are Made, Not Born Walter Henrichsen (Cook Communications)
A great introduction to the concept of discipleship. Interesting and practical. Every discipleship leader should read this.
- The Christian Life Sinclair Ferguson (Banner)
- The Lost Art of Disciple Making Leroy Eims (Zondervan)
A comprehensive how to manual for discipleship. Every discipleship leader should read this.
- Studies in the Sermon on the Mount Dr. M. L. Jones (Eerdmans)
Excellent treatment of Jesus’ sermon on the mount.
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