Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Some books to begin (for modern evangelicals and young believers)

I have been busy with term starting here at Westminster. Anyway, I have managed to compile (for a friend) a very short list of books for Christians who do not really know much about the faith, whether young or just because of their environment in shallow Evangelicalism. Here is the short list of simpler (note: not necessarily simple) books (besides the Bible) that should be read for such believers to build a foundation for true biblical knowledge.

Books:

Gospel

  • John MacArthur, The Gospel according to Jesus
  • John MacArthur, Hard to Believe
  • John MacArthur, Ashamed of the Gospel
  • Terry L. Johnson, Traditional Protestantism: The Solas of the Reformation
  • James R. White, The God Who Justifies

Basic Christian doctrine

  • James R. White, Scripture Alone
  • J.I. Packer, Knowing God
  • David Wells, No Place for Truth, or Whatever happened to Evangelical Theology

Christian living

  • Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness
  • Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace
  • Tim Challies, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment

Hope this would be helpful. I'm sure there are other good books out there, but these are the ones that I currently own which I think are good and easy to read books for less doctrinal knowledgeable Christians.

4 comments:

ReformedThinker said...

I must say I found your choices to be very insightful. I personally have read 80% of the books you listed and second your choices. Nice blog by the way keep up the great work.

God bless!
Robert
www.robertcastillo.org

Michael said...

Let me add one.

Thales to Dewey. By Gordon H. Clark The easiest book on the history of philosophy. A topic that enevitably must be engaged if one is to learn anything true about theology. Clark is excellent in all his thought, but this is a good beginning.

PuritanReformed said...

@Robert:

thanks.

PuritanReformed said...

@Michael:

I think Clark's books while good are generally hard to read. So like other good books, I think it is most suitable for more mature believers. But thanks for suggesting.