Recommended Reading

Ten Words to Live By by Jen Wilkin

In a small but insightful book, Jen Wilkin takes on a journey through the Ten Commandments showing how they reflect not only God’s character, but also a more fruitful way to live. Along the way she urges more than dutiful compliance, but rather, heartfelt embracing of each of the “words” such that we seek to see how far we can go in obeying rather than how close to the edge we can come without going over. Good study book.

Taming the Tongue: How the Gospel Transforms Our Talk by Jeff Robinson, Sr.

When it comes to the tongue, too many of us as believers, excuse our loose talk of whatever variety by saying, “Well, that’s just the way I am.” Better we should be saying, “I am striving to be like Christ.” This book will help you identify what that looks like – and how to get there.

The Sacred Creed by Rebecca McLaughlin

In this book, McLaughlin tackles tough current issues: Social Justice, homosexuality, gay marriage, feminism and transgenderism. In each case, she salvages the parts of cultural understanding of each issue while showing what the biblical teaching is and why it surpasses cultural understanding in providing solutions to the issues. A compassionate, but biblically sound examination. 

The Moment of Truth by Steven J. Lawson

This book of all about truth – not relative truth, but True Truth – what it is, why it matters, the judgment on rejecting it, and its final triumph. In a day of relativism, this book speaks eloquently and comprehensively to the need to find the truth, study the truth, believe the truth and share the truth. Challenging book for every truth believer.

Unearthing the Bible: 101 Archaeological Discoveries that Bring the Bible to Life by Titus Kennedy

Excellent book that packages a lot of archaeological information into small spaces to accommodate the average reader. Each discovery is depicted and written about, usually in a 2-page format. Outstanding presentation of archaeological evidence that will increase faith in the reliability of Scripture. The historical reliability of the Bible is formidable as demonstrated by archaeology. Highly recommended.

The End of Anxiety: the Biblical Prescription for Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Panic by Josh Weidmann

Weidmann is a pastor who has in the past suffered from debilitating anxiety and panic attacks, and who still at times suffers from emotional trauma. He has searched for help from God’s Word and this book is the result. Many issues are covered – why these things happen and how God uses them, how to gain control when out of control, how to deal with doubt, depression, fear and anxiety. Each chapter ends with suggested actions to take, reflections to think about and suggestions for further reading in the Bible and outside. Excellent resource from someone who speaks from experience.

A Practical Guide to Culture by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle

 An excellent resource to help instill a Christian worldview in children growing up in an increasingly secular society. Covers such topics as materialism, gender identity, addiction, sexual orientation, entertainment, social justice and others.

Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk by Heather Kopp

This is an excellent book by a Christian woman who found herself addicted to alcohol, but the principles herein apply to any addiction -- any besetting sin. The book answers the hard questions. How come God didn't keep me from this addiction? Why did He not release me? Is it a sickness or a sin? Straight forward. Clear. Inviting us to know God better.

Finding Hope in Hard Things: A Positive Take on Suffering by Pierce Taylor Hibbs

Taking his own life as a reference point, Hibbs shows how hard things in life actually can and do create the greatest growth in life. He uses three data points – his father’s premature death, his own ongoing battle with anxiety, and the intrusion of self-doubt. While such events often overwhelm us, Hibbs shows how they are used by a loving Father to further our knowledge of Him and fruitfulness in life. 

The New Creationism: Building Scientific Theories on a Biblical Foundation by Paul Garner

If you have ever wrestled with the issue of young earth vs. old earth creation, this book will be helpful. Garner takes as a starting point a literal interpretation of the various biblical comments regarding creation. He then examines these in light of scientific knowledge and theory, eventually proposing theories that support a young earth answer (which is heavily dependent on seeing God as the ultimate creator, and taking a worldwide flood as a genuine and significant catastrophic event). Good reading for those interested in this area.

Under the Apple Tree by Jon McNeff

If the Song of Solomon is a mystery to you, this book will be an immense help. In easy-to-read language, fittingly illustrated from real life, Jon will walk you through the Solomon’s guide to dating, sex, marriage and marriage relationships. Written with the skill of a scholar, but the heart of a pastor. Excellent material for marriage or those on the threshold.  

Pandemics, Plagues, and Natural Disasters: What Is God Saying to Us? by Erwin W. Lutzer

This book does not purport to give all the answers. But it shows many of the things that God says about difficult times, thus providing perspective, comfort and hope. This will help your faith grow rather than fade in the midst of trying times whether they are personal or global. Easy, short, but profound. 

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by Carl Trueman

This is a scholarly work which traces the philosophical and theological underpinnings of the move from general belief in a Transcendent Lawgiver, governing the attitudes and behavior of society, to the modern approach which makes “Self” the end-all when it comes to morality, behavior and even sexual identity. Fascinating study, but requires some expenditure of time to follow the logic. 

You’re Not Enough (And That’s Okay) by Allie Beth Stuckey

In a society that focuses intently on individualism and authenticity, it is easy to come up feeling short – and sometimes hard to put the various demands into a biblical context. Stuckey helps with that in a book written particularly for older girls and women. She organizes her book around five cultural myths:

·      You are enough

·      You determine your own truth

·      You’re perfect the way you are

·      You’re entitled to your dreams

·      You can’t love others until you love yourself

A solid biblical response is given for each of these, illustrated largely from personal experience. If you have found yourself assaulted by one or more of these myths, this book will be helpful.

Being a Dad Who Leads by John MacArthur

This is not a book about new techniques. Rather, it is a clear and challenging rehearsal of biblical truths that have eternal relevance when it comes to parenting and family life. For those who desire to be Godly leaders in their home, this book will be a great help.

Reflections on the Existence of God by Richard E. Simmons, III.

Do not miss this book. This is the best book I have read in years. In 56 short essays (2-3 pages each) arranged in ten sections, Simmons makes a logically reasoned case for the existence of God and the beauty and reasonableness of Christianity. The essays are filled with stories, quotations and simple but compelling argumentation. Very easy to read. Interesting on every page. You will not be disappointed. Excellent for anyone who is searching. Will strengthen the faith of believers.

Why Social Justice is not Biblical Justice: An Urgent Appeal to Fellow Christians in a Time of Social Crisis by Scott David Allen

This is perhaps the most important book I have read this year. All contrasts the social justice movement, which has appeal just from its name, with true biblical justice to show that there is a dramatic difference. We all want to see injustices righted and justice done. But this eye-opening book will show that worldview is all-important in determining how to go about fighting for justice without getting taken in by a counterfeit philosophy that is all about power and little about justice. If you have wondered what is going on in the world and how to engage biblically, you need to read this balanced, compassionate but revealing book. Highly recommended.

Heaven by Randy Alcorn

This is a life-changing book. Want to know where you are going as a Christian? Read this book. Want to encourage an eternal perspective in your life. Read this book. Got questions about heaven? This book has answers. Alcorn speculates in some areas and give his imagination credible rein. But this book is soundly biblical. You will find yourself checking out cross references constantly. You will also find yourself amazed at what you have read before and overlooked. Where is heaven located? Won’t heaven be a little boring? Will heaven be familiar? Will we know each other in heaven? Where will we live in heaven? Will there be music and art and culture in heaven? Will we eat and drink in heaven? What will our bodies be like in heaven? Are there animals in heaven? What does restoration really mean? These are just a few of the questions that the book addresses. Some of the answers will surprise you. Check it out.