Book Recommendations

When you go out to breakfast at a pancake house you usually have the option of getting a “Short Stack” or a “Big Stack.” The following is my short stack of book recommendations with the big stack following for the hearty eater.

The Short Stack

  • To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview by Francis J. Beckwith (Editor), William Lane Craig (Editor), J. P. Moreland (Editor), Norman L. Geisler (Editor)
  • Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
  • Can Man Live without God by Ravi Zacharias
  • The Reason for God and The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller
  • Reasonable Faith - Christian Truth and Apologetics by William Lane Craig
  • Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith by Douglas Groothuis
  • An Invitation to Biblical Interpretation: Exploring the Hermeneutical Triad of History, Literature and Theology by Kostenberger and Patterson
  • Christian Theology by Millard J. Erickson
  • Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
  • Historical Theology by Gregg R. Allison
  • Promises Made - The Message of the Old Testament and Promises Kept - The Message of the New Testament by Mark Dever
  • According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy
  • On the Mortification of Sin by John Owen
  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • Christianity’s Dangerous Idea - The Protestant Revolution from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First by Alistair McGrath
  • Knowing God by JI Packer
  • Desiring God by John Piper
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney
  • The Heart of a Servant Leader by John Miller
  • Renewal as a way of Life by Richard Lovelace
  • Jesus Driven Ministry by Ajith Fernando
  • Darwin on Trial by Phillip Johnson
  • Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing by John Wilson
  • Engaging Unbelief - A Captivating Strategy from Augustine and Aquinas by Curtis Chang
  • Radical Reformission - Reaching Out without Selling Out by Mark Driscoll
  • God’s Greater Glory, The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian Faith by Bruce Ware

 

The Big Stack

 

Apologetics and Philosophy

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  • The Proslogion by St. Anselm of Cantebury
  • The Confessions of St. Augustine of Hippo
  • Relativism - Feet firmly planted in mid-air by Francis Beckwith and Gregory Koukl
  • To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview (Hardcover) by Francis J. Beckwith (Editor), William Lane Craig (Editor), J. P. Moreland (Editor), Norman L. Geisler (Editor)
  • How to Stay Christian in College by J. Budziszewski
  • Written on the Heart - The Case for Natural Law by J. Budziszewski
  • What We Can’t Not Know - A Guide by J. Budziszewski
  • Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
  • How Now Shall We Live by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey
  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller
  • True for you but not for me by Paul Copan
  • Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up - A debate between William Lane Craig and John Dominic Crossan edited by Paul Copan
  • Jesus’ Resurrection - Fact or Figment - A debate between William Lane Craig and Gerd Ludeman edited by Copan and Tacelli
  • Reasonable Faith - Christian Truth and Apologetics by William Lane Craig
  • There IS a God - How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind by Anthony Flew and Roy Abraham Varghese
  • On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt (no offense meant, but this is a great little philosophical essay by a Princeton philosopher)
  • The Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics by Norman Geisler
  • Christian Ethics by Norman Geisler
  • Christian Apologetics by Norman Geisler
  • Why I am A Christian, Leading Thinkers Explain Why They Believe edited by Norman Geisler and Paul Hoffman
  • Is Your Church Ready - Preparing Leaders to Live and Apologetic Life edited by Norman Geisler and Ravi Zacharias
  • Who Made God - And Answers to over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith edited by Norman Geisler and Ravi Zacharias
  • Answering Islam by Norman Geisler and Abdul Saleeb
  • God and Philosophy by Etienne Gilson
  • The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy Etienne Gilson
  • Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith by Douglas Groothuis
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  • The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
  • The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
  • A Ready Defense by Josh McDowell
  • Body and Soul - Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics by J.P. Moreland and Scott Rae
  • Scaling the Secular City by J.P. Moreland
  • The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi Jr.
  • Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey
  • The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
  • The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel
  • Can Man Live without God by Ravi Zacharias
  • Deliver us From Evil by Ravi Zacharias
  • Cries of the Heart by Ravi Zacharias
  • Jesus Among other Gods by Ravi Zacharias

 

Marriage and Family

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  • God, Marriage and Family by Andreas Kostenburger
  • Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by Piper and Grudem
  • When Sinners Say I Do by Dave Harvey
  • The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller
  • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker
  • Finishing Strong by Steve Farrar
  • Making Love Last by Gary and Betsy Ruicci
  • Four Pillars of a Man’s Heart by Stu Weber
  • The Tender Warrior by Stu Weber

 

Theology/Christian Life

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  • The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • Christian Theology by Millard Erickson
  • The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards
  • Vintage Jesus by Mark Driscoll
  • Jesus Driven Ministry by Ajith Fernando
  • Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
  • Prophetic Untimeliness - Challenging the Idol of Relevance by Os Guiness
  • Renewal as a way of Life by Richard Lovelace
  • The Heart of a Servant Leader by John Miller
  • On the Mortification of Sin by John Owen
  • Knowing God by JI Packer
  • The Quest for Godliness - The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life JI Packer
  • Desiring God by John Piper
  • Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper
  • The Dangerous Duty of Delight - The Glorified God and the Satisfied Soul by John Piper
  • God’s Passion for His Glory by John Piper
  • Spiritual Leadership by Oswald Sanders
  • True Spirituality by Francis Shaeffer
  • Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul
  • The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
  • The Pursuit of Man by A.W. Tozer
  • Father, Son, & Holy Spirit by Bruce Ware
  • God’s Lesser Glory, The Diminished God of Open Theism by Bruce Ware
  • God’s Greater Glory, The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian Faith by Bruce Ware
  • The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
  • Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Donald Whitney
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

 

Biblical Studies

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  • An Introduction to the New Testament by Carson, Moo, Morris
  • Promises Made - The Message of the Old Testament by Dever
  • Promises Kept - The Message of the New Testament by Dever
  • According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy
  • An Invitation to Biblical Interpretation: Exploring the Hermeneutical Triad of History, Literature and Theology by Kostenberger and Patterson
  • An Introduction to the Old Testament by Dillard and Longman
  • From Age to Age - The Unfolding of Biblical Eschatology by Keith Mathison
  • How to Read the Bible for All its Worth by Fee and Stuart
  • How to Read the Bible as Literature by Rykan
  • The Journey from Text’s to Translations by Wegner

 

 

 

Science and Faith

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  • Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe
  • Darwinism Science or Philosophy? Papers submitted for a Symposium at SMU - edited by Jon Buell and Virginia Hearn 
  • The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions by David Berlinski
  • Darwin on Trial by Phillip Johnson
  • Reason in the Balance: The case against Naturalism in Law, Science, and Education by Phillip Johnson
  • Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds by Phillip Johnson
  • A Biblical Case for an Old Earth by David Snoke
  • Not a Chance: The Myth of Chance in Modern Science and Cosmology by R.C. Sproul
  • Icons of Evolution by Jonathan Wells
  • Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing by John Wilson

 

History/Biography

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  • St. Thomas Aquinas by G.K. Chesterton
  • Christianity on Trial: Arguments Against Anti-Religious Bigotry by Vincent Carroll, David Shiflett
  • The Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot
  • The Story of Christianity Vol 1 and 2 by Justo Gonzalez
  • Amy Carmichael of Donahvur by Frank Houghton
  • A Concise History of the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden
  • The Soul of the American University - From Protestant Establishment to Established Unbelief by George Marsden
  • Jonathan Edwards - A Life by George Marsden
  • Christianity’s Dangerous Idea - The Protestant Revolution from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First by Alister McGrath
  • C.S. Lewis - A Life by Alister McGrath
  • Historical Theology by Gregg R. Allison
  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex and Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
  • The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God’s Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin by John Piper
  • The Hidden Smile of God - The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd by John Piper
  • The Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce by John Piper
  • Contending for our All: Defending Truth and Treasuring Christ in the Lives of Athanasius, John Owen, and J. Gresham Machen by John Piper
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
  • Broadsides, The Age of Fighting Sail by Nathan Miller
  • Six Frigates by Ian Toll
  • Destiny of the Republic & The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
  • City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas & Empires of the Sea by Roger Crowley
  • In the Garden of the Beasts, The Devil in White City,  Thunderstruck, Isaac's Story & Dead Wake by Erik Larson
  • Anything by David McCullough

 

Evangelism and Discipleship

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  • The Best Kept Secret in Christian Mission by John Dickson
  • Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns edited by D.A. Carson
  • Engaging Unbelief - A Captivating Strategy from Augustine and Aquinas by Curtis Chang
  • The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman
  • Finding Common Ground by Tim Downs
  • With Justice for All by John Perkins
  • Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult by Nick Pollard
  • Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman