Wednesday, January 9, 2013



Yes, I know this is silly, but I've made a correction to my nonfiction reading list. I mentioned it at Bible study tonight and one of the guys there asked if I had Adam Smith (Wealth of Nations) on the list. I KNEW I should have put it on there -- I just didn't want to. Well, I took off the Covey book (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) which I was kind of embarrassed about anyway, and added that. I know no one would have known, but I had to explain.

I suppose the next thing to do is to post my Christian reading list. Now, everything on this list is not something I'll agree with down to the last line. Some of the works are listed because they are foundational works -- by Athanasius, Augustine, John of the Cross, etc. There are works by Bunyan, Calvin, Luther, etc. As a rule, the more modern books are by authors I know and trust, or are recommended by seminaries or theologians that I respect. So it's not a list, exactly, of 100 classics -- but it's a list of 100 solid, heavy-duty theological works, including a heavy sprinkling of classics.





Christian Reading List

1.       The Book of Common Prayer
2.       Philosophy for Understanding Theology by Diogenes Allen
3.       On the Incarnation by Athanasius
4.       City of God by Augustine
5.       Confessions by Augustine
6.       On the Trinity by Augustine
7.       Here I Stand – A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton
8.       On the Holy Spirit by Basil the Great
9.       Valley of Vision by Arthur G. Bennett
10.   Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof
11.   On Loving God by Bernard of Clairvaux
12.   Life Is a Miracle by Wendell Berry
13.   The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination by Lorraine Boettner
14.   The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
15.   Augustine of Hippo by Peter Brown
16.   The Fear of God by John Bunyan
17.   Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
18.   My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
19.   Heretics by G. K. Chesterton
20.   Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
21.   Calvin: A Biography by Bernard Cottret
22.   George Whitefield by Arnold Dallimore
23.   The Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards
24.   The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards
25.   The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards
26.   Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
27.   The Christian Life by Sinclair Ferguson
28.   Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe
29.   Apologetics to the Glory of God by John Frame
30.   Salvation Belongs to the Lord by John Frame
31.   The Story of Christianity, Vol. 1 by Justo Gonzalez
32.   The Story of Christianity, Vol. 2 by Justo Gonzalez
33.   Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
34.   Survey of the Bible by William Hendricksen
35.   A Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry
36.   A Commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith by A. A. Hodge
37.   The Bible and the Future by Anthony Hoekema
38.   Created in God’s Image by Anthony Hoekema
39.   Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross
40.   The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
41.   Lectures on Calvinism by Abraham Kuyper
42.   A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law
43.   The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
44.   Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle
45.   The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis
46.   God in the Dock by C. S. Lewis
47.   Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
48.   Miracles by C. S. Lewis
49.   The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis
50.   Reflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis
51.   The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis
52.   The Genius of Puritanism by Peter Lewis
53.   The Puritans by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
54.   Spiritual Depression by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
55.   Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
56.   Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
57.   Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen
58.   Jonathan Edwards by George Marsden
59.   Historical Theology by Alister McGrath
60.   God’s Renaissance Man by James McGoldrick
61.   Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas
62.   Release the Power of Prayer by George Muller
63.   Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray
64.   With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray
65.   The Forgotten Spurgeon by Iain Murray
66.   Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray
67.   Faith & Reason by Ronald Nash
68.   The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee
69.   Christ and Culture by Richard Niebuhr
70.   Turning Points by Mark Noll
71.   Luther by Heiko Oberman
72.   Communion with God by John Owen
73.   The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
74.   The Glory of Christ by John Owen
75.   Sin and Temptation by John Owen
76.   Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J. I. Packer
77.   Keep in Step with the Spirit by J. I. Packer
78.   Knowing God by J. I. Packer
79.   A Quest for Godliness by J. I. Packer
80.   Pensees by Blaise Pascal
81.   The Attributes of God by Arthur Pink
82.   Desiring God by John Piper
83.   Hunger for God by John Piper
84.   Legacy of Sovereign Joy by John Piper
85.   The Pleasures of God by John Piper
86.   Every Thought Captive by Richard Pratt, Jr.
87.   Pray with Your Eyes Open by Richard Pratt, Jr.
88.   Holiness by J. C. Ryle
89.   Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis by George Sayer
90.   How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer
91.   A Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley
92.   The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul
93.   Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
94.   Sweet Comfort for Feeble Saints by Charles Spurgeon
95.   Your Mind Matters by John Stott
96.   Christian Apologetics by Cornelius Van Til
97.   Inspiration and Authority of the Bible by B. B. Warfield
98.   Ideas Have Consequences by Richard Weaver
99.   The Westminster Confession of Faith by the Westminster Assembly
100. A Practical View of Christianity by William Wilberforce

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