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Recommended Reading


On the Gospel | On Bible Study | On Understanding the Old Testament | On the Bible as Literature | On Doctrine | On Theology | On the Holy Spirit | On Spiritual Disciplines | On Missional Living | On Women and Ministry | On Wesleyan Theology | On Christian Perfection | On Wesley Studies | On Apologetics | On Church History | On Evangelicalism | On Church & Culture | On Science and Faith | On Arminianism | On Responding to Calvinism | On Postmodernism | On Youth Ministry | On Devotionals | On Sexuality | On Marriage | On Pastoral Counseling |

Top 10 Books on the Gospel

Simply Good News by N. T. Wright
The Scripture Way of Salvation by John Wesley
The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight
The Gospel of Jesus by Ben Witherington III
The Heart of the Gospel by Robert E. Coleman
The Scripture Way of Salvation by Kenneth Collins
Life with God by Richard Foster
The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer
Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel by David DeSilva

Top 10 Books on Bible Study

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee
Reading and Understanding the Bible by Ben Witherington
Inductive Bible Study by Robert Traina and David Bauer
Exegetical Fallacies by D. A. Carson
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament by Craig Keener
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament by John Walton
New Testament History by Ben Witherington
Grasping God’s Word by J. Scott Duval & J. Daniel Hays
Surprised by Scripture by N. T. Wright
Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey

Top 10 Books on Understanding the Old Testament

The Epic of Eden by Sandra Richter
Seriously Dangerous Religion by Iain Provan
The IVP Atlas of Bible History
Encountering the Old Testament by Bill Arnold
The Lost World of Scripture by John Walton
Old Testament Ethics for the People of God by Christopher Wright
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament by John Walton
Readings from the Ancient Near East by Bill Arnold
The Bible Among Myths by John Oswalt
God Dwells Among Us by G. K. Beale

Top 10 Books on Reading the Bible as Literature

Literary Introduction to the Books of the Bible by Leland Ryken
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery by Leland Ryken, James C. Wilhoit, Tremper Longman III
The Art of Biblical Narrative by Robert Alter
IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament by John Walton
IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament by Craig Keener
Narrative Art in the Bible by Shimon Bar-Efrat
Complete Handbook on Literary Forms in the Bible by Leland Ryken
The Literary Guide to the Bible by Robert Alter & Frank Kermode
The Art of Biblical Poetry by Robert Alter

Top 10 Books on Doctrine

Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden
The Mosaic of Christian Belief by Roger Olson
Theology in the Context of World Christianity by Timothy Tennent
Christian Theology by Alister McGrath
Theology for the Community of God by Stanley Grenz
Key United Methodist Beliefs by William Abraham & David F. Watson
This We Believe by Timothy Tennent
Across the Spectrum by Greg Boyd & Paul Eddy
The Heart of the Gospel by Robert Coleman
Practicing Christian Doctrine by Beth Felker Jones

Top 10 Books on Theology

Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden
The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson
Theology in the Context of World Christianity by Timothy C. Tennent
Canonical Theism by William J. Abraham & Jason Vickers
Theology: The Basics by Alister E. McGrath
Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf
Heresies and How to Avoid Them by Ben Quash & Michael Ward
Who Needs Theology? by Roger Olson & Stanley Grenz
A Little Exercise for Young Theologians by Helmut Thielicke
How to Think Theologically by Howard Stone & James Duke

Top 10 Books on the Holy Spirit

Come, Creator Spirit: Meditations on the Veni Creator by Raniero Cantalamessa
Paul, the Spirit and the People of God by Gordon Fee
Flame of Love: A Theology of the Holy Spirit by Clark Pinnock
The Gift and the Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today by Craig Keener
Untamed Christian Unleashed Church by Terry Wardle
Surprised by the Power of the Holy Spirit & Surprised by the Voice of God
by Jack Deere
He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit by Graham A. Cole

Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala
Holy Fire: A Balanced, Biblical Look at the Holy Spirit’s Work in Our Lives by R. T. Kendall
The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh by Amos Yong

Top 10 Books on Spiritual Disciplines

The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton
Invitation to a Journey by Robert Mulholland
The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Spiritual Formation by Henri Nouwen
Eat This Book by Eugene Peterson
Shaped by the Word by Robert Mulholland
Surrender to Love by David G. Benner
Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics by Jamin Goggin & Kyle Strobel

Top 10 Books on Missional Living

The New Parish by Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwigth J. Friesen
Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians by Kim Hammand and Darren Cronshaw
The Shaping of Things to Come by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch
Transforming Mission by David J. Bosch
Kingdom Conspiracy by Scot McKnight
The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch
Introducing the Missional Church by Alan J. Roxburgh & M. Scott Boren

When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

Charity Detox by Robert D. Lupton

Where the Cross Meets the Streets by Noel Castellanos

Top 10 Books on Women and Ministry

Man and Woman, One in Christ by Philip Barton Payne
Junia Is Not Alone by Scot McKnight
How I Changed My Mind about Women in Leadership by Alan F. Johnson
Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James
Women and the Genesis of Christianity by Ben Witherington III
Paul, Women, and Wives by Craig Keener
Discovering Biblical Equality by Ronald Pierce & Rebecca Merrill Groothuis
Beyond Sex Roles by Gilbert Bilezikian
Women and the Landscape of American Higher Education by Abraham Ruelas
Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

Top 10 Books on Wesleyan Theology

The Theology of John Wesley by Kenneth J. Collins
Wesley for Armchair Theologians by William Abraham
Responsible Grace by Randy Maddox
The Scripture Way of Salvation by Kenneth J. Collins
Wesley and Sanctification by Harald Lindstrom
A Compendium of Christian Theology by William Burt Pope
The Heart of the Gospel by Robert Coleman
The Radical Wesley by Howard Snyder
Anticipating Heaven Below by Henry Knight III
Calvin vs. Wesley by Don Thorsen

Top 10 Books on Christian Perfection

Holiness for Ordinary People by Keith Drury
John Wesley’s Theology of Christian Perfection by Mark K. Olson
Called to Be Holy by John Oswalt
Love Made Perfect by William M. Greathouse
The Path to Perfection by William E. Sangster
Wesley and Sanctification by Harald Lindstrom
Wholeness in Christ by William M. Greathouse
Wesley as a Pastoral Theologian by David B. McEwan
Discovering Christian Holiness by Diane Leclerc
Wesley, Aquinas, and Christian Perfection by Edgardo Colón-Emeric

Top 10 Books on Wesley Studies

The Scripture Way of Salvation by Kenneth J. Collins
Responsible Grace: John Wesley’s Practical Theology by Randy Maddox
A Real Christian: The Life of John Wesley by Kenneth J. Collins
The Theology of John Wesley by Kenneth J. Collins
Wesley and the People Called Methodists by Richard P. Heitzenrater
Yes In Christ: Wesleyan Reflections on Gospel, Mission, and Culture by Howard A. Snyder
The Burning Heart by A. Skevington Wood
John Wesley’s Teachings by Thomas Oden
Wesley for Armchair Theologians by William J. Abraham
Wesley, Wesleyans, and Reading the Bible as Scripture by Joel Green & David Watson

Top 10 Books on Apologetics

The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg
God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? by John Lennox
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Atheist Delusions by David Bentley Hart
The Allure of Gentleness by Dallas Willard
Mere Apologetics by Alister E. McGrath
Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig
God is Good, God is Great by William Lane Craig
Miracles by C. S. Lewis

Top 10 Books on Church History

The Story of Christianity by Justo L. Gonzalez
The Story of Christianity by David Bentley Hart
The Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins
History of the World Christian Movement by Dale T. Irvin & Scott W. Sunquist
The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson
Turning Points: Decisive Moments in Church History by Mark Noll
The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity by Philip Jenkins
The Heresy of Orthodoxy by Andrees J. Kostenberger & Michael J. Kruger
Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament by Michael J. Kruger
Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley

Top 10 Books on Evangelicalism

The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark Noll
The Next Christendom by Philip Jenkins
The Rise of Evangelicalism by Mark Noll
Power, Politics, and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism by Kenneth Collins
Rediscovering an Evangelical Heritage by Donald Dayton & Douglas Strong

Reclaiming Pietism by Roger E. Olson & Christian T. Collins Winn
Resident Aliens by Stanley Hauerwas
Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism
Fundamentalism and American Culture by George M. Marsden
Empowered Evangelicals by Rich Nathan & Ken Wilson

Top 10 Books on Church and Culture

Playing God by Andy Crouch
Desiring the Kingdom by James K. A. Smith
Resident Aliens by Stanley Hauerwas
A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf
Culture Making by Andy Crouch
Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller
Visions of Vocation by Steven Garber
Kingdom Calling by Amy L. Sherman
The Call by Os Guinness
Kingdom Triangle by J. P. Moreland

Top 10 Books on Science and Faith

God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? by John Lennox
The Language of God by Francis Collins
The Language of Science and Faith by Francis Collins
Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism by Alvin Plantinga
The Bible, Rocks & Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth by Davis A. Young & Ralph F. Stearley
Science and Religion in the Quest for Truth by John Polkinghorne
God and Stephen Hawking by John Lennox
Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design by Deborah B. Haarsma & Loren D. Haarsma
Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach by Vern Poythress
Mapping the Origins Debate: Six Models of the Beginning of Everything by Gerald Rau

Top 10 Books on Arminianism

The Writings of James Arminius
Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities by Roger E. Olson
Classical Arminianism by F. Leroy Forlines
Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace by Keith D. Stanglin
Grace for All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation by Clark H. Pinnock
Prevenient Grace: God’s Provision for Fallen Humanity by W. Brian Shelton
The Transforming Power of Grace by Thomas Oden
What the Bible Says about God the Redeemer by Jack Cottrell
Grace, Faith, and Free Will by Robert E. Picirilli
Grace, Faith, and Holiness by H. Ray Dunning

Top 10 Books Responding to Calvinism

Grace for All by Clark H. Pinnock & John D. Wagner
Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed by Austin Fischer
Calvin vs. Wesley by Don Thorsen
Why I Am Not a Calvinist by Joseph Dongell & Jerry Walls
Against Calvinism by Roger Olson
Prevenient Grace by Brian Shelton
Arminian Theology by Roger Olson
Whosoever Will by David Allen
Classical Arminianism by F. Leroy Forlines
Grace, Faith, Free Will by Robert E. Picirilli

Top 10 Books on Postmodernism

Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? by James K. A. Smith
A Secular Age by Charles Taylor
Ancient-Future Faith by Robert E. Webber
Habits of the Heart by Robert Bellah, Richard Madsen, William Sullivan, Ann Swidler, & Steven Tipton
Is There Meaning in This Text? by Kevin Vanhoozer
Whose Justice? Which Rationality? by Alasdair MacIntyre
Whose Community? Which Interpretation? by Merold Westphal
A Future for Truth by Henry Knight III
Canonical Theism by William Abraham, Jason Vickers, & Natalie B. Van Kirk
Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology by William J. Abraham

Top 10 Books on Youth Ministry

The God-bearing Life by Kenda Creasy Dean & Ron Foster
Practicing Passion by Kenda Creasy Dean
Family-Based Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries
Hurt 2.0 by Chap Clark
Sustainable Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries
Global Youth Ministry by Terry Linhart & David Livermore
Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry by Andrew Root
Starting Right by Kenda Creasy Dean, Chap Clark, Dave Rahn
Purpose Driven Youth Ministry by Doug Fields
Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry by Jeremy Steele

Top 10 Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

Streams in the Desert by Lettie B. Cowman
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
Keys to the Deeper Life by A. W. Tozer
Alone with God by Richard Wurmbrand
A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law

The Songs of Jesus by Timothy Keller
My Daily Pursuit by A. W. Tozer
Seize the Day by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Top 10 Books on Sexuality

Man and Woman He Created Them by John Paul II
A Celebration Of Sex
by Douglas Rosenau
Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction by Mark Laaser
Redeeming Sex by Debra Hirsch
Intended for Pleasure by Ed Wheat & Gaye Wheat
Bringing Sex into Focus by Caroline J. Simon
What Is Marriage? by Sherif Girgi, Ryan T Anderson & Robert P George
The Bible and Homosexual Practice by Robert A. Gagnon
Homosexuality and the Christian by Mark Yarhouse
Seeing Black and White in a Gray World by Bill T. Arnold

Top 10 Books on Marriage

The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts by Les Parrott & Leslie Parrott
Fighting for Your Marriage by Howard J. Markman, Scott M. Stanley, Susan L. Blumberg
What Is Marriage? by Sherif Girgi, Ryan T Anderson & Robert P George
One More Try by Gary Chapman
Boundaries in Marriage by Henry Cloud
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Jr. Harley
Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix
The Five Love Languages by Gary D. Chapman

Top 10 Books on Pastoral Care & Counseling

Strategic Pastoral Counseling by David Benner
Ministry in the Image of God by Stephen Seamands

Reconcilable Differences by Virginia Todd Holeman
Reframing Your Ministry by Anthony Headley
The Emotionally Healthy Church by Peter Scazzero
Theology for Better Counseling by Virginia Todd Holeman
Forgiving and Reconciling by Everett L. Jr. & Worthington
Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson
Inside the Leader’s Head by Virgina Todd Holeman
The Neuroscience of Human Relationships by Louis Cozolino