My Favorite Books


Exegetical Fallacies by D. A. Carson

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey

Message of the Sermon on the Mount by John Stott

“Paul’s Gospel and Caesar’s Empire”  by N. T. Wright

Reading Scripture with the Reformers by Timothy George


Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

Confessions by St. Augustine

George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father by Thomas Kidd

He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter Ciszek

Here I Stand: The Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton

Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis by George Sayer

Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George Marsden

Lesslie Newbigin: A Theological Life by Geoffrey Wainwright

Notes From a Wayfarer: The Autobiography of Helmut Thielicke by Helmut Thielicke

The Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce by John Piper

Witness to Hope: The Biography of John Paul II by George Weigel


The Believer’s Two Covenants by Andrew Murray (also published as The Two Covenants and the Second Blessing)

Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller

Deep Rooted in Christ by Joshua Choomin Kang

“The Expulsive Power of a New Affection” by Thomas Chalmers

Hearing God by Dallas Willard

The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung

Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges

The Knowledge of the Holy by A. W. Tozer

The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

Sacrament of the Present Moment by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

The Saving Life of Christ by Major Ian Thomas

“Sinners Who Are Forgiven or Saints Who Sin?” by Robert Saucy

True Spirituality by Francis Schaeffer


The Household of God by Lesslie Newbigin

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Models of the Church by Avery Cardinal Dulles


The Strategically Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, and Effective by Brandon J. O’Brien


Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

The Reason for God by Timothy Keller


“Apostolic Exhortation” by Charles H. Spurgeon

The Cross of Christ by John Stott

The Cross He Bore: Meditations on the Sufferings of the Redeemer by Frederick S. Leahy

The Death of Christ by James Denney

Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing by  C. J. Mahaney

On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation, 1518 by Gerhard O. Forde

“What Did the Cross Achieve? The Logic of Penal Substitution” by J. I. Packer


Finally Alive by John Piper

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by John MacArthur

“The Scripture Way of Salvation” by John Wesley

Today’s Gospel: Authentic or Synthetic by Walter Chantry

What Is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert


Bruchko by Bruce Olson

Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Diebler Rose

Green Leaf in Drought by Isobel Kuhn

Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Dr. Mrs. Howard Taylor

Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper

The Open Secret by Lesslie Newbigin

The Triumph of John and Betty Stam by Mrs. Howard Taylor


The Book of Pastoral Rule by St. Gregory the Great

Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry by Paul David Tripp

Gift and Mystery: On the Fiftieth Anniversary of My Priestly Ordination by Pope John Paul II

The Good Shepherd: Meditations on Christian Ministry in Today’s World by Lesslie Newbigin

The Hammer of God by Bo Giertz

Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson by D.A. Carson

On the Priesthood by St. John Chrysostom

The Pastor: A Memoir by Eugene Peterson


Hidden Life of Prayer by David McIntyre

Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly About Prayer by C. S. Lewis

Mountain Rain: A Biography of James O. Fraser by Eileen Crossman

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul E. Miller

Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey into Meditative Prayer by Richard Foster


Between Two Worlds by John Stott

Christ Centered Preaching by Bryan Chapell

Parochial and Plain Sermons by John Henry Newman

Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper

Worldly Preaching by Dietrich Bonhoeffer


The Cross and the Prodigal by Kenneth E. Bailey

The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller

“Sharing the Father’s Welcome: Luke 15:11-32” by Edmund P. Clowney, Jr.

The Waiting Father: Sermons on the Parables of Jesus by Helmet Thielicke


Christ, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper: Recovering the Sacraments for Evangelical Worship by Leonard Vander Zee

Eucharist: Sacrament of the Kingdom by Alexander Schmemann

For the Life of the World by Alexander Schmemann

The Mystery of Faith: Meditations on the Eucharist by Fr. Tadeusz Dajczer


The Beauty of Spiritual Language by Jack Hayford

Power Evangelism by John Wimber

Power Healing by John Wimber

Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians, 12-14 by D. A. Carson

Surprised by the Power of the Spirit by Jack Deere

Surprised by the Voice of God by Jack Deere


The Awakening: One Man’s Battle with Darkness by Friedrich Zuendel

Destined for the Throne by Paul E. Billheimer

Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis


Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts  by Jerry Bridges

Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller


Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything by Fred Sanders

Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith by Michael Reeves

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God  by J. I. Packer

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

John Wesley’s Sermons: An Anthology edited  by Albert Outler

On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius

The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God by Robert Louis Wilken

Theology of the Reformers by Timothy George

A Theology of the New Testament by George Eldon Ladd