Pastor's Bookshelf

This is a list of books that have either helped me grow in Christ or comprehend our culture.   Many of these works I have referenced in my sermons.  Some of the works are distinctly Christian, while others are hostile to our faith.  Nevertheless, they have all proved beneficial.  The books are listed alphabetically by author in two categories: "Christian Worldview" and "Broader Culture."

Christian Worldview

Allender, Dan

  • Bold Love
  • Encouragement: The Key to Caring
  • How Children Raise Parents

Apostolic Fathers (AD 70 - 155)

  • Epistle to Diognetus (AD 130)
  • The Epistle of Barnabas (AD 130)
  • Epistle Concerning the Martyrdom of Polycarp (AD 150)
  • Papias Fragments (AD 70-155)
  • The Didache

Asser, Welsh Monk (died circa 909)

  • The Life of King Alfred (893)

Augustine (AD 354-430)

  • The City of God
  • The Confessions
  • The Letters of Saint Augustine: Selected and Edited in a New Translation by Lohn Leinenweber. Tarrytown: Triumph Books, 1992.
  • The Trinity

Bauckham, Richard

  • Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

Baxter, Richard (1615-1691)

  • Dying Thoughts (1683).  Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2009.
  • The Reformed Pastor (1656).  Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2001.

Bede, The Venerable (672-735)

  • Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Jarrow Monastery, 731)

Behe, Michael

  • Darwin's Black Box

Berkhof, Louis (1873-1957)

  • Systematic Theology (1949), Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2000.
  • The History of Christian Doctrines

Binning, Hugh (1627-1653)

  • Christian Love (1670).  Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2009.  

Bonar, Andrew A.

  • The Biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (1906-1945)

  • The Cost of Discipleship

Bridge, William (1600-1670)

  • A Lifting Up for the Downcast (1648)

Brooks, Thomas (1608-1680)

  • Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices (1652)
  • Heaven on Earth (1654)

Bunyan, John (1628-1688)

  • All Love's Excelling (1692)
  • Pilgrim's Progress (1678)
  • Praying in the Spirit (1662)
  • The Jerusalem Sinner Saved (1688)
  • The Acceptable Sacrifice (1688)
  • The Throne of Grace (1692)

Burroughs, Jeremiah (1599 - 1646)

  • The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (1648)

Calvin, John

  • On Civil Government
  • The Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life
  • The Institutes of the Christian Religion
  • The Letters of John Calvin

Carson, Clayborne,

  • The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998)

Carson, D. A.

  • How Long, O Lord? Reflections on Suffering and Evil

Chapell, Bryan

  • Christ-Centered Preaching
  • Christ-Centered Worship
  • Holiness by Grace
  • The Promises of Grace

Clement of Rome (AD 30 - 100)

  • Epistle to the Corinthians (AD 97)

Clowney, Edmund

  • Preaching Christ in All of Scripture

Collins, Francis

  • The Language of God

Cyprian (AD 200 - 258), Bishop of Carthage

  • Treatise III: On the Lapsed
  • Treatise VII: On the Mortality
  • Treatise XI: On the Advantage of Patience

Edwards, Johnathan

  • A History of the Work of Redemption
  • Religious Affections
  • The End for which God Created the World
  • The Life and Diary of David Brainerd
  • The Nature of True Virtue

Elliot, Elisabeth (1926 - 2015)

  • A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael (1987)
  • Keep a Quiet Heart (1995)
  • No Graven Image (1966)
  • Through Gates of Splendor (1956)
  • The Path of Loneliness (1988)


  • The History of the Church

Ferguson, Sinclair

  • The Christian Life

Flavel, John (1627-1691)

  • The Mystery of Providence (1678)
  • Facing Grief (1674).  Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2010.

Goldsworthy, Graeme

  • According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible

Gonzalez, Justo

  • The Story of Christianity

Graham, Billy

  • Just As I Am

Green, Michael (1930 - present)

  • Evangelism in the Early Church (1970)

Guthrie, William (1620 - 1669)

  • The Christian's Great Interest (1658)

Hession, Roy and Revel

  • We would see Jesus

Hoekema, Anthony

  • Created in God's Image
  • Saved by Grace
  • The Bible and the Future

Holmes, David

  • The Faiths of the Founding Fathers

Ignatius of Antioch (AD 30-107)

  • The Epistle to the Ephesians
  • The Epistle to the Magnesians
  • The Epistle to the Trallians
  • The Epistle to the Romans
  • The Epistle to the Philadelphians
  • The Epistle to the Smyrnaeans
  • The Epistle to Polycarp

Justin Martyr (AD 110 - 165)

  • First Apology (AD 160)

Keller, Timothy (1950 - )

  • City Church
  • Counterfeit Gods
  • Encounters with Jesus
  • Every Good Endeavor
  • Hidden Christmas (2015)
  • King's Cross
  • Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical (2015)
  • Ministries of Mercy
  • Prayer
  • Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism
  • The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness
  • The Meaning of Marriage
  • The Prodigal God
  • The Reason for God
  • The Songs of Jesus
  • Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

King, Jr., Martin Luther (1929 - 1968)

  • Strength to Love (1963)
  • Why We Can’t Wait (1963)

Kooistra, Paul

  • 31 Days of Grace
  • Pursuit of Joy
  • Supper's Ready: A Devotional on the Love of God
  • The Journey: Meditations from our Missionaries

Krieder, Alan (1941 - )

  • The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016.

Latourette, Kenneth Scott

  • A History of Christianity: Beginnings to 1500, Volume 1
  • A HIstory of Christianity: Reformation to the Present, Volume 2

Letham, Robert

  • The Westminster Assembly: Reading its Theology in Historical Context. Phillipsburg: P&R, 2009

Lewis, Clive Staples

  • A Grief Observed
  • Christian Reflections
  • George MacDonald: An Anthology
  • God in the Dock
  • Letters to Malcolm
  • Mere Christianity
  • Miracles
  • Out of the Silent Planet
  • Perelandra
  • Surprised by Joy
  • That Hideous Strength
  • The Abolition of Man
  • The Four Loves
  • The Pilgrim’s Regress
  • The Problem of Pain
  • The Screwtape Letters
  • The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses

Lloyd-Jones, David Martin

  • Preaching and Preachers
  • The Puritans: Their Origins and Sucessors

Liddell, Eric (1902-1945)

  • The Disciplines of the Christian Life (1937)

Lovelace, Richard F. (1931- )

  • Renewal as a Way of Life (1985)

Lubenow, Marvin

  • Bones of Contention: A Creationist Assessment of Human Fossils

Luther, Martin (1483-1546)

  • A Treatise on Good Works
  • Introduction to the Commentary on Galatians
  • On Secular Authority

Matthews, Arthur (1912 – 1978)

  • Born for Battle: 31 Studies on Spiritual Warfare (OMF, 1978)

Metzger, Bruce

  • The Canon of the New Testament
  • The Text of the New Testament

Metaxas, Eric

  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Miller, John C. (Jack)

  • A Faith Worth Sharing
  • Outgrowing the Ingrown Church
  • Sonship DVDs
  • The Heart of a Servant Leader

Miller, Paul

  • A Loving Life

Muharaj, Rabindranath R.

  • Death of a Guru (1977)

Murray, Iain

  • Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years 1899-1939
  • Sermons of the Great Ejection
  • The Letters of Samuel Rutherford

Muller, Richard A. & Rowland S. Ward

  • Scripture and Worship: Biblical Interpretation & The Directory for Worship.  Phillipsburg: P&R, 2007.

Newton, John

  • Select Letters
  • The Letters of John Newton
  • Olney Hymns

Noll, Mark

  • Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity

Old, Hughes Oliphant

  • Worship: Reformed according to Scripture. Louisville: John Knox Press, 2002.

Owen, John (1616-1683)

  • Apostasy from the Gospel (1676)
  • Indwelling Sin in the Believer (1667)
  • Spiritual Mindedness (1681)
  • The Glory of Christ (1684)

Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662)

  • Peter Kreeft, Christianity for Modern Pagans: Pascal's Pensees.  San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1993.
  • James Houston, The Mind on Fire: An Anthology of the Writings of Blaise Pascal.  Portland: Multnomah Press, 1989.

Packer, J. I.

  • Knowing God

Perkins, William  (1558 - 1602)

  • The Art of Prophesying (1592)

Piper, John

  • Desiring God
  • Future Grace
  • God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards

Plantinga, Cornelius (Jr.)

  • Not the Way It's Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin

Polycarp (AD 65 - 155)

  • Epistle to the Philippians (AD 150)

Rao, Paravasthu

  • Quest of a Brahmin Priest

Ross, Hugh

  • The Creator of the Cosmos.  Colorado Springs: Navpress, 2001.

Rim, Jimmy

  • With Christ in the Killing Fields

Shedd, William G. T. (1820-1894)

  • Calvinism: Pure and Mixed (1893)

Sibbes, Richard (1577-1635)

  • Josiah's Reformation (1629)
  • The Bruised Reed (1630)
  • Glorious Freedom (1639).  Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2000.

Smith, James K. A. (1970 -)

  • You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2016.

Spurgeon, Charles Haddon

  • Lectures to My Students
  • Smooth Stones taken from Ancient Books: Selections from the writings of Thomas Brooks

Steer, Roger

  • George Muller: Delighted in God!

Stott, John

  • The Cross of Christ
  • The Radical Disciple

Taylor, Charles

  • A Secular Age

Tertullian (AD 155-240)

  • Of Patience

The Book of Common Prayer

The ESV Study Bible

The Trinity Hymnal

The Westminster Confession of Faith

Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel

  • Tales from the Perilous Realm
  • The Children of Hurin
  • The Hobbit
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Silmarillion

Thomas, Isaac David Ellis (1920 – 2013)

  • A Puritan Golden Treasury (1975)

Tripp, Ted

  • Shepherding a Child's Heart

Tucker, Ruth

  • From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions

Venning, Ralph (1621-1674)

  • Learning in Christ’s School (1675)
  • The Sinfulness of Sin (1669)

Wallace, Daniel B. (1952- )

  • Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.  
  • Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament: Manuscript, Patristic, and Apocryphal Evidence.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2011.

Watson, Thomas (1620-1686)

  • A Divine Cordial (1663)
  • The Doctrine of Repentance (1668)
  • The Godly Man's Picture (1666)
  • The Great Gain of Godliness (1682)
  • The Lord's Supper (1665)

Weinlick, John

  • Count Zinzendorf: The Story of His Life and Leadership in the Renewed Moravian Church

Wentorf, Rudolf

  • Paul Schneider (1897-1939): Witness of Buchenwald (Regent Publishers, 2008; Translated by Daniel Bloesch)

Williamson, G. I.

  • The Westminster Confession of Faith for Study Classes


Broader Culture

Ackerknecht, Erwin H.

  • A History of Medicine

Aeschylus (525 - 456 BC), "The Father of Greek Tragedy"

  • The Oresteia (458 BC) Three plays titled: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides

Adler, Robert E.

  • Medical Firsts: From Hippocrates to the Human Genome

Armstrong, Karen

  • Buddha
  • Islam

Ashley, Maurice

  • The Greatness of Oliver Cromwell

Aurelius, Marcus

  • Meditations

Ayer, A. J.

  • Voltaire
  • Hume

Becker, Ernest

  • The Denial of Death

Birley, Anthony

  • Marcus Aurelius: A Biography

Buchan, James

  • The Authentic Adam Smith: His Life and Ideas

Buehrens, John A. & Forrest Church

  • A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism, Beacon Press, 1989

Bumbaugh, David E.

  • Unitarian Universalism: A Narrative History, Meadville Lombard Press, Chicago: 2000

Burrow, John (1935-2008)

  • A History of Histories from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007)

Cartledge, Paul

  • Ancient Greece

Chase, Richard

  • Walt Whitman

Chernow, Ron

  • Alexander Hamilton

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

  • George Washington: A Life

Christianson, Gale E.

  • Isaac Newton & His Times

Cohen-Solal, Annie

  • Sartre: A Life

Cohn-Sherbok, Dan

  • Fifty Key Jewish Thinkers

Daiches, David

  • Milton: The poet’s life and works

Dallek, Robert

  • An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963

Damrosch, Leo

  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius

Davidson, Hugh M.

  • Blaise Pascal

Daly, Kathleen

  • Norse Mythology

Desmond, Adrian

  • Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist, Warner Books, 1991

Dewey, John

  • The Influence of Darwin on Philosophy And Other Essays (1909)

Dickey, Jeff D.

  • Empire of Mud: The Secret History of Washington, DC

Donald, David Herbert

  • Lincoln 

Doyle, William

  • The Oxford History of the French Revolution

Emmerson, Charles

  • 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War

Engels, Friedrich

  • Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

Everitt, Anthony

  • Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician

Feynman, Richard, P.

  • "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman!"

Ford, Kenneth W.

  • 101 Quantum Questions

Gay, Peter

  • Mozart

Gordon, John Steele

  • The Great Game: The Emergence of Wall Street as a World Power 1653-2000

Graham, Benjamin

  • The Intelligent Investor

Graves, Robert

  • Greek Myths

Hawking, Stephen

  • A Brief History of Time

Hays, Peter L.

  • Ernest Hemingway

Heckschner, August

  • Woodrow Wilson

Herodutus (484 - 425 BC) "The Father of History"

  • The Histories (440 BC)

Hesiod (Greek Philosopher, Circa 750 B.C.)

  • Theogony
  • Works and Days

Hilderbrand, Laura

  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Homer (Greek Poet, Circa 9th or 8th Century BC)

  • The Illiad
  • The Odyssey

Issacson, Walter

  • Einstein: His Life and Universe
  • Steve Jobs

Jones, Colin

  • A History of France

Keane, Sam

  • The Disappearing Spoon

Kitchen, Martin

  • A History of Germany

Küng, Hans

  • The Catholic Church

Leepson, Marc

  • What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life

Levin, Yuval

  • The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the birth of Right and Left

Machiavelli, Niccolò

  • The Prince

Malone, Michael S.

  • The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company

Marshall, P.J.

  • A History of the British Empire

McCullough, David

  • 1776
  • Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
  • John Adams

Melville, Herman

  • Moby Dick

Mill, John Stuart (1806-1873)

  • On Liberty
  • The Subjection of Women
  • Chapters on Socialism

Mishra, Pankaj

  • From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia

Nasaw, David

  • Andrew Carnegie

Nicol, Michael

  • Nelson Mandella: The Authorized Portrait

Nietzsche, Friedrich

  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1891)

Paine, Thomas

  • Common Sense
  • The Rights of Man
  • Age of Reason
  • An Essay on Dream
  • Biblical Prophesy
  • Examination of Prophecies

Palgrave, Francis Turner

  • The Golden Treasury: The Best of English Poetry, 1560 to 1964

Palmer, Alan

  • Bismarck

Perry, Mark

  • Partners in Command: George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in War and Peace

Porter, Roy

  • A History of Medicine

Powers, Mark

  • Mark Twain: A Life

Putnam, Robert

  • American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us
  • Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
  • Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

Rhodes, Richard

  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb

Rich, Ben R.

  • Skunk Works (Lockheed's Development Program).  New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1994.  

Rickover, H. G.

  • Eminent Americans: Namesakes of the Polaris Submarine Fleet

Ridley, Matt

  • Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code

Roberts, Geoffrey

  • The Life of Georgy Zhukov

Roberts, Randy

  • Joe Louis

Shackleton, Ernest

  • South

Smith, Jean Edward

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt 

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isayevich

  • The Gulag Archipelago

Strathern, Paul

  • Derrida
  • Hume
  • Kierkegaard

Sturluson, Snorri

  • Prose Edda


  • The Twelve Caesars

Tanner, Michael

  • Nietzsche

The Poetic Edda, Volume 1, Heroic Poems, Oxford Press, 1969

Thucydides (460 - 400 BC)

  • History of the Pelopennesian War (410 BC)

Tocqueville, Alexis De

  • Democracy in America

Tuckman, Barbara

  • The Guns of August

Westbrook, Robert B.

  • John Dewey and American Democracy

Wicker, Tom

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower 

Winny, James

  • A Preface to Donne

Winterbothan, F. W.

  • The Ultra Secret: World War II Crytanalysis, Harper and Row, 1974

 Vise, David

  • The Google Story