Resources

Good Books

Here are some resources Joshua and Sheena Scorgie have found personally helpful in their walk with Jesus. While they generally commend these resources, they do not necessarily affirm every teaching you may find in them. And because all humans fall in many ways, there are no authors present without faults in belief or practice.

These books are not necessarily representative or exhaustive of the best Christian books on these subjects. They are merely a selective smattering of some resources Joshua and Sheena have personally read and enjoyed.

To be clear, there is only one book which deserves our complete attention, trust, obedience and delight - and that's God's word, the Bible.

These resources, when correctly understood in this light, and employed in this way, may be used by God to spur you on in your devotion to and enjoyment of Him. If you insist on reading only a few books, make sure to start with God's word! Then linger there and enjoy Him!

 

Children's Books or Books for Those Who Care for Children

God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies (Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb, Illustrated by Trish Mahoney)

Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings (Marion M. Schoolland, Illustrated by Paul Stoub)

Show them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids (Jack Klumpenhower)

The Barber Who Wanted to Pray (R. C. Sproul, Illustrated by T. Lively Fluharty)

The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible (Jared Kennedy, Illustrated by Trish Mahoney)

The Best Thing About Christmas (Christine Harder Tangvald)

The Day the Earth Shook (Helen Buckley, Illustrated by Jenny Brake)

The Donkey Who Carried a King (R. C. Sproul, Illustrated by Chuck Groenink)

The Friend Who Forgives: A True Story About how Peter Failed and Jesus Forgave (Dan Dewitt and Catalina Echeverri)

The Priest with Dirty Clothes (R. C. Sproul, Illustrated by Justin Gerard)

The Prince's Poison Cup (R. C. Sproul, Illustrated by Justin Gerard)

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing (Sally Lloyd Jones, Illustrated by Jago)

What God Has Always Wanted: The Bible's Big Idea from Genesis through Revelation (Charles F. Boyd, Illustrated by Dennas Davis)

 

Taking Care of One Another

Addictions: A Banquet in the Grace, Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel (Edward T. Welch)

Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting (Dave Furman)

Finding God in My Loneliness (Lydia Brownback)

Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love (Edward T. Welch)

Spurgeon's Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression (Zack Eswine)

The Pastor and Counselling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need (Jeremy Pierre and Deepak Reju)

What Grieving People Wish You Knew about What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts) (Nancy Guthrie)

 

Marriage and Parenting

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family (Paul David Tripp)

Shepherding a Child's Heart (Tedd Tripp)

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God (Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller)

The Mystery of Marriage (Mike Mason)

What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage (Paul David Tripp)

 

The Gospel: The Good News of Jesus Christ

God is the Gospel (John Piper)

Saved by Grace (Anthony Hoekema)

The Cross of Christ (John R. W. Stott)

The Gospel According to Jesus (John MacArthur)

The Gospel as Center (D. A. Carson and Timothy Keller)

The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ (Ray Ortland)

The Gospel in Life: Grace Changes Everything (Timothy Keller)

The Transforming Power of the Gospel (Jerry Bridges)

 

The Church: The Body of Christ

40 Questions About Elders and Deacons (Benjamin L. Merkle)

Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive (Thom S. Rainer)

Church Elders: How to Shepherd God's People Like Jesus (Jeramie Rinne)

Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus (Jonathan Leeman)

Elders in the Life of the Church: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership (Phil A. Newton and Matt Schmucher)

Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons (Thabiti M. Anyabile

I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference (Thom S. Rainer)

Life Together (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road (Timothy Keller)

The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel (Mark Dever and Paul Alexander)

The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift that Changes Everything (Colin Marshall and Tony Payne)

Why bother with church? And other questions about why you need it and why it needs you (Sam Allberry)

Why Elders? A Biblical and Practical Guide for Church Members (Benjamin L. Merkle)

 

Baptism

Believer's Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ (Thomas R. Schreiner and Shawn D. Wright, Series Editor, E. Ray Clendenen)

Understanding Baptism (Bobby Jamison, Series Editor, Jonathan Leeman)

 

Communion/The Lord's Suppper

The Lord's Supper: Remembering and Proclaiming Christ Until He Comes (Thomas R. Schreiner and Matthew R. Crawford, Series Editor, E. Ray Clendenen)

 

Doubt

Am I Really a Christian? (Mike McKinley)

Can God be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil (John G. Stackhouse, Jr.)

Know Why You Believe (Paul E. Little)

Saved Without a Doubt (John MacArthur)

 

Work and Money

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work (Timothy Keller with Katherine Leary Alsdorf)

Generosity: How God's Radical Grace Changes Our Perspective on Money and Possessions (Andrew Field and Redeemer Presbyterian Church)

Making work work (Marcus Nodder)

Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Material Possessions (Craig L. Blomberg, Series Editor, D. A. Carson)

The Gospel and Work (Series Editors Russell Moore and Andrew T. Walker)

The Money Challenge: 30 Days of Discovering God's Design for You and Your Money (Art Rainer)

 

Making Decisions

Finding the Will of God: A Pagan Notion? (Bruce Waltke)

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will (Kevin DeYoung)

The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (Tim Challies)

 

Devotional and Spiritual Literature

A Woman's Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything (Lydia Brownback)

Comforts from the Cross: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time (Elyse M. Fitzpatrick)

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

Desiring God (John Piper)

Disciplines for the Inner Life (Bob Benson, Sr. and Michael W. Benson)

Don't Waste Your Life (John Piper)

In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character (Jen Wilkin)

Knowing God (J. I. Packer)

Morning and Evening: Updated Edition (Charles Spurgeon)

New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional (Paul David Tripp)

None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different From Us (and why that's a good thing) (Jen Wilkin)

Prone to Wander: Prayers of Confession and Celebration (Barbara R. Duguid and Wayne Duguid Houk)

The Pilgrim's Progress (John Bunyan)

The Return of the Prodigal Son (Henri J. M. Nouwen)

The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms (Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller)

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions (Edited by Arthur Bennett)

Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy (Paul David Tripp)

 

Evangelism

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (J. I. Packer)

Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus (Mack Stiles)

Marks of the Messenger: Knowing, Living and Speaking the Gospel (J. Mack Stiles)

Speaking of Jesus: How to Tell Your Friends the Best News They Will Ever Hear (J. Mack Stiles)

Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel Wholly by Grace Communicated Truthfully and Lovingly 4th Edition (Will Metzger)

The Gospel and Personal Evangelism (Mark Dever)

Witness Essentials: Evangelism that Makes Disciples (Daniel Myer)

 

Disciple Making

Disciple: A Catalyst to Transformation (Michael Pawelke)

Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus (Mark Dever)

Follow Me: Experience the Loving Leadership of Jesus (Jan David Hettinga)

Gospel-Centered Discipleship (Jonathan K. Dodson)

Grounded in the Faith: An Essential Guide to Knowing What You Believe and Why (Kenneth Erisman)

The Cost of Discipleship (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Walk With God: A Practical Guide to Following Christ (Craig Etheredge)

 

Understanding and Enjoying God's Word

How to Choose a Translation for All Its Worth (Gordon D. Fee and Mark L. Strauss)

How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible (Keith Ferrin)

How to Read the Bible For All Its Worth: A Guide to Understanding the Bible (Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart)

Literary Introductions to the Books of the Bible (Leland Ryken)

Travel Guide to the Bible (Tom Castor)

What the Bible Is All About (Henrietta C. Mears)

Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds (Jen Wilkin)

 

Theology

Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith (Wayne Grudem, Edited by Jeff Purswell)

Christian Theology 2nd Edition (Millard J. Erickson)

Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs (J. I. Packer)

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

Knowing God (J. I. Packer)

 

Apologetics

Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis)

Orthodoxy (G. K. Chesterton)

Simply Christian (N. T. Wright)

The Case for Christ (Lee Strobel)

The Reason for God (Timothy Keller)

 

Biography

7 Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness (Eric Metaxas)

7 Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness (Eric Metaxas)

12 Faithful Men: Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry (Collin Hansen and Jeff Robinson)

21 Servants of Sovereign Joy: Faithful, Flawed, and Fruitful (John Piper)

Bonhoeffer - Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich (Eric Metaxas)

Canadian Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century (John G. Stackhouse, Jr.)

Confessions (Saint Augustine)

C. S. Lewis - A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet (Alister McGrath)

From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions (Ruth A. Tucker)

J. I. Packer: A Biography (Alister McGrath)

J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life (Leland Ryken)

John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides (An Autobiography edited by his brother James Paton)

Jonathan Edwards: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought (Stephen J. Nichols)

Legacy of Faith: From Women of the Bible to Women of Today (Lydia Brownback)

Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World (Eric Metaxas)

No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green (Melody Green and David Hazard)

Our Story - Baptist General Conference of Canada: The Faith and Adventures of a People Known as "People of the Book" (Abe Funk)

Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven (James Bryan Smith)

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Francis of Assisi (G. K. Chesterton)

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity (Nabeel Qureshi)

 

 

 

 

 

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