Christians are born so that they can grow. There is no better spiritual nourishment than a regular diet of the Word of God, the sacraments, and prayer. But this diet can be helpfully supplemented with good Christian fellowship and through good Christian books.
One way in which Grace Church encourages reading is by having books on hand at the church all the time. The other way in which we encourage reading is by drawing attention to Christian classics.
The following books range from thought-provoking to life-transforming. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the Grace Church leadership, but they were selected for a reason. The Christian classics and helpful texts are written by people committed to the authority of Scripture and the power of the gospel. The texts on church history are exemplary for their good prose and careful research, not for their theological acumen.
Martin Luther, On Christian Liberty.
John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion
The Heidelberg Catechism
The Westminster Confession of Faith.
Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment.
John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress.
Thomas Boston, Human Nature in its Fourfold State.
J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism.
John Murray, Redemption Accomplished and Applied.
J.I. Packer, Knowing God.
The Christian life: helpful texts
Sinclair Ferguson, The Christian Life.
Tim Keller, The Reason for God.
Edward Welch, When People are Big and God is Small.
Edward Welch, Addictions: a Banquet in the Grave.
Dave Harvey, When Sinners Say “I Do.”
Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart.
Jim Newheiser, You Never Stop Being a Parent.
Robbie Castleman, Parenting in the Pew: Guiding your Children into the Joy of Worship.
Bruce Ray, Celebrating the Sabbath: Finding Rest in a Restless World.
Elizabeth W.D. Groves, Grief Undone: A Journey with God and Cancer.
Kara Tippetts, The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard.
Richard Wurmbrand, Tortured for Christ.
Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in our Holiness.
Tim Chester, Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Free.
J.C. Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men
J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels
John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life
Ken Sande, The Peacemaker (2004 and later editions).
Paul David Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands.
The Valley of Vision (devotional collection of Puritan prayers)
Matthew Henry, A Way to Pray
Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening
Mark Noll, Turning Points.
Peter Brown, Augustine of Hippo.
Henry Chadwick, The Early Church.
Diarmaid MacCulloch, Thomas Cranmer.
George Marsden, Jonathan Edwards.
Mark Noll, A history of Christianity in the United States and Canada.
D. G. Hart, Defending the Faith.