Recommended Christian Books

October 12, 2017

Christian Books

At Bridgeway we want people going deep in the Scripture and their walk with God, and we believe good books play a vital part of that strengthening. We developed a book list to help you grow in your walk with the Lord and knowledge of various subjects. We also included some books (fiction) to stimulate your imagination. This list is not exhaustive by any means, but rather reflects select titles that are highly recommend. We pray they help you go deeper in the knowledge and experience of God.

Note: Books are organized by subject. The book titles below are hyperlinked to Amazon. Just left mouse click on any given book title and it will take you to that book's Amazon page

Below are the subject headings (clicking a subject takes you to books on the subject):

Adult Life Groups
Bibles
Christian Life
Classics
Devotionals
Fiction
For Kids
Life Issues
Marriage
Outreach
Parenting
Small Group Leadership
Theology

Subject: Adult Life Groups

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The Knowledge of the Holy The Knowledge of the Holy A. W. Tozer This timeless gift breathes a spirit of devotion for all Christians, from those who are newly arrived to those who are committing themselves anew to Jesus Christ.
Trusting God Trusting God: Even When it Hurts Jerry Bridges In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Navigator author Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on God’s sovereignty. The revelations changed his life.
Gospel Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary J. D. Greear Could the gospel be lost in evangelical churches? In this book, J. D. Greear shows how moralism and legalism have often eclipsed the gospel, even in conservative churches.
The Master's Plan of Evangelism The Master's Plan of Evangelism Dr. Robert E. Coleman For more than forty years this classic study has shown Christians how to minister to the people God brings into their lives. Instead of drawing on the latest popular fad or the newest selling technique.
Instruments in the Redeemers Hands Instruments in the Redeemers Hands Paul David Tripp In many ways, the church today has more consumers than committed participants. We see church merely as an event we attend or an organization we belong to, rather than as a calling that shapes our entire life.
Life on Mission Life on Mission: Joining the Everyday Mission of God Dustin Willis Unfortunately, the mission practices of most churches stand on weak foundations. Life on Mission gives gospel-centered, biblical, practical foundations for how missions was meant to be: an everyone-together effort.
Working for Glory Working for Glory Keith M. Welton For many going to work is like going into a deep dark dungeon: it’s difficult, keeps you from more enjoyable things, and there is little hope of escaping it. Work feels like a form of bondage.

Subject: Bibles

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ESV Study Bible ESV Study Bible

ESV:English Standard Version
Crossway Publishing The ESV Study Bible, Personal Size compresses nearly all the features of the award-winning ESV Study Bible into a smaller size for easier carrying. This Personal Size edition retains all of the original’s 20,000 study notes, 240 full-color maps and illustrations, etc...
ESV Student Bible ESV Student Bible

ESV:English Standard Version
Crossway Publishing The ESV Student Study Bible is ideally suited for students who are serious about God’s Word—who want to learn more about what the Bible teaches and how the Bible applies to all of life.
NIV Study Bible NIV Study Bible

NIV:New International Version
Richard Pratt Jr. The NIV Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible provides a theological conservative, balanced system of notes and articles that trace the Reformed Christian heritage back to its roots in the Reformation.
NIV Student Bible NIV Student Bible

NIV:New International Version
Philip Yancey (Editor), Tim Stafford (Editor) With over six million sold, the classic, best-selling NIV Student Bible has been redesigned and updated, ready to light a spark in the hearts of today’s students.

Subject: Christian Life

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The Treasure Principle The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving Randy Alcorn A book about freedom and radical generosity with the release of the original The Treasure Principle in 2001. This bestseller includes a provocative new concluding chapter depicting God asking a believer questions about his stewardship over material resources.
Spiritual Disciplines Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life Donald S. Whitney By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow in godliness, and offering practical suggestions for cultivating them, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will provide you with a refreshing opportunity to become more like and grow in character and maturity.
Spiritual Leadership Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer J. Oswald Sanders The need for talented, vigorous leaders in the church cannot be overemphasized. Such times demand active service of men and women who are guided by and devoted to Jesus Christ.
Future Grace Future Grace: The Purifying Power of the Promises of God John Piper In this revision of a foundational work, John Piper reveals how grace is not only God’s undeserved gift to us in the past, but also God’s power to make good happen for us today, tomorrow, and forever.
Trusting God Trusting God: Even When it Hurts Jerry Bridges In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Navigator author Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on God’s sovereignty. The revelations changed his life.
Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering Timothy Keller The question of why God would allow pain and suffering in the world has vexed believers and nonbelievers for millennia. This book shows that there is meaning and reason behind our pain and suffering.
Prodigal God Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith Timothy Keller Within that parable of the prodical son, Jesus reveals God's prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way.
Newton on the Christian Life Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ Tony Reinke John Newton is famous for his legendary hymn "Amazing Grace." Many have celebrated his dramatic conversion from a life in the slave trade to his eventual work to end it. But often overlooked are Newton's forty years as a pastor ministering to parishioners and friends unsettled by the trials, doubts, and fears of life.
Desiring God Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist John Piper The pursuit of pleasure is not optional: it is essential. Scripture reveals that the great business of life is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. In this paradigm-shattering classic, newly revised and expanded, John Piper reveals that the debate between duty and delight doesn't truly exist: delight is our duty. 
Radical Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream David Platt What is Jesus worth to you? It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel.
A Praying Life A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World Paul Little Author Paul Miller shares his insights and conclusions about how to connect the broken pieces of your life and allow prayer—even poorly delivered—to fill the gaps with meaning and substance.
Love Walked Among Us Love Walked Among Us: Learning to Love Like Jesus Paul E. Miller Who Is Jesus? His name is recognized the world over. Christians claim to follow Him. Muslims honor Him as a prophet. And many Jewish rabbis regard him as a great teacher. Everyone knows about Jesus, but how many of us fully understand what He was like as a person?
Gaining by Losing Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send J. D. Greear People are leaving the church J. D. Greear pastors. Big givers. Key volunteers. Some of his best leaders and friends. And that’s exactly how he wants it to be.
Crazy Love Crazy Love Francis Chan He writes Crazy Love for those who want more from their relationship with Jesus. Chan thinks that if people really lived the lives God intended, unbelievers would have to say instead, “I can’t deny what the church does, but I don’t believe in their God.

Subject: Classics

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On the Incarnation On the Incarnation Athanasius of Alexandria This work was composed partly to explain Athanasius's thoughts on Jesus Christ and the nature of the Holy Spirit, and partly to refute the views of Arius, a rival deacon within the Egyptian church.
The Imitation of Christ The Imitation of Christ Thomas a Kempis This classic of Christian devotional literature has brought understanding and comfort to millions for centuries. Both Protestants and Catholics — as well as mystics and historians of religious thought — have studied these.
Confessions Confessions Saint Augustine In his own day the dominant personality of the Western Church, Augustine of Hippo today stands as perhaps the greatest thinker of Christian antiquity, and his Confessions is one of the great works of Western literature.
The Practice of the Presence of God The Practice of the Presence of God Brother Lawrence 2016 Reprint of 1895 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Brother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth.
Christianity and Liberalism Christianity and Liberalism J. Gresham Machen This classic defense of orthodox Christianity, written to counter the liberalism that arose in the early 1900s, establishes the importance of scriptural doctrine and contrasts the teachings of liberalism and orthodoxy on God and man, the Bible, Christ, salvation, and the church.

Subject: Devotionals

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Comforts From the Cross Comforts From the Cross Elyse M. Fitzpatrick Daily comforts from the gospel of Christ provide busy Christian women with brief but deep reminders of how his truths powerfully connect to their daily lives. Nothing comforts a woman's soul more than a fully understood and embraced gospel.
For the Love of God For the Love of God D. A. Carson In a world that views absolute truth, right and wrong, and salvation as being subject to individual interpretation, the Bible's unwavering proclamations and miraculous stories seem obsolete in modern times. But it is not God's Word that has changed. Indeed, its relevancy and its power to transform lives are intact.

Subject: Fiction

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The Chronicles of Narnia The Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis Epic battles between good and evil, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds, and friendships won and lost all come together in this unforgettable world, which has been enchanting readers of all ages for over sixty years.
The Lord of the Rings The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.
Robinson Crusoe Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe This first edition credited the work's fictional protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents.
Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky The two years before he wrote Crime and Punishment (1866) had been bad ones for Dostoyevsky. His wife and brother had died; the magazine he & his brother started, Epoch, collapsed under its load of debt; and he was threatened with debtor's prison.
Little House on the Prairie Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder Based on the real-life adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie is the third book in the award-winning Little House series, which has captivated generations of readers. This edition features the classic black-and-white artwork from Garth Williams.

Subject: For Kids

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Jesus Storybook Bible Jesus Storybook Bible Sally Lloyd Jones The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name. From Noah to Moses to the great King David---every story points to him.
The Big Picture Bible The Big Picture Bible David R. Helm No child is too young to begin learning about the greatest love story of all—God’s love for his people, as portrayed in the Bible. David Helm and Gail Schoonmaker have together created a colorful book of Bible stories written especially for children ages 2–7.
Following Jesus Bible Following Jesus Bible (ESV) Crossway Publishing Following Jesus Bible (ESV) Willis Full of outstanding content designed to help children understand and enjoy the Bible. Designed for children ages 8–12 as they transition from a beginner’s Bible, nearly every other page features a box answering the who, what, where, when, or why of a particular text.
New City Catechism The New City Catechism: 52 Questions and Answers for Our Hearts and Minds Kathy Keller Throughout the history of the church, Christians have used catechisms—collections of questions and answers designed for memorization and recitation—to teach others the core doctrines of the faith. It's a modern-day resource aimed at reintroducing this ancient method of teaching to Christians today.

Subject: Life Issues

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Pornography: The Gospel For Life Pornography: The Gospel For Life Russell Moore God designed sex; and sex is good. Sex is a powerful union that brings men and women together. But when sex is distorted by sin, the misuse of our sexuality can alienate us from one another, causing immense harm and pain
Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave Edward T. Welch A worship disorder: this is how Edward T. Welch views addictions. "Will we worship our own desires or will we worship the true God?" With this lens the author discovers far more in Scripture on addictions than passages on drunkenness.
Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness Edward T. Welch Where Is God in the Struggle? Looking away from despair towards hope can feel risky. What if God doesn't come through for you? What if you don't feel instantly better? Instead of offering simple platitudes or unrealistic "cure-all" formulas, Edward T. Welch addresses the complex nature of depression.
Do Ask, Do Tell, Let's Talk Do Ask, Do Tell, Let's Talk: Why and How Christians Should Have Gay Friends Brad Hambrick Conversations on controversial issues do not to go well when the dialogue happens community-to-community or figurehead-to-figurehead. Whether it’s race, religion, or politics, groups don’t talk well with groups. Too much is at stake when we feel like our words and actions speak for the collective whole.
Onward Onward Onward Russell Moore As the culture changes all around us, it is no longer possible to pretend that we are a Moral Majority. That may be bad news for America, but it can be good news for the church. What's needed now, in shifting times, is neither a doubling-down on the status quo nor a pullback into isolation.
Additional Life Issue Books Link to Other Life Issues Resources N/A The following link takes you to many other life issue books (ex: Subjects such as anger, suffering, relationships, shame, fear, inadequacy, mental disorders, and many more).

Subject: Marriage

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What did you Expect What did you Expect Paul David Tripp Somehow, someway, every marriage becomes a struggle. Everyone’s marriage morphs into something they didn’t intend it to be. At some point you need something sturdier than romance. You need something deeper than shared interests and mutual attraction.
The Meaning of Marriage The Meaning of Marriage Timothy Keller This book shows everyone, Christians, skeptics, singles, longtime married couples and those about to be engaged, the vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible.
This Momentary Marriage This Momentary Marriage John Piper Reflecting on over forty years of matrimony, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of marriage over its emotion, exhorting couples to keep their covenant as a display of Christ’s covenant-keeping love for the church.
What's the Difference? What's the Difference?: Manhood and Womanhood According to the Bible John Piper The topic of manhood and womanhood is still strongly debated today and still greatly impacts our society. For Christians there is no doubt that the Bible must be the last word. But what does it teach about true manhood and womanhood?

Subject: Outreach

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Questioning Evangelism Questioning Evangelism Randy Newman A revolutionary look at sharing Christ with unbelievers by using the probing, provocative, and penetrating method Jesus used to engage others in personal dialogue and caring interaction.
The Reason for God The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism Timothy Keller Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics, and even ardent believers, have about religion: Using literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and potent reasoning
Life Explored Life Explored Barry Cooper and Nate Morgan Life Explored is an exciting new way to share the gospel in today's highly visual culture. Developed by Christianity Explored Ministries, the seven interactive sessions are based on stunning videos shot all over the globe.
Christianity Explored Christianity Explored Rico Tice and Barry Cooper This book is designed to make the reader familiar with who Jesus was and why he is of absolute importance to every person who has ever lived. It focuses on the Book of Mark, which provides an accurate account of Jesus' life.
The Central Message of Christianity Made Clear and Simple The Central Message of Christianity Made Clear and Simple Keith Welton and Hannah Stogsdill Clear and Simple explains who Jesus is and why he matters in a short compelling manner. It first discusses basic points about God and people that reveals a giant gap between them. Next it addresses the common ways people try to fill the gap and explains why only Jesus can bridge the gap.
Growing Your Faith: How to Mature in Christ Growing Your Faith: How to Mature in Christ Jerry Bridges Jerry Bridges When we are gripped by the astonishing fact of Christ’s love for us, we want to draw close to Him and worship Him. But what can we do to deepen our relationship with Jesus? What does He expect of us? And how can we be more like Him?
Finding Reasons to Believe in Life’s Challenging Questions Finding Reasons to Believe in Life’s Challenging Questions Keith Welton How do I know God exists? How do I know the Bible is the word of God? If God is good, why is there evil? How can you believe a religion that sends people to hell? Who am I and what is my purpose? If God is real where the hell is he? What’s with this born again stuff?
On Guard On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision William Lane Craig Dr. Craig offers four arguments for God’s existence, defends the historicity of Jesus’ personal claims and resurrection, addresses the problem of suffering, and shows why religious relativism doesn’t work. Along the way, he shares his story of following God’s call in his own life.
Can Man Life Without Jesus Can Man Life Without Jesus Ravi Zecharias According to Ravi Zacharias, how you answer the questions of God's existence will impact your relationship with others, your commitment to integrity, your attitude toward morality, and your perception of truth.

Subject: Parenting

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Sheparding a Child's Heart Sheparding a Child's Heart Tedd Tripp Shepherding A Child's Heart is about how to speak to the heart of your child. The things you child does and says flow from the heart. Luke 6:45 puts it this way, "...out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." (NIV) Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child's heart into the paths of life.
Gospel Centered Parenting Gospel Centered Parenting William P. Farley This book describes how the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting. Your capacity to look at your family with gospel eyes has an enormous effect on your marriage, your integrity, and your love for your children. William Farley shows how to establish that insight.

Subject: Small Group Leadership

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One to One Bible Reading One to One Bible Reading David Helm Imagine if there was a way that people could grow in their knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christa way that returned gospel growth to the everyday fabric of personal relationship, rather than relying on church-run programs.
Instruments in the Redeemers Hands Instruments in the Redeemers Hands Paul David Tripp In many ways, the church today has more consumers than committed participants. We see church merely as an event we attend or an organization we belong to, rather than as a calling that shapes our entire life.

Subject: Theology

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The Cross of Christ The Cross of Christ John R. W. Stott The work of a lifetime, from one of the world's most influential thinkers, about the heart of the Christian faith. "I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross.
The Cross and Salvation The Cross and Salvation Bruce Demarest With America's confidence in the Bible at an all-time low and the strength of her spiritual convictions waning, it is essential for Christians—especially Christian leaders—to be well-grounded in biblical theology.
Systematic Theology Bible Doctrine Systematic Theology Bible Doctrine Wayne Grudem The Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, studying theology and doctrine organized around fairly standard categories such as the Word of God, redemption, and Jesus Christ.
Concise Theology Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs J. I. Packer Theology matters! At last it can be understood easily, thanks to this “layman's language” approach to biblical belief. Authored by J. I. Packer, one of the premier theologians of Christianity, this summary of Christian teaching covers nearly 100 major Christian beliefs from a Reformed perspective.
Theology for the Church Theology for the Church Daniel L. Aikin A Theology for the Church, an immense 992-page work edited by Daniel Akin, with contributions from leading Baptist thinkers Albert Mohler, Jr., Paige Patterson, Timothy George, and many others, addresses four major issues in regard to eight Christian doctrines.
The Message of Salvation The Message of Salvation Philip G. Ryken Salvation is a well-worn Christian term. We think we know what it means. But biblically speaking, salvation is one of those big terms that encircles a number of others, each of them reflecting a stunning facet of God's grace in Jesus Christ. Philip Ryken has chosen nineteen biblical passages that take us deeper into the biblical teaching on salvation.
Keep in Step with the Spirit Keep in Step with the Spirit J. I. Packer J. I. Packer's Keep in Step with the Spirit focuses on the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit. Now in its second edition, this book is not merely a theological study, but a rousing call to encourage believers to implement the Spirit's directives in their lives.
Created in God's Image Created in God's Image Anthony A. Hoekema According to Scripture, humankind was created in the image of God. Hoekema discusses the implications of this theme, devoting several chapters to the biblical teaching on God's image, the teaching of philosophers and theologians through the ages, and his own theological analysis.
God Has Spoken: Revelation and the Bible God Has Spoken: Revelation and the Bible J. I. Packer Readers learn to apply Scripture to their own lives and understand what the Bible says about a healthy, well-functioning church.
Words of Life Words of Life Timothy Ward Throughout Christian history, the overwhelmingly predominant view of the Bible has been that it is itself the living and active word of God. In this book Timothy Ward explains and defends what we are really saying when we trust and proclaim, as we must, that the Bible is God's word.
The Holy Trinity The Holy Trinity: In Scripture, History, Theology, and Worship Robert Letham When it comes to the doctrine of the Trinity, evangelicals have underachieved. In The Holy Trinity Robert Letham helps to redress this shortcoming. He offers a well-researched volume about “the One who is utterly transcendent and incomprehensible”.
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