PASTOR DAVID'S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
A Christian allegory published in February, 1678. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature
2. Mornings and Evenings by Charles Spurgeon
Wisdom and insight for applying Biblical truths to the ups and downs of everyday life. Daily Devotional
3. The Cross by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Answers the questions: Why did Christ die? What is the meaning of the cross?
An exposition of Romans 3.25-26
4. Confessions by Augustine
A biography outlining Augustine's sinful youth and his conversion to Christianity.
5. The Suffering Savior by Krummacher
Meditations on the Last Days of Christ
6. Biography of George Whitefield (two vol) by Dallimore
7. Works of Jonathan Edwards (two vol) by Jonthan Edwards
8. The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
A debate between Luther and Erasmus whether human beings after the Fall of Man, are free to choose good or evil. It is one of the earliest of the Reformation over the issue of free will and predestination.
9. Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
John Calvin's magnum opus. Written to "aid those who desire to be instructed in the doctrine of salvation."
10. Scaling the Secular City by Moreland
A Defense of Christianity.
11. Human Nature in its Four-Fold State by Thomas Boston
Human Nature in its Fourfold State. Four things necessary to know.
12. Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices by Thomas Brooks
"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us - for we are not ignorant of his devices" 2 Corinthians 2:11
13. The Seven Churches of Asia by Robert Murray McCheyne
A collection of sermons on each of the churches in the New Testament.
14.The Great Christ Comet: Revealing the True Star of Bethlehem by Colin R. Nicholl
The Star of Bethlehem is one of the greatest mysteries in astronomy and in the Bible. What was it? How did it prompt the Magi to set out on a long journey to Judea? How did it lead them to Jesus?
15. Strange Fire by John MacArthur
In Strange Fire, bestselling author and pastor John MacArthur chronicles the unsavory history behind the modern Charismatic movement. He lays out a chilling case for rejecting its false prophets, speaking out against their errors, showing true reverence to the Holy Spirit, and above all clinging to the Bible as the inerrant, authoritative Word of God and the one true standard by which all truth claims must be tested.
16. The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes
This book which is a meditation on Matthew 12:18-20 and Isaiah 42:1-3 is a masterful explanation of the way Christ tenderly cares for his Christians.
'I shall never cease to be grateful to...Richard Sibbes who was balm to my soul at a period in my life when I was overworked and badly overtired, and therefore subject in an unusual manner to the onslaughts of the devil...I found at that time that Richard Sibbes, who was known in London in the early seventeenth century as "The Heavenly Doctor Sibbes" was an unfailing remedy...The Bruised Reed.. quieted, soothed, comforted, encouraged and healed me.' --D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
17. We Become What We Worship by G. K. Beale
The heart of the biblical understanding of idolatry, argues Gregory Beale, is that we take on the characteristics of what we worship. Employing Isaiah 6 as his interpretive lens, Beale demonstrates that this understanding of idolatry permeates the whole canon, from Genesis to Revelation. Beale concludes with an application of the biblical notion of idolatry to the challenges of contemporary life.
18. Dictionary of Biblical Imagery by Leland Ryken
The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery is the first contemporary reference work dedicated to exploring the images, symbols, motifs, metaphors and literary patterns found in the Bible. The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery is an inviting, enlightening and indispensable companion to the reading, study, contemplation and enjoyment of the Bible.
19. The Power of God A Jonathan Edwards Commentary on the Book of Romans
EDITED BY David S. Lovi, Benjamin Westerhoff
Nearly everything the great American puritan Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) ever wrote on the book of Romans. It is collated into a verse-by-verse Bible commentary. Pastors, theologians, historians, and Bible study leaders will find a treasure of biblical insight along with practical application, as one of the great theologians of the Christian church expounds the book that Martin Luther called the "most important piece in the New Testament."
20. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart
Covering everything from translational concerns to different genres of biblical writing, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth is used all around the world. In clear, simple language, it helps you accurately understand the different parts of the Bible―their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today―so you can uncover the inexhaustible worth that is in God’s Word.
This fascinating history of a literary and religious masterpiece explores the forces that led to the decision to create an authorized translation, the method of translation and printing, and the central role this version of the Bible played in the development of modern English. McGrath's history of the King James Bible’s creation and influence is a worthy tribute to a great work and a joy to read.
23. Work of the Holy Spirit: An Experimental and Practical View by Octavius Winslow
24. Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland H. Bainton
25. The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson