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Discipleship Reading List

There are many means of grace given to us by God to help us in our journey with Jesus. He has gifted us with his living and active Word and Prayer, which are sufficient in themselves to help us with all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

But in his kindness he has also empowered men and women over the years to write wonderful books to help us abide in Jesus and live as faithful disciples, being changed from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor 3:18).

We have created a reading list of books that we believe will help you be a disciple who makes disciples. This list is not exhaustive and will likely be updated, but it is a good place to begin.

You will notice we have categorized books into high-level topics that pertain to living life along the way as followers of Jesus.

However, we begin with the Top 6. We believe that if you take the next 1-2 years to thoughtfully and purposefully read through these six books God will use them to significantly grow you in your knowledge of him, leave you in awe who he is, and change your life.

So our suggestion is to begin with these and then move on to others as you are able.

Top 6:

  • Knowing God by J.I. Packer
  • Humility by Andrew Murray
  • Communion with God by John Owen
  • The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
  • The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
  • Spiritual Disciplines by Donald Whitney

Theology:

  • The Whole Christ by Sinclair Ferguson
  • Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
  • Plain Theology for Plain People by Charles Boothe
  • The Cross of Christ by John Stott
  • The Gospel by Ray Ortlund

 Bible Study:

  • One to One Bible Reading by David Helm
  • According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy
  • Biblical Theology by Nick Roark and Robert Cline
  • His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God edited by Kristie Anyabwile
  • The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible by B.B. Warfield
  • Why Trust the Bible by Greg Gilbert

 Prayer:

  • A Praying Life by Paul Miller
  • Answering God by Eugene Peterson
  • Enjoy Your Prayer Life by Michael Reeves
  • The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett
  • Praying with Paul by D.A. Carson
  • Prayer by John Onwuchekwa

 Making Disciples:

  • Discipling by Mark Dever
  • Evangelism by Mack Stiles
  • Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by JI Packer
  • The Gospel for Muslims by Thabiti Anyabwile
  • Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper
  • Missions by Andy Johnson
  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller
  • The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield

 Church & Community:

  • Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Side by Side by Ed Welch
  • Total Church by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester
  • The Compelling Community by Jamie Dunlop
  • Going Public: Why Baptism is Required for Church Membership by Bobby Jamieson
  • The Church: The Gospel Made Visible by Mark Dever
  • Does God Care How We Worship? by Ligon Duncan
  • Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman
  • What is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile
  • What is a Healthy Church? by Mark Dever

 Marriage & Family:

  • Catching Foxes by John Henderson
  • The Meaning of Marriage by Kathy and Tim Keller
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp
  • Parenting by Paul Tripp
  • Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full by Gloria Furman
  • Family Worship by Donald Whitney

 Books for Kids

  • The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  • The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung
  • The New City Catechism
  • The Donkey Who Carried the King by R.C. Sproul
  • The Ology by Marty Machowski
  • Everything a Child Should Know About God by Jenny Brake
  • God Made Boys and Girls by Marty Machowski
  • Trail Blazers Series (Christian Biographies)

 Transformation & Conformity to Christ:

  • J-Curve by Paul Miller
  • Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson
  • The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
  • Holiness by JC Ryle
  • Unpacking Forgiveness by Chris Braun
  • When People Are Big and God Is Small by Ed Welch
  • Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul Tripp
  • A Quest for Godliness by JI Packer
  • How People Change by Timothy Lane
  • Mortification of Sin by John Owen
  • Counseling the Hard Cases by Stuart Scott
  • Spiritual Depression by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Christians Get Depressed Too by David Murray
  • The Peace Maker by Ken Sande
  • Finally Free by Heath Lambert

 Biographies:

  • George Muller: Delighted in God by Roger Steer
  • Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Howard Taylor
  • 21 Servants of Sovereign Joy by John Piper
  • The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield
  • Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper
  • The Life and Diary of David Brainerd

 Engaging Culture:

  • Uncommon Ground by Tim Keller and John Inazu
  • Making Sense of God by Tim Keller
  • Divided by Faith by Christian Smith
  • The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
  • The Myth of Equality by Ken Wytsma
  • Confronting Christianity by Rebecca McLaughlin
  • How the Nations Rage by Jonathan Leeman
  • Is God Anti-gay by Sam Allberry
  • Gender Ideology by Sharon James
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