Recommended Reading


Making Sense of God by Tim Keller
The Reason for God by Tim Keller
Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig
The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig Blomberg
Darwin on Trial by Philip Johnson
Reason in the Balance by Philip Johnson
Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus by Michael J Wilkins and J.P. Moreland
Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims Of The Christian Message by Ravi Zacharias
Alisa Childers has a list of great resources

Bible Study Guides

Navigators/Life Change Series

Books Specifically for Group Study

Community: Taking Your Group off of Life Support by Brad House
Gospel in Life by Tim Keller
Explore the Bible from Lifeway

Bible Studies for Women

Grace: A Bible Study on Ephesians for Women by Keri Folmar

Faith: A Bible Study on James for Women by Keri Folmar

Zeal: A Bible Study on Titus for Women by Keri Folmar

Books to Better Understand the Gospel

The Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent
Center Church by Tim Keller
The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Jesus Christ by Ray Ortlund
The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges
The Cross of Christ by John Stott
Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper

Books/Resources About Discipleship

The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne
The Vine Project: Shaping Your Ministry Culture Around Disciple-Making by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne
Rediscovering Discipleship by Robby Gallaty
Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life by Jeff Vanderstelt
Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time by Greg Ogden
Discipling: How To Help Others Follow Jesus by Mark Dever
The Walk: Steps For New And Renewed Followers Of Jesus by Stephen Smallman (great resource for helping someone really figure out what it means to follow Jesus Christ)

Books/Resources That Help You DO Discipleship (Groups of 2-3 People)

Article by Nine Marks that explains why discipleship in groups of 2-3 people is important
Life Transformation Groups by Neil Cole
Some great discipleship resources from Navigators
Here is a brief article about how to help someone do an inductive Bible study

Free Resource To Help You Make Disciples Who Make Disciples

HERE is a link to some free material that will help you become a disciple maker

Children’s Ministry

Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower

Church History

Handbook to the History of Christianity by Tim Dowley
A History of Christianity in the U.S & Canada by Mark Noll


HERE is a link that will show you the five best commentaries for every book of the Bible

Counseling Resources
Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling by Bob Kellemen and Steve Viars
Homework Manual for Biblical Living by Wayne Mack (Volume 1)
Homework Manual for Biblical Living by Wayne Mack (Volume 2)
Descriptions and Prescriptions by Michael Emlet
Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault by Justin Holcomb
Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest by Ed Welch
Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness by Ed Welch
Blame It On The Brain by Ed Welch
Addictions: A Banquet In The Brain by Ed Welch
Christians Get Depressed Too: Hope and Help for Depressed People by David Murray

Family Devotionals

Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God by Marty Machowski
The Jesus Story Book by Sally Lloyd-Jones


No God But One by Nabeel Qureshi


Generous Justice by Tim Keller

Knowing God’s Will

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung


Love Into Light by Peter Hubbard
Is God Anti-Gay by Sam Allberry
Understanding Gender Dysphoria by Mark Yarhouse
What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? by Kevin Deyoung


Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller (also has video series)
What Did You Expect: Redeeming The realities of Marriage by Paul Tripp

Outreach/Hospitality/Evangelism/Missional Living

Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester
Total Church by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester
The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon
Christianity Explored by Rico Tice, Barry Cooper, and Sam Shammas. The new video series is amazing!
The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life by Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements
The Gospel Comes With A House Key by Rosaria Butterfield

Overcoming Sinful Behavior (sanctification)

You can Change by Tim Chester


Gospel Powered Parenting by William Farley (we give these out at child dedication ceremonies)
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
Age of Opportunity by Paul Tripp

Pastoral Ministry

The Imperfect Pastor by Zack Eswine. If I was going to recommend one book to pastors this is the one.
Preaching by Tim Keller
Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp
The Pastor’s Justification by Jared Wilson
Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch
Expositional Preaching by David Helm

Personal Favorites

Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien
Anything by CS Lewis
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Jayber Crowe by Wendell Berry


A Praying Life by Paul Miller
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy With God by Tim Keller
The Complete Collection of E. M. Bounds on Prayer


Revival by Martin Lloyd-Jones
Lectures on Revivals and Religion by William Sprague

Sexual Purity

Closing the Window by Tim Chester
Finally Free by Heath Lambert (men in our church are currently going through this)

Spiritual Growth

Enjoying God: Experience the Power and Love of God in Everyday Life by Tim Chester
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

Study Bible

ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible

Social Media/Technology

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You By Tony Reinke
The Next Story by Tim Challies. Some quotes from the book HERE.
Amusing Ourselves To Death by Neil Postman


Trusting God Even When It Hurts by Jerry Bridges 
A Path Through Suffering by Elizabeth Elliot
Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller


Passport2Purity by Family Life (talking to your kids about sex)


The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards
Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Holiness by J.C. Ryle
Heaven by Randy Alcorn

Women’s Ministry or Women Authors

No Little Women by Aimee Byrd. I did a “review” of the book HERE. (my sister-in-law)
Missional Motherhood By Gloria Furman
Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin
None Like Him by Jen Wilkin
Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson


Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller. You can find quotes from the book HERE.
The Gospel at Work by Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert


The Gospel Centered Life for Teens by Robert Thune and Will Walker
This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe. I also did an INTERVIEW with Jaquelle
Sustainable Youth Ministry by Mark Devries