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

Mama Bear Apologetics

Bible Study Guides


Navigators/Life Change Series

Free Online Bible Study Guides (Gospel Coalition)

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

20 Female Ministry Leaders Gave Their Favorite Bible Studies

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

Anything by Melissa Spoelstra (my wonderful sister-in-law!)

Anything by Jen Wilkin

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

Unchanging Witness by Donald Fortson and Rollin Grams


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


The Thrill of Orthodoxy by Trevin Wax

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

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


Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy by Mark Vroegop

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)


Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Holiness by J.C. Ryle

Heaven by Randy Alcorn


God and the Transgender Debate by Andrew Walker

Irreversible Damage by Abigail Shrier

Strange New World by Carl Trueman

Women’s Ministry or Women Authors

20 Women Ministry Leaders Gave Their Bible Study Recommendations

When Strivings Cease by Ruth Chou Simons

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