Often I am asked, “What are the most influential books in your life?” While the Bible is obviously the most influential book in my life, I offer twenty-five more that should be required reading for every Christ-follower. Some titles do not include reviews, since I read these before my blogging days.
# 1 THE DOCTRINE OF GOD – John Frame
The most influential book in my life, outside of Scripture
# 2 TOTAL TRUTH – Nancy Pearcey
One of the most important books of the 21st century.
# 3 THE PLEASURES OF GOD – John Piper
This book taught me above all that God is delighted to be God.
# 4 THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD – A.W. Pink
An absolutely foundational book that deserves to be read and re-read.
# 5 DESIRING GOD – John Piper
My introduction to Christian hedonism.
# 6 – FOUNDATIONS OF GRACE – Steven Lawson
A book that shows how the doctrines of grace show up in every book of Sacred Scripture.
# 7 A DISSERTATION CONCERNING THE END FOR WHICH GOD CREATED THE WORLD – Jonathan Edwards
# 8 INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION – John Calvin
One of the most important Christian books of the last 500 years.
# 9 THE HOLINESS OF GOD – R.C. Sproul
A classic that will likely be in print for years to come. A great place to begin the journey into God.
# 10 RELIGIOUS AFFECTIONS – Jonathan Edwards
As important now as it was in the 18th century.
# 11 FREEDOM OF THE WILL – Jonathan Edwards
No author has surpassed Edwards’s arguments. Any discussion of free will should turn to this book.
# 12 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS – John MacArthur
One of the first serious books I read as a Bible College student. MacArthur gets the gospel right.
# 13 THE GOD WHO IS THERE – Francis Schaeffer
Important lessons in evangelism and apologetics. This is the book that got me interested in the discipline of apologetics.
# 14 JONATHAN EDWARDS – George Marsden
My favorite biography on Jonathan Edwards.
# 15 WILLING TO BELIEVE – R.C. Sproul
A great overview of the historical debate concerning free will.
# 16 PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – John Bunyan
The number 2 selling book of all time. Spurgeon read Pilgrim’s Progress at least 100 times.
# 17 HE IS THERE AND HE IS NO SILENT – Francis Schaeffer
# 18 CHOSEN BY GOD – R.C. Sproul
This book helped me work through the issue of predestination and election over 20 years ago.
# 19 REDEMPTION ACCOMPLISHED AND APPLIED – John Murray
Terrific treatment on soteriology.
# 20 THE FORGOTTEN SPURGEON – Iain Murray
Iain Murray has a special gift that introduces readers to Spurgeon.
# 21 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY
My favorite systematic theology.
# 22 HISTORICAL THEOLOGY – Gregg Allison
My favorite historical theology.
# 23 PILLARS OF GRACE – Steven Lawson
# 24 THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST – John Owen
Important work on the atonement.
# 25 GEORGE WHITEFIELD – Arnold Dallimore