Richard's Recommended Reading
Below are some books that I feel are important to have in a Christian library.
First, I have listed some Bibles that I believe should be on the shelf of each Chrsitian. These come in a variety of covers and styles, although I have linked to a typical sample.
Second, I have listed a sampling of devotional style books that are either classics or contemporary classics.
Next are some Bible study tools or reference books that I have personally found useful. The Expositors Commentary is the most expensive of this group, but I have found it to be relatively brief, relatively easy to understand, and basically in agreement with my understanding of scripture. (For a free set of study materials including several free commentaries, I do recommend e-Sword.net - A downloadable Bible study resource.)
Then, there are a couple of popular reference works.
Finally, with the popularity of the movies "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" and "Prince Caspian," I have linked to a few versions of the popular C.S. Classic "Chronicles of Narnia." Of course, anything else by C.S. Lewis is highly recommended.
Please use the search box below for any other Christian books or reference materials that may interest you.
|KJV Personal Giant Print Reference Bible Black Bonded Leather
By Hendrickson Publishers
This KJV Bible offers giant print for readability, is enhanced by useful study helps and references, and features a convenient size for easy portability. Its easy-to-read type, afforability, size, and reference features conbine to make it the ideal Bible for both devotional and study purposes.
|NAS Wide Margin, Side Column Reference Bible, Hardcover
By Foundation Publications Inc
Discover the truth in the inspired Word of God by reading the New American Standard Bible. The updated edition continues the NASB's commitment to accuracy while increasing clarity and readability. Vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure have been carefully updated for greater understanding and smoother reading. The NASB remains the most literally accurate Bible in the English language.
This NASB update contains:
|ESV Classic Reference Bible, Hardcover
By Crossway Books & Bibles
The new English Standard Version translation is founded on the belief that the words of the Bible are the very words of God. Setting itself apart from other translations by sacrificing neither accuracy nor readability, the ESV is an "essentially literal" translation that seeks to duplicate the original texts while taking into account the differences between modern English and the original languages.
Relying on the work of more than 50 Bible scholars, as well as the input of a 60-member, multi-denominational Advisory Council, the translations committee chaired by J.I. Packer realized its goals of word-for-word precision and accuracy, literary excellence and readability, and depth of meaning. Written in language beautiful enough to be used for public reading, clear enough for preaching and devotions, and trustworthy enough for academic study, the ESV sets a new standard---and is truly a Bible for all people.
This Classic Reference Edition Features:
|The Holman Illustrated Study Bible, HCSB
By Holman Bible Publishers
To really grasp God’s word, understanding the Bible’s historical, geographical, and cultural contexts is vital. After all, Scripture is not just a set of abstract ideas; God chose to reveal Himself through real people who lived at specific places and times.
|The Message, Numbered Edition
By Eugene H. Peterson / NAV Press
You spoke, and NavPress listened. They've learned a lot about Bible publishing since the full Bible release of The Message in 2002. They've heard from many loyal readers on what would make The Message better. Verse numbers and a smaller, lighter size are only the beginning. The Message numbered edition has over a dozen newly enhanced features you will love!
|NIV Thinline Reference Bible, Bonded Leather Navy
The NIV Thinline Reference Bible, formerly titled the The NIV Ultra Thin Reference Bible, is a conveniently sized Bible ideal for personal reading and study. It combines the convenience and portability of a Thinline setting with helpful study aids, such as a comprehensive center-column reference system to guide the reader's study of Scripture. The comfortable size makes the NIV Thinline Reference Bible an easy-to-handle, easy-to-carry Bible for every occasion. The NIV Thinline Reference Bible also features a 13,000-entry concordance for in-depth Bible study. Color maps give the reader a visual overview of the land of the Bible.
|Complete Jewish Bible - Hardcover
By David Stern / Messianic Jewish Publishers
Why is this Bible different from all other Bibles? Because it is the only English version fully Jewish in style and presentation. It includes Dr. Stern's new version of the Tanakh ("Old Testament") and his highly acclaimed Jewish New Testament.
The Complete Jewish Bible:
The complete Jewish Bible shows that the Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation is a unified Jewish book meant for everyone--Jew and non-Jew alike.
1631 pages (including maps & other helps), in hardcover.
|Desiring God, Revised & Expanded
By John Piper / Multnomah
Scripture reveals that the great business of life is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. Now revised and expanded, Desiring God reveals how delighting in God can motivate us to glorify Him through worship, stewardship, loving our neighbor, rejoicing in suffering, and other "duties." John Piper reveals that the debate between duty and delight doesn't truly exist: Delight is our duty. Discover how to lay a biblical foundation for a life of celebration by truly desiring the Lord.
|The Cost of Discipleship
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer / Simon & Schuster Trade Sales
The Cost of Discipleship compels the reader to face himself and God in any situation. Bonhoeffer speaks of "Cheap Grace": preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession. "Cheap Grace" is grace without discipleship. "Costly Grace" is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. "It's costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life."
|Knowing God: 20th Anniversary Edition
By J.I. Packer / Inter-varsity Press
J. I. Packer's Knowing God has become a classic of the Christian faith. Why? While it gives us information about God with clarity and grace, it does much more---it aids us in actually knowing him, in building our relationship with him, and helps draw us closer to him in love and worship. This 20th anniversary edition of Packer's classic has new Americanized text, reader-friendly type, and a new preface. Study guide not included.
|My Utmost for His Highest: An Updated Edition in Today's Language
By Oswald Chambers, James Reimann / Barbour Publishing
A priceless classic at an affordable price! Based on the NKJV, Reimann's modern language edition of Chambers's best-selling daily devotional features heart-challenging, life-changing insights on everything from adversity and assurance to worry and worship. An "utmost" gift-giving opportunity for everybody you know---and for yourself! Includes Scripture and subject indexes. 400 pages, softcover from Barbour.
|In His Steps
By Charles Sheldon / Baker
For the first time in their lives, the Rev. Henry Maxwell and his congregation are forced to consider the question, "What would Jesus do?" and its consequences. No one in town is left untouched by the brief, probing question. These people learn the answer- and so have millions of readers who have accepted the challenge to walk In His Steps.
|The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer
By E.M. Bounds / Baker
E.M. Bounds truly followed the charge to pray without ceasing. It was as normal and essential to him as breathing. But though he was in prayer constantly, it never became a chore to him. Throughout his life, whether he was ministering to troops during the Civil War or bringing God's Word to his congregation, E.M. Bounds relished his time in conversation with God.
Though only two of his books were published in his lifetime, The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer combines all eight of Bounds's classic treatments of prayer. Join the generation of believers who have energized their prayer lives with the help of this godly man.
|The Strongest Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, Comfort-Print Edition
By John R. Kohlenberger III & James A. Swanson / Zondervan
This concordance is a larger print version of the the most accurate, truly exhaustive Strong's updated by John Kohlenberger along with James Swanson and compiled and verified by computer technology. In this edition, longstanding errors from the original have been corrected and omissions filled in as well as word studies have been simplified and special care has been taken to maximize the thoroughness and ease of use. The larger type makes this concordance easy to read.
Special features include:
This also comes in a few other versions:
|Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Revised and Expanded
By C. Brand, C.W. Draper & A. England / B & H Publishing Group
The Holman Bible Dictionary edited by Trent C. Butler has become one of the best-selling Bible reference tools since its publication in 1991. Now this revised, updated and expanded edition called the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary offers even greater value to Bible students and teachers with over 250 new articles, new maps and charts, and 90 new contributors. This book is designed both for those who need information quickly and those who want in depth treatments of hundreds of topics. Each entry begins with a brief definition of the word followed by more detailed information. Through its more than 700 full-color graphics, this book brings readers right into the world of the Bible and enables them to better understand the Scriptures.
|Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
By Wayne Grudem / Zondervan
The Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, studying theology and doctrine organized around fairly standard categories such as the Word of God, redemption, and Jesus Christ. This introductory textbook on systematic theology has several distinctive features:
|Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words
By W.E. Vine / Thomas Nelson
This convenient one volume combines Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words and Unger and White's Expository Dictionary of the Old Testament. This book allows you to easily access the alphabetized English equivalents of the Greek or Hebrew words from which they are translated. Throughout the text the most significant biblical words are illustrated by Scripture passages, comments, cross-references, ancient and modern meanings, precise etymologies, historical notes, and clearly defined technical information. Each original language is indexed, and the addition of a topical index allows you to access all the dictionary entries pertinent to specific New Testament ideas and teachings.Keyed to Strong's.
Or for more indepth word study, I recommend the following 2 books:
|Complete Word Study Dictionary, New Testament
By Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D. / Amg Publishers
Explore the idioms and nuances of the original text of the New Testament without learning Greek! This detailed study tool arranges every word by Strong's numbering system. Each entry gives the word's derivation; history and etymology; an exegetical commentary; and synonyms and antonyms. Includes an English word index. 1505 pages, hardcover from AMG.
|The Complete Word Study Dictionary : Old Testament
By Warren Baker & Eugene Carpenter / Amg Publishers
This new dictionary completes the AMG Word Study Series. This dictionary allows the person with no prior knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic to complete an effective word study. Each Hebrew word in this book is listed numerically by its Strong's reference number. The Complete Word Study Dictionary, Old Tstament includes a guide to tranliteration, a translational reference index, and is written in an easy to read format.
Features for each word listed:
Spiros Zodhiates (Th.D., Luther Rice Seminary) is a recognized authority on the Greek New Testament. He has edited an edition of the Modern Greek New Testament and the author of numerous exegetical books and booklets.
|The Expositor's Bible Commentary Complete Set (OT & NT), 12 Volumes
By Edited by Frank E. Gaebelein / Zondervan
For more than 20 years, the EBC has been widely recognized by preachers, teachers, and laypeople as one of the best commentaries available.
Each Bible book features an insightful introduction, detailed outline, penetrating theological and critical exposition, and useful bibliography. Notes on textual difficulties are kept separate and all Hebrew and Greek is transliterated. This commentary uses the New International Version for its text, but freely refers to other translations and the original languages.
Esteemed evangelical contributors include:
|The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict
By Josh McDowell / Thomas Nelson
When Josh McDowell (More Than A Carpenter) was a pre-law student, he was challenged by a group of Christians to investigate the claims of Jesus from a purely intellectual standpoint. At the time, he felt supremely confident Christianity would fail such an examination, so he set out to prove that Christianity was a sham. Along the way, he discovered something else; he discovered Jesus.
Evidence that Demands a Verdict may have started out as an attempt to prove Christianity intellectually false. What it has now become is something completely different. McDowell uncovered in his research the incredible resiliency of the Christian faith, and the strength of its intellectual claims. Thus, when he came to setting out his findings, he ended up creating one of the best Christian apologetic references available. And now he has made that reference work even better, revising it and updating it for the 21st century.
The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict maintains and strengthens McDowell's original arguments for the validity of Christianity. Jam-packed with information, this book looks at why the Bible can be trusted, including its historical reliability and accuracy. McDowell explains who Jesus is, and why the New Testament record of his personality and ministry is the best and most authentic source available. He also explains how several worldviews have attempted to discredit Christianity, particularly through the methods of biblical, form, and textual criticism. McDowell also examines several philosophical systems, including skepticism, agnosticism, and mysticism, and offers a cogent defense of the idea and reality of miracles.
Few apologetics books can claim the intellectual breadth that The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict has. Its extensive bibliography and documentation give it a firm foundation that enables it to weather even the strongest criticism. It has been a classic apologetic reference since its first publication, and it is now even better.
|Kingdom of the Cults, rev. and updated ed.
By Walter Martin, edited by Ravi Zacharias / Bethany
Radio's original Bible Answer Man Walter Martin's classic resource as updated by cult and occult specialist Ravi Zacharias. Using Martin's well-researched and easily accessible text, Zacharias brings the experience of in-depth study, some would say immersion, into this sometimes confusing field of study and includes many facts and figures covering occurrences in the 1990's (as Martin passed away in 1989).Kingdom of the Cults has always been a trusted resource in times where accurate information is imperative to someone's salvation from the strange world of cults and the occult.
Ranging in topics from the structure of cults to how cults are encountered on the mission field, many cults and movements are described in full, and intimate details of the inner workings can sometimes be indicative of where a cult may be leading. For anyone considering joining any of these groups or looking for more information for a friend or family member, this is an invaluable resource.
|The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Movie Tie-In Edition 7-Volume Boxed Set, Softcovers
By C.S. Lewis / HarperCollins Narnia
Invest in a handsome unabridged souvenir set of C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia for your home library. Included are stunning pictures from the movie Prince Caspian, plus the seven volumes: The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; and The Last Battle. This set is sure to captivate children and adults, while providing hours of excellent reading. Each softcover book has approximately 200 pages, and measures 4.25" x 6.75".
|The Chronicles of Narnia Special Deluxe Edition
By C.S. Lewis / HarperCollins Narnia
A feast for Narnia fans! Not only does this special edition include all seven books, it also features a pull-out color map of the magical frozen land for your walls, and informative excerpts from Beyond the Wardrobe: The Official Guide to Narnia. Each chapter opens with black-and-white artwork by Pauline Baynes. Ages 12 and up. 816 pages, hardcover from Zonderkidz.
|The Chronicles of Narnia: 7-Volume Slipcased Softcover Set
By C.S. Lewis / HarperCollins Narnia
Once your children have followed Lucy through the back of a magic wardrobe - and met Aslan, the Christlike lion - they'll never be the same! Kids adore these classics for their imaginative story lines and adults appreciate the rich Christian symbolism. This softcover set is perfect for young children and families that are on the go.
Each volume in this 7 book softcover set includesstunning new cover art by Cliff Nielsen. The individual books include approximately 200 pages and measure 4.25" by 7.25". This set also includes an attractive slipcase in which the books can be safely stored and attractively displayed.
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