Friday, October 2, 2015

a dozen books

I was asked recently to come up with a short list of Christian books that have impacted my life, being books that I would also heartily recommend others to read.  I would add that such books should be read more than once.  And we should intersperse newer works with older works. They are as follows: 

  • Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Life Together
  • Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion (1541).
  • Coleman, Robert. Master Plan of Evangelism.
  • DeYoung, Kevin. Taking God at his Word.
  • Keller, Tim. The Reason for God.
  • Lewis, C. S. Mere Christianity
  • Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn. Evangelistic Sermons
  • Luther, Martin. Commentary on Galatians
  • Machen, J. Gresham. Christianity and Liberalism.
  • Packer, J. I. Knowing God
  • Schaeffer, Francis. True Spirituality.
  • Stott, John.  The Cross of Christ.



Addendum: I also recommend that you read -- and seek to master -- the works of one author, or a few authors, who wrote deeply on biblical and theological topics.  Over the past forty years my studies have centered on the following theologians and/or pastors: John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Francis Schaeffer, and more recently, Herman Bavinck and Carl F. H. Henry. 


3 comments:

Ambrose said...

Sandy, interesting that all but two of your books written by paedo-baptists. Only one of your theologians was a Baptist, although Lloyd-Jones eventually rejected infant baptism.

Sandy said...

Well, obviously, Presbyterians write the best books!!

Ambrose said...

Not all of the paedo-baptists were Presbyterians. This kind of list would be so hard, I love all of your books. I might have added Spurgeon' All Of Grace. I do love Bavinck. Sadly, I could not bring my four volumes of Bavinck to Colombia, but I have the one volume abridgment. Two volumes are now on Kindle.