These collections will have comments on either where I came across the book, or what it meant to me, and where it can be found today. The Rating scale is from 0-4, which indicates difficulty or level of interest.
One more word before I begin: The Bible is of course the most important book in discipleship, and the ultimate rule in faith and practice. Until you learn the original languages, and can make a decision how to handle the English translations stick with the bible through which you have seen Jesus Christ most clearly.
Collection 1: Deep Personal Intimacy with God
3-4 Refiner’s Fire Vols. 1 and 2 by David Wilkerson
- This was on My Dad’s list: a collection sermons which reveal Jesus in a heart-fiery way. Worth reading three or four times just to get all that is there. This was on my Dad’s list. Available on rarechristianbooks.com.
2 Power through Prayer by E.M. Bounds
- A Classic: the best book on prayer I know of. Available on Amazon.
3 Reese Howells: Intercessor by Norman Grubb
- My Dad gave me this book when I was ready for it. It’s the story of a person who grew to know the Lord and the Lord led him through various trainings so that he could accomplish the supernaturally impossible. Amazon.
2 The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- This is a no non-sense call to radical following Christ. No bookshelf on Discipleship is complete without it. Amazon.
1 Knowing God by J. I. Packer
- A heart-felt and moving classic detailing some intimately relational ways of God. It’s like Existence and Attributes of God Lite. Amazon.
2 Surprised by the Voice of God by Jack Deere
- A book which really helps navigate the controversy surrounding hearing the voice of God today still. It is very helpful for how to handle it when God does speak with you. Christianbooks.com
2 The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
- Another Puritan classic about the place of Contentment in the Christian Life. This was also on my Dad’s list. Amazon.
0 Tyranny of the Urgent by Charles Hummel
- Pastor John Outlaw gave me this pamphlet as a good indicator of if a person will be faithful enough to be discipled. If they brought it back and had some thoughts he would agree to disciple them. Amazon.
4 Existence and Attributes of God by Stephen Charnock
- This two volume book of treatises is simultaneously the most intellectually dense book to read and the most devotional. It combines heart and mind, truth and love in a very respectful and inspiring exercise of the soul beholding God, and the human condition. No matter how smart or emotional you are, you will be stretched beyond yourself and called to try to embrace the immensity of the infinite ocean of God’s goodness. This was on my Dad’s list. Christianbooks.com
1 Revival God’s Way or Revival Praying by Leonard Ravenhill
- An impassioned appeal for the Revival of God’s people in Prayer according to God’s purpose. Amazon.
2 The Training of the Twelve by A. B. Bruce
- How would you like to be trained right alongside the twelve disciples. This book simulates this very thing. This was also on my dad’s list. Amazon.
Collection 2: Biblical Theology Worldview
1 Prodigal God by Tim Keller
- The best explanation of the Prodigal Son which has something for everyone. It gets to the bottom of the gospel for people who have grown up in the church, and who have grown up outside of it. Amazon.
2 Orthodoxy by G. K Chesterton
- This book is an offered cure to people who are stuck in a black and white world of rationality. This is an appeal to the fantastical and the colorful as an important part of knowing the truth and beauty of God. Amazon.
3 From Eden to New Jerusalem by T. Desmond Alexander
- A Biblical Theology of the progression of the themes of God’s work in and through the Old and New Testament. This is one of many and this one is an easy one to digest and introduce Biblical Theology. Amazon.
3 In the Beginning: The Opening Chapters of Genesis by Henri Blocher
- A book that has given me helpful ways to examine the first few chapters of the Book of Genesis. It is very helpful to humbly examine the different theories for how long the world took to be created according to Genesis. Amazon.
3 The Unseen Realm by Michael Heiser
- This book opened my eyes to things which English translations and church history had obscured from the author’s thoughts in the Bible about the Supernatural world. Very fascinating to at least be aware of this perspective and see if it is convincing to you. Amazon.
2 On being a Theologian of the Cross by Gerhard O Forte
- There are few tenets of the Christian faith more central than Christ’s work on the Cross. This principle is at the heart of the Gospel, and must be applied throughout the Gospel and the Christian life. Amazon.
2 Prophetic Ministry by T. Austin Sparks
- The best work on the whole work of prophecy from internal relationship with God, outward proclamation, and the heart of all prophecy that I have ever read! rarechristianbooks.com.
1 Wild at Heart by John Elderedge
- A book about recovering and embracing Biblical Masculinity. The companion book for women is Captivating, which is also very good. Amazon.
1 Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan
- Arguably one of the most important books in the Christian faith, as it demonstrates in a storied form how a Christian can interact in all phases of his life. I recommend unabridged. Amazon.
Collection 3: Outworking of Faith
1 Pushing yourself to Power by John Peterson
- A great book on Physically strengthening with functional strength, so that the man of God may be exercised for godliness. Amazon.
1 Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
- There are so many disciplines which each of us have not heard of, but this book provides chances to grow in ways you didn’t even know you could. Amazon.
1 Discover your God-given Gifts by Don and Katie Forture
- Useful for discovering how you are built to function in the body of Christ based on personality. It’s based on Romans 12:3-7, and theorizes that the whole body is to be broken up into these various body parts and functions. Great for figuring out how the church as a whole should work. Amazon.
2 Spiritual Warfare by Dr Karl L Payne
- A very accessible, and all bases covered explanation for how to deal with demonic influences appropriated with the arenas world, and the flesh. Amazon.
4 The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall
- A three-volume, Puritan, thorough, and devotional Classic about how to apply the Armor of God and the strength of God in Spiritual Warfare in the Christian life. This was on the original list my Dad referred to. Amazon.
1 Out of the Saltshaker and into the World by Rebecca Pippert
- A great accessible work on the dynamic of Evangelism. Amazon.
2 Introduction to Biblical Preaching by Donald Sunukjian
- A good start to preaching Biblically and well. Amazon.
2 7 Lessons for New Pastors by Matthew Kim
- A good beginning book for Pastors. Amazon.
2 When Helping Hurts by Stephen Corbett & Brian Fikkert
- No one should attempt foreign missions or ministry to the poor without reading this book. Amazon.
2 Culture Making by Andy Crouch
- A great way to consider different approaches to culture as a Christian and strengths and weaknesses of both. Amazon.
2 Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- A good treatise on how fellowship works in the body of Christ. Amazon.
Collection 4: The Church’s Journey
1 Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand
- A picture of the reality of recent persecution. This is the story of the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs. Amazon.
2 Theology in Context of World Christianity by Timothy Tennent
- All over the world different cultures are experiencing Christianity differently. Amazon.
1 Church History in Plain Language by Bruce L Shelley
- A great story of how the church has grown through the past 2000 years, very digestible and easy to appreciate. Amazon.
2 Handbook of Denominations by Mead, Hill, and Atwood
- A good resource for getting a feel for what different Christians believe and their history. Amazon.
3 The Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins
- I bet you didn’t know that Christianity has splintered into East and South. A Fascinating picture of the global church outside of Western Christianity. Amazon.
3 Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe
- The stories of people who carried their testimony even unto death through Church History. Amazon.
Collection 5: Bible Translation in Original Languages
1 Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) (The Hebrew Old Testament) by Bible Society, Kelley, and Scott
- This is the Old Testament in Hebrew with Masoretic punctuation, Vowel pointing, and Textual Criticism. Amazon.
2 Basics of Biblical Hebrew 2nd Ed. by Pratico and Van Pelt
- The Book to teach you the basics of Ancient Hebrew. Amazon.
3 Basics of Biblical Hebrew Workbook 2nd Ed by Pratico and Van Pelt
- The Workbook that teaches you the basics of Hebrew. It is futile to try to learn Hebrew without it. Amazon.
2 Pocket Dictionary of the Study of Biblical Hebrew by Murphy
- There are a lot of words that you’ll run across in your study of Biblical Hebrew. This is a dictionary to help you out of the confusion hole. Amazon.
3 Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew to English Lexicon by Brown, Driver, and Briggs
- The most thorough Hebrew Lexicon I know of. Amazon.
2 Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament by William Holladay
- Not as thorough as BDB, but sufficient for general dives into the text to discover the meaning of Hebrew words. Amazon.
1 Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece 28th Ed. by Institute for NT Textual Research
- The New Testament in Koine’ Greek with Textual Apparatus. Amazon.
2 Basics of Biblical Greek 3rd Ed. by William D. Mounce
- The Book to teach you the basics of Koine Greek in the New Testament. Amazon.
3 Basics of Biblical Greek Workbook 3rd Ed. by William D Mounce
- The Workbook that teaches you the basics of Greek. This is a must-have companion with the Book. Amazon.
4 Greek Grammar: Beyond the Basics by Daniel Wallace
- This will spell out just about every nuance in the New Testament in detail. If you find something and it’s not in here, it probably isn’t real. Amazon.
3 Syntax of New Testament Greek by Brooks & Winberg
- This will help you pick up on the significance of nuances in the language. Amazon.
3 BDAG Greek-English Lexicon by Bauer, Danker, Ardt and Gingrich
- This is the Lexicon for the New Testament. This is where you will learn what the Greek text words mean. Amazon.
Collection 6: Sound Biblical Interpretation
2 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation by Klein, Blomberg, and Hubbard
- Great introduction to Hermeneutics. Amazon.
2 New Testament Exegesis by Gordon Fee
- The Process of New Testament exegesis from Beginning to End. Amazon.
2 Biblical Words and their Meanings by Moise’s Silva
- Key to a formative understanding of how Word’s meaning are shaped by context. Amazon.
3 On the Reliability of the Old Testament by K.A. Kitchen
- The most fun any academic has had proving that the Old Testament is reliable. Amazon.
I say again. The most important book in your library is always your copy of God’s Word. Be ready to change Bibles and how you read the Bible as you grow as a Christian.
And I close with the reminder: Christianity can be aided and supplemented by books but ultimately it is exercised internally and externally and eternally. May these books bear you to a clearer manifestation of Christ in you, the hope of Glory.