Recommended Reading



Grace Baptist Recommended Reading List

Here at Grace Baptist Church in Selmer, Tennessee, we believe that God’s Word is the foundation for all that we do and teach.

We strive to be Bible Saturated in the life and ministry of Grace Baptist Church. And because of that we also believe that a good solid book about the Bible and about the God of the Bible can help us read and understand the Bible rightly. The Bible calls this keeping sound doctrine!

1 Timothy 4:6
In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.

We have provided this reading list which we will update from time to time for your benefit, that you might begin to build your own library
You can click on any book title and it will take you to a website like Amazon where you can purchase the book.

Happy Reading!

CHURCH LIFE


LEADERSHIP

Biblical Eldership, Alexander Strauch
The New Testament Deacon, Alexander Strauch
Elders in Congregational Life, Phil Newton
Biblical Eldership, John Piper
Answering Key Questions about Elders, John MacArthur
Deacons: Answering Key Questions, John MacArthur
Polity, Mark Dever

BAPTIST

Why I Am a Baptist, Tom Nettles and Russell Moore
The Baptists: Key People Involved in Forming a Baptist Identity, Tom Nettles
The Reformers and Their Stepchildren, Leonard Verduin
The Baptist and Their Beginnings, Tom Nettles
Baptists: The Modern Era V. 3, Tom Nettles

DISCIPLINE

Handbook of Church Discipline, Jay Adams
Democratic Religion, Gregory Wills
The Peacemaker, Ken Sande
Use of the Rod and Staff, Jay Adams

MODERN-DAY REFORMATION

Reclaiming the Gospel and Reforming Churches, Tom Ascol
The Old Evangelicalism, Iain Murray
Ready for Reformation, Tom Nettles

PASTORAL MINISTRY

Dear Timothy, Tom Ascol
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
Pastoral Ministry, John MaArthur
Counseling, John MacArthur
Lectures to My Students, Charles Spurgeon
Liberating Ministry, Hughes
Christian Ministry, Charles Bridges
The Cross and Christian Ministry, D.A. Carson
Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, John Piper
Am I Called? Perspective Series, Sovereign Grace Ministries, Dave Harvey
Shepherding God’s Flock, Jay Adams
Preaching, John MacArthur
Preaching & Preachers, Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Supremacy of God in Preaching, John Piper
Between Two Worlds, John Stott
Spirit Empowered Preaching, Arturo Azurdia
Preaching The Cross, Mark Dever
Preach The Word, Leland Ryken
The Majesty of God in the Old Testament, Walter Kaiser

COUNSELING

Competent to Counsel, Jay Adams
Christian Counselor’s Manual, Jay Adams
Counseling, John MacArthur
A Theology of Christian Counseling, Jay Adams
Ready to Restore, Jay Adams
Quick Scripture Reference Guide for Counseling, John Kuis
Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible, Jay Adams
Equipped To Love, Norm Wakefield
Quick Scripture Reference Guide for Counseling Women, Patricia Miller
Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling Youth, Patricia Miller
How to Help People Change, Jay Adams
Solving Marriage Problems, Jay Adams
Language of Counseling, Jay Adams

HELPS FOR THE PASTOR

Spiritual Depression, Martyn Lloyd-Jones
When People Are Big and God Is Small, Ed Welch
The Crook in the Lot, Thomas Boston
The Dejected Soul’s Cure, Christopher Love

SOVEREIGNTY AND SOVEREIGN GRACE

The Forgotten Spurgeon, Iain Murray
Spurgeon Against Hyper-Calvinism, Iain Murray
By His Grace and For His Glory, Tom Nettles
The Justification of God, John Piper
Southern Baptist and the Doctrine of Election, Robert Selph
Southern Baptist Sermons on Sovereignty and Responsibility, Tom Nettles
Amazing Grace, Timothy George
Still Sovereign, Thomas Schreiner/Bruce Ware
Divine Sovereignty & Human Responsibility, D.A. Carson
The Sovereignty of God, A.W. Pink
Chosen by God, R.C. Sproul
The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, Loraine Boettner
The Cause of God and Truth, John Gill
Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther
Freedom of the Will, Jonathan Edwards
Future of Justification, John Piper

FINANCES

Money, Possessions & Eternity, Randy Alcorn
The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn

THE GOSPEL AND CONVERSION

Today’s Evangelism, Ernest Reisinger
Today’s Gospel: Authentic or Synthetic, Walter Chantry
Saved from What? R.C. Sproul
Christ our Penal Substitute, Robert Dabney
The Cross, The Vindication of God, Martyn Lloyd-Jones
The Gospel According to Jesus, John MacArthur
Ashamed of the Gospel, John MacArthur
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die, John Piper
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, John Owen
The Ultimate Rescue, Eryl Davies
God Is the Gospel, John Piper
The Radical Cross, A.W Tozer
Great Exchange, Jerry Bridges
Pierced for Our Transgressions, Steve Jeffery
Gospel of the Kingdom, Charles Spurgeon
Gospel Remission, Jeremiah Burroughs
Gospel Reconciliation, Jeremiah Burroughs

CONVERSION

Puritans on Conversion, Soli Deo Gloria
Religious Affections, Jonathan Edwards
Carnal Christian, Ernest Reisinger
Hard to Believe, John MacArthur
The Doctrine of Regeneration, Stephen Charnock
How Can I Be Sure I’m a Christian? Don Whitney
The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and Assurance,
Thomas Schreiner, and Ardel Caneday
Believer’s Baptism, Sign of the New Covenant in Christ, Thomas Schreiner
and Shawn Wright
For Us and for Our Salvation, Stephen Nichols
He Who Gives Life, Graham Cole

EVANGELISM

The Invitation System, Iain Murray
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J.I. Packer
Pursuing God: A Seeker’s Guide, Jan Elliff
Tell the Truth, Will Metzger
God Centered Evangelism, R.B. Kuiper
The Soul Winner, Charles Spurgeon
Advice for Seekers, Charles Spurgeon
Seeking God: Jonathan Edwards’ Evangelism Contrasted
with Modern Methodologies, William C. Nichols (Int’l Outreach)
A Pastor’s Sketches, Ichabod Spencer
A Call to the Unconverted, Richard Baxter
Select Sermons of George Whitefield, J.C. Ryle
Words to Winners of Souls, Horatius Bonor
Gospel and Personal Evangelism, Mark Dever
Jesus the Evangelist, Richard Phillips

REVIVAL

Rut, Rot, or Revival, A.W. Tozer
Revival and Revivalism, Iain Murray
Pentecost Today? Iain Murray
Jonathan Edwards on Revival, Jonathan Edwards

THEOLOGY

Manual of Theology, J.L. Dagg
Christian Doctrine, James M. Pendleton
Systematic Theology, Louis Berkhof
A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith, Robert Reymond
Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem
Foundations of the Christian Faith, James M. Boice
Abstract of Systematic Theology, James P. Boyce
A Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity, John Gill
Always Reforming: Explorations in Systematic Theology, A.T.B. McGowan
Pauline Christology, John Piper

ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

The One True God, Paul Washer
The Attributes of God, A.W. Pink
Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer
Knowing God, J.I. Packer
Pleasures of God, John Piper
The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul
God’s Passion for His Glory, John Piper

PURITANS

A Guide to the Puritans, Robert Martin
Worldly Saints: The Puritans as They Really Were, Leland Ryken
A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life, J.I. Packer
The Puritans, Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Puritan Reformed Spirituality, Beeke
Meet the Puritans, Beeke

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

The Truth about Man, A Biblical Study of the Doctrine of Man, Paul Washer
Becoming Conversant with the Emergent Church, D.A. Carson
The Truth War, John MacArthur
Evangelicalism Divided, Iain Murray
The Gagging of God, D.A. Carson
Does God Believe in Atheists?, John Blanchard
God in the Wasteland, David Wells
No Place for Truth, David Wells
Above All Earthly Powers, David Wells
No Place for Sovereignty, R.K. McGregor Wright
The Ever-Loving Truth, Voddie Baucham
The Kingdom of Christ, Russell D. Moore
What is a True Calvinist, Phillip Ryken
Culture Shift, Al Mohher

CHRISTIAN LIVING

Money, Possessions & Eternity, Randy Alcorn
The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn

SANCTIFICATION

Humility, C.J. Mahaney
The Enemy Within: Straight Talk about the Power and Defeat of Sin,
Kris Lundgaard
Sin and Temptation, John Owen
Future Grace, John Piper
Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper
Holiness, J.C. Ryle
The Christian in Complete Armor, William Gurnall (Vol. 1, 2 & 3)
Desiring God, John Piper
Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
War of Words, Paul David Tripp
Disciplines for Spiritual Discernment, Tom Challies
Godliness Through Discipline, Jay Adams

DEVOTIONALS

Morning and Evening, Charles Spurgeon
The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer
Valley of Vision, Arthur Bennett
Valley of Vision, Arthur Bennett (Leather)
Pierced by the Word, John Piper
Life as a Vapor, John Piper
Taste and See, John Piper
The Counselor, Straight Talk about the Holy Spirit
from a 20th Century Prophet, A.W. Tozer
The Pursuit of God: A 31-Day Experience, A.W. Tozer
Renewed Day by Day: A Daily Devotional, A.W. Tozer

PRAYER AND FASTING

The Hidden Life of Prayer, David MacIntyre
Hunger for God, John Piper
A Guide to Prayer, Isaac Watts
The Call to Prayer, J.C. Ryle
Power of Prayer in a Believer’s Life, Charles Spurgeon
Praying Successfully, Charles Spurgeon
Only a Prayer Meeting, Charles Spurgeon
Power Through Prayer, E. M. Bounds
Call Unto Me, Charles Spurgeon

WORSHIP

Tozer on Worship and Entertainment
Engaging with God, David Peterson
Worship by the Book, D.A. Carson
Give Praise to God, Various
Worship in Spirit and Truth, John Frame
Whatever Happened to Worship? A Call to Worship, A.W. Tozer
Our Own Hymnbook, Charles Spurgeon
Gospel Worship, Jeremiah Burroughs

MARRIAGE, FAMILY, AND COURTSHIP

Her Hand in Marriage, Douglas Wilson
Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God, C.J. Mahanney
Reforming Marriage, Douglas Wilson
Strengthening Your Marriage, Wayne Mack
Sweethearts for a Lifetime, Wayne Mack
Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye?, Carolyn McCulley
Tying the Knot Tighter, Martha Peace

MEN AND HUSBANDS

Exemplary Husband, Stuart Scott
Exemplary Husband Study Guide, Stuart Scott
Complete Husband, Lou Priolo
A Godly Man’s Picture, Thomas Watson
Disciplines of a Godly Man, R. Kent Hughes

WOMEN AND WIVES

Women Helping Women, Elyse Fitzpatrick
Female Piety, John James
Becoming a Titus 2 Woman, Martha Peace
Praise Her in the Gates, Douglas Wilson
The Excellent Wife, Martha Peace
The Excellent Wife Study, Martha Peace
Feminine Appeal, Caroline Mahaney
Marriage to a Difficult Man, Elizabeth Dodds
Stepping Heavenward, Kristner
Women’s Ministry in the Local Church, Ligon Duncan and Susan Hunt
Finding God’s Path Through Trials, George
Disciplines of a Godly Woman, Barbara Hughes
Attitudes of a Transformed Life, Martha Peace
Mrs. C. H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon

PARENTING

Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Ted Tripp
Your Child’s Profession, Dennis Gundersen
Old Paths for Little Feet, Carol Brandt
Treasuring God in Our Traditions, Noel Piper
Age of Opportunity, Ted Tripp
Training Hearts, Teaching Minds, Starr Meade
Future Men, Douglas Wilson
Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship,
Robbie Castleman
The Duties of Parents, J.C. Ryle
Help for Distressed Parents, Cotton Mather
Disciplines of a Godly Family, Kent and Barbara Hughes

MISSIONS

Let the Nations Be Glad!, John Piper
Operation World, Patrick Johnstone
From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya, Ruth Tucker
A Vision for Missions, Tom Wells
The Church Is Bigger than You Think, Patrick Johnstone
Salvation to the Ends of the Earth, Andreas Kostenberger
Chance to Die, Elisabeth Elliott
The Faithful Witness, William Carey and Timothy George
To the Golden Shore, Courtney Anderson
Through Gates of Splendor, Elisabeth Elliott
Bruchko, Bruce Olson
To Die Is Gain: The Triumph of John and Betty Stam, Mrs. Howard Taylor
Praying Hyde, Captain E.G. Carré
Mountain Rain: A Biography of James O. Fraser, Eileen Crossman
Autobiography of John Patton
Life and Diary of David Brainerd, Jonathan Edwards

BIOGRAPHIES

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, Roland Bainton
Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography, Iain Murray
Whitefield, Arnold Dallimore
The Life and Times of Howell Harris, Edward Morgan, Daniel Rowland
Eifion Evans
Memoirs and Remains of Robert Murray McCheyne, Andrew Bonor
Spurgeon, Arnold Dallimore
Spurgeon, A New Biography, Arnold Dallimore
C.H. Spurgeon, Autobiography (Vol.1 & 2)
Autobiography of George Muller, George Muller
The Life of Arthur W. Pink, Iain Murray
Hidden Smile of God: The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of John Bunyan
William Cowper, and David Brainard; John Piper
Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God’s Triumphant Grace in the
Lives of Augustine, Luther, Calvin; John Piper
Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the
Lives of Newton, Simeon, Wilberford; John Piper
Contending for Our All: Defending Truth and Treasuring Christ in the
Lives of Athanasius, Owen, Machen; John Piper
The Life and Mission of William Carey, Timothy George