Recommended Reading

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Recommended Reading

There is no end to the writing of books, and much study is wearisome, says the Preacher in Ecclesiastes 12:12 (REB). This is not a call to ignorance, but rather, a call to discernment and understanding in choosing what to read and study.

On this page, we'll try to help you be discerning, recommending good books, some of which are browsed through, others to be read carefully, and the rare few to be “chewed and digested” so as to become a part of you.

Whenever possible, we will suggest buying from the Westminster Bookstore, a not for profit ministry of Westminster Theological Seminary, whose “mission is to distribute biblically rich, theologically robust, and pastorally relevant books to God’s people,” though without a doubt the books are also available from other sources.

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The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance

Sinclair B. Ferguson

Which is worse, to be a legalist or an antinomian? Do we just have to pick our poison? Using the Marrow Controversy of the 18th Century as inspiration, Ferguson shows just how dangerous such a question can be. Praised as one of the most important Christian publications of our time, this perspective-changing book calls the church to recognize the pure gospel as the only cure to either error.

The Prayers of Jesus: Listening to and Learning from Our Savior

Mark Jones

Jesus’s ministry on earth as a human was marked by a devotion to prayer. Through his prayer life, we see what it means truly to depend on God. Examining all of Jesus’s prayers recorded in the New Testament, this book reflects on the content and structure of the Son of God's words to his Father—helping us imitate his example as we commune with our heavenly Father as adopted sons and daughters in Christ.

Basic Christianity

John R. W. Stott

Who is Jesus Christ? While Jesus and his teaching continue to hold appeal, many people question the plausibility or relevance of the Christian faith. Is it reasonable to believe that Jesus was truly divine? If so, what does it mean for us? John Stott's accessible, classic book examines the historical facts on which Christianity stands. With pastoral guidance, Stott presents a biblical portrait of Christ, then considers what it looks like to become and live as a Christian. For more than sixty years, Basic Christianity has been a landmark resource that has helped millions understand the gospel.