Recommended Reading

Although the Bible itself is the only inspired and perfect Word of God, it is also helpful to read after those who can contribute to our biblical understanding. For that reason, the elders of Macedonia would like to recommend several books for your spiritual and biblical development.

In the following list you will find books presented by categories of Christian study. These works are not recommended because we necessarily agree with everything they present, but because they are widely recognized as worthy of reading. As always, if you have any questions about the content of these works we welcome your feedback.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2Timothy 2:15



  1. Knowing God: J.I. Packer
  2. Introduction to Old Testament Theology: John Sailhamer
  3. The Meaning of the Pentateuch: John Sailhamer
  4. The Pentateuch as Narrative: John Sailhamer
  5. The Cross of Christ: John Stott
  6. Systematic Theology: Wayne Grudem
  7. Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Theology: Westminster Publishing
  8. Chosen for Life: Sam Storms
  9. Systematic Theology: Millard Erickson
  10. Biblical Theology of Old and New Testaments: Brevard Childs
  11. Meditations on the Cross: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  12. Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: John Piper & Wayne Grudem
  13. God the Holy Trinity: Timothy George
  14. The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross: Leon Morris
  15. Biblical Theology – Retrospect & Prospect: Scott Hafemann
  16. What Does It Mean to Be Saved? John Stackhouse
  17. What is Reformed Theology?: R.C. Sproul
  18. Christian Beliefs: Wayne Gruden


  1. The History of Interpretation: Frederic Farrar
  2. God’s Word in Human Words: Sparks
  3. Biblical Hermeneutics: Gerhard Kenton Maier
  4. The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative: Hans Frei
  5. Exegetical Fallacies: D.A. Carson
  6. Mimesis – The Presentation of reality in Western Literature: Erich Auerbach


  1. Biblical Eldership: Alexander Strauch
  2. Brothers We Are Not Professionals: John Piper
  3. Spurgeon on Leadership: Larry Michael
  4. Why Elders? Benjamin Merkle
  5. 40 Questions about Elders and Deacons: Benjamin Merkel
  6. A Theology for the Church: Daniel Akin
  7. The Book on Leadership: John MacArthur
  8. Pastoral Ministry: John MacArthur
  9. Expository Preaching; John MacArthur
  10. The Measure of a Healthy Church: Gene Getz
  11. The Master’s Plan for the Church: John MacArthur
  12. Preachers and Preaching: Martin Lloyd-Jones
  13. Spiritual Leadership: J. Oswald Sanders
  14. Ministers of Mercy, The N.T. Deacon: Alexander Starch
  15. Elders & Leaders, God’s Plan for Leading the Church: Gene Getz
  16. Anointed Expository Preaching: Stephen Olford


  1. The Myth of Adolescence: David Black
  2. God, Marriage, and Family: Andres Kostenberger
  3. Shepherding a Child’s Heart: Paul Tripp
  4. The Sacred Marriage: Gary Thomas
  5. The Hidden Keys to A Loving, Lasting Marriage: Gary Smalley
  6. Strengthening Your Marriage: Wayne Mack
  7. Christian Living in the Home: Wayne Mack
  8. The Exemplary Husband: Stuart Scott
  9. The Complete Husband: Lou Priolo
  10. Being a Dad Who Leads: John MacArthur
  11. Strengthening Your Marriage: Wayne A. Mack
  12. Sex and the Supremacy of Christ: John Piper & Justin Taylor
  13. Sweethearts For A Lifetime, Making the Most of your Marriage: Wayne A. Mack
  14. Christian Living in the Home: Wayne A. Mack
  15. Your Family God’s Way: Wayne A. Mack
  16. Faithful Women & Their Extraordinary God: Noel Piper
  17. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Joanna Weaver
  18. Becoming A Titus 2 Woman: Martha Peace
  19. The Excellent Wife: Martha Peace
  20. Twelve Extraordinary Women: John MacArthur
  21. Lies Young Women Believe & the Truth that Sets them Free: Nancy Leigh Demo
  22. Parents & Teenagers: Jay Kesler
  23. Successful Christian Parenting: John MacArthur


  1. Biblical Counseling: MacArthur & Mack
  2. PsychoBabble – The Failure of Modern Psychology: Richard Ganz
  3. Psychology as Religion – The Cult of Self-Worship: Paul Vitz
  4. Heart of the Problem: Brandt & Skinner
  5. Competent to Counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic Counseling: Jay Adams
  6. A Theology of Christian Counseling- More Than Redemption: Jay Adams
  7. A theology of Christian Counseling: Jay Adams


  1. Exploring The History and Philosophy of Christian Education: Anthony & Benson
  2. The 7 Laws of The Learner: Bruce Wilkinson
  3. Between Two Worlds: John Stott


  1. Desiring God: John Piper
  2. The Cost of Discipleship: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  3. The Measure of a Man: Gene Getz
  4. Disciplines of a Godly Man: Hughes
  5. The Pursuit of God: A.W. Tower
  6. Spiritual Disciplines: Donald Whitney
  7. Mere Christianity: C.S. Lewis
  8. Keep in Step with the Spirit: J.I. Packer
  9. Twelve Ordinary Men: John MacArthur
  10. Our Sufficiency in Christ: John MacArthur
  11. The Gospel According to Jesus: John MacArthur
  12. The Gospel According to the Apostles: John MacArthur
  13. Think Biblically: John MacArthur
  14. The Word of God in English: Leland Ryken
  15. God is the Gospel: John Piper
  16. The Pleasure of God: John Piper
  17. Future Grace: John Piper
  18. Don’t Wast Your Life: John Piper
  19. Battling Unbelief: John Piper
  20. The Hidden Smile of God: John Piper
  21. Faith Alone: R.C. Sproul
  22. Foundations of Grace: Steven Lawson
  23. Pillars of Grace: Steven Lawson
  24. Willing to Believe: R.C. Sproul
  25. Uprooting Anger: Robert Jones
  26. Basic Christianity: John Stott
  27. The Total Money Makeover: Dave Ramsey


  1. Let The Nations Be Glad! John Piper
  2. Yes, God of the Gentiles, Too: David Filbeck
  3. The Master Plan of Evangelism: Robert Coleman


  1. Christian Philosophy: Russ Bush
  2. Philosophy: Colin Brown
  3. No Doubt About It: Winfried Corduan
  4. The Case for Faith: Lee Strobel
  5. Classical readings in Christian Apologetics: Russ Bush
  6. Christian Apologetics: Norman Geisler
  7. Reasonable Faith: William Craig
  8. How Then Should We Live? Francis Schaeffer
  9. Kingdom of the Cults: Walter Martin
  10. Answering Islam: Norman Geisler & Abdul Saleeb
  11. Reason in the Balance: Phillip Johnson


  1. The Story of Church History Vol. 1: Justo Gonzalez
  2. The Story of Church History Vol. 2: Justo Gonzalez
  3. Church History in Plain Language: Bruce Shelley
  4. Documents of the Christian Church: Bettenson & Maunder


  1. Christian Ethics: Norman Geisler
  2. Ethics For a Brave New World: Feinberg & Feinberg


  1. Pilgrim’s Progress: John Bunyan
  2. More Than a Carpenter: Josh McDowell
  3. Foxe’s Christian Martyrs of the World: Moody Press
  4. The Life of D.L. Moody: Moody Press
  5. Billy Sunday: William William Ellis
  6. The Autobiography of George Muller: Whitaker House Publishing
  7. Here I Stand – A Life of Martin Luther: Roland Bainton


  1. NIV Compact Commentary: John Sailhamer
  2. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Moody Press
  3. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Baker Publishers
  4. New International Greek Testament Commentary: Eerdmans Publishers
  5. New International Commentary on the New Testament: Eerdmans Publishers
  6. Word Biblical Commentary: Nelson Publishers
  7. The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: Eerdmans
  8. The New American Commentary: Broadman Publishers
  9. Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament: Hendrickson Publishers
  10. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: Walvoord & Zuck
  11. Calvin’s Commentaries: Baker Publishing
  12. Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Zondervan Publishing
  13. Genesis Unbound: Sailhamer