Why Do We Enjoy Reading?

Because books expose areas in our lives that we thought we had already conquered. Sarah and I attempt to read well and to read broad.

Richard Baxter on reading well:

It is not the reading of many books which is necessary to make a man wise or good; but the well reading of a few....And it is not possible to read over very many on the same subjects, without a great deal of loss of precious time. 

 William Zinsser on reading broad: 

"I often find myself reading with interest about a topic I never thought would interest me – some scientific quest, perhaps. What holds me is the enthusiasm of the writer for his field."

+ Parenting

God had blessed us with three amazing children. God has entrusted us with the privilege of training them. It is our prayer, our desire, and our passion to faithfully shepherd their hearts to follow hard after our Savior.

We hope these resources will help you in your journey of parenting as they have helped us along our journey.

“A child of five, if properly instructed, can as truly believe and be regenerated as an adult.” Charles Spurgeon

“Most that are ever saved fly to Christ when they are young.” Robert M. McCheyne

The New Dare to Discipline, James Dobson

Wheaton: Tyndale, 1992

Parenting Isn't for Cowards, James Dobson

Dallas: Word, 1987

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus, Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson

Wheaton: Crossway, 2011.

Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home, Gloria Furman

Wheaton: Crossway, 2013

Don’t Make Me Count to Three, Ginger Hubbard

Wapwallopen: Shepherd Press, 2004

Grace Based Parenting, Tim Kimmel

Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2005

The Father Connection: How You Can Make the Difference in Your Child's Self-Esteem and Sense of Purpose, Josh McDowell

Nashville: B&H, 2008

Training Hearts, Teaching Minds, Starr Meade

Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2000

Peacemaking for Families: A Biblical Guide to Managing Conflict in Your Home, Ken Sande & Tom Raabe

Wheaton: Tyndale, 2002

Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Tedd Tripp

Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 1998

Instructing a Child's Heart, Tedd Tripp & Margy Tripp

Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 2008

The Shepherd Leader at Home: Knowing, Leading, Protecting, and Providing for Your Family, Timothy Z. Witmer

Wheaton: Crossway, 2012

+ Marriage

We are madly-in-love with one another. Our love is not perfect! God’s love is working in us daily, perfecting our love for each other. We hope these resources will help your marriage as they have helped ours.

God on Sex: The Creator's Ideas about Love, Intimacy and Marriage from the Song of Songs, Daniel Akin

Nashville: B&H, 2003

When Empty Arms Become a Heavy Burden: Encouragement for Couples Facing Infertility, William Cutrer & Sandra Glahn

Nashville: B&H, 1997

When Sinners Say "I Do": Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage, Dave Harvey

Wapwallopen: Shepherd Press, 2007

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God, Timothy & Kathy Keller

New York: Dutton Adult, 2011

Good Christians, Good Husbands?: Leaving a Legacy in Marriage and Ministry , Doreen Moore

Scotland: Christians Focus, 2004

This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence, John Piper

Wheaton: Crossway, 2009

What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage, Paul David Tripp

Wheaton: Crossway, 2010

Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti: Understanding and Delighting in Your Differences, Bill & Pam Farrel

Eugene: Harvard House, 2001

Each for the Other: Marriage as It's Meant to Be, Bryan & Kathy Chapell

Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2006

The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, Gary Chapman

Northfield Publishing, 1992

You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity, Francis & Lisa Chan

San Franciso: Claire Love, 2015

Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires, The Respect He Desperately Needs Desires, Emerson Eggerichs

Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2004

+ Pastoral Ministry

The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter

Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1981

The Christian Ministry, Charles Bridges

London: Banner of Truth Trust, 1967

The Cross and Christian Ministry, D. A. Carson

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004

Who Runs the Church?: 4 Views on Church Government, Steven Cowan

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004

Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches: A Contemporary Ecclesiology, John S. Hammett

Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2005

Center Church, Timothy Keller

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012

Pastoral Ministry: How To Shepherd Biblically, John MacArthur

Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2005

The Mission of Today's Church: Baptist Look at Modern Faith Issues, R. Stanton Norman

Nashville: B&H, 2007

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, John Piper

Nashville: B&H, 2013

Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp

Wheaton: Crossway, 2012

The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church, Timothy Z. Witmer

Phillipsburg: P&R, 2010

+ Preaching

Text-Driven Preaching: God's Word at the Heart of Every Sermon, Daniel Akin, David L. Allen, and Ned L. Matthews

Nashville: B&H, 2010

On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, Vernon L. Stanfield

New York: Harper, 1979

Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon, Bryan Chapell

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005

Preaching Christ in All of Scripture, Edmund Clowney

Wheaton: Crossway, 2003

Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching, Graeme Goldsworthy

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000

Why Johhny Can't Preach: The Media Have Shaped the Messengers, T. David Gordon

Phillipsburg: P&R, 2009

Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method, Sidney Greidanus

Grand Rapids: Eerdsman, 1999

Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures, Dennis Johnson

Phillipsburg: P&R, 2007

Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament, Walter C. Kaiser

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003

Preaching and Preachers, Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012

Rediscovering Expository Preaching, John MacArthur

Dallas: Word, 1992

The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narratives, Steven Matthewson

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002

Faithful Preaching, Tony Merida

Nashville: B&H, 2009

Saving Eutychus, Gary Miller and Phil Campbell

Kingsford: Matthias Media, 2013

Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching, Al Mohler, John Piper, R.C. Sproul and others

Lake Mary: Reformation Trust, 2008

The Supremacy of God in Preaching, John Piper

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004

Preaching As Worship: An Integrative Approach to Formation in Your Church, Michael J. Quicke

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011

Preparing Expository Sermons, Ramesh Richard

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001

Biblical Preaching, Haddon Robinson

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011

The Passion Driven Sermon, Jim Shaddix

Nashville: B&H, 2003

Lectures To My Students, Charles Spurgeon

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1954

Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century, John R. Stott

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982

Power in the Pulpit: How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons, Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix

Chicago: Moody, 1999

+ Hermeneutics

Exegetical Fallacies, D. A. Carson

Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996

Living By The Book, Howard Hendricks & William Hendricks

Chicago: Moody, 2007

Toward An Exegetical Theology, Walter C. Kaiser

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998

40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible, Robert L. Plummer

Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2010

+ Prayer

The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer, E.M. Bounds

Grand Rapids: Baker, 1990

A Passion for Prayer, Tom Eliff

Fort Washington: CLC Publications, 1998

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, Timothy Keller

New York: Dutton, 2014

The Pastor in Prayer, Charles Spurgeon

London: Banner of Truth, 2004

+ Missions

10 Who Changed the World, Daniel Akin

Nashville: B&H, 2012

Missionary Methods: St. Paul's or Ours?, Allen Roland

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1974

Theology and Practice of Mission: God, the Church, and the Nations, Bruce Ashford

Nashville: B&H, 2011

An Enquiry, William Carey

Dallas: Criswell Publications, 1987

A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story, Michael W. Goheen

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011

Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission, Andreas Kostenberger and Peter O'Brien

Downers Grove, IVP, 2001

Introducing World Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey, Scott Moreau, Gary Corwin, and Gary McGee

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004

Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions, John Piper

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010

Paul's Missionary Methods: In His Time and Ours, Robert Plummer and John Mark Terry

Downers Grove: IVP, 2012

The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected, Nik Ripken

Nashville: B&H, 2013

The Mission of God's People: A Biblical Theology of the Church's Mission, Christopher J. H. Wright

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010

+ Women's Ministry

50 Crucial Questions about Manhood and Womanhood, John Piper and Wayne Grudem

Wheaton: Crossway, 1992

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, Gloria Furman

Wheaton: Crossway, 2014

Longing for Paris: One Woman's Search for Joy, Beauty, and Adventure-Right Where She Is, Sarah Mae

Carol Stream: Tyndale House, 2015

+ Fiction

Some Christians view fiction as the opposite of truth. But sometimes it opens eyes to the truth more effectively than nonfiction. – Randy Alcorn

Lord Foulgrin's Letters, Randy Alcorn

Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2001

Edge of Eternity, Randy Alcorn

WaterBrook: Multnomah, 1998

Deadline, Randy Alcorn

Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 1994

Deception, Randy Alcorn

Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 1996

Dominion, Randy Alcorn

Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2007

The Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan

New Kinsington: Whitaker House, 1981

Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe

New York: Black & White Calssics, 1719

The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis

New York: HarperOne, 2013

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

New York: HarperOne, 2009

Adventuures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

New York: Dover, 1994

+ Baptist/Church History

Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine, Gregg R. Allison

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011

A Visual History of the English Bible: The Tumultuous Tale of the World's Best Book, Donald L. Brake

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2008

Christianity Through the Centuries: A History of the Christian Church, Earle E. Cairns

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1981

The Spreading Flame: The Rise and Progress of Christianity from Its First Beginnings to the Conversion of the English, F.F. Bruce

Waynesboro: Paternoster, 1958

Baptists and the Bible, L. Russ Bush and Tom Nettles

Nashville: B&H, 1999

The Baptist Encyclopedia, William Cathcart

AK: The Baptist Standard, 1988.

Theologians of the Baptist Tradition, David Dockery and Timothy George

Nashville: B&H, 2001

Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future, David S. Dockery

Wheaton: Crossway, 2009

Why I am a Baptist, Tom Nettles and Russell Moore

Nashville, B&H, 2001

A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada, Mark Noll

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992

The Morning Star, G. H. W. Parker

Grand Rapids: Eerdsman, 1965

The Inextinguishable Blaze: Spiritual Renewal and Advance in the Eighteenth Century, A Skevington Wood

Eugene, Wipf & Stock, 1960

+ Biography

To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson, Courtney Anderson

Valley Forge: Judson, 1987

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, Roland H. Bainton

New York: Penguin, 1955

The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom

Grand Rapids: Chosen Books, 2006

The Life of David Brainerd: Chiefly Extracted from His Diary, David Brainerd and Jonathan Edwards

Grand Rapids: Baker, 1978

In The Presence of My Enemies, Gracia Burnham

Carol Stream: Tyndale House, 2003

Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement, Alister Chapman

New York: Oxford University Press, 2012

St. Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox, G. K. Chesterton

Garden City: Image, 1974

Growing Up Yanomamo, Mike Dawson

Enumclaw: Wine Press Publishing, 2006

A Passion for Souls: The Life of D. L. Moody, Lyle Dorsett

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997

Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers, Lewis Drummond

Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1992

Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot, Elisabeth Elliot

New York: HarperCollins, 1958

Jerry Falwell: His Life and Legacy, Macel Falwell

New York: Howard Books, 2008

Bill Wallace of China, Jesse C. Fletcher

Bloomington: CrossBooks, 2009

Fox's Book of Martyrs, John Foxe

Blacksburg: Wilder, 2009

Faithful Witness: The Life and Mission of William Carey, Timothy George

Birmingham: New Hope, 1991

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Eric Metaxes

Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2010

The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones 1899–1981, Iain H. Murray

Edinburgh, Banner of Truth, 2013

Bruchko: The Astonishing True Story of a 19-Year Old American, His Capture by the Motilone Indians and His Adventures in Christianizing the Stone Age Tribe, Bruce Olson

Lake Mary: Charisma House, 1973

A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life, J.I. Packer

Wheaton: Crossway, 1990

Confessions, Augustine translated by F.J. Sheed

Indianapolis: Hackett, 2007

Spurgeon and Son, Craig Skinner

Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1999

Tortured for Christ, Richard Wurmbrand

Bartlesville: Living Sacrifice, 1967

+ Theology

Systematic Theology

A Theology for the Church, Daniel Akin

Nashville: B&H, 2014

Institutes of the Christian Religeon, J.T. McNeil

Philadelphia: Westminster, 1960

Christian Theology, Millard Erickson

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief, John M. Frame

Phillipsburg: P&R, 2013

Systematic Theology, Wayne Gruden

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994

Thy Word is Truth, E.J. Young

Carlisle: Banner of Truth, 1963

The Holy Spirit, Sinclair Ferguson

Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1997

The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible, B.B. Warfied

Philadelphia: Presbyteririan and Reformed Pub., 1948

Collected Writings of John Murray, John Murray

Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1977

Basic Theology, Charles Ryrie

Chicago: Moody, 1986

Biblical Theology

The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament, Edmund Clowney

Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1988

What Does God Want of Us Anyway? A Quick Overview of the Whole Bible, Mark Dever

Wheaton: Crossway, 2010

Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church, Michael Lawrence

Wheaton: Crossway, 2010

Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments, Vos Gerhardus

Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1996

The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative, Christopher Wright

Downers Grove: IVP, 2006

Two Testaments, One Bible: The Theological Relationship Between the Old and New Testaments, David L. Baker

Downers Grove: IVP, 2006

Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, Christopher Wright

Downers Grove: IVP, 1992

+ Theological Journals

Bibliotheca Sacra, Dallas Theological Seminary

Master’s Seminary Journal, The Master's Seminary

Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, The Southern Baptist Seminary

Trinity Journal, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Tyndale Bulletin, Tyndale House

Westminster Theological Journal, Westminster Theological Seminary

Southwestern Theological Journal, Southwestern Theological Seminary

+ Biblical Languages

Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar, P.H. Kelley

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994

A Handbook to Biblical Hebrew, P.H. Kelley

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994

Basics of Biblical Greek, William D. Mounce

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993

Learn to Read New Testament Greek, David A. Black

Nashville: B&H, 1995

It's Still Greek to Me: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to Intermediate Greek, David A. Black

Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998

New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide, David A. Black

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006

Rethinking New Testament Textual Criticism David A. Black

Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002

+ OT Commentaries

Our Recommendations for the Remainder of this Section will be Coming Soon!

Exodus

The Expositor's Bible Commentary: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers Frank E. Gaebelein

Exodus Alan R. Cole

The Message of Exodus: The Days of Our Pilgrimage J.A. Moyter

Exodus: An Exegetical and Theological Commentary Douglas K. Stuart

Exploring Exodus: The Origins of Biblical Israel Nahum Sarna

Exodus Philip Graham Ryken

Commentary on the Book of Exodus James G. Murphy

Nehemiah

Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Marvin Breneman

Nashville: B&H, 1993

The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah, F.C. Fensham

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982

Ezra & Nehemiah, Derek Kidner

Downers Grove: IVP, 2007

Ezra and Nehemiah, H. G. M. Williamson

Dallas: Word, 1985

Jonah

Man Overboard!, Sinclair Ferguson

Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1981

Jonah, John Walton

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1982

Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah (The NIV Application Commentary), James Bruckner

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004

The Expositor's Bible Commentary: Minor Prophets, Gen. Ed. Frank E. Gaebelein Jonah Ed. H. L. Ellison

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1985

The New American Commentary: Amos, Obadiah, and Jonah, Billy K. Smith and Frank S. Page

Nashville: B&H, 1995

+ NT Commentaries

Our Recommendations for the Remainder of this Section will be Coming Soon!

Mark

Mark, J. A. Alexander

Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1984

New Testament Commentary: Mark, William Hendriksen

Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1979

The Gospel of Mark, D. Edmond Hiebert

Chicago: Moody press, 1974

King's Cross:The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus, Timothy Keller

New York: Dutton, 2011

Commentary on the Gospel of Mark, William L. Lane

Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdsmans, 1974

Online Sermons Series for the Gospel of Mark Daniel Akin (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) Tony Merida (Imago Dei Church) Matt Carter (Austin Stone Community Church) Kevin DeYoung (University Reformed Church) Alistair Begg (Parkside Church)

1,2, and 3 John

1,2,3 John, Daniel Akin

Nashville: B&H, 2001

The Letters of John, John R. Stott

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007

1 John: Turning from Hypocrisy to Truth, John R. Stott

Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2011

Online Sermons Series for 1, 2, 3 John John MacArthur (Grace Community Church) Stephen Davey (Colonial Baptist Church)

+ Children's Books

"A child of five, if properly instructed, can as truly believe and be regenerated as an adult." – Charles Spurgeon

"Most that are ever saved fly to Christ when they are young." – Robert Murray M'Cheyne

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name, Sally Lloyd-Jones

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007

The Big Picture Story Bible, David Helm

Wheaton: Crossway, 2004

God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies, Justin S. Holcomb & Lindsay A. Holcomb

Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2015

The Biggest Story: How The Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden, Kevin DeYoung

Wheaton: Crossway, 2015

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, Sally Lloyd-Jones

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012

Tell Me About Heaven, Randy Alcorn

Wheaton: Crossway, 2007