Favorite BooksSeptember 27, 2007
Here is a list of books I would recommend. I need to do more reading, but here is a simple list I’ve devised thus far of what has benefited me as a Christian.
‘Counted Righteous in Christ’ by John Piper
Piper explains the crucial importance of the doctrine of justification. His biblical exegisis is sound in showing that believers are not saved by faith so that salvation is easily attanable, but that God uses faith… to save us. This is because of His own grace and for His own glory. Many Protestants and modern evangelical Christians are confused about why we are saved by faith, and to what extent God anticipates a response from us for salvation. But God anticipates no response from us, but saves us anyways because He is good. The church at large could bennefit from understanding this truth, and be much more humbled by and faithful to the gospel. That is if they realized they have contributed no emotional, mental, or physical cooperation to move God to save them. Their salvation was secured through Christ’s atoning work, apart from themselves, and is made known to them by their faith on behalf of the Spirit’s regenerating work in the soul.
‘The Law and the Gospel’ by Earnest Reisinger
This book has dramatically corrected the way I view the gospel. It has changed the way I view the law and grace. In summary, we are saved from the just penalty of the law (with God as the offended Judge) by grace in order to come back to the law and uphold it (unto our delight and God being more deeply known). The law was given so that grace would be sought, and grace was given so that the law could be upheld.
‘The Sovereign Grace of God’ by James R. White
This has revealed more clearly to me the gospel of scripture. This book walks through the 5 points of TULIP. I believe these points are not necessarily important to believe the gospel, but they are crucial in fully clarifying the gospel.
‘The Mortification of Sin’ by John Owen
As a male, like all other males, who struggles with lust, I recommend this book which gets to the root of the sinful human soul. It also sheds light on the heart of the issue and offers hope in a Christ glorifying Holy Spirit enabled way. Who other than the great Puritan John Owen could pen such words as in this easy read. I also recommend this book for any Christian who seeks to know how to walk in closer dependency upon the Spirit with sin bent wills.
‘The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination’ by Lorraine Boettner
This book was written by the masterfully articulate theologian of the early 20th century, Lorraine Boettner. For anyone who is questioning difficult doctrines such as predestination, total depravity, and limited (definite) atonement, I highly suggest this book.
‘Saved from What?’ by R.C. Sproul
In this book, R.C. Sproul answers for us what it ultimately means to be “saved”. Namely, he takes us on the journey of ‘Whom’ we are saved from. In this simple masterpiece, Sproul upholds a foundational pillar to the gospel message. We are not merely saved from a place, Hell, but are saved from the greatest human predicament imaginable, the eternal fury of an angry God.
‘The Grand Inquisitor’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky
This short read is chapter 5 of the The Brothers Karamazov. It is commonly known as the best chapter of the book. Perhaps someday I will get around to reading the entire book. It richly covers so many topics. You’ll just have to read it!