“Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” – C.H. Spurgeon
Books cannot ever take the place of Bible reading. The Bible is our vine, books are our branches. That being said, good biblical books can stir our affections toward Christ, and in the end fan the flame of our love for Jesus. Reading good books is important, reading good books is biblical, reading good books is enjoyable.
Sometimes it may be hard to know where to begin when reading books. I know that I was introduced to the authors I read today through other Christians. I was introduced to Charles Spurgeon through Paul Washer. I was introduced to J.I. Packer through John Piper. The list can go on, and on. So, my aim here today is to simply serve as an introduction to the wonderful world of good Christian books, and authors.
Here is a small list of good books, and authors that I would recommend from the past:
- Charles Spurgeon: The Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon has had an impact on the evangelical world for almost 200 years. A Particular Reformed Baptist from London in the 1800’s. His writings have served as a stick in the wildfire of many imaginations. He has many books on prayer, spiritual war, devotionals, and sermon manuscripts. I would recommend ‘Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening’ devotional book.
- John Owen: Another English preacher and theologian. Owen served on the Parliament of Oxford University, and was very influential in the Puritan movement in the mid-1600’s. A man completely devoted to holiness in his life. A remarkable man who’s life will serve as a healthy dose of conviction in any believers life. I recommend his book, ‘The Mortification of Sin.’
- John Bunyan: John Bunyan was an English writer, and Puritan preacher in the 1600’s best known for the book ‘The Pilgrims Progress’. A book that I highly recommend for individuals, or even families to read together. A wonderful allegory of the different obstacles Christians will face on the very narrow road.
(Other authors I would include, Johnathan Edwards, C.S. Lewis, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Leonard Ravenhill, J.C. Ryle, R.C. Sproul, A.W. Tozer, Martin Lloyd-Jones, Elisabeth Elliot, G.K. Chesterton)
Here is a small list of good books and authors from today that I would recommend:
- J.I. Packer: Canadian born theologian with a wonderfully refreshing high view of God. I would recommend his book ‘Knowing God.’
- John Piper: “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him.” John Piper continues to have a major impact in the Southern Baptist world. Former pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, and founder of Desiring God, John Piper’s ministry has exploded in the last 10 years. I would recommend his book, ‘Don’t Waste Your Life.’
- John MacArthur: Pastor of Grace Community Church, John MacArthur has had one of the most fruitful ministries ever. Author of many books, I would recommend his book, ‘Anxious for Nothing’. A wonderful and enlightening book about the Christian’s confidence in God, and how this confidence defeats anxiety.
(Other authors I would include, David Platt, Timothy Keller, Jen Wilkin, Matt Chandler, Paul Tripp, Alistair Begg, Wayne Grudem)
I would express that these lists are authors that fit my taste in writing, and it is not an exhaustive and comprehensive list. These have been influential in my life, and in my view are (for the most part) sound in their theological stances. Make no mistake about it, there are books and authors that you should not read, and this is my attempt to help anyone searching for good literature to find some. I pray the Lord uses this to introduce you to the wonderful world of Christian Books. God bless.