Recommended Reading List

Arts, Culture, & Work:

Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling by Andy Crouch

Echoes of Eden: Reflections on Christianity, Literature, and the Arts by Jerram Barrs

To Change the World by James Davison Hunter

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Tim Keller

Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey

The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing by Leland Ryken

God in the Gallery: A Christian Embrace of Modern Art by Dan Siedell

Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation by James K.A. Smith

Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works by James K.A. Smith

Sacred & Profane Beauty: The Holy in Art by Gerardus van der Leeuw

Art in Action: Toward a Christian Aesthetic by Nicholas Wolterstorff

Exploring Christianity:

Cur Deus Homo by Anselm of Canterbury

Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas

– The City of God by Augustine of Hippo

– Confessions by Augustine of Hippo

– Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

– The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story by Donald A. Carson

– The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards

– According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem

– The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Horton

– Putting Amazing Back Into Grace by Michael Horton

– King’s Cross by Tim Keller

– The Reason for God by Tim Keller

– The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Tim Keller

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

– On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther

– Desiring God by John Piper

– The Universe Next Door by James W. Sire

– The Cross of Christ by John Stott 

Growing within Christian Community:

– Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers edited by Arthur G. Bennett

– Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

– A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester

– You Can Change by Tim Chester

– Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

– Cross Talk by Michael Emlet

– Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

– Discipleship: An Introduction to Basic Christianity by Trevor Laurence and Derek E. Radney

– How People Change by Timothy S. Lane and Paul D. Tripp

– Gospel-Centered Church by Steve Timmis

– Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul D. Tripp

Marriage, Family, and Celibacy:

– Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Allberry

– Redeeming Singleness by Barry Danylak

– Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick

– Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill

– The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller

– Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye? by Carolyn McCulley

– This Momentary Marriage by John Piper

– Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman

True Humanity: Sons and Daughters of God by Derek E. Radney

– Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

– What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul Tripp

Heart Issues:

– Anger: Escaping the Maze by David Powlison

– Stress: Peace Amid Pressure by David Powlison

– Worry: Pursuing a Better Path to Peace by David Powlison

– War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles by Paul Tripp

– Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch

– Depression: Looking up From the Stubborn Darkness by Ed Welch

– Running Scared: Fear, Worry, & the God of Rest by Ed Welch

– Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Shame and Rejection by Ed Welch

– When People are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch

– Others


Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice by Bryan Chapell

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

– Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fasioned Way by J.I. Packer and Gary Parrett

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