Recommended Reading

Each Sunday or throughout the week, you can visit our booktable. Reading good books that help you think biblically and which stimulate your knowledge and love for God is an important part of the life of the believer. Our booktable and recommended reading list exist to help you choose the best. If you would like help deciding what to read, email our booktable leadership or see us on Sunday before or after the service.

Good News for Little Hearts Series by New Growth Press

December’s recommended resource is a series of counseling books for children, published by New Growth Press ($12 each). The three books in this series address anger, anxiety, and pride in a way that children can grasp. They are beautifully illustrated and will make great gifts for family members seeking to teach their children biblical principles. For more children’s resources as well as counseling-related resources for adults, please see the booktable servants.

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The Duties of Parents by J.C. Ryle

November’s featured resource is J. C. Ryle’s book, The Duties of Parents. In 34 pages, Ryle succinctly and insightfully summarizes seventeen basic obligations of Christian parents to their children. Every member of your family can profit from the wisdom contained in these few pages. Pick up a copy at the booktable along with the accompanying reading guide.

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Sanctification by Michael Riccardi

October’s book of the month is Sanctification by Michael Riccardi. Much has been written recently on how the truths of the gospel affect change and personal holiness. Riccardi contributes to the discussion with amazing clarity and biblical balance, even capturing well Scripture’s teaching on the subject in the book’s subtitle: The Christian’s Pursuit of God-Given Holiness. Pick up a copy at the booktable, along with its accompanying reading guide.

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Courageous Churchmen by Jerry Wragg

This month’s book of the month is Courageous Churchmen by Jerry Wragg. With piercing clarity and straightforward, concrete biblical instruction, Wragg pinpoints the problem with current leadership trends in the church and thoroughly examines those leadership qualities that God esteems. This book will be a blessing to all who desire to grow as leaders for the sake of God’s glory and the enduring witness of God’s church.

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Hide the Word by Mark Altrogge

In August, the Booktable is featuring Hide the Word by Mark Altrogge. It is music designed to help you memorize the Bible. Each track is nothing but the Biblical text repeated 3 times to music, taking advantage of our natural ability to remember song lyrics. This is a great way to memorize the Bible as a family or individually. Some in our body have memorized hundreds of verses this way. We were able to secure special pricing direct from Mark Altrogge, just $6 per CD.

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The Truth War by John MacArthur

This month’s book of the month is The Truth War by John MacArthur ($13). Since there is an ever-present call to defend the single body of Christian teaching that God has entrusted to the church, the BookTable ministry heartily recommends this helpful resource to you. The Truth War offers helpful reminders of the importance of discerning the truth from every form of error, whether overt or subtle. See the BookTable servants for the accompanying reading guide with a suggested one-month reading plan.

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Institute for Creation Research Resources

This month we are highlighting resources from The Institute for Creation Research for our books of the month. Their resources include Creation Basics & Beyond: An In-Depth Look at Science, Origins, and Evolution ($10) and Twenty Evolutionary Blunders: Danger and Difficulties of Darwinian Thinking ($13) and much more. Visit icr.org for additional information and resources.

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Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global by Andy Johnson

The April and May book of the month is Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global by Andy Johnson. This book compliments our recent sermon in the Philosophy of Ministry series. It is a short book that captures well our church’s approach to missions. If you have any questions or want the reading guide which includes a suggested one-month reading plan for completing the book in April, please see the booktable servants.

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The Forest and the Trees by Michael Riccardi

The Forest and the Trees by Michael Riccardi is an excellent introduction to hermeneutics. Riccardi explains the overarching purpose of the Bible and how to avoid common, modern-day pit falls in interpreting Scripture. This 55-page book will only strengthen your ability to interact with God’s word for your own heart and for the good of others.

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The Enemy Within by Kris Lungaard

The Puritans are rightly regarded as the finest theologians native to the English language. John Owen, the “Prince of the Puritans” wrote extensively on the biblical doctrines of sin and holiness. In this book, Kris Lundgaard confesses, “I decided to bring Owen into the twenty-first century. I kidnapped Owen. By force I took him as my co-author and together we’ve written a new book.” The Enemy Within is Lundgaard’s attempt to impart Owen’s rich theological understanding of the Christian’s relationship to sin and pursuit of holiness to a modern audience. His attempt is a success!

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According to Promise by Charles Spurgeon

One major theme of this book is the comparative analysis of the future promises God has for the believer and those He has for unbelievers. Spurgeon regularly reminds the reader of the confidence and assurance we should have in all that God has said, whether those words are spoken to us, for us, or to others. He wants to regularly draw the believer’s sights to the reality that God is wholly trustworthy and worthy of our complete trust and admiration.

This is probably the best point of the book: Christians must act and live in a manner that is according to God’s promises that He has made known throughout the ages in His divine word.

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Yearlong Devotionals & Reading Plans

Jerry Bridges has wisely said, “If we do not actively seek to come under the influence of God’s Word, we will come under the influence of sinful society around us.1 One of the most important sanctifying disciplines for the Christian is the daily reading and prayerful meditation upon God’s Word. A reading plan can be a helpful tool in providing a plan in order to systematically take you through the entire Bible (or a section of it). There are a number of premade plans or software that can generate them; M’Cheyne’s is a plan that has survived the test of time and proven itself to be a favorite of many in our body. One of the recommended books of the month is For the Love of God, a 365-day devotional commentary on the day’s reading from M’Cheyne’s Plan. We also are highlighting a Daily Bible Reading help for children (approximately ages 6-12) called Exploring the Bible. Or if you are already reading the Bible each day, consider choosing a daily devotional that will do a good job of pastorally setting the eyes of your heart upon the Lord in the gospel each day. I strongly commend the discipline of committing to take time to read daily both individually and as a family. Devotionals like this are excellent tools to get your started.

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This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jacqueline Crowe

If you are a Christian, it does not matter how old you are or how the culture defines you or expects you to live.  The Christian is a new creation and thus has been transformed through the work of the Holy Spirit through the gospel.  So a Christian teenager will look and think and act in a way that is very different from the way the culture expects that one to act.  That is what this book is about: The Christian teenager is more defined by the Christian than the teenager.  And being a Christian necessarily changes everything about your whole life, namely your identity, your community/family/relationships, your relationship to sin, your use of time, your entertainment, your thinking, your priorities…everything.

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Nine Day Queen of England by Faith Cook

In preparation for celebrating the 500th year of the Protestant Reformation, the booktable is featuring Nine Day Queen of England by Faith Cook. What did a 16 year-old girl contribute to the greatest movement in church history since the time of the apostles? And why was she England’s queen for a mere nine days?  The booktable servants are excited to help familiarize our church with an obscure, yet indispensable slice of church history.  We pray that this reminds you of the cost of the faith that we hold and emboldens your own witness of the sake of Christ and His gospel.

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The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever

It doesn’t require much effort to discover the myriad of directions in which the church is being pulled nowadays. Many well-meaning but misguided Christians, philanthropic organizations, and trendy cultural movements are calling the church away from Jesus’ singular mission for God’s people – making disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-20). This one wonderful and great commission was undertaken by the first disciples and is continued by faithful churches today.  Mark Dever clearly explains the gospel message, explores common reasons why we don’t evangelize and why we should, how to do evangelism, and much more. Wherever you might find yourself in your acquaintance with this practice, this book can help.

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Fool Moon Rising by Kristi and T. Lively Fluharty

C.S. Lewis said, “A children’s story which is only enjoyed by children is a bad children’s story.”  If Lewis is right about the litmus test for a good children’s story, then Fool Moon Rising is a really good book for kids!  The authors personify the moon to tell a parable of the foolishness and danger of pride.  The moon is blinded by thoughts of his own greatness and strength.  He is blinded by his ability to move  Earth’s oceans, change shapes throughout the year, and provide light in darkness.  Finally, he is humbled to repent of his boasting when he gets a glimpse of the glory of the sun’s light.

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Don’t Waste Your Cancer by John Piper

Don’t Waste Your Cancer by John Piper is a well-timed read for Grace Bible Church.  This tiny booklet has proven its value time and time again as I have shepherded my own heart through four and a half years of my son’s leukemia diagnosis and treatment.  Then recently, as two more in our church body have had their bodies ravaged by cancer, I saw the pastoral wisdom of John Piper found in this booklet bear more fruit.  Now in the face of premature death, it feels like our church is surrounded by trials; it can feel overwhelming.  Yet, God is still on His throne; not a single trail, blessing, or any experience in between happens apart from His sovereign will or outside of His purposes.  He has brought us these trials (in love), and they all work together for our good and His glory.

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Family Worship by Donald S. Whitney

Donald S. Whitney, author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, compiles biblical evidence for the practice of family worship, traces the practice throughout church history, offers practical suggestions for parents (fathers in particular) to conduct family worship, and recounts compelling stories from church history and the impact that family worship has on the lives of stalwart men of the faith.  This is a book that I pray has a lasting impact on my own heart and home as well as our church.

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Agape Leadership by Robert L. Peterson & Alexander Strauch

My guess is that few people in our church body have ever heard of R.C. Chapman.  This is not surprising since Chapman himself would have wanted it this way.  Nevertheless, R.C. Chapman (1803-1902) was a godly man and all of us would greatly benefit from knowing a little bit about his life. In this little, 80-page volume, you will learn about a man who was said to practice what other preachers preached.

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Reasons We Believe by Nathan Busenitz

Reasons We Believe will reinforce your personal faith and will provide you with a clear, concise, evangelistic tool to help you share that faith with others.

In an age of cynics and skeptics, Christianity is constantly under attack. Believers need resources that defend the veracity of their faith. They are searching for clear, concise, and credible answers to both doubts of their own and objections from their unbelieving friends.

Nathan Busenitz provides such resources to believers. Reasons We Believe confirms and strengthens the faith of believers by demonstrating the reliability of the twofold authority on which Christianity rests: the Word of God and the person of Jesus Christ. Reasons builds a biblical foundation for the authority of the Bible and then shows how extra-biblical evidence corresponds with and thereby attests to what the Bible claims.

This study seeks to reinforce the faith of Christians while also providing them with a straightforward evangelistic tool for reaching non-Christians.

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Living in the Light: Money, Sex, & Power by John Piper

What, or who, is at the center of your universe?
John Piper shows us the blazing glory of Christ and urges us to set him as the sun at the center of our personal solar systems, so that each area of our life might orbit in the way it was designed to. When Christ is our supreme treasure, we are able to keep money, sex and power in their proper place, enjoying them and glorifying God with them instead of rejecting them or worshiping them.

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What the Bible Says about Parenting by John MacArthur

What the Bible Says about Parenting is an excellent resource for new parents and those maneuvering through the teen years. The strength of the book is found in its commitment to biblical principles. “What we desperately need is a return to the biblical principles of parenting. Christian parents don’t need new, shrink-wrapped programs; they need to apply and obey consistently the few simple principles that are clearly set forth for parents in God’s Word” (12).

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Do More Better by Tim Challies

“I wrote this short, fast-paced, practical guide to productivity to share what I have learned about getting things done in today’s digital world. Whether you are a student or a professional, a work-from-home dad or a stay-at-home mom, it will help you learn to structure your life to do the most good to the glory of God.” -Tim Challies

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The Cross He Bore by Frederick S. Leahy

Frederick Leahy spent a lifetime in the ministry of the Word. In these pages, preacher, pastor and theologian come together in a happy unity. No words are wasted. There is nothing of the frothy and insubstantial. Here is satisfying truth, painstakingly quarried and crafted for the needs of God’s people. A judicious selection of gems from the writings of others provides further enrichment and stimulus to thought. Learn more | Purchase

Family Devotional – Generations of Grace

A resource released by Generations of Grace used in the curriculum in our Next Generation Ministries.

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Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

Most people slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure… and perhaps trying to avoid sin. Yet as John Piper teaches in this DVD and its companion materials, God has designed us for far more than this. We just have to awaken to the simple, biblical reality that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

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The Attributes of God by Arthur W. Pink

The timeless appeal of this classic book, written by a preacher with a worldwide ministry during the first half of the twentieth century, demonstrates the deep hunger for a saving knowledge of God present in each generation. Arthur Pink sought to give readers not just a theoretical knowledge of God but pointed them toward a personal relationship of yielding to him and living according to his biblical precepts.

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The Greener Grass Conspiracy by Stephen Altrogge

With humor and honesty, Stephen Altrogge helps us do battle with discontentment by steering us back to the central truths of the gospel. He addresses issues such as complaining and idolatry, reminding us of all that we have, and will have, in Christ.

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Sanctification by Michael Riccardi

Christians cannot afford to be confused about the doctrine of sanctification. That is because it is where we all live. All believers in Christ live in between our past justification and our future glorification – in the present pursuit of Christlikeness. If we are concerned to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel (Phil 1:27), if we desire to please the Lord in all respects (Col 1:10), if it is our ambition to put the sanctifying power of Christ on display to the world, then we need to be clear on how we go about growing in holiness.

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Wait: Waiting on God in a World that Won’t Wait by Smedly Yates

The Bible has much to say about waiting. Commands, encouragements, examples, and promises for waiting saturate God’s Word. To wait on God is to entrust ourselves to His perfect care, to apply faith in the midst of unchanging circumstances, to trust God’s plan over time, and to eagerly anticipate future realities which are being perfectly prepared for us.

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Resolutions: Advice to Young Converts by Jonathan Edwards

While completing his preparation for the ministry, Jonathan Edwards wrote seventy resolutions that guided him throughout his life. About twenty years later he wrote a letter to young Deborah Hatheway, a new convert in a nearby town, advising her concerning the Christian life. These two writings, often reprinted during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, overflow with straightforward and biblically sound advice. This advice is as current today as it was in the 1700s, and it far surpasses the “how to” books now overrunning bookstores.

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Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson

Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting are essential to true Christianity. Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish! It is vital, therefore, to read and study what Scripture has to say about this theme.

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The Peacemaker by Ken Sande

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” But it often seems like conflict and disagreement are unavoidable. Serious, divisive conflict is everywhere-within families, in the church, and out in the world. And it can seem impossible to overcome its negative force in our lives. In The Peacemaker, Ken Sande presents a comprehensive and practical theology for conflict resolution designed to bring about not only a cease-fire but also unity and harmony. Sande takes readers beyond resolving conflicts to true, life-changing reconciliation with family members, coworkers, and fellow believers. Learn More  Purchase

When Sinners Say I Do by Dave Harvey

Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly large luggage. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. The Bible calls it sin and understanding its influence can make all the difference for a man and woman who are building a life together. When Sinners Say “I Do” is about encountering the life-transforming power of the gospel in the unpredictable journey of marriage.

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Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen

John Owen’s writings, though challenging, are full of rich spiritual insights. In this unabridged volume, editors Justin Taylor and Kelly Kapic have made updates to the author’s language, translated the Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, and footnoted difficult or unknown phrases, all without sacrificing any of Owen’s original message. These three treatises on temptation, sin, and repentance are theologically robust and insightful while also being accessible to modern readers. Overcoming Sin and Temptation will help a new generation benefit from the writings of this remarkable Puritan.

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Trusting God by Jerry Bridges

In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Navigator author Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on God’s sovereignty. The revelations changed his life. In Trusting God, Jerry shares the scope of God’s power to help you come to know Him better, have a relationship with Him, and trust Him more―even when unjust things happen. Tragedy, grief, loss, and death are part of life. Discover how Trusting God can reveal biblical truths about God.

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