Recommended Reading 2012

At the beginning of every year the pastors want to take the opportunity to suggest some reading resources that we have found to be helpful, encouraging, and sometimes challenging. We believe these books can ve valuable tools to help you in your daily relationship with Jesus Christ.


Read the Bible for Life by George Guthrie

This book is a great help for all of us who want to read the Bible but find it to be a daunting task! Guthrie, through a conversational tone and insightful interviews with Bible scholars and teachers, helps each of us read the different parts of the Bible for understanding and transformation.

Eden to Jerusalem

From Eden to the New Jerusalem by T. Desmond Alexander

This short little paperback helps you see the big, grand storyline of the entire Bible. By looking at where the Bible ends (Revelation 21-22) and where it begins (Genesis 1-3), Alexander helps us see the amazing narrative that is found in the pages of Scripture.


Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian by John Piper

Division between people, particularly racism, is a sinful plague that is a consequence of a fallen world that is in rebellion against God. In this book John Piper helps Christians understand the harm that racism does to our understanding of God and how the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only answer to a world that is divided. It is only in the blood of Jesus Christ racism is defeated.

No Other Gospel

No Other Gospel by Josh Moody

The book of Galatians has been called the “Magna Carta” of the Bible. It pronounces the freedom of being justified by God through faith alone. In this book pastor Josh Moody walks us through this New Testament letter and shows us why justification by faith is the only good news of the Bible.


King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus by Timothy Keller

The Gospel of Mark is the short and simple story of Jesus’ life and death. This book by pastor Timothy Keller leads us to understand this book and the centrality of Jesus Christ by seeing who he is (the king) and what he did on our behalf (the cross).


Twelve Challenges Church Face by Mark Dever

Churches have problems. Churches face problems because churches are made of people, sinners saved by Grace who are still struggling to follow and obey Jesus Christ. Using 1 Corinthians as a launching pad, Dever examines the major problems that face local churches and how the Bible addresses them.

Jesus + Nothing

Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian

Jesus is everything. If you have nothing else, but have Jesus you have everything. If you have all the wealth and power in the world and yet lack Christ, then you have nothing. Pastor Tullian Tchividjian (Billy Graham’s grandson) proclaims this message through the book of Colossians, as the heartbeat of the Christian life.


Our Triune God: Living in the Love of the Three-In-One by Philip Ryken

Let’s be honest. The doctrine of the Trinity is oftentimes both confusing and frustrating. In this tiny paperback Ryken and Lefevre introduce us to the Bible’s teaching of the Trinity and how foundational it is for the Christian’s life and relationship with God.


A Quest For Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life by J.I. Packer

What impact does the past have on the present? It can have a huge impact! Dr. J.I. Packer (author of “Knowing God”) introduces us to the Puritans of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and explains how their vision of God, the Bible, the church, and discipleship are striking examples for modern believers.


Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World by N.D. Wilson

N.D. Wilson has been rightly compared to C.S. Lewis. This book magically grips us with the wonder of the creation around us and pulls us in transfixed as we are forced to face the deepest questions of our lives. In many ways this book is hard to categorize. It is beautiful, stunning, and unforgettable.


Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ by Russell Moore

Temptation -our sin, our fallenness – plagues, haunts, and stalks Christians. Dr. Russell Moore helps Christians face the enemy of our lives in the conquering triumph of Jesus.

The Meaning of Marriage

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller

Marriage is important because God and what he has done in the gospel is important. Pastor Keller helps us see marriage through the lens of the Bible and helps us see how our own marriages and family lives must remain anchored in the message of the Bible.

Spiritual Disciplines

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

Discipline isn’t a word we often think of in pleasant terms, yet discipline is foundational for living the Christian life. Donald Whitney helps Christians understand and put into action things like Bible reading, prayer, fasting, worship, and so much more as he shows how they all point to and are anchored to the gospel.

chance to die

A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot

Christians should read biographies because they help us see how God has worked in others’ lives and through that how God can and will work in ours. Amy Carmichael was a woman devoted to God and to proclaiming the gospel to the world. That passion led her to spend her life missions in India. Her story is a striking challenge to the Christian life and an encouragement to pursue God and his passions throughout our lives.