We have recently started a book table at Indelible Grace Church. The purpose of the book table is to encourage people to read these great books for their spiritual benefit (and at a price discount!). Here’s a brief description of each book:
ESV Study Bible
This is hands down the best study bible out there. The notes are plentiful, the maps and charts are beautifully arranged, and there are a series of excellent articles on the Christian faith in the back. The scholarship is top notch and the joint work of Reformed Baptists and Presbyterians.
The Prodigal God (Tim Keller)
This book explains the heart of the gospel – that we can run away from God by both breaking all the rules and by keeping all the rules (profound!). The essence of sin is self-salvation. The essence of saving faith is to realize this and turn to Christ alone for salvation.
Mere Christianity (CS Lewis)
This is the classic book on the Christian faith. CS Lewis has a unique gift in explaining what Christianity is, giving memorable illustrations, and addressing so many of the objections modern people have.
Knowing God (JI Packer)
If you want a sustained meditation on who God is – this is your book. Discover the true God of the Bible and how radically different he is from what our culture tells us. You will find yourself on your knees in worship as you read through this book.
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth (Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart)
We often forget that the Bible was written over the course of 1,500 years, by numerous authors, with a dozen different genres – history, poetry, letters, etc. And so we often get frustrated when we try to read the Bible like it’s People Magazine. This book will teach you how different genres affect the way you read the text, how to bridge the enormous historical gap of the Bible’s original context, and how to apply the original meaning to the modern world.
Let the Nations be Glad (John Piper)
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.” This is the famous opening paragraph to John Piper’s book in which he lays out for us the awesome missionary heart of God that loves every tribe, tongue and nation.
The Unfolding Mystery (Edmund Clowney)
The master Bible teacher, Jesus, once walked with his disciples on the road to Emmaus and taught that all Scripture points to himself (Luke 24). What an amazing Bible study that must have been! Jesus teaches us to read the entire Bible through the lens of the gospel and to see the Old Testament as a foreshadowing of the truths in the New Testament.