Reading and Book-Buying Ideas

Copyright (C) 1994 by Scot McCallum

Following is a partial list of books I like with brief descriptions. All of them are available through Christian bookstores (although you may have to order them), or the Xenos Study Center(if you live in Columbus). This is only a partial list because there are several more sections we would like to add in the near future, as well as expand the current sections. Stay tuned for updates.

& - Start with these. It would be good to have all entry level books (& ) read within the first two or three years of your Christian life.

& & - Intermediate level. It's not that these books are hard to understand or read. The entry level books set a framework for going further. These intermediate books are good for those who are committed to Christian ministry and deeper sanctification.

& & & - Don't shy away from these books, even though some of them will require some effort. If you want to get serious about studying the Bible, learning theology, being able to teach, etc., these books will really help.

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This Catalog is divided into Sections:

General Christian Reading
Spiritual Growth
Various Christian Teachings
Reasons to Believe Christianity
Christian Ministry
The Church
Learning the Bible (books that help you learn sections or books of the Bible)
Studying the Bible
Selected Reference Tools
Bible Dictionaries/Encyclopedias
Textual Criticism
Theological Dictionaries
Background Studies

Spiritual Growth

Call to Discipleship& by Juan Ortiz with Jamie Buckingham (Logos; Also goes by the name Disciple)

A very challenging call to commitment from a South American preacher. Ortiz fills the book with colorful and humorous illustrations while writing with serious conviction. Good for younger or older Christians.

Celebration of Discipline&& by Richard Foster (Harper and Row)

Foster shows that God has prescribed a number of disciplines that are the key to our growth. He compare spiritual disciplines to disciplines in any field, showing that discipline is God's way. A very good book to challenge our passivity. Also helpful in our prayer life.

Changed into His Likeness&& by Watchman Nee (Christian Literature Crusade / Tyndale).

Nee studies three OT characters to show how God changes people. Great insight and convicting reading. Good for a Christian of any age.

Decision Making and the Will of God&& by Gary Freison (Multnomah).

Even though this is an issue-oriented book, it is important for spiritual growth because discerning God's will is a big part of learning to follow him. Frieson argues with what he calls the "traditional view" of following various "road signs" to discover God's will. Fascinating and challenging reading, full of scripture study.

Desiring God,&& John Piper

Most Christians struggle with Paul's command to "Rejoice in the Lord always." Commonly we forget that God is the single happiest and contented person in the universe. We tend to think that He is disappointed with us or that His demands are burdensome. Piper explores the Scriptures to come up with some surprising conclusions. Provocative reading because of the way he approaches things.

Disappointment with God&& by Philip Yancey (Zondervan)

Yancey shows how our expectations of God are disappointed, and then we have a typical "Job reaction." His discussion of how to come to terms with God's love is very convicting, especially if you have been through some trials and disappointments.

Finding God&& by Larry Crabb (Zondervan).

A look at some of the deeper attitudes and problems we face as we grow as Christians and try to get closer to God. Barriers come up from our own expectations and our sinfulness. This is a book for Christians who have been through some suffering or frustration in their sanctification.

Five Views on Sanctification&&& by Deiter, Hoekema, Horton, McQuilken and Walvoord (Zondervan; Academie Books).

A more scholarly discussion of sanctification from 5 different theological traditions; the Wesleyan, Reformed, Pentecostal, Keswick and Augustinian-Dispensational view. Excellent reading for someone who is at the stage of studying more seriously.

Honest to God? Becoming an Authentic Christian& by Bill Hybels (Zondervan)

Hybels challenges us to be consistent with our Christianity, in the family, in the work place, in our attitudes and prayers. He offers typical signs of inconsistency and practical advice on how to sincerely follow God. Good conviction for Christians of any age.

In Pursuit of Maturity&& by J. Oswald Sanders (Zondervan)

Another good all around treatment of spiritual growth, including a huge number of relevant topics such as suffering, developing good habits, prayer, etc.

Knowing God&& by J.I. Packer (IVP)

A classic work on the challenge of getting to know God. Packer makes a case that this is the ultimate point of our existence, as well as the most rewarding pursuit of life. The majority of the book shows us pictures of God from the sciptures.

Knowledge of the Holy& by A.W. Tozier

A classic work on getting to know God, some of the barriers and benefits. Very convicting words about how we pursue the things of God rather than God himself. Good for a study group or a new Christian.

Love Not the World&, Watchman Nee

Nee's insight into scripture exposes this world for what it really is; and the answers will surprise you. He also gives good advice on how to "be in this world but not of it." A great book for new Christians, or anyone living in America.

Loving God,& Chuck Colson

With something like a billion copies sold, there must be something good here. Colson uses entertaining stories in each chapter to show the reader the importance of the Bible, faith, friendship, etc. on the Christian's personal relationship with God. Great reading for young Christians.

No Little People&& by Francis Schaeffer (IVP).

Schaeffer studies a number of figures in the Bible with lessons on sanctification. Great insight and teaching material. Schaeffer's writing makes this book a little bit thick, probably intended for a college audience.

Release of the Spirit&&& by Watchman Nee (Sure Foundation).

Nee focuses on the need for brokenness in serving God. By brokeness Nee means a lack of confidence in our "outer man" (emotions, intellect, will, etc.), and a greater confidence in God. Very convicting reading, probably for Christians 3 or 4 years old in the Lord.

Screwtape Letters,&& C.S. Lewis

A classic of Christian fiction. Lewis uses a correspondence between two demons, one experienced and one novice, to demonstrate to the reader the nature of spiritual warfare. Great insights into the strategies of Satan and the ways of man.

Sit, Walk and Stand& by Watchman Nee (CLC)

A concise, understandable study of Ephesians. Great for new Christians or study groups to discuss a foundation for the Christian life.

Spiritual Authority&& by Watchman Nee (Christian Fellowship Publishers, NY).

Although this book is also about authority and leadership in the church, much of it centers on our personal problem with rebellion. Authority is at the heart of God's work with us, and Nee demonstrates this with many interesting and convicting stories in the Bible. The second half of the book is an excellent exhortation to those who want to be leaders in the church. We have no authority in ourselves. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to be a leader or worker because it shows the humility we need to have.

Teach Us To Pray&& edited by D.A. Carson (Baker)

A series of very stimulating articles from OT scholars, NT scholars, pastors, and experienced Christian workers on prayer. Good ideas for teaching on prayer. You will learn something if you read this book.

The Green Letters,&& Miles Stanford

Short chapters, deep thoughts. Stanford gives the reader a picture for what spiritual maturity looks like and the heart attitude that accompanies it. Stanford investigates such topics as time, acceptance, hope, and faith and their relationship to the believer. Good for new Christians.

The Normal Christian Life& by Watchman Nee (Tyndale).

A discussion of Romans 5-8 from someone who really understands sanctification. Nee is good because you can tell he is completely given to Christ. So he is very convicting. Good for someone who is at least one year old in the Lord.

The Pursuit of Holiness&& by Jerry Bridges (NavPress)

Bridges discusses many issues that pertain to sanctification, such as faith, self-discipline, sins of the flesh, etc. A good all-around treatment of the issue. Good for an introduction to the topic of spiritual growth.

The Strategies of Satan,& Wiersbe

Wiersbe describes Satan's role in the world in four parts: the deceiver, the tempter, the destroyer, and the accuser. This book does a very good job of showing how the devil works in the life of the believer without being sensational. New Christians will really benefit.

True Spirituality&& by Francis Schaeffer (Tyndale).

Shaeffer discusses the effects of sin on human nature and what it means to be changed by God. His language is difficult at times, reader should have a good vocabulary. Good for anyone over a year in the Lord.

Walking in Victory& by Dennis McCallum (Navpress)

A study of Romans 5-8 with a clear, strong emphasis on living the Christian life on the basis of grace. Great for a young Christian or anyone needing motivation for their sanctification.

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Readings on various Christian teachings

Absolutely Free&& by Zane Hodges (Zondervan).

This book is a defense of the biblical teaching on salvation that says simply believing or trusting in Christ's death for us is the key to salvation. Hodges has written this book in response to John MacArthur's The Gospel According to Jesus, which argues that salvation also requires us to submit to the authority of Jesus Christ and commit ourselves to follow him (sometimes referred to as "Lordship Theology").

Basic Christianity& by John Stott (IVP)

A basic description of salvation covering man's need, the person of Christ, the cross and repentance. Great for new Christians or even non-Christians.

Christianity 101&& by Gilbert Bilezikian (Zondervan).

A 275 page overview of Christian teaching at a college level. Bilezikian explains standard theological terms and supplies many scriptures. Indexes in the back make this a good reference work as well as good reading. Not for a brand new Christian, maybe one year or older.

Demon Possession&& ed. by J. Montgomery (Bethany House).

An excellent collection of articles on subjects such as demonology in history, anthropology, the Bible, the connection between demonology and psychology, and pastoral care.

Foundations of Evangelical Theology&&& by John J. Davis (Baker).

This book argues for one of the main distinctives of evangelical Christians, the revelation of God in the Scriptures. He builds a case for a conservative view of the scriptures and interpretation. Good for someone who is ready to begin studying theology, the Bible, etc., and needs a foundation (275 pages).

God's Strategy in Human History&& by R. Forster and V.P. Marston (Bethany House).

Predestination? Human freedom? What do the Scriptures say about these issues? A look at Romans 9 (which talks about God's Sovereignty in very startling terms), Ephesians 1, and other passages relating to the issue of predestination. The book argues against predestination in personal salvation. One of the best scriptural treatments on the issue from the non-Calvinist perspective.

I Believe In The Historical Jesus&& by I.H. Marshall (Eerdmans)

Deals with modern critical questions concerning Jesus as he is presented in the gospels. If you have questions from classes or other sources about Christ, this could be a good place to start.

Know What you Believe& by Paul Little (Victor).

For years a standard, simple work on basic Christian teachings (192 pgs, with index). Little fills the book with stories and illustrations to make it interesting at an introductory level. Good for new Christians.

Predestination and Free Will&&& ed. by D. Basinger and R. Basinger (IVP)

Four views on this fascinating topic, with responses to one another's positions. At only 180 pages the coverage is not very deep, but it is very interesting reading. This would be a good book to start with if you wanted to research this topic.

Redemption Accomplished and Applied&& by John Murray (Eerdmans).

For a more in-depth look at the cross and what exactly happens when we turn to Christ, this is a well written, informative work. For under 200 pages it covers a lot. Murray believes in predestination, meaning he has a very strong view of the Spirit's role in our repentance. On the whole, great for anyone wanting to understand the cross more.

Spiritual Warfare&& by Ray Stedman (Multnomah).

Very practical advice about how the demons try to discourage and attack Christians. Talks about the difference between our own sin and demonic attack. Demons actually use our weaknesses, as well as the temptations of this world. Good advice on how to resist spiritual forces.

The Atonement&& by Leon Morris (IVP).

Few scholars have studied the teaching of the Atonement (Christ's death for our sins) as much as Leon Morris. This book relates much of his research in a popular format. Even if you think you've heard enough about the cross, this book will fascinate you with it's insight into the biblical pictures of the atonement and some of the arguments that swirl around this issue.

The Christian Life: An Owner's Manual& by Scot McCallum (Kregel)

What book do you give to new Christians to explain basic Christian doctrines without boring their socks off? Here is one answer. The basic and necessary teachings of the Bible in an interesting, readable format. Full of stories, a focus on narrative, and humor.

The Great Divorce,&& C.S. Lewis

A fictional story about the afterlife. Begins with the main character in Hell. He is allowed a bus ride to Heaven where they will dialogue with their relatives and friends. Many interesting ideas on the nature of the afterlife and human nature.

The Meaning of the Millennium&&& ed. by Robert Clouse (IVP).

The "millennium" is a term used to describe God's kingdom on earth. This book presents discussion of the coming kingdom of God from four different perspectives. Very informative if you want to study what is going to happen in the next epoch of human history.

The Person of Christ&& by D. Wells (Crossway)

A good text for studying in a study group written on an intermediate level.

The Rapture&& by Archer, Feinberg, Moo, Reiter (Zondervan; Academie Books).

A look at the question of when Christ will come back and whether he will come secretly to remove his people before the end from four different perspectives. Positions and responses throughout. Interesting reading if you like the study of prophecy.

Understanding the Occult&& by J. McDowell and D. Stewart (Here's Life).

Covers modern phenomena such as psychics, witchcraft, fire walking, fortune telling, etc., and their relation to the occult. A good book for definitions of various practices as well as seeing what the Bible has to say about them.

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Gentle Persuasion,& Aldrich

A book about evangelism that focuses on practical, creative ways to introduce the Gospel to your friends. This motivating book teaches "ordinary people", as opposed to the "professionals", how to "love people until they ask you why."

Life-Style Evangelism& by Aldrich (Multnomah)

Aldrich notes that many are not skilled at sharing the gospel at a first encounter. But all of us can work at loving our neighbors and showing them what we have by how we live. Very practical ideas for building bridges to non-Christians.

Living Proof& by J. Petersen (Navpress)

By the author of Church Without Walls, this book emphasizes taking the time to build relationships with non-Christians and love them.

Out of the Salt Shaker& by Rebecca Pippert (IVP)

Encourages Christians to learn how to talk to non-Christians out of genuine love and share Christ in that context. Great stories from her own experience, emphasizing how natural sharing Christ should be. Very motivational, good for Chrstians of any age.

Witnessing Without Fear& by B. Bright

The gospel has power-something we too often forget. Bill Bright shares how God has used him and others to share the gospel in their years of ministry in Campus Crusade for Christ. This is a very exciting book. It shows that if we open our mouths with faith in God, he will work miracles through us.

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Reasons to Believe in Christianity

Basic Christianity,& Stott

A terrific book that explains Christianity to the non-Christian. Read it to help you explain the Gospel to others. Give it away to friends, it's very cheap. It is especially good for people that have grown up around or in church but don't know who Jesus is and what he came to do.

Christianity, The Faith That Makes Sense,& Dennis McCallum

A short, easy reading book that attempts to show that the evidence for Christianity compels rational people to believe in Christ. It has good explanations of messianic prophecies and great analogies that acquaint people with the teachings of Christ. Of course, this book is not meant as an exhaustive work on the defense of Christianity, but it's a good starter.

Evidence That Demands a Verdict&& by Josh McDowell

A great referrence work on reasons to believe in the historical accuracy of the Bible, Jesus Christ and biblical prophecy. Many references from outside the Bible. Good to have for your bookshelf or give to a skeptical friend.

He Is There and He Is Not Silent&& by Francis Schaeffer (IVP)

The second in a series that began with The God Who Is There. This book deals with the Christian belief that God has revealed himself. It gives some of the reasons we believe the Bible to be God's word.

Know Why You Believe& by P. Little (IVP)

Written in a very readable, practical style. A great beginner book. The title says it all.

Mere Christianity,& C.S. Lewis

A classic by one of England's greatest writers. This book explains why Christianity makes sense to the thinking person. Read it to sharpen your "defense of the hope that is in you" (1 Pet.3.15), or give it to a non-Christian friend.

Scaling the Secular City,&& Moreland

Addresses evidence for the existence of God, the deity of Christ and more. Many different articles makes an interesting format. Very readable, unlike many philisophical textbooks on this topic. Good for an introduction to the topic of apologetics.

Science Held Hostage&& by Van Till / Young / Menninga (IVP)

Looks at the creation and evolution questions and critiques both extreme naturalists for the bias they bring to the evidence and young-earth creationists for the way they twist evidence to fit their views. You will find yourself breathing a sigh of relief as you read these Christians' sensible position.

So What's the Difference?& by F. Riddenour (IVP)

Great introduction to the differences between Christianity and other religions. Written in a very simple, introductory style. Good for young people too.

The God Who Is There&& by Francis Schaeffer (IVP)

A classic argument for reasonableness as we consider the existence and nature of God. Schaeffer prophetically saw the rise of irrationality when it comes to spiritual issues-the fact that people will accept inherently contradictory ideas as true. Argues for the existence and personalness of God. Excellent glossary of terms at the back. Good for intruction to the topic of apologetics. Written at a college level.

The Universe Next Door&& by James Sire (IVP)

Sire shows how our culture has slipped into a mystical, non-rational approach to religious ideas. He helps us understand how to work with the new wave of pantheistic (eastern religious) thinking.

Why Should Anyone Believe Anything At All?& by James Sire (IVP)

A critique of the intellectually and spiritually lazy climate of our day. Good ideas on how to challenge our culture.

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Christian Ministry

Encouragement,&& Crabb & Allender

Contrary to common thought, encouragement is much more than a pat on the back and an "Attaboy, you're doing a good job." Crabb and Allender show that effective encouragement goes way beyond the shallow and superficial gestures we regularly make. They point out how true encouragement is the fuel God uses to keep us going. Read this book to learn how to be a powerful motivator in someone else's life. Excellent inspiration for working with people. Instructive and convicting for those who suffer from negativity.

Peace Child& by D. Richardson

A great missionary story set in New Guinnea. Richardson tells how difficult it was to explain the basics of the gospel to a completely unreached culture. Full of adventure and reasons to get excited about Christ. Will give you a vision for ministry, sharing Christ and how to explain the gospel.

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement&& edited by R. Winter (William Carey)

A great collection of articles on anything from prayer to church planting to the theme of redemption in the Bible. Very challenging, has changed many people's whole view of life and the meaning of history.

Power Through Prayer,&& E.M. Bounds

Short chapters, big ideas about prayer. With chapter titles such as "Man's Most Noble Exercise", "Talking to God for Men", and "The Secret of Power" this book motivates and educates on the least understood and most neglected aspects of our relationship with God.

Spiritual Leadership,&& Oswald Sanders

Sanders was a world class leader and trainer of Christians. In this book he covers a set of "principles of leadership" that are timeless. Using the Bible and practical experience he expounds on such topics as: "The Leader and His Reading", "The Leader and His Time", and "The Cost of Being a Leader." Great for anyone who wants to about serving God, not just for leaders.

The Character of God's Workman,&& Watchman Nee

This book was derived from a series that Nee on being a Christian worker (2 Tim. 2:15). He covers ten or so topics including: money, slothfulness, the Word, and prayer. Nee, as usual, is very challenging. Can be used in a study group or personal study.

The Dynamics of Personal Follow-up,&& Gary Kuhne

A book born from the conviction that most new people in a church never get the personal, loving attention they need in order to learn the basics of the Christian faith and make the decisions to trust God with their lives. Read this book to see how follow-up work is done.

The Lost Art of Discipleship,&& Leroy Eims

Eims, the former president of the Navigators, teaches a step-by-step method on how to raise people from Christian infancy to Christian worker to Christian leader. Eims uses a wealth of personal experience to illustrate how you can be used to shape others' lives for Christ. Good for helping establish a vision for the value of discipleship.

The Master Plan of Evangelism,&& Coleman

A classic on the topic of discipleship, more than the issue of evangelism. This book looks at the strategies Jesus employed to train the Disciples. A must-read for anyone planning to get involved in ministry.

The Pilgrim's Progress,&& John Bunyan

Classic, Classic, Classic. Written a few hundred years ago, it remains a top seller today. Bunyan tells the story of a man named Christian and his journey to the Celestial City. Along the way he runs into such characters as Worldly Wiseman, Ignorance, and Hope with whom he dialogues. The many challenges that beset Christian, such as the Bog of Despair and trying to climb Mount Sinai, provide relevance and perspective on the Christian walk.

The Release of the Spirit,&& Watchman Nee

Nee states that God cannot use you in this world until you are broken of your own will and strength. Much like Paul in 2 Cor. 12, Nee tells us how God's strength is perfected in weakness, and he shows how the Holy Spirit can use us in powerful and supernatural ways. This book is very challenging to Christian workers, especially if they are going through hard times.

The Summons,& Dennis McCallum

A modern novel about a college Bible study that finds itself in the middle of God's plan for their campus. Sheri, the main character, asks common questions non Christians ask, giving great material to the reader. This book will encourage the worker in student ministries because it shows spiritual work from God's perspective.

Too Busy Not To Pray,&& Hybels

This is a great modern book on prayer. Hybels, an obviously effective Christian worker, found that without prayer his life was dry and ineffective. He gives the reader some practical advice on "slowing down from 50,000 rpm to 5,000 rpm" where you can begin to hear the Spirit of the Lord and not just ask for things.

Understanding People,&& Larry Crabb

Crabb's most thorough book describing his view of human nature, sin, spiritual and emotional growth. Great for stimulating thought or study on the nature of sanctification. Goes way beyond a book about counseling.

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The Church

Church Without Walls&& by J. Peterson

Peterson was involved in a cell-church movement in S. America. Very practical and exciting ideas on how the church can go out to the world rather than requiring people to come to church.

The Church in God's Program&&& by R. Saucy (IVP)

Written to show that the church is a new work of God in the New Testament era. Deep study of the scriptures on the church. Good for more advanced study in a study group.

The Problem With Wineskins& by H. Snyder (IVP)

Shows that the church is sometimes bound and hindered by tradition. Why not have a church that flexes, goes out to people instead of asking them to come in? Excellent studies in scriptures on the nature of the church. Good for an introduction to the topic.

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Against the Tide&& by Angus Kinnear (CLC)

The story of Watchman Nee's life. Nee was an evangelist and church planter in China known for his deep and convicting spirituality. If you've read any of Nee's books, this biography gives some insight into how he developed his spiritual insight.

Born Again& by C. Colson

The story of Charles Colson's conversion to Christianity after the Watergate scandal. A national best seller, obviously has an impact on people.

Bruchko,& Bruce Olson

A biography about a 19 year-old man that leaves home for the mission field. Without financial support and the help of a church, he sets off on his journey to reach a secluded South American tribe. Through many trials and many years we see how God used one man's determination and love for the lost to change countless lives.

Daws& by B.L. Skinner (NavPress)

The story of Dawson Trotman, founder of Navigators. It's a story of amazing faith in God's ability to work through anyone who is willing.

Evidence Not Seen& by Darlene D. Rose

A missionary in New Guinea, improsoned by the Japanese durring WW 2. A story of God helping her through incredibly bad circumstances.

J. Hudson Taylor&& by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor (Moody)

Hudson Taylor was a missionary to China who broke the rules and related to the Chinese on their level, dressing and speaking as they did. After many trials, God generously blessed his ministry. It's a story of faith, suffering and a dedication to the gospel. Really exciting.

Oswald Chambers: Abandoned To God&& by David McCasland (Discovery House)

The story of Oswald Chambers, the author of the devotional classic, My Utmost For His Highest. He gave his whole life to God's service, yet focused on the need for personal sanctification.

The Hiding Place& by Corrie ten Boom

The now-famous story of the ten Boom's struggle in Nazi Germany and the death camps. A gripping story that served as the basis for a movie.

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Learning the Bible (Books that help you learn sections or books of the Bible)

A Theology of the Old Testament&&& by G. Radd (Harper and Row)

A classic, used as a text book in Bible schools, etc.

Luke: Historian and Theologian&&& by I.H. Marshall (Zondervan)

Good for understanding the themes in both Luke and Acts. Great text for a study group, or if you're teaching Luke or Acts.

New Testament Theology&&& by G.E. Ladd (Eerdmans)

Has been used as a text book for many years now. Helpful to understand themes and the emphases of different authors of the New Testament. Good for an advanced study group or personal study.

Paul: An Outline of His Theology&&& by H. Ridderbos (Eerdmans)

A deeper study of issues like the church, salvation, eschatology, and salvation history from a respected scholar. A book for more advanced studies. Could also be purchased as a reference work.

Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free,&& F.F. Bruce

Bruce is a world renowned scholar and teacher on the New Testament. He ties passages in Acts together with Paul's letters. Great insight into individual passages as well as the life of Paul. Really helps tie together much of the New Testament.

The Kingdom of God& by J. Bright

A very readable study of the growth of the concept of God's kingdom by an Old Testament scholar. Dramatic and informative, makes interesting reading.

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Studying The Bible

Christ and the Bible& by J. Wenham (IVP)

Discusses the Diety of Jesus Christ and the fact that he put his seal of authority on the Scriptures. Builds confidence in the Scriptures.

From God to Us& by Geisler and Nix (Moody)

Gives a defense of the Bible as God's Word. Talks about the issue of mistakes in the Bible, answers many questions. Good for an introduction to this topic.

Handbook for Bible Study& by Osborne and Woodward (Baker)

Great beginner book on how to do background studies, understand context, outline a book or a paragraph. Makes a good text for small study groups or teaching young Christians how to study the Bible.

Hermeneutics, Authority and Canon&&& by Carson, D.A. &J.D. Woodbridge, Eds., (Zondervan: Academie)

A sequel to Scripture and Truth, this volume deals more with how the issue of hermeneutics affects the authority of scripture. There is an excellent article at the end on the issue of canon, with great research and references.

How to Read a Book& by Adler & Morris

How to study and comprehend as you read.

How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth&& by D. Fee & D. Stewart (Zondervan)

Here is a great book to get started with. Discusses the need for interpretation, some basics principles and practices, and a great description of the different types of literature and the approach we should take to each type.

Inspiration and Canonicity&&& by R.L. Harris (Zondervan)

A very detailed study of challenges to the reliability of the Bible. Much work on the Documentary Hypothesis. One of not too many books on the issue of canon.

Linguistics and Biblical Interpretation&&&,

How should we (and how do we) understand words and ideas? What do the patterns of narrative have to do with the story of the rape of Tamar in 2 Samuel? What do the patterns of dialogue have to do with the interaction between Jesus and the hungry crowds in John 6? Or with Nicodemus in John 3? What about the use of symbolic words in 1 Cor. 11? If you haven't a clue, then give this book a try. If you get weighed down by the linguistics, just skip ahead to the Biblical examples, they are a treat.

New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?&& by F.F. Bruce (IVP)

Discusses the transmission of the texts of the NT, how many copies there are, etc. Answer questions like, "How can we know we have an accurate copy of the Bible today?"

New Testament Exegesis&&& by Scott McKnight

McKnight gives a system for carefully interpreting a passage. It's practical. McKnight is a good communicator. A book for people who are going to interpret passages for teachings.

New Testament Interpretation&&& ed. by I.H. Marshall

Articles on the theory and practice of interpretation on a more advanced level. A book for those who want to get deeper in their understanding of hermeneutics.

Scriptures and Truth&&& ed. by D.A. Carson & J. Woodbridge (Zondervan)

Articles on the nature of revelation, the authority of the scriptures, the meaning of inerrancy, what the scriptures say about themselves, etc. Very stimulating reading for someone who wants to understand some of the discussion surrounding the Bible. For anyone who needs evidence for believing God has revealed himself in the Bible.

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List compiled and comments written by Scot (Buck) McCallum and Matt Everard. Buck holds an M.A. in Religion and Matt an M.A. in New Testament; both graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.