Recently, I was asked by the WIC Group (Women in the Church) for a recommendation on a book, other than the Bible, for the women to get our men in our church for Father’s Day. I recommended Pilgrim’s Progress. I know some men in our church have read it already, but many have not, and it is a must read. Joyce Gross, our WIC President, also asked me to recommend a study guide to go with that book which I did. If some see this post and it ruins a surprise, at least the study guide will be a surprise.
Anyway, as I thought about books I would recommend, apart from the Bible, many others came to mind and here is my top 25 list:
“Books to Read”
(Recommended by Pastor Arnold Brevick)
1. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
2. Holy War by John Bunyan
3. Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson (His original volume included commentary on the Ten Commandments, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper and Lord’s Prayer, now you have to buy these separate from what is now sold as Body of Divinity… If you can, buy them all!)
4. Holiness by J.C. Ryle
5. George Whitefield, his biography by Arnold Dalimore 2 Volumes
6. Romans, a Commentary by John Murray
7. Jonathan Edwards Works 2 Volumes / Jonathan Edwards
8. A Distant Grief by Kefa F. Sempangi (The Real Story of Martyrdom of Christians in Uganda)
9. The Holy Spirit by John Owen
10. Joy Unspeakable by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
11. The Bulletproof George Washington by David Barton
12. Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
13. Treasury of David Commentary on the Psalms by C.H. Spurgeon
14. Knowing God by J.I. Packer
15. The Love Life by Donald Grey Barnhouse (John)
16. Behold He Cometh by Herman Hoeksema (Revelation)
17. Amy Carmichael of Dohnaour a Biography by Frank Houghton
18. What If Jesus Had Never Been Born by D. James Kennedy
19. You and Your Thoughts by Earl D. Radmacher
20. The Vanishing Conscience by John MacArthur, JR.
21. The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson
22. Heaven Taken by Storm by Thomas Watson
23. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the entire Bible
24. In The Beginning by Walt Brown (it is only this far down because I have not read it all yet. Yes, I have read the others (apart from Matthew Henry’s Commentary) in their entirety, and I have read plenty of Matthew Henry. This book I have only just started. It is a comprehensive Creation / Flood science workbook.
25. Operation World – A prayer guide (Not only to read but to pray through)
There are actually a slew of Creation Science books that might make this list if I had read them all the way through. Many other books as well… As I was once a pastor in Maine, because many in my congregation there were Stephen King fans I read some of his books. Cujo is one that shows not just a dog, but sin, can be a real monster. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary is a great resource. Of course the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, etc… there are many books I thought of but they did not scratch my top 25, fiction does not usually get that high with me. Only Bunyan’s two masterpieces are fiction, on this list, yet if you read them, they are fiction that is sort of not fiction because they teach so much truth about the Christian life.