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Books You Should Have in a Basic Library

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What should a basic home Christian library look like?

Suggested Library – Resource List
By Dr. C. Matthew McMahon

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The following list below comprises a basic Christian Library. These are books you should attempt to obtain in order to establish a well rounded Library for Christian Study. You can get some of the best Christian books ever at Puritan Publications.


New Testament or Old Testament Studies

By Oath Consigned, by Meredith Kline
Introduction to the New Testament, by Carson, Moo, Morris
Introduction to the Old Testament, by R.K. Harrison
Kingdom Prologue, by Meredith Kline
New Testament Theology, by Leon Morris
The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses, by Vern Poythress


Cultural and Geographical Resources

History of the Jewish People in the Time of Jesus (5 Volumes)
Sketches of Jewish Social Life, by Alfred Edersheim
The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, by Alfred Edersheim
The New Manners and Customs of Bible Times, by Ralph Gower
The Works of Josephus, by Flavius Josephus

Preaching and Hermeneutics

Christ-Centered Preaching, by Bryan Chapel
Evangelical Eloquence, by R.L. Dabney
Lectures to My Students, by Charles Spurgeon
Pastoral Theology, by Thomas Murphy
Protestant Biblical Interpretation, by Bernard Ramm
The Art of Prophesying (Preaching), by William Perkins
The Character of a Pastor According to God’s Heart Considered, by John Shaw
The Christian Ministry, by Charles Bridges
The Reformed Pastor, by Richard Baxter
The Supremacy of God in Preaching, by John Piper

Pastoral Counseling Helps
Christian Counselor’s Manual, by Jay E. Adams
Handbook of Church Discipline, by Jay E. Adams

Church History/Biography

Quest for Godliness, by J.I. Packer
But Now I See, by Josiah Bull
Christopher Love, A Spectacle Unto God, by Don Kistler
History of Christianity, (2 Volumes) by Kenneth Scott Latourette
History of the Reformation, by J. H. Merle D’Aubigne
Jonathan and Sarah Edwards Jonathan and Sarah: An Uncommon Union, by Edna Gerstner
Jonathan Edwards – A New Biography, by Iain Murray
Letters Of Samuel Rutherford
Life and Letters of Stonewall Jackson, by Mary Jackson
Life Of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones – Volume 2, by Iain Murray
Life Of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones – Volume 1, by Iain Murray
Life Of George Whitefield, The, by Arnold Dallimore
Life of John Calvin, by Theodore Beza
Neal’s Puritans, by Daniel Neal
Sketches From Church History, by S. M. Houghton
Spurgeon v. Hyper-Calvinism, Iain Murray
The Life of M’Cheyne, Andrew Bonar
The Protector, by J.H. Merle D’Aubigne
To the Golden Shore, by Adoniram Judson
Who are the Puritans and What did they Teach?, by Erroll Hulse
Worldly Saints, by Leland Ryken

Bible Software – Greek & Hebrew Word Studies

AMG Complete Word Studies
Bible Works 7.0

Bible Software – by General Studies

Ages Ultimate Christian Library: DVD, CD Rom
The Master Christian Library Version 8
The Reformation History Library Version 2
The C.H. Spurgeon Collection
The Complete John Calvin Collection
The Arthur Pink Collection
The John Owen Collection
The John Gill Collection
Luther’s Works on CD, Helmut Lehmann
Theological Journal Library on CD


Bible Concordances / Topical Study Guides

Cruden’s Complete Concordance
Strong’s Enhanced Concordance and Lexicon – James Strong
The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Bible/Theological Dictionaries/Encyclopedias/Charts

Baker Theological Dictionary of the Bible, Editor Roger Elwell
Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms, by Richard Muller
The Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, by Gleason Archer

Commentaries

A Commentary on the Holy Bible, by Matthew Poole
Calvin’s Commentaries (22 Volumes)
Treasury of David (Psalms), by Charles Spurgeon
Geneva Commentary Series
John Gill’s Commentaries (Collected Writings of John Gill)
Martin Luther’s Commentaries
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible
The New Testament Commentaries, Hendrickson and Kistemaker

Technical/Advanced Commentaries

New International Greek Testament Commentaries
Word Biblical Commentaries on the Old and New Testaments

Semi-Technical Commentaries
Calvin’s Commentaries (22 Volumes) John Gill’s Commentary on the Bible (9 Volumes)
Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament
The Commentaries of Martin Luther
The Geneva Series Commentaries on the Bible
The New Testament Commentaries, Hendrickson and Kistemaker


Easy Commentaries

MacArthur New Testament Commentaries (20 Volumes)
Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible (6 Volumes)
Matthew Poole’s Commentaries (3 Volumes)
Treasury of David (Commentary on the Psalms), by Charles Spurgeon
Notable Single Book Commentaries Commentary On The Psalms, by George Horne
Ezekiel , by William Greenhill
Hebrews (7 Volumes) , by John Owen
Matthew Henry’s One Volume

Commentary Abridged or Concise

Revelation, by James Durham
Revelation, by William Hendrickson
Romans, by C.E.B Cranfield
Romans, by Charles Hodge

Systematic/Biblical/Historical Theology

A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith, Reymond, Robert
Biblical Theology, by Geerhardus Vos
Biblical Theology, by John Owen
Doctrine Of God, The, by Herman Bavinck
Historical Theology, by William Cunningham
Institutes of Elenctic Theology, by Francis Turretin (3 Volumes)
Institutes of the Christian Religion, by John Calvin (2 Volumes)
Marrow of Theology, by William Ames
Outlines of Theology, by AA Hodge
Systematic Theology, by Berkhof, Louis
Systematic Theology, by Dabney, R. L.
Systematic Theology, by Hodge, Charles (3 Volumes)
Theology in Dialogue, by John H. Gerstner
The Coming of the Kingdom, by Herman Ridderbos
A Simple Overview of Covenant Theology, by C.M. McMahon
A Body of Divinity, by James Ussher


Greek and Hebrew Resources

A Grammar of the Greek New Testament in Light of Historical Research, by A.T. Robertson
A Manuel Grammar of the Greek New Testament, by Dana & Mantley
A Textural Commentary on the Greek New Testament, by Bruce Metzger
Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek, by J. Gresham Machen
The Complete Word Study Dictionary of the New Testament (AMG)
The Complete Word Study Dictionary of the Old Testament (AMG)
The New Linguistic and Exegetical Key to the Greek New Testament, by Cleon Rogers
Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (12 Volumes), by Kittel
Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament (10 Volumes), by Botterweck, et. al.
Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, by Harris, Archer, and Waltke


Sermons and Works

Collected Writings Of John Murray
Sermons of Samuel Davies, 3 volumes
Sermons of Thomas Watson
Sermons On Election And Reprobation, by John Calvin
Sermons On The Deity Of Christ, John Calvin
The Complete Works of Augustus M. Toplady
The Works of Christopher Love: Volume 1
The Works of Edward Reynolds
The Works Of John Bunyan
The Works Of John Flavel
The Works Of John Owen
The Works Of Jonathan Edwards Banner of Truth Edition (2 Volumes)
The Works Of Martin Luther
The Works Of Richard Baxter

Devotionals

Evening Exercises For Every Day of the Year, by William Jay.
Flowers From a Puritan’s Garden, by C.H. Spurgeon.
Morning Exercises For Every Day of the Year, by William Jay.
The Valley Of Vision, (Puritan Prayers)


General Reading List

A Christian Directory, by Richard Baxter
A Guide to Christ, by Solomon Stoddard
A Narrative of Surprising Conversions, by Jonathan Edwards
A Puritan Golden Treasury, I.E.D. Thomas
A Remedy for Wandering Thoughts in Worship, by Richard Steele
A Sure Guide to Heaven, by Joseph Alliene
A Theology Of The Holy Spirit: The Pentecostal Experience And The New Testament Witness, by Frederick Dale Bruner
A Treatise of Effectual Calling and Election, by Christopher Love
A Treatise on Earthly-Mindedness, by Jeremiah Burroughs
A Treatise On Regeneration, by Peter Van Mastricht
Apostasy from the Gospel, by John Owen
Bondage and Liberation of the Will, by John Calvin
Bondage of the Will, by Martin Luther
Call the Sabbath A Delight, by Walter Chantry
Calvin and the Sabbath, by Richard Gaffin
Calvin’s Calvinism, by John Clavin
Celebrating the Sabbath, by Bruce Ray
Charity and Its Fruit, by Jonathan Edwards
Chosen by God, RC Sproul
Communion With God, by John Owen
Death Of Death In The Death Of Christ, by John Owen
Desiring God, by John Piper
Disputations on Holy Scripture, by William Whitaker
Doctrine of Repentance, by Thomas Watson
Faith And Saving Faith, by Gordon H. Clark
Glory of Christ , by John Owen
Gospel Fear, by Jeremiah Burroughs
Gospel Worship, by Jeremiah Burroughs
Heaven Taken by Storm, by Thomas Watson
Holiness, by J.C. Ryle
Human Nature in It’s Fourfold State, by Thomas Boston
Inspiration and Authority of the Bible, by B.B. Warfield
Jonathan Edwards on Heaven and Hell, by John Gerstner
Justification of God, by John Piper
Justification, by James Buchanan
Keeping the Heart, by John Flavel
Knowing God, J.I. Packer
Lord’s Prayer, by Thomas Watson
Love to Christ Necessary to Escape the Curse at His Coming, by Thomas Doolittle
Now That’s a Good Question!, by R.C. Sproul
Perspectives on Pentecost, by Richard Gaffin
Pilgrim’s Progress, Parts I-II, by John Bunyan
Pilgrim’s Progress Part III, by John Bunyan
Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, by Thomas Brooks
Predestination, by Gordon H. Clark
Primitive Theology, by John Gerstner
Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, by Jeremiah Burroughs
Redemption: Accomplished and Applied, by John Murray
Religious Affections, The, by Jonathan Edwards
Remedies for Wandering Thoughts in Worship, by Richard Steele
Riches Increased by Giving, by Thomas Gouge.
Safety of Appearing on the Day of Judgment in the Righteousness of Christ, by Solomon Stoddard
Solitude Improved by Divine Meditation, by Nathaniel Ranew
Ten Commandments, by Thomas Watson
The Almost Christian Discovered, by Matthew Mead
The Case and Cure of a Deserted Soul, by Joseph Symonds
The Christian in Complete Armour, by William Gurnall
The Doctrine of Endless Punishment, by W.G.T. Shedd
The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man, by Herman Witsius
The Evil of Evils, by Jeremiah Burroughs
The Final Word, by O. Palmer Robertson
The Five Points of Calvinism, by Steel and Thomas
The Freedom of the Will, by Jonathan Edwards
The Grace of Law: A Study in Puritan Theology, by Ernest Kevan
The Lord’s Day, by Daniel Wilson
The Lord’s Day, by Joseph Pipa
The Method Of Grace, by John Flavel
The Mind on Fire, Blaise Pascal, edited by Os Guiness
The Mortified Christian, by Christopher Love
The Nature of Saving Conversion, by Solomon Stoddard
The Necessity Of Reforming The Church: A Humble Exhortation, by John Calvin
The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, by Loraine Boettner
The Saint’s Encouragement to Diligence in Christ’s Service, by James Janeway
The Sovereignty of God, by A. W. Pink
The Trinity, by Gordon H. Clark
William the Baptist, by James Chaney
The Covenant of Life Opened, by Samuel Rutherford
The Scripturalness of Infant Baptism, by Ergatees
Reflections on Mr. Wall’s History of Infant Baptism, by John Gale
Anabaptism: The Fountain of Independency, Antinomy, Brownism, Familism, and the most of the other errors which for the time do trouble the church of England, Unsealed; Also, the Questions of Paedobaptism and Dipping Handled from Scripture, by Robert Baillie
Letters on Baptism, by Edmund B. Fairfield
Baptists and Infant Baptism, by Michael G. Wagner
Immersion and Immersionists, by W.A. Mackay
A Testimony Against the Unfounded Charges of Anabaptism, by Greg Price
Infant Baptism, Its Nature and Objects, by James Lumsden
The History of Infant Baptism in Two Parts, by William Wall
A Defense of the History of Infant Baptism Against Mr. Gale, by William Wall
A Plea for Infant Baptism in Seven Parts, by James Milligan
Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth: A Critique of Dispensationalism (second edition), by John H. Gerstner

Apologetics, Philosophy and Logic

An Introduction To Christian Philosophy, by Gordon H. Clark
Christianity and Liberalism, by J. Gresham Machen
Classical Apologetics, by RC Sproul, John Gerstner and Arthur Lindsey
Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, by John Frame
How Then Should We Live?, by Francis Schaeffer
Kingdom of the Cults, Walter Martin
Life’s Ultimate Question’s: An Intro to Philosophy, by Ronald Nash
Logic, by Gordon H. Clark
Logic: The Right Use of Reason After the Inquiry of Truth, Isaac Watts
Miracles, by C.S. Lewis
The Word of God and the Mind of Man, by Ronald Nash

Marriage /Family /Women’s Studies/ Young People

A Help to Domestic Happiness, by John Angell James
A Token for Children, by James Janeway & Cotton Mather
Addresses to Young Men, by John Angell James
Divine and Moral Songs for Children by Isaac Watts
Female Piety (revised edition), by John Angell James
Heart of Anger, by Lou Priolo
I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Joshua Harris
Little Book of Christian Character and Manners, by William and Colleen Dedrick
Recovering Biblical manhood and Womanhood, by John Piper and Wayne Grudem
Shepherding Your Child’s Heart, by Tedd Tripp
Solving Marriage Problems, by Jay E. Adams
The Christian Father’s Present to His Children, by John Angell James
The Complete Husband, Lou Priolo
Thoughts on Family Worship, by James W. Alexander
Withhold Not Correction, by Bruce Ray


Confessions, Creeds and Catechisms of the Christian Faith

The Augsburg Confession (A.D. 1530)
Apostles’ Creed (A.D. 215)
Nicene Creed (A.D. 325)
The Chalcedonian Creed (A.D. 451)
The Athanasian Creed (A.D. 500)
Council of Orange (A.D. 529)
Calvin’s Genevan Catechism (A.D. 1560)
The Belgic Confession (A.D. 1561)
The Thirty-Nine Articles (A.D. 1571)
Heidelberg Catechism (A.D. 1563)
The Canons of The Synod of Dort (1618-1619)
The London Baptist Confession (A.D. 1644)
Westminster Confession (A.D. 1641-1646)
Westminster Shorter Catechism (A.D. 1646)
Westminster Larger Catechism (A.D. 1646)
The First London Confession (A.D. 1646)
An Appendix to the confession of Faith, by William Cox (A.D. 1646)
The Midland Confession (A.D. 1655)
The Savoy Declaration (A.D. 1658)
Benjamin Keach’s Catechism (A.D. 1689, written in 1677)
The London Baptist Confession of 1689
The Abstract of Principles (A.D. 1858)
The Lausanne Covenant
The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy
(All the above creeds and confessions can be found online free on this site in the Creeds and Confessions section of this site)

Commentaries on Creeds and Catechisms

Articles Of The Synod Of Dordt, by Thomas Scott
Body of Divinity, by Thomas Watson
Commentary On The Heidelberg Catechism, by Zacharias Ursinus
Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, by Waldron, Samuel
Reformed Confessions Harmonized, by Sinclair Ferguson & Joel Beeke
Shorter Catechism Explained, The, by Thomas Vincent
The Confession (Westminster Confession Commentary), by A.A. Hodge
The Creeds of Christendom, by Philip Schaff
What Presbyterians Believe: A Commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith, by Gordon Clark

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