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As a believer in Christ, God wants you to be growing and learning.  One way to learn is to read Bible-based messages from fellow Christian authors.  Below is a list of books that you might find helpful.  In addition to reading your Bible daily, you should also consider picking up a book or two from this recommended reading plan.  Don't feel as if you have to read all of these books at once, and don't be overwhelmed by the number of titles listed here.  You will find that as you get into the study of God's Word, you will be hungry for additional info about Him.

This list is organized into five years, so assuming that you begin this reading list when you become a Christian, you would start with the books in the "Year One" category.  Year One books cover basic Bible truths, Year Two books get a little deeper, so on and so forth.


Year One

The Treasure Principle - Randy Alcorn

The Pursuit of Holiness - Jerry Bridges

My Utmost for His Highest - Oswald Chambers

The Five Love Languages - Gary Chapman

The Master Plan of Evangelism - Robert Coleman

Through the Gates of Splendor - Elisabeth Elliott

No Compromise - Melody Green

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 - W. Phillip Keller

God Wrote a Book - James McDonald

More Than a Carpenter - Josh McDowell

What the Bible is all About - Henrietta Mears

The Unquenchable Worshiper - Matt Redman

Basic Christianity - John R. W. Scott

The Saving Life of Christ - Ian Thomas

Knowledge of the Holy - A. W. Tozer

Shepherding a Child's Heart - Ted Tripp

New Bible Commentary - G. J. Wenham

Honesty, Morality & Conscience - Jerry White

The Jesus I Never Knew - Philip Yancey


Year Two

To the Golden Shore - Courtney Anderson

The Practice of the Presence of God - Brother Lawrence

Hard Questions, Real Answers - William Lane Craig

Your Money Counts - Howard Dayton

Passion and Purity - Elisabeth Elliott

Living by the Book - Howard Hendricks

At Home in Mitford - Jan Karon

How to Give Away Your Faith - Paul Little

The Gospel According to Jesus - John Macarthur

I Really Want to Change - James MacDonald

New Bible Dictionary - Howard Marshall

Turning Points - Mark Noll

Concise Theology - J. I. Packer

The Excellent Wife - Martha Peace

The Exemplary Husband - Stuart Scott

Pleasure Evermore - Sam Storms

The Message of the Sermon on the Mount - John Stott

The Trouble with Jesus - Joseph M. Stowell

The Case for Christ - Lee Strobel

The Pursuit of God - A. W. Tozer

Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health - Donald S. Whitney


Year Three

Why Pro-Life? - Randy Alcorn

Holman Bible Atlas - Thomas Brisco

Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan

Letters Along the Way - D. A. Carson & John D. Woodbridge

Brokenness - Nancy Leigh Demoss

Marriage Under Fire - James Dobson

Psychobabble - Richard Ganz

I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist - Norman Geisler

Continuous Revival - Norman Grubb

Basic Theology - Charles Ryrie

Disciplines of a Godly Man - R. Kent Hughes

The God Who Hears - W. Bingham Hunter

Operation World - Howard Jonstone

Persecution - David Limbaugh

Strengthening Your Marriage - Wayne Mack

Choosing a Bible - Leland Ryken

Simply Jesus - Joseph M. Stowell


Year Four

3 Crucial Questions About Spiritual Warfare - Clinton E. Arnold

Here I Stand:  A Life of Martin Luther - Ronald H. Bainton

How Now Shall We Live? - Chuck Colson and Nancy Pearcey

Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety - Elyse Fitzpatrick

A Tale of Three Kings - Gene Edwards

Set Apart:  Calling a Worldly Church to a Godly Life - R. Kent Hughes

Hard Sayings of the Bible - Kaiser, Davids, Bruce and Brauch

Feminine Appeal - Carolyn Mahaney

Why Small Groups? - C. J. Mahaney

Knowing God - J. I. Packer

Why Revival Tarries - Leonard Ravenhill

Church History in Plain Language - Bruce Shelley

Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret - Howard Taylor

When Life is Changed Forever - Rick Taylor

What's the Difference? - John Piper

Sacred Marriage - Gary L. Thomas

Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands - Paul David Tripp

On Being a Servant of God - Warren Wiersbe

Where is God When it Hurts - Philip Yancey


Year Five

How to Read a Book - Charles Van Doren and Mortimer Alder

The Cost of Discipleship - Deitrich Bonhoeffer

The Kingdom of God - John Bright

Orthodoxy - G. K. Chestermon

Religious Affections - Jonathan Edwards

Backgrounds of Early Christianity - Everett Ferguson

Celebration of Discipline - Richard J. Foster

Decision Making and the Will of God - Gary Friesen

Darwin on Trial - Phillip Johnson

Mere Christianity - C. S. Lewis

Ashamed of the Gospel - John MacArthur

Kingdom of the Cults - Walter Martin

Scandal of the Evangelical Mind - Mark Noll

Total Truth - Nancy Pearcey

The Universe Next Door - James Sire

The Cross of Christ - John R. W. Scott