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HCF Recommended Reading List

The following is a list of recommended authors, commentaries, Bible study resources, and edifying Christian books that should prove helpful to you in your study of Scripture and pursuit of God. The views expressed in all of these materials are not necessarily views held by HCF. However, we believe these materials are generally sound and will enrich your life in Christ.


(NOTE: Any of the “Puritan Paperbacks” published by Soli Deo Gloria are recommended, although not all the authors are listed below.)

Jay Adams

Randy Alcorn

Richard Baxter

Louis Berkhof

John Blanchard

James M. Boice

Thomas Boston

Jerry Bridges

Thomas Brooks

F. F. Bruce

John Bunyan

Jeremiah Burroughs

John Calvin

D. A. Carson

Tim Challies

Oswald Chambers

Stephen Charnock

David Clotfelter

R. L. Dabney

Bruce Demarest

Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Mark Dever

Daniel Doriani

Jonathan Edwards

Elisabeth Elliot

John Flavel

John Flayer

John Feinberg

Sinclair Ferguson

Elyse Fitzpatrick

John Frame

Elizabeth George

John Gerstner

Graeme Goldsworthy

Os Guinness

William Gurnall

Joshua Harris

Michael Horton

Susan Hunt

Peter Jones

Phillip Keller

Timothy Keller

George Eldon Ladd

Stephen Lawson

C. S. Lewis

Robert P. Lightner

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

 Martin Luther

John MacArthur

J. Gresham Machen

Wayne Mack

Carolyn Mahaney

C. J. Mahaney

Walter Martin

Josh McDowell

Al Mohler

Henry Morris

Iain Murray

John Murray

Kathleen Nielson

John Owen

J. I. Packer

Richard Phillips

A. W. Pink

John Piper

David Powlison

Vern Poythress

Lou Priolo

Robert Reymond

Carol Ruvolo

Philip Graham Ryken

J. C. Ryle

Ken Sande

Frances Schaeffer

Philip Schaff

Richard Sibbes

Bruce Shelley

R. C. Sproul

Charles Spurgeon

Sam Storms

John Stott

Alexander Strauch

Joni Eareckson Tada

Justin Taylor

A. W. Tozer

Paul Tripp

Tedd Tripp

Ralph Venning

Thomas Vincent

Bruce Ware

Benjamin Warfield

Thomas Watson

David Wells

Edward Welch

James White

George Whitefield

Bible Studies

Bible Book Studies or Topical Studies by: Bible Study Fellowship

Jerry Bridges

Pursuit of Holiness Practice of Godliness The Discipline of Grace Transforming Grace

Sinclair Ferguson

The Christian Life

Elizabeth George

A Woman of Excellence A Woman After God’ s Own Heart Bible book studies

Heritage Christian Fellowship

Fundamentals of the Faith (HCF CD)

Fruit of the Spirit

John MacArthur Bible book studies

Kathleen Nielson Bible book studies

Precept Ministries (Kay Arthur) J. I. Packer

Knowing God

Carol Ruvolo No Other Gospel (Galatians)

God With Us (Overview of the Gospels) His Witnesses to the World (Acts) Grace to Stand Firm; Grace to Grow (1-2 Peter) Faith at Work (James)

R. C. Sproul

Dust to Glory (video or CD with workbook)

The Holiness of God

John Stott Bible book studies

Bible Study Methods Louis Berkhof, Principles of Biblical Interpretation Daniel Doriani, Getting the Message Daniel Doriani, Putting the Truth to Work Graeme Goldsworthy, Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics Howard G. and William D. Hendricks, Living by the Book


Bible Study Aids

Irving L. Jensen, Independent Bible Study Carol Ruvolo, Turning on the Light R. C. Sproul, Knowing Scripture

Bible Overviews: Bible Overviews aid our study of Scripture by equipping us understand the parts of the Bible we are studying within the context of the whole revelation of God. (*Basic; **Advanced)

*T. D. Alexander, The Servant King: The Bible’s Portrait of the Messiah. **G. R. Beasley-Murray, Jesus and the Kingdom of God. *John Bright, The Kingdom of God. *Tim Chester, From Creation to New Creation.

*S. G. De Graaf, Promise and Deliverance, 4 volumes. *Mark Dever, The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made. *Mark Dever, The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept *William Hendriksen, Survey of the Bible: A Treasury of Bible Information. *Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible Book by Book. *Graeme Goldsworthy, According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in

the Bible. *George Eldon Ladd, The Gospel of the Kingdom: Scriptural Studies in the

Kingdom of God. *John MacArthur, MacArthur’s Quick Reference Guide to the Bible. *Alec Motyer, Look to the Rock: An Old Testament Background to Our

Understanding of Christ. *Vern S. Poythress, The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses. **Herman Ridderbos, The Coming Kingdom. *Vaughan Roberts, God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible. *John R. W. Stott, Understanding the Bible. **Willem Vangemeren, The Progress of Redemption: The Story of Salvation

From Creation to the New Jerusalem. **Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology. *Michael D. Williams, Far As The Curse Is Found: The Covenant Story of


Concordances, Handbooks, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Atlases:

Baker’ s Bible Atlas Dictionary of Biblical Imagery Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (Intervarsity Press) Eerdman’ s Atlas of the Bible Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Elwell) Holman Bible Atlas Holman’ s Bible Handbook Holman’ s Bible Dictionary Halley’ s Bible Handbook Literary Study Bible (ESV) MacArthur Topical Bible

Nelson’ s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts (includes reproducable maps and charts)

Nelson’ s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary New Dictionary of Biblical Theology NIV Atlas of the Bible (Carl G. Rasmussen) Strong’ s Concordance (match to your Bible translation) Vine’ s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words Zodhiates, Complete Word Study Bible and Dictionary Zondervan’ s Pictoral Encyclopedia


Single Volume: G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson, Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old

T estament D. A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo, An Introduction to the New Testament Raymond B. Dillard and Tremper Longman III, An Introduction to the Old Testament Alfred Edersheim, Bible History Old Testament Alfred Edersheim, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah Walter A. Elwell, Evangelical Commentary on the Bible R. K. Harrison, Introduction to the Old Testament Donald Guthrie, New Testament Introduction J. Gresham Machen, The New Testament: An Introduction to its Literature and History

Multiple Volume: James Montgomery Boice

Genesis (3 volumes) Joshua (1 volume) Nehemiah (1 volume) Psalms (3 volumes) Minor Prophets (1 volume) Matthew (2 volumes)

John (5 volumes) Acts (1 volume) Romans (4 volumes) Ephesians (1 volume) Philippians (1 volume) Epistles of John (1 volume)

John Calvin Volumes on most of the Old and New Testament

Matthew Henry commentary on the whole Bible in 5 volumes

Simon J. Kistemaker and William Hendriksen Volumes cover entire New Testament

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones multiple volumes covering:

Sermon on the Mount John 17 Acts Romans

Ephesians Philippians 1 John 2 Peter

and selected passages of Scripture J. C. Ryle

Expository thoughts on the Gospels Matthew (1 volume)

Mark (1 volume) Luke (2 volumes) John (3 volumes)

John MacArthur Volumes on each book of the New Testament (Mark still to come)

Charles Spurgeon volumes on most of the Old and New Testament

The Bible Speaks Today Series, various authors Old Testament Series Editor, J. A. Motyer New Testament Series Editor, John R. W. Stott

Preaching the Word Series, various authors R. Kent Hughes, general editor

Reformed Expository Commentaries (P&R Publishing) Esther and Ruth, Iain Duguid

Daniel, Iain Duguid Zechariah, Richard D. Phillips Matthew (2 vols), Daniel M. Doriani Incarnation in the Gospels, Doriani, Phillips, Ryken Galatians, Philip Graham Ryken 1 Timothy, Philip Graham Ryken Hebrews, Richard D. Phillips James, Daniel M. Doriani

The Welwyn Commentary Series, various authors features commentary “simply explained”

Computer Helps

Quickverse The SWORD Bible The E-SWORD Bible (free online)

Logos Bible Software PC Study Bible PowerBible CD Online Bible 4.0

Recommended Reading

Biblical Counseling Jay Adams, all titles William Bridge, A Lifting Up for the Downcast Elyse Fitzpatrick and Carol Cornish, gen. eds., Women Helping Women Elyse Fitzpatric, Uncommon Vessels: A Program for Developing Godly Eating Habits John G Kruis, Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp, How People Change D. Martin Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Its Cure John MacArthur, The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness John MacArthur and Wayne Mack, Introduction to Biblical Counseling John Piper, When the Darkness Will Not Lift John Piper and Justin Taylor (gen. eds), Suffering and the Sovereignty of God David Powlison, Seeing With New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition through

the Lens of Scripture Ken Sande, The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Estes, When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to

the Almighty Paul David Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’ s Hands: People in Need of Change;

Helping People in Need of Change Paul David Tripp, War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles Thomas Watson, All Things for Good Edward T. Welch, When People Are Big and God is Small Edward T. Welch, Depression: A Stubborn Darkness Edward T. Welch, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave Alexander Strauch - Leading with Love

Biography Roland H. Bainton, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther Peter Brown, Augustine of Hippo Josiah Bull, ‘But Now I See’: The Life of John Newton Iain H. Murray, David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (2 volumes) Iain H. Murray, The Forgotten Spurgeon Iain H. Murray, The Life of Arthur W. Pink Iain H. Murray, Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography Stephen J. Nichols, Martin Luther: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought Stephen J Nichols, Jonathan Edwards: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought JR Beeke, Meet the Puritans Steve Lawson, A Long Line of Godly Men

Children Joel Beeke and Diana Kleyn, Building on the Rock Children’ s Series,

Joel Beeke and Diana Kleyn, Reformation Heroes Sinclair Ferguson, The Big Book of Questions and Answers, Sinclair Ferguson, The Big Book of Questions and Answers about Jesus C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia Sally Lloyd-Jones, The Jesus Storybook Bible J. C. Ryle, Boys and Girls Playing

King Without A Shadow, The Priest With Dirty Clothes The Lightlings

R. C. Sproul, R. C. Sproul, R. C. Sproul, C. H. Spurgeon, A Good Start: A Book for Young Men and Women

Christianity in the Culture

DA Carson, Christ and Culture Revisited Al Mohler, Culture Shift Frances Schaeffer, Collected Works David Wells, No Place For Truth

David Wells, God in the Wasteland David Wells, Losing Our Virtue David Wells, Above All Earthly Powers David Wells, The Courage to be Protestant

Christian Living Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness Jerry Bridges, The Joy of Fearing God Jerry Bridges, The Practice of Godliness Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment Bryan Chapell, Holiness By Grace: Delighting in the Joy That Is Our Strength Jonathan Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits: Christian Love as Manifested in the Heart and

Life. Sinclair B. Ferguson, A Heart For God Elyse Fitzpatrick, Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin John MacArthur, Our Sufficiency in Christ John MacArthur, Ashamed of the Gospel John MacArthur, Twelve Ordinary Men John MacArthur, Twelve Extraordinary Women C. J. Mahaney, Living the Cross Centered Life C.J. Mahaney, Christ Our Mediator C.J. Mahaney, The Cross Centered Life C.J. Mahaney, Humility J. I. Packer, Knowing God John Piper, God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards John Piper, Desiring God John Piper, Future Grace John Piper, The Pleasures of God

Carol Ruvolo, A Believer’ s Guide to Spiritual Fitness Carol Ruvolo, Footprints of the Fisherman J. C. Ryle, Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots J. C. Ryle, Practical Religion A. W.Tozer, The Pursuit of God Donald S. Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

Church History

Roland H. Bainton, The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century F. F.Bruce, The Spreading Flame John Knox, The Reformation in Scotland Mark A. Noll, A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada Kenneth Scott Latourette, A History of Christianity (2 volumes)

John Piper, The Swans are Not Silent series Phillip Schaff, History of the Christian Church (8 volumes) Bruce Shelley, Church History in Plain Language

Ecclesiology Mark Dever, The Deliberate Church Mark Dever, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church Alexander Strauch, Biblical Eldership Alexander Strauch, The New Testament Deacon

Evangelism and Discipleship Jerram Barrs, The Heart of Evangelism John Blanchard, Right With God James Montgomery Boice, Christ’ s Call to Discipleship James Buchanan, Not Guilty Mark Dever, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism Sinclair Ferguson, Grow in Grace Sinclair Ferguson, Children of the Living God Sinclair Ferguson, The Christian Life Timothy Keller, The Reason For God R. B. Kuiper, God-Centered Evangelism George Ladd, The Gospel of the Kingdom C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity John MacArthur, Fundamentals of the Faith John MacArthur, Keys to Spiritual Growth J. I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God John Piper, God is the Gospel John Piper, Finally Alive John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die Philip G. Ryken, The Message of Salvation: By God’s Grace, For God’s Glory. The

Bible Speaks Today R. C. Sproul, Getting the Gospel Right John R. W. Stott, Basic Christianity

Last Things

Craig L Blomberg and Sung Wook Chung, A Case for Historic Premillenialism Robert G. Clouse, The Meaning of the Millennium Millard J. Erickson, A Basic Guide to Eschatology George Eldon Ladd, The Blessed Hope

George Eldon Ladd, The Presence of the Future George Eldon Ladd, Revelation Robert P Lightner, The Last Days Handbook John MacArthur, The Glory of Heaven: The Truth About Heaven, Angels and Eternal

Life John MacArthur, Because the Time is Near

Marriage, Family, Singleness, Jay Adams, Christian Living in the Home Elyse Fitzpatrick, Helper by Design Wayne Grudem and John Piper, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Susan Hunt, By Design Carolyn Leutwiler, Singleness Redefined John MacArthur, Successful Christian Parenting John MacArthur, Different By Design Carolyn Mahaney, Feminine Appeal Martha Peace, The Excellent Wife John Piper, What’ s the Difference? John Piper, This Momentary Marriage Bruce A. Ray, Withhold Not Correction R. C. Sproul, The Intimate Marriage Paul David Tripp, Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens Tedd Tripp, Shepherding A Child’ s Heart Thomas Watson, The Godly Man’s Picture

Missions Jim Cromarty, King of the Cannibals Elisabeth Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor John Piper, Let the Nations be Glad

Prayer and Devotion Arthur Bennett, ed., The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotion D. A. Carson, A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers Graeme Goldsworthy, Prayer and the Knowledge of God Richard Kriegbaum, Leadership Prayers Carol Ruvolo, Before the Throne of God

Theology Gospel According to the Old Testament Series, P&R Publishing

David Jackson, Crying Our for Vindication (Job) Raymond B. Dillard, Faith in the Face of Apostacy (Elijah and Elisha) Dean R Ulrich, From Famine to Fullness (Ruth) George M Schwab, Hope in the Midst of a Hostile World (Daniel) Tremper Longman III, Immanuel in Our Place, Seeing Christ in Israel’s Worship Iain M. Duguid, Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality (Abraham) Iain M. Duguid, Living in the Grip of Relentless Grace (Isaac and Jacob) Michael P. V. Barrett, Love Divine and Unfailing (Hosea) Bryan D. Estelle, Salvation Through Judgment and Mercy (Jonah)

L. Berkhof, Systematic Theology James Montgomery Boice, Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace: Recovering the

Doctrines That Shook the World. James Montgomery Boice, Foundations of the Christian Faith: A Comprehensive and

Readable Theology. James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken, The Doctrines of Grace:

Rediscovering the Evangelical Gospel. Jerry Bridges, The Gospel for Real Life Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington, The Great Exchange F. F. Bruce, Hard Sayings of Jesus F. F. Bruce, The Canon of Scripture John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion Stephen Charnock, The Existence and Attributes of God Edmund P. Clowney, The Church Robert Duncan Culver, Systematic Theology R. L. Dabney, Systematic Theology Mark Dever, The Message of the Old Testament Mark Dever, The Message of the New Testament Jonathan Edwards, The Freedom of the Will John S. Feinberg, No One Like Him Sinclair B. Ferguson, The Holy Spirit. Countours of Christian Theology Series Sinclair B. Ferguson, The Grace of Repentance John Frame, The Doctrine of God, A Theology of Lordship Series John Frame, Salvation Belongs to the Lord Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology George Eldon Ladd, Theology of the New Testament John MacArthur, The Gospel According to Jesus John MacArthur, Faith Works: The Gospel According to the Apostles John MacArthur, The Love of God John Murray, Redemption Accomplished and Applied A. W. Pink, The Nature of God A. W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God John Piper, The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’ s Delight in Being God John Piper, Counted Righteous in Christ Robert L. Reymond, A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith Soli Deo Gloria, Justification by Faith Alone


R. C. Sproul, Saved From What? R. C. Sproul, The Holiness of God. R. C. Sproul, Grace Unknown: The Heart of Reformed Theology. R. C. Sproul, Chosen By God John R. W. Stott, The Cross of Christ A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy Bruce Ware, God’s Greater Glory Bruce Ware, God’s Lesser Glory James R. White, The God Who Justifies


Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity Joshua Harris, I Kissed Dating Good-bye John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life