Recommended* Books

Religion and Religious History

Eliade, Mircea. The Sacred and the Profane; the Nature of Religion. Translated from the French by Willard R. Trask. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1959.

North, James B. Union in Truth: An Interpretive History of the Restoration Movement. Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing 1994.


Schaeffer, F. A. How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture. Vol. Wheaton: Crossway Book. L’Abri 50thAnniversary Edition. F.H. Revell Co. 2005.


Scruton, Roger. The Soul of the World. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016.

Sire, J. W. The Universe Next Door: a basic worldview catalog. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 2009.

Biblical Studies

Anders, Max; Dahlen, Kathy; Larson, Knute. Holman OT Commentary: Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther. Nashville, Tennessee: B&H Publishing. 2005.


Anders, Max; Miller, Stephen R. Holman Old Testament Commentary, Nahum-Malachi. Vol. 20. Nashville, Tennessee: B&H Publishing. 2004.

Bercot, David W. The Kingdom That Turned the World Upside Down. Tyler, TX: Scroll Pub., 2003.

Bullock, C. Hassell.. Encountering the Psalms. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.

Cottrell, Jack. Romans. College Press NIV Commentary Series. Joplin: College Press, 2005.

Cottrell, Jack. The Faith Once For All: Bible Doctrine For Today. Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. 2010.


Dunn, James D. G., ed. Cambridge Companion to St. Paul. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Duvall, Scott J.; Hayes, Daniel J. Grasping God’s Word. 3rd edition; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondern van, 2009.

Duvall, J. Scott; Hays, J. Daniel.. Living God's Word: Discovering Our Place in the Great Story of Scripture. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan. 2012.

Fields, Wilbur. Old Testament History. Chattanooga, Tennessee: College Press Publishing Company, Inc. 1996.


Gorman, Michael.. Apostle of the Crucified Lord. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003.


Hawthorne, Gerald F.; Martin, Ralph P.; Reid, Daniel G., eds. Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. Downer’s Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 1993.

Hellerman, J. H. When the church was a family: recapturing Jesus' vision for authentic Christian community. Nashville, TN: B & H Academic. 2009.

Holdcroft, Thomas L. The Pentateuch. Abbotsford, Canada: CeeTeC Publishing. 1996


Keener, Craig S. Romans. New Covenant Commentary Series. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2009.


Kierspel, Lars. Charts on the Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul.. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2012.

Penn-Lewis, Jessie. War On The Saints. Whitaker House. New Kensington, PA. 1996.

Moore, Mark. The Chronological Life of Christ. Chattanooga, Tennessee: College Press Publishing Company, Inc. 2007.

Mounce, William D. Greek for the Rest of Us: Using Greek tools without mastering Biblical Greek. 2nd Revised ed. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan. 2013.

Murphy, E. The Handbook for Spiritual Warfare. Rev Upd ed. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.2003.

Reese, Gareth. Introduction to the Gospels. Moberly, Missouri: Scripture Exposition Books. 1984.

Reese, Gareth L. New Testament History: A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Book of Acts. The Bible study textbook series. Moberly, Missouri: Scripture Exposition Books. 1984.

Swindoll, Charles. Moses, a Man of Selfless Dedication. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson. 2009.

Tesh, S. Edward, and Walter D. Zorn. Psalms. College Press NIV Commentary. 2 vols. Joplin, MO: College Press, 1999, 2004.

Thomas, Robert L.; Gundry, Stanley N. Harmony of the Gospels (NASB). Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson. 1988.


Wendland, Ernst R. Analyzing the Psalms. 2nd ed.; Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2002.


Carson, D.A. ed. Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan. 2002.

Dostoevsky, F. M. (2017). Crime and punishment (1st ed.) (N. P. Slater, Trans.; S. J. Young, Ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Palmer, Donald. Does the Center Hold?: An Introduction to Western Philosophy. 6th ed. New York, New York: McGraw-Hill Companies. 2014.

Schmid, U. (2015). Dostoevsky and Regicide: The Hidden Topographical Meaning of Crime and Punishment. Dostoevsky Studies, The Journal of the International Dostoevsky Society, XIX , new series, 51-62. Retrieved December 1, 2017.

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr, Harry Willets, and Anne Applebaum. The Gulag Archipelago Abridged: An Experiment in Literary Investigation. HarperCollins Canada, 2007.

Leadership Studies

Northouse, Peter G. Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practices, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publication, Inc., 2018.


Grant, Adam. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World. New York, NY: Penguin Books. 2017.

Greene, Robert. Mastery. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2013.

Greene, Robert. The 48 Laws of Power. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2015.

Hanson, Jason. AGENT OF INFLUENCE: How to use spy skills to persuade anyone, sell anything, and build a successful business. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers. 2019.

Kruse, Kevin. Great Leaders Have No Rules. New York, NY: Rodale Books. 2019.

Lencioni, Patrick. The FIVE Dysfunctions of a TEAM: A Leadership Fable. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 2002.

Padilla, Art. Leadership, Leaders, followers and Environments. Danvers, MA: John Wiley & Sons, 2013.

Life Studies

Allender, Dan B; Longman, Tremper. Bold Love. Reprint edition. Colorado Springs, Colorado: NavPress. 1992.

Calhoun, Adele Ahlberg. Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform Us. Dower Grove, Illinois: VIP Academic. 2005.

Grenz, S. J. Created for Community: Connecting Christian Belief with Christian Living. Kindle ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. 1998.

Kilian, Tom. Personal Spiritual Life: How to find purpose and fulfillment in a world without order. Chatham, VA: Sparrow Publishing. 2018.

Leach, Richard; Wheeler, David A. Minister to Others. Nashville, Tennessee. LifeWay Christian Resources. 2009.

Ortberg, John. The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan. 2002.

Peterson, Jordan B. 2018. 12 RULES FOR LIFE: an Antidote to Chaos. London, England: Penguin Random House.

Petty, James C. Step by Step: Divine Guidance for Ordinary Christians. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Pub. 1999.

Storr, Anthony. 2005. Solitude: a Return to the Self. New York, NY: Free Press.

Winnicott, Donald Woods, Catherine Audibert, and Jeannine Kalmanovitch. 2015. La capacité dêtre Seul. Paris: Éditions Payot & Rivages.

General Ministry

Carter, Terry G., J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays. Preaching God’s Word: A Hands-on Approach to Preparing, Developing, and Delivering the Sermon. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2005.

Duduit, Michael.. Handbook of Contemporary Preaching. Nashville, Tennessee: B&H Academic; 1992.

Duduit, Michael.. Handbook of Contemporary Preaching: A Wealth of Counsel for Creative and Effective Proclamation. Nashville, Tennessee: B&H Academic. 1993.

Howell, B. M., & Paris, J. W. Introducing cultural anthropology: A Christian perspective. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 2011.

Jones, Timothy P. Family Ministry Field Guide: How Your Church Can Equip Parents to Make Disciples. Anderson, Indiana: Weslyan Publishing House. 2011.


Jones, Timothy P. Ed. Perspectives on Family Ministry: Three Views. Nashville, Tennessee: B&H Publishing Group. 2009.

Kilian, Tom and Sandie Kilian. Bridging Cultures for Christ: Alternative ways for better results in cross-cultural missions. Chatham, VA: Sparrow Publishing. 2016.

Koukl, Gregory. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan. 2009.

Meyer, Erin. 2014. The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business. New York, NY: PublicAffairs.

Padilla, Art. Leadership, Leaders, Followers and Environments. Danvers, MA: John Wiley & Sons, 2013.


Perspectives On The World Christian Movement: The Notebook. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library. 1999.

Robinson, Haddon. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. 3rd Edition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2014.

Sanders, Oswald J. Spiritual Leadership: A Commitment to Excellence for Every Believer (Commitment To Spiritual Growth). 4th ed. Chicago Illinois: Moody Press. 2007.

Sunukjian, Donald. Invitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel Academic; 2007.

Smith, Tracey L.; Tague-Busler, Mary. Icebreaker: A Manual for Public Speaking. 7th Edition. Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland Press. 2014.


Storti, Craig. The Art of Crossing Cultures. 2nd Edition. Boston: Nicholas Brealey, 2007.

Psychology, Business, Personality, and Interpersonal

Adler, R. B.; Towne, N. Looking out, Looking In . 14th ed. Cengage Advantage Books. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. 2014.


Clinton, Timothy, and George Ohlschlager, eds. Competent Christian Counseling Foundations & Practice of Compassionate Soul Care. Colorado Springs, Col.: Waterbrook Press. 2002.


Grant, Adam. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World. New York, NY: Penguin Books. 2017.

Greene, Robert. Mastery. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2013.

Greene, Robert. The 48 Laws of Power. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2015.

Jung, C. G., W. S. Dell, and Cary F. Baynes. Modern Man: In search of a soul.. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2009.

Myers, D. & DeWall, C. Psychology in everyday life. 4th edition. New York, New York: Worth Publishers. 2017. 

Tan, Siang‐Yang. Counseling and psychotherapy: A Christian perspective. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic. 2011.


Cavanagh, Sarah Rose. HIVEMIND: The New Science of Tribalism in Our Divided World. New York, NY. Grand Central Publishing. Sept. 2019.

Fraser, D. A., & Campolo, A. (1992). Sociology Through the Eyes of Faith (Through the eyes of faith). New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Murray, Douglas. The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity. Bloomsbury Pub. London, UK. 2019

Paglia, Camille. 2017. Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism. New York, NY: Pantheon Books.

Peterson, Jordan B. Maps of Meaning: the architecture of belief. New York, NY: Routledge, 1999.


Cottrell, Jack. Tough Questions: Biblical Answers (Volumes One and Two). Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2001.


Rae, Scott. Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics. 3rd edition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2009.


Wells, Samuel, ed. Christian Ethics: An Introductory Reader. 1st ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. 


*NOTE: Recommendations are not to be read unfailingly as endorsements of all material found within books. I sometimes post material with which I do not fully agree. Although most books I do endorse, the spirit of recommendation for the above lists is to spur on thought and contemplation to lead us in truth.