Recommended Reading List 2017

by | Jan 23, 2017 | General, Gospel

Often the first month of a New Year is when people are bombarded with ideas for accomplishing their New Year’s resolutions. If you are a reader, or desire to be, this is also usually the time of year that recommended reading lists are published and Amazon gift cards are depleted. If you have not yet spent all of your book budget for the year, or you have included “book reading” on your list of New Year’s resolutions, perhaps this post will be helpful to you.

We understand that for many people, the discipline of reading feels overwhelming or unrealistic given busy schedules filled with work, parenting, and just…life. We also know that sometimes an obstacle to reading is a lack of planning or feeling unsure of where to start.

Reading can be a joy for some people and a chore for others. Regardless of which direction you find yourself inclined, we would encourage you to develop the discipline of reading books which encourage, deepen, and enliven your faith. The compilation below, reflects some of the books members of the board, and pastors of Redeemer Church either read in 2016, are currently reading, or have on their “soon to read” list. We have found these books helpful, and we commend them to you. Happy reading!


  1. A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love – Milton Vincent

  1. Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness -David Powlison

  1. What does the Bible really teach about homosexuality?  Kevin DeYoung

  1. What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission -Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert

  1. Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection – Ed Welch

  1. Married for God: Making Your Marriage the Best It Can Be -Christopher Ash

  1. Respectable Sins -Jerry Bridges

  1. By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me -Sinclair B. Ferguson

  1. The Gospel focus of Charles Spurgeon -Steven J. Lawson

  1. Knowing God – J.I. Packer

  1. The Cross: God’s Way of Salvation -Martyn Lloyd-Jones

  1. Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family -Paul David Tripp

  1. The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God -Tim and Kathy Keller

  1. Black and Reformed: Seeing God’s Sovereignty in the African-American Christian Experience -Anthony J. Carter

  1. Chosen for Life: The Case for Divine Election -Sam Storms

  1. According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible -Graeme Goldsworthy

  1. Golly’s Folly: The Prince Who Wanted It All Eleazar and Rebekah Ruiz

  1. The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New -Marty Machowski

  1. The Priest with Dirty Clothes -R.C. Sproul