Recommended Reading

I was recently asked to provide a list of "Recommended Reading," and thought it may be helpful to have it here as a resource. This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but is only a reflection of some of the significant books that came to mind as being most helpful in each of the categories listed below. 

At some point in the future, the elders of Canyon hope to put together a more formal and official list for the website, but until then, I pray this may be useful to you in your own personal reading life. 

Books for a New Believer

  • The Gospel – Ray Ortlund
  • The Heart of the Bible – John MacArthur
  • Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ – John Piper
  • Fundamentals of the Faith – John MacArthur

Books Every Christian Should Read

  • The Gospel According to Jesus – John MacArthur
  • Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper (more details here)
  • Through Gates of Splendor – Elisabeth Elliot
  • Desiring God – John Piper
  • Lit! – Tony Reinke

Spiritual Growth

  • Look and Live – Matt Papa
  • Knowing God – J.I. Packer
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life – Donald Whitney
  • Expository Listening – Ken Ramey

Personal Study Guides

  • Fundamentals of the Faith – John MacArthur
  • Instruments in the Redeemers Hands – Tripp
  • 1 Timothy – Canyon Bible Church (available by contacting the church office)

Marriage and Family

  • God, Marriage, and Family – Andreas Kostenburger
  • Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God – C.J. Mahaney
  • When Sinners Say “I Do” – Harvey
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Tripp
  • The Fulfilled Family – John MacArthur
  • Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full – Gloria Furman

Bible Study Method

  • Living by the Book – Howard Hendricks
  • How to Read the Bible as Literature – Ryken
  • How to Study the Bible – John MacArthur

Church and Ministry

  • The Trellis and the Vine – Marshall and Payne
  • The Master’s Plan for the Church – John MacArthur
  • Letters to my Students – Charles Spurgeon
  • Instruments in the Redeemers Hands - Tripp

Church History and “Missions”

  • Let The Nations Be Glad – John Piper
  • Evangelicalism Divided – Ian Murray
  • The Reformation – Steven Nichols
  • Pillars of Grace – Steve Lawson
  • Foundations of Grace – Steve Lawson

Christian Biographies 

Smaller & Shorter Biographies by Steve Lawson

  • The Daring Mission of William Tyndale
  • The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon (link to review here)
  • The Expository Genius of John Calvin
  • The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Larger & Longer Biographies

  • John MacArthur - Ian Murray
  • Heroes – Ian Murray (7 Shorter Bios in One Book)
  • Memoirs and Remains of Robert Murray M’Cheyne – Andrew Bonar

The Classics

  • Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
  • Mortification of Sin – John Owen
  • Holiness – J.C. Ryle
  • Pleasing God – R.C. Sproul

Daily “Devotionals”

  • Life as a Vapor – John Piper
  • In Green Pastures – J.R. Miller
  • Truth for Today – John MacArthur
  • New Morning Mercies – Paul David Tripp

Work and Productivity

  • What’s Best Next – Matt Perman
  • Do More Better – Tim Challies
  • Crazy Busy – Kevin DeYoung