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Mark’s Top 200 Books (besides the Bible!)

March 25, 2019


With so many books at our fingertips, it can be tough to find theologically sound, biblically rich, spiritually edifying works that stand the test of time. I get asked regularly to recommend books on a variety of topics pertaining to theology, apologetics, marriage and family, biblical studies, and ethics, among others. Because of this, I have put together this list of my top 200 books (besides the Bible) to help those who desire to stretch themselves and grow biblically, theologically, and in deeper, more intimate communion with God.  


Some of these books are more academic than others, so you will want to look up each book online to get a more detailed description and overview. That said, I recommend each of these for your intellectual and spiritual growth. This list doesn’t include every great book that is out there, of course, but on a personal level, the Lord has used each of these books at different points in my own life and ministry to encourage me, challenge me, sharpen me, convict me, and ultimately spur me on toward greater love for God and people. I pray you can find a few on here that will do the same for you. And in case you are wondering, these books are not listed in any particular order. May you continue to grow in loving God with all of your mind that you might love Him with all of your heart and with all of your strength!



Mark’s Top 200 Books (besides the Bible!)


Desiring God by John Piper

When I Don’t Desire God by John Piper

The Pleasures of God by John Piper

Future Grace by John Piper

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by John Piper

The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper

Hunger for God by John Piper

Let the Nations Be Glad! by John Piper

Finally Alive by John Piper

Reading the Bible Supernaturally by John Piper


Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey

Love Thy Body by Nancy Pearcey


Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin


Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem


Basic Christianity by John Stott

The Cross of Christ by John Stott


The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul

Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul

What is Reformed Theology? by R.C. Sproul

Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul

The Promises of God by R.C. Sproul


The Imperfect Disciple by Jared Wilson

The Gospel-Driven Church by Jared Wilson

Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson


Black and Reformed by Anthony Carter


A Theology of the New Testament by George Eldon Ladd


Integrative Theology by Bruce Demarest and Gordon Lewis


Jesus and the Gospels by Craig Blomberg

Neither Poverty Nor Riches by Craig Blomberg


Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray

Principles of Conduct by John Murray


What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert


Saving the Saved by Bryan Loritts


The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges

Trusting God by Jerry Bridges

Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges

The Joy of Fearing God by Jerry Bridges


In His Image by Jen Wilken

Women of the Word by Jen Wilken


The Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas Watson

A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson


What is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile

The Gospel for Muslims by Thabiti Anyabwile


Lectures to my Students by Charles Spurgeon

All is Grace by Charles Spurgeon

Smooth Stones Taken from Ancient Brooks by Thomas Brooks and C.H. Spurgeon


Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

Homosexuality by Kevin DeYoung

The Hole in our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung

Why We Love The Church by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck


Christ Formed in You by Brian Hedges


Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton


Gospel-Powered Parenting by William Farley

Gospel-Powered Humility by William Farley


Found in Him by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Love to Eat, Hate to Eat by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Idols of the Heart by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Give them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick


John Owen on the Christian Life by Sinclair Ferguson

The Holy Spirit by Sinclair Ferguson

From the Mouth of God by Sinclair Ferguson

The Christian Life by Sinclair Ferguson


The Supremacy of Christ by Ajith Fernando


What Christians Ought To Believe by Michael Bird


The Meaning of Marriage by Tim and Kathy Keller

Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles by Kathy Keller

The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller

The Reason for God by Timothy Keller

Prayer by Timothy Keller


God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts


The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler


Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves

Rejoicing in Christ by Michael Reeves


Delighting in the Law of the Lord by Jerram Baars


Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley


Memoir and Remains of Robert Murray McCheyne              

by Andrew Bonar


The Shepherd Leader by Timothy Witmer


The Church by Edmund Clowney


The Things of Earth by Joe Rigney


Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be by Cornelius Plantinga


When People Are Big and God Is Small by Edward Welch

Depression by Edward Welch

Running Scared by Edward Welch

Addictions by Edward Welch


Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney


Repentance by C. John Miller


Holiness by Grace by Bryan Chapell


The Mark of the Christian by Francis Schaeffer

How Should We Then Live by Francis Schaeffer

Art and the Bible by Francis Schaeffer


The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer


Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer


The Apostles Creed by Albert Mohler


The Gospel According to Jesus by John Macarthur

The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness by John Macarthur

Ashamed of the Gospel by John Macarthur


My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers


The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman


Good & Angry by David Powlison

Seeing With New Eyes by David Powlison

God’s Grace in Your Suffering by David Powlison

How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison


How People Change by Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp


Chosen for Life by Sam Storms

Pleasures Evermore by Sam Storms

The Singing God by Sam Storms


Communion with the Triune Godby John Owen; Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor, Editor

Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen; Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor, Editors


Sound Doctrine by Bobby Jamieson


Expository Apologetics by Voddie Baucham


The Joy of Calvinism by Gregory Forster


Putting Amazing Back Into Grace by Michael Horton


Note to Self by Joe Thorn


The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall


Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions by Arthur Bennet


Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers by D.A. Carson

How Long, O Lord? Reflections on Suffering and Evil by D.A. Carson

Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D.A. Carson


Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God by C.J. Mahaney

Humility by C.J. Mahaney

The Cross-Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney


Training Hearts, Teaching Minds by Starr Meade


Holiness by J.C Ryle

A Call to Prayer by J.C. Ryle


Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards

Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards

The Life and Diary of David Brainard by Jonathan Edwards


Preaching & Preachers by D.M. Lloyd-Jones

Spiritual Depression by D.M. Lloyd-Jones


When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty        by Joni Erickson Tada


Tell the Truth by Will Metzger


The Storm-Tossed Family by Russell Moore


The Gospel Comes with A House Key by Rosaria Butterfield

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield

Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Butterfield


Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity     by Mark Noll


Jonathan Edwards by George Marsden


Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes


Wesley and the Men Who Followed by Iain Murray

The Forgotten Spurgeon by Iain Murray

Spurgeon vs. the Hyper-Calvinists by Iain Murray


Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton


George Whitefield by Arnold Dallimore

Spurgeon: A New Biography by Arnold Dallimore


Foxe's Book of Martyrs by John Foxe


The Moment of Truth by Steven Lawson


The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification by Walter Marshall


A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God's Love by Milton Vincent


Heaven by Randy Alcorn

Happiness by Randy Alcorn


God, Marriage, And Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation       by Andreas Kostenberger


The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink

The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink


The Person of Christ by Donald MacLeod


Still Sovereign by Tom Schreiner

New Testament Theology by Tom Schreiner


Even Better Than Eden by Nancy Guthrie

Holding Onto Hope by Nancy Guthrie


Thy Word is Truth by E.J. Young


The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther


Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer

A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life by J.I. Packer

Keep in Step with the Spirit by J.I. Packer

Weakness is the Way by J.I. Packer


Worship in Spirit and Truth by John Frame

Systematic Theology by John Frame

Apologetics to the Glory of God by John Frame

Christianity Considered by John Frame


Biblical Eldership by Alex Strauch

Love or Die by Alex Strauch

Leading with Love by Alex Strauch

If They Bite and Devour One Another by Alex Strauch

Men and Women: Equal Yet Different by Alex Strauch


The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter


The Christian Ministry by Charles Bridges


Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever

The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever


New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F.F. Bruce


Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis


Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen


Every Thought Captive by Richard Pratt


Truth Decay by Doug Groothuis


Confessions by Augustine


Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan


All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes by Ken Myers


More Than A Carpenter by Josh MacDowell


Righteous Sinners by Ron Julian


The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin by Kris Lundgaard


No Place for Truth by David Wells

The Courage to be Protestant by David Wells


The Universe Next Door by James Sire


The Theology of the Reformers by Timothy George






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