ARBCA Pastors list of Favorite Books

At the 2013 General Assembly, the ARBCA Publications Committee asked delegates to list their favorite books. Here are the results of the survey that participants filled out, alphabetically by author’s last name. The numbers in parentheses indicate how many named that particular book, if it was more than one.

1. After the Bible, what are your five all-time favorite books?

Christian Counselor’s Manual, by Jay Adams

Competent to Counsel, by Jay Adams


Theology of Biblical Counseling, by Jay Adams


Cur Deus Homo, by Anselm of Canterbury


The Confessions of Augustine, by Augustine of Hippo


The City of God, by Augustine of Hippo


In Defense of the Decalogue,  by Richard Barcellos


The Science of Missions, by John Bavinck


The Saints’ Everlasting Restby Richard Baxter


Progress of Doctrine in New Testamentby Thomas D. Bernard


The True Bounds of Christian Freedomby Samuel Bolton


Robert Murray M’Cheyneby Andrew Bonar

Words to Winners of Souls, by Horatius Bonar


Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Christian Ministryby Charles Bridges (3)


The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan (6)


Gospel Remissionby Jeremiah Burroughs


The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, by Jeremiah Burroughs


Institutes of Christian Religion, by John Calvin 


Today’s Gospel, by Walt Chantry (4)


The Bride of Christ, by Claude Chavasse 

Total Church, by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

Lectures on the Pilgrim’s Progress, by George B. Cheever

William Grimshaw of Haworth, by Faith Cook

Distinctives of Baptist Covenant Theology, by Pascal Denault (3)

Personal Declension and Revival of Religion in the Soul, by Philip Doddridge


God Without Parts, by James Dolezal


Narrative of Surprising Conversions, by Jonathan Edwards


Law-Death, Gospel-Life, by Ralph Erskine


The Christian Life, by Sinclair Ferguson


Last Things First, by John V. Fesko


Marrow of Modern Divinity, by Edward Fisher


Opening Ephesians, by Peter Jeffrey


The Prodigal God, by Tim Keller


Authority, by D. M. Lloyd-Jones


Preaching and Preachers, by D. M. Lloyd-Jones


Spiritual Depression, by D. M. Lloyd-Jones


Studies in the Sermon on the Mount,by D. M. Lloyd-Jones


The Bondage of the Will, by Martin Luther


The Baptism of Disciples Alone, by Fred Malone


Magna Carter Americana, by Cotton Mather


Tell the Truth, by Will Metzger


With Reverence and Awe, by Daryl Hart and Richard Muether

The Forgotten Spurgeon, by Iain Murray


The Puritan Hope, by Iain Murray


Revival & Revivalism, by Iain Murray


Jonathan Edwards, by Iain Murray


The First Forty Years (D. M. Lloyd-Jones), by Iain Murray


Redemption Accomplished and Applied, by John Murray (3)


Opening Proverbs, by Jim Newheiser


The Glory of Christ, by John Owen


Works of John Owen, Vol. 1, by John Owen


Works of John Owen, by John Owen


Covenant Theology: from Adam to Christ,C by Nehemiah Coxe and John Owen (2)


Knowing God, by J. I. Packer (5)


The Sovereignty of God, by A. W. Pink (4)


Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross, by A. W. Pink


Desiring God, by John Piper


Edification and Beauty, by James Renihan


The Coming of the Kingdom, by Herman N. Ridderbos


Exposition on the Gospel of John, by J. C. Ryle


Holiness, by J. C. Ryle (2)


The Works of Henry Scougal, by Henry Scougal


The Life of God in the Soul of Man, by Henry Scougal


Mission of Sorrow, by Gardiner Spring


A Pastor’s Sketches, by Ichabod Spencer (2)


Early Years; Full Harvest, by C. H. Spurgeon


The Soul Winner, by C. H. Spurgeon


Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, by Paul D. Tripp


Elenctic Theology, by Francis Turretin


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain


Biblical Theology, by Geerhardus Vos


The Kingdom of God and the Church, by Geerhardus Vos


The Godly Man’s Picture, by Thomas Watson

Journey from Texts to Translations, by Paul D. Wegner


The Potter’s Freedom, by James White

2. What is your all-time favorite Systematic Theology?


Reformed Dogmatics,
by Herman Bavinck (3)


Systematic Theology,
by Louis Berkhof (3)


The Institutes of Christian Religion,
by John Calvin


Hodge’s Systematic Theology (3 vol.),
by Charles Hodge


Outlines of Theology,
by A. A. Hodge


Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics,
by Richard Mueller


Abstract of Theology,
by James P. Boyce


Elenctic Theology,
by Francis Turretin

 

3. What is your all-time favorite Biography(s)?


To the Golden Shore: Adoniram Judson,
by Courtney Anderson


Here I Stand (Luther),
by Roland Bainton


Robert Murray M’Cheyne,
by Andrew Bonar (2)


George Whitefield,
by Arnold Dalimore


Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,
by Eric Metaxes


The Fight of Faith (D. M. Lloyd-Jones),
by Iain Murray


Jonathan Edwards,
by Iain Murray (4)


The First Forty Years (D. M. Lloyd-Jones),
by Iain Murray (3)


Earnest Reisinger,
by Geoffrey Thomas (2)


George Whitefield,
by Luke Tyerman


The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom and the Church,
by Geerhardus Vos

4. What one book would you give to a new pastor?


Competent to Counsel,
by Jay E. Adams


Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry, ed.
by Tom Ascol


The Christian Ministry,
by Charles Bridges (4)


The Imperative of Preaching,
by John Carrick


Today’s Gospel,
by Walt Chantry


Life of George Whitefield,
by Arnold Dalimore


Preaching and Preachers,
by D. M. Lloyd-Jones


Spiritual Depression,
by D. M. Lloyd-Jones


The Forgotten Spurgeon,
by Iain Murray


Simplicity in Preaching,
by J. C. Ryle


A Pastor’s Sketches,
by Ichabod Spencer


An All-Around Ministry,
by C. H. Spurgeon

5. What one book would you give to one who is wrestling with the call to the ministry?


The First Forty Years (D. M. Lloyd-Jones),
by Iain Murray

Am I Called?
by Dave Harvey (3)

Called to the Ministry,
by Edmund P. Clowney (5)

The Christian Ministry,
by Charles Bridges (2)

Lectures to My Students,
by Charles H. Spurgeon

The Reformed Pastor,
by Richard Baxter

6. What books you would like to see republished?


Orthodox Catechism,
by Hercules Collins

Vindiciae Veratatis,
by Nehemiah Coxe

Sermon preached at ordination of an elder and deacon,
by Nehemiah Coxe

The Everlasting Covenant, a sweet cordial for a drooping soul
by Benjamin Keach

The Display of Glorious Grace,
by Benjamin Keach

A Treatise Concerning the Covenant and Baptism (With Two Appendices),
by Edward Hutchinson

A Treatise Concerning the Lawful Subject of Baptism,
by John Spilsbury

 

“Without any means but books was God pleased to resolve me to himself.” (Richard Baxter)

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