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)

Comments for this post have been disabled