Book Recommendations

Please note that I get zero kickbacks or benefits for anything I recommend on this site. I share because 1) I am often asked to recommend books and 2) I hope someone else may profit from these books as much as I have. I am a fan of Austin Kleon’s idea of ‘showing your work.’ This is my attempt to do so. These are the books that have shaped me in one way or another.

General Theology

The Trinity and Christology

Pneumatology: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Justification

Sanctification

Law/Gospel

On Scripture

Biblical Theology

Covenant Theology

Preaching

Culture and Technology

  • C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
  • C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength
  • G.K. Chesterton, Heretics
  • G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
  • G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man
  • G.K. Chesterton, The Defendant
  • Neil Postman, Technopoly
  • Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death
  • Michael Polanyi, Personal Knowledge
  • John Freeman, The Tyranny of Email
  • Wendy Shalit, A Return to Modesty
  • Charles Dickens, Hard Times
  • Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron (short story)
  • Douglas Coupland, Generation A
  • Douglas Coupland, Girlfriend in a Coma
  • Ray Bradbury, The Veldt (short story)

Apologetics

Christian Biography

  • C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy
  • Iain Murray, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years
  • Iain Murray, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The Fight of Faith
  • Iain Murray, Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography
  • Augustine, Confessions
  • Peter Brown, Augustine of Hippo
  • Arnold Dallimore, George Whitefield
  • Arnold Dallimore, Spurgeon: A New Biography
  • Stephen Tomkins, John Wesley: A Biography
  • G.K. Chesterton, Saint Francis of Asissi
  • G.K. Chesterton, Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox
  • G.K. Chesterton, The Autobiography of G.K. Chesterton

Awe and Wonder

  • N.D. Wilson, Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl
  • C.S. Lewis, The Discarded Image
  • C.S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism
  • C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
  • C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
  • G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Children’s Fiction

  • C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia (7 volumes)
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
  • Lois Lowry, Number the Stars
  • Lowis Lowry, The Silent Boy
  • Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
  • Kenneth Grahame, The Reluctant Dragon
  • Edward Wyke-Smith, The Marvellous Land of the Snergs
  • George MacDonald, The Day Boy and the Night Girl
  • George MacDonald, The Giant’s Heart
  • George MacDoald, The Light Princess
  • George MacDonald, At the Back of the North Wind
  • Edith Nesbit, The Five Children and It
  • Edith Nesbit, The Magic Castle
  • Edith Nesbit, The Book of Dragons
  • Edith Nesbit, The Story of the Treasure Seekers
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  • Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales
  • John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Natalie Babbit, Tuck Everlasting
  • Natalie Babbit, The Eyes of the Amaryllis
  • Natalie Babbit, The Search for Delicious
  • Roald Dahl, Matilda
  • Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
  • L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Trenton Lee Stewart, The Mysterious Benedict Society (I have not read these, but my daughter highly recommends them)

Adult Fiction, Essays, etc. (*Note some of these contain mature content and should not be read if one’s conscience does not allow for such. I won’t link to the mature stuff *)

  • George Orwell, Animal Farm
  • Charles Dickens, Hard Times
  • Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club (mature content)
  • Douglas Coupland, Generation A (mature content)
  • Douglas Coupland, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture (mature content)
  • Douglas Coupland, Girlfriend in a Coma (mature content)
  • Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (mature content)
  • Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (mature content)
  • Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (mature content)
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano (mature content)
  • Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (mature content)
  • Donald Ray Pollock, Knockemstiff (VERY mature content)
  • Amy Hempel, The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel
  • Stephen Graham Jones, Father, Son, and Holy Rabbit, from The Ones that Got Away (short story collection)
  • Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son: Stories (mature content)
  • Raymond Carver, Where I’m Calling From
  • David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (mature content)
  • David Foster Wallace, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (mature content)
  • Barry Hannah, Long, Last, Happy (mature content)
  • Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
  • Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs (mature content)
  • Etgar Keret, The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God (& Other Stories)
  • Stephen King, Night Shift (short story collection, mature content)

On Reading and Writing, etc.

  • Chuck Palahniuk, 36 Writing Essays at LitReactor
  • Samson Raphaelson, The Human Nature of Playwriting
  • Mortimer Adler, How to Read a Book
  • Mortimer Adler, How to Speak, How to Listen
  • C.S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism
  • Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist
  • Austin Kleon, Show Your Work
  • Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners
  • David Foster Wallace, The Nature of the Fun, from Both Flesh and Not
  • Benjamin Percy, Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction
  • Stephen King, On Writing
  • Renni Browne and Dave King, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
  • John Gardner, The Art of Fiction
  • Conversations with Barry Hannah (University of Mississippi Press)

5 thoughts on “Book Recommendations

      • “Holiness” was good, but if you ever get your hands on an old book by Ryle entitled “Warnings to the Churches,” I highly recommend it.
        It was the first book I read of his and made me an instant fan.

        I know in Christendom it is chic to name drop Spurgeon, but I am a bigger fan of Ryle than Spurgeon, in spite of what my Reformed brothers and sisters may think about me for admitting that.

        😉

      • It looks like Monergism has a Kindle version available for free. I’ll read it as soon as I get the opportunity. Thanks for the recommendation.

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