Books I Recommend
Holy Bible (Read it every morning, afternoon and evening. Meditate on it. Pray over it. I personally read, study and teach from the New American Standard Version (NASB), but of course I consult other translations and the original languages in my studies. Most of the other books cited below are cited because I believe they can aid one in understanding this book.)
Finney's Systematic Theology, Charles Finney, Bethany House Publishers. (The writings of Charles G. Finney have had a tremendous impact on my life and studies. I've found him to be a faithful student of God's word. Of course he is a man, and like all men fault can be found in his writings, but overall they are true to the grace of God and a benefit to any willing to carefully digest them.)
The Heart of Truth, Charles Finney, Bethany House Publishers (Outlines)
True Christianity, Charles Finney, Anchor Cross Media.
Experiencing the Presence of God, Charles Finney, Whitaker House
What the Bible Says About God (Three Book Series): God the Creator, God the Redeemer, God the Ruler, Jack Cottrell, College Press (Brother Cottrell's understanding of what the Bible teaches about God is deep and stimulating--I highly recommend his books.)
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places (A Conversation in Spiritual Theology), Eugene H. Peterson, Errdmans' Publishing Company. (Oh what a book! It is a spiritual feast from beginning to end.)
Where the Spirit of the Lord Is, Jim McGuiggan, Howard Publishing Company (Another great spiritual feast. Jim has a simple yet profound way to talking about the Holy Spirit's work in our lives.)
The Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight, Paraclete Press. (This is a great book emphasizing the centrality of love for God and love for others in the Christian's life. Another of his books, Embracing Grace, is worth reading as well. The only complaint I have about Scot's writings are that while they elevate God's love I don't believe they say enough about His holiness.)
Explore the Book, Jay Sidlow Baxter, Zondervan (This is a good overview of the Bible. It was the first book I owned after securing a Bible.)
Redating the New Testament, John A.T. Robinson, Wipf and Stock Publishers (Robinson makes a convincing case that the entire New Testament, including the book of Revelation, was written prior to the destruction of Jerusalem.)
When Choice Becomes God, F. LaGard Smith, Harvest House Publishing (Explores the abortion question by exploring the nature of truth.)
Principles of Interpretation, Clinton Lockhart, Gospel Light Publishing Company (A good first book on the subject of hermeneutics.)
The New Testament Documents, F.F. Bruce, Eerdman's
Before Jerusalem Fell, Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., American Vision (I don't agree with Gentry's Preterist views, but I do believe he presents a good case for the early date for the book of Revelation)
The Stone-Campbell Movement, Leroy Garrett, College Press
Healing Is a Choice, Steve Arterburn, Nelson (Heavy on application and light on exegesis, but an excellent aid to anyone who wants to make real practical changes in their life.)
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, Broadman and Holman Publishers
The Potter's Freedom, James R. White, Calvary Press Publishing (I am staunchly anti-Calvinistic so I am not recommending this book because I agree with the author or the book/author he reviews in this book. James R. White is the foremost modern apologist for the Calvinist view. I believe anyone who really wants to understand hardcore Calvinism needs to read this apology for it. Nothing else I have read has helped me see clearer the distinction between the Bible view of salvation and the Calvinist view than this book.)
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien (This is a secular series but I usually read them once every couple of years. It is a grand story about a struggle between good and evil. My love for these books pre-date the movie series by two or three decades.)
Eve - The Empyrean Age, Tony Gonzales. This book is a novel based on my favorite online game, Eve. The events described in the novel actually took place in the game itself. You don't have to be an Eve player to appreciate the book, just a science fiction fan.
And of course, in a shameless plug for my own book, A Walk Through the Bible, Jack Holt, Aventine Press. The book can be ordered through Amazon or Barnes and Nobels online.