These are my recommendations for books and specific editions of them. When I buy a book I want a nicely bound one, hardback if it’s available. I’d rather have a good book that’s well made than one that will fall apart in a few years, so I try to find the best one available. That’s what I list here. It’s a work in progress, and there’s more to come, so keep checking back for updates.

Theology & Biblical Studies:

This could easily be an unmanageable list, so I’ll list books I recommend as well as links to booklists that I use.

Helpful Reference Tools for Biblical Studies, Dr. Andreas Köstenberger’s list of the best of the best.

Favorite New Testament Commentaries, Dr. Andreas Köstenberger’s list of the best of the best.

Building a Theological Library (PDF), Dr. Danny Akin’s list

Desiring God’s Recommended Books, a comprehensive list organized by topic

Desiring God’s Recommended Commentaries


Ten Great Christian Biographies, Dr. Al Mohler’s top 10


Pilgrim’s Progress (Oxford Edition), by John Bunyan. Every Christian must read this book. Period. This edition is recommended by Derek Thomas due to the extensive and helpful notes on the text.

Iliad and Odyssey (box set), Nicely bound paperbacks of Robert Fagles’ widely acclaimed NIV-style translation of Homer.


One Response to Books

  1. Ron English says:

    About 100 years ago you and I were good friends. I would like to think we still are. However the years and miles have separated us. I now live in Oklahoma and we still have
    I have my own little blog where I post things that come to my heart. Nothing Extra Large there unless you consider the heart of God. Don’t know how often you check this thing, but thought it good to leave a word of greeting.

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