My Top 10 Christian Books

Based upon the long running BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Desert Island Discs’, we are hoping to compile a list of books that contributors feel should be essential for any young believer’s library.

Many of the books recommended by the contributors to this list are available either new or second-hand. We have included details of some of these suppliers on the Links page. This should not be taken as an endorsement of everything that appears on those sites.

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Recommended by Richard Catchpole:

Richard Catchpole Book Recommendations
  • BIBLE: Newberry Bible
Richard Catchpole Book Recommendations
  • Expository Dictionary of Words
  • by W. E. Vine
  • This is an essential book for any who want to engage in serious Bible study. This book is easy to use and enables non Greek readers to access and enjoy the riches of the words in which the New Testament was initially written. As good a translation as the King James Authorised Bible undoubtedly is, sometimes the distinct significance of similar Greek words can be lost in the process of translation. Not only does this volume reveal those distinctions but also frequently includes a brief comment on the words as used in particular verses.
Richard Catchpole Book Recommendations
  • Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (2 vols.)
  • by R. Laird Harris; G. L. Archer; B. R. Waltke
  • Although these are quite technical books I have included them as they give to the reader of the Old Testament what the former volume gives to the New Testament. There is an index to the two volumes in which the Hebrew words are ‘keyed’ to the numbers in ‘Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to the Bible’; alternatively users of the On-Line Bible will find that there is direct link to the numbering included in the link to Strong’s Concordance. Although this might sound complicated these volumes are in fact easy to use.
Richard Catchpole Book Recommendations
  • The Person of Christ
  • by N. Crawford
  • This brings together in one book a series of thirty-eight articles written by eight different brethren and first published in ‘Truth and Tidings Magazine’ over a period of thirteen months. It is important for every believer to have a right appreciation of the Person of Christ and this book brings together a wide spectrum of truth ranging from the eternal pre-existence and deity of Christ through to His return and millennial reign.
Richard Catchpole Book Recommendations
  • New Testament Church Principles
  • by A. G. Clarke
  • This book covers basic truth relative to the principles and practices of a New Testament Church. The writer deals with his themes in a most embracive, orderly, clear and helpful manner.
Richard Catchpole Book Recommendations
  • Treasury of Bible Doctrine
  • by J. Heading; C. E. Hocking
  • This book is sub-titled ‘Things most surely believed amongst us’ and as it suggests this develops teaching on a great variety of fundamental truths covering doctrine concerning the Scriptures, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the fall, the believer’s blessedness and last things. The value of this book as with the preceding two is the way in which the reader is given a comprehensive over-view of each subject.
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  • George Muller of Bristol
  • by A. T. Pierson
  • This is but one of several biography’s about the life of this remarkable servant of God. Any reliable biography of Muller would equally be suitable. I have included this as a very practical demonstration of what God can do with a man who totally yields his life to Him. This particular book is now in the public domain and is available on free-download from the internet though many readers might prefer a more recently written biography of Muller’s life.
Richard Catchpole Book Recommendations
  • Believer's Bible Commentary
  • by William MacDonald
  • This book has the advantage of embracing in a single volume a basically sound and helpful commentary on every chapter of the Bible. For those whose finances might be limited and are just commencing to study the Bible or build a library this book will prove to be a most valuable study tool.
Richard Catchpole Book Recommendations
  • An Introduction to the New Testament
  • by D. Edmond Hiebert
  • Originally published in three volumes this book is now available in a single volume. The writer deals with background details of each book of the New Testament, e.g. the writer, the place and date of writing and the circumstances behind and purpose of each book. He also gives for each book a helpful division of its chapters and contents.
Richard Catchpole Book Recommendations
  • Things to Come
  • by J. Dwight Pentecost
  • The study of prophecy is often neglected because of the tremendous variety of views that are held regarding future events. Many are deterred from such a study thinking that with such a variety of interpretations it is impossible to come to any firm conclusion regarding coming events. This book endeavours ton give an insight into some of the different views their merits and de-merits and in the examination of them to come to definite conclusions. While one would not necessarily agree with every conclusion nevertheless this book is a helpful and popular introduction to the subject.
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  • The Cost of Many Colours
  • by David Craig
  • This is a devotional study on the life of Joseph. This is a delightful book, easy to read, developing truth concerning Joseph as a type of Christ. The chapters are short, the writer putting into print messages that he initially gave in a Gospel Campaign held in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. This book is Christ-exalting and also includes some choice outlines for further Bible study.

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