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 John Bennett:

John Bennett Book Recommendations
  • BIBLE: Newberry Study Bible
  • A Bible that you can grow into! It can take a little time to get to know the symbols and their significance but, given time and effort, it will open up profitable lines of study. Newberry’s alternative renderings in the margin and his handling of prepositions are particularly useful to those who find getting to grips with Greek and Hebrew rather daunting.
John Bennett Book Recommendations
  • Expository Dictionary of Words
  • by W.E. Vine
  • An invaluable help in that it gives the meaning of different Hebrew or Greek words that can be accessed through the English or the Strong’s number. It also opens up lines of study when a word occurs more than once as some of these are listed.
John Bennett Book Recommendations
  • Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
  • by James Strong
  • Few of us have immediate recollection of all the passages that contain a particular word, or what that word might be in the language of the original biblical text. Finding relevant passages, understanding the word used in that passage and having a dictionary to open up alternative renderings/meanings are just some of the beauties of this work.
John Bennett Book Recommendations
  • Linguistic Key to the Greek New Testament
  • by F. Reinecker & C. Rogers
  • On first impressions this book will be daunting because it assumes that words can be recognised in the Greek. However, with the Newberry Bible some of these will be in the margin. Alternatively, simple use of an Interlinear Greek-English New Testament will enable some material to become more apparent. The advantage of this volume is that it contains material culled from a vast library of works and opens up the meaning of passages through the words they contain.
John Bennett Book Recommendations
  • Collected Writings (5 volumes)
  • by W.E. Vine
  • This might be ‘cheating’ a little but there is such a wealth of sound scriptural exposition in these volumes that it would be difficult to do without them. Vine covered most of the Pauline epistles in his writings (2 Corinthians, Ephesians being notable exceptions) together with John’s Gospel and Epistles. Apart from these gems there is also a mine of lesser works that are worth careful reading, not least Vine’s book on Church truth and order.
John Bennett Book Recommendations
  • Treasury of Bible Doctrine
  • by J. Heading & C.E. Hocking
  • Here is another book that crams so much into a relatively slim volume. Every library should have a book that provides material on the such essential doctrine as the person of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit as well as those essential aspects of the believer’s blessedness in redemption, justification, reconciliation, etc. There is also a brief summary of ‘last things’ which gives a helpful overview.
John Bennett Book Recommendations
  • The Bible Knowledge Commentary (Old Testamentt)
  • by J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck
John Bennett Book Recommendations
  • The Bible Knowledge Commentary (New Testament)
  • by J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck
  • Picking a commentary that covers the whole of the scriptures is a difficult task. However, this commentary interprets the Scriptures using an approach that presents no difficulty in its interpretation of future events. At the same time, the authors often present various views of passages where differences of opinion exist within evangelical scholarship and this indicates that it contains a little more technical help than many commentaries offer. I would not concur with all that it has to say on Church truth.
John Bennett Book Recommendations
  • The Gospel of John
  • by Arthur W. Pink
  • This is a monumental work on the gospel that runs to over 1100 pages. However, it is not a technical work but one that is devotional and challenging throughout. I would not recommend the writings of this author generally but this is one commentary that would provide hours of profitable if, at times, uncomfortable reading.
John Bennett Book Recommendations
  • Chief Men among the brethren
  • by Henry Pickering
  • Not being someone who has a great interest in history this book may seem a strange inclusion to the list. However, this book is not a detailed account of facts and figures but a record of God’s dealings with individuals who played such a significant part in the development of assembly life and witness. It is reminder of our heritage and of the sacrifices that early brethren made in leaving the established churches to meet on the ground of New Testament principles.
John Bennett Book Recommendations
  • The Bible has the answer
  • by H. M. Morris
  • Although I do not agree with all that Henry Morris has to say in his answers, he covers issues of greater breadth than any other work of this kind that I know. There are alternative volumes that look at answers to pressing biblical difficulties but none that covers the range of topics included here e.g. Are smoking and gambling wrong? How can I know God’s will? Is there an answer to the pollution problem? I am sure that this book will generate some careful thought.

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