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.

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Recommended by Ken Rudge:

Ken Rudge Book Recommendations
  • BIBLE: The New Testament from 26 Translations, General Editor Curtis Vaughan, Th. D.
  • Setting out as it does to give the reader the beneficial richness of the original Greek from 26 English translations, this production is a rich source of unending discovery to those who want to enjoy reading scripture with understanding. I discovered it early in my service of teaching the scriptures and have never put it down since. Using the A. V. text as the header it only then sets out under it the significant variations of any of the 26 other translations. Thus you have at your fingertips the variety of words and understandings that the text may bear-a tremendous resource for original thinking and study.
Ken Rudge Book Recommendations
  • Explore the Book,
  • by J. Sidlow Baxter
  • For those that are starting out to get a grip of their Bibles as I was in my early twenties, this volume gave me then and still does now, a great deal of the needful spade work without telling me everything! Baxter will give you the threads by which the Spirit of God has bound the sections and the books of scripture together and thus open up the overview of things so essential to balance and a wholesome grasp of God’s word.
Ken Rudge Book Recommendations
  • The New Testament, an expanded translation.
  • by Kenneth Wuest
  • Here in the one volume you get Wuest’s gigantic feel and grasp of the Greek without all the technicalities of the Lexicons and Dictionaries. It is the shear flavour and force of the language, set out in an easily readable flow, that grips you and forces you to ponder the richness of it again and again. I’m so glad I discovered Wuest in my early days for all his individual commentaries are worth their weight in gold.
Ken Rudge Book Recommendations
  • Analytical Studies in the Psalms
  • by Arthur G Clarke.
  • This pearl of a book came out of deep suffering as indeed so did many of the Psalms it treats. Clarke was imprisoned by the Japanese and whilst in the prison camp produced the notes we have preserved here. They are the bear bones upon which you can put the flesh, but there is nothing else in my opinion that will give you a better understanding of the Psalms in their primary application, devotional provision and dispensational setting.
Ken Rudge Book Recommendations
  • Jensen’s Survey of the New Testament
  • by Irving L. Jensen
  • There are other volumes that set out to give you this working textbook for your initial work on the New Testament but this one excels the others. It is not a lazy man’s easy way in and you will have to do the work to benefit, but the lay out and the charts are invaluable aids to getting a thorough grasp of your New Testament. It will not lose its ability to give you a lifelong aid to knowing God through His word.
Ken Rudge Book Recommendations
  • God Holds the Key
  • by Geoffrey T Bull.
  • Geoffrey Bull never ceases to move me when I read his writings. This book, read in my student days, taught me how to worship. If you are not a worshipper then you will not develop spiritually. Intimacy with God is through placing the highest value on who He is and what He has done. This book will lead you to Calvary on your knees and you will, having read it, never look back!
Ken Rudge Book Recommendations
  • The Anguish in the Grass-learning to pray with Jesus
  • by Geoffrey T Bull
  • This book is a Geoffrey Bull classic dealing with the prayer life of the Lord Jesus from the records of Luke’s Gospel. Not only did it teach me the amazing quality and aptness of the Lord’s prayer life but it opened my eyes once and for all as to how vital it is too learn how to pray. You want a spiritual life then knowing how to pray is fundamental. Here is the knowledge not only from the Lord Himself but through a man who learnt what he imparts while spending three years in a Red Chinese prison under a death threat.
Ken Rudge Book Recommendations
  • Shadow of the Almighty
  • by Elizabeth Elliott
  • Great biographies are hard to come by. This one comes at the top of my list. Taking notes from his diary Elizabeth Elliott has provided us with a vivid picture of her martyred husband’s early years and calling to serve God. His devotion steams off the page. Don’t touch it if you don’t want to live for God!
Ken Rudge Book Recommendations
  • Discipline in the School of God
  • by J B Stoney
  • So much must be gleaned by an avid appreciation of how God has dealt with others in the past. The biblical records are there for us to learn from, and this little book, now a lifelong companion, gave me my first insights into the way God is and how I have found Him to be. It is an invaluable treasure to have on the bookshelf.
Ken Rudge Book Recommendations
  • Charts of Bible Prophecy
  • by H Wayne House and Randall Price
  • If you can get a copy of Larkin’s Rightly Dividing the Word then it will set you up reasonably well with an understanding of prophetical truth. However it is dated and there are a lot more theories around these days so I would recommend this book to you. It sets out the various viewpoints in an even handed manner using 120 charts with easy to read explanations. All the major areas of prophetic truth under one roof! Good foundations are vital to get as early as possible and this will greatly help you to get them.
Ken Rudge Book Recommendations
  • The Revelation of Jesus Christ
  • by , John F Walvoord
  • You will always need a sound commentry on the Revelation. I was brought up on all of Dr Tatfords prophetical works and they are well worth having, however when it comes to a good up to date and reliable exposition for younger believers I feel it Walvoord that has done an excellent job. The exposition is not too overloaded with the words of others and you can get easily to any verse you want help with. Get it second hand too.

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