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 Totton:

Ken Totton Book Recommendations
  • BIBLE: AV/RV Interlinear
  • The English Revised Version (1881) has long been recognised as one of the most useful versions for accurate study of the biblical text. This is because it follows the idiom of the original as closely as possible. The Interlinear Bible shows at a glance those verses where readings differ from the Authorised (King James) Version. The comprehensive marginal references should not be overlooked – they are the fruit of a massive scholarly effort to make scripture its own commentary.
Ken Totton Book Recommendations
  • Expository Dictionary of Words
  • by W. E. Vine
  • Vine was an able scholar and has given us an invaluable help. It gives ordinary readers 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. I’ve used mine from my schooldays, and wouldn’t be without it!
Ken Totton Book Recommendations
  • Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
  • by James Strong
  • As the great preacher C H Spurgeon said: ‘You need only one - have none but the best’. Strong’s is still arguably the best and easiest to use concordance. There has been a recent surge in the popularity of computer aids for Bible study such as e-sword and other tools keyed to Strong’s numbers, making this concordance a good choice.
Ken Totton Book Recommendations
  • In Understanding be Men
  • by T. C. Hammond
  • Here is a book that has stood the test of time. It is an introductory handbook on Christian doctrine. It covers topics such as the authority of Scripture, the Godhead, man and sin, the persons and work of Christ, the Holy Spirit etc. It condenses a lot of material into a small and accessible volume, and provides an excellent introduction from which the student might progress to the larger works of ‘systematic theology’. Each topic is treated clearly and logically, with lots of references to relevant scriptures and suggested further reading.
Ken Totton Book Recommendations
  • New Bible Dictionary (Inter Varsity Press)
  • by Various Contributors
  • We should all be aiming for an intelligent understanding of the Word of God. The help of a good Bible dictionary cannot be overstated, to promote enjoyment of the Scriptures. This comprehensive dictionary has run through several editions and is goldmine of up-to-date information on all aspects of the Bible, representing the best in evangelical scholarship. It contains articles on doctrine, outlines of Bible books, characters, Bible lands, and much more.
Ken Totton Book Recommendations
  • Treasury of Bible Doctrine
  • by J. Heading & C. E. Hocking
  • Compiled form contributions to Precious Seed and specially commissioned articles, this unpretentious little volume comprises a wealth of reliable material on fundamental doctrines as the person of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. It also covers the believer’s blessedness in redemption, justification, reconciliation, etc. There is also a brief summary of ‘last things’ which gives a helpful overview.
Ken Totton Book Recommendations
  • New Issues Facing Christians Today
  • by J. Stott
  • This book reminds us that we are to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Stott challenges us to think Biblically in relation to major societal and global issues such as pluralism, our environment, economic inequality, human rights etc. He also address sexual issues such ‘man, woman and God’, marriage, divorce, abortion, and same-sex partnerships. Whilst his conclusions are not to be accepted uncritically, this book is a model of how Biblical teaching should shape our approach to the complex issues of our times.
Ken Totton Book Recommendations
  • The Glories of our Lord
  • by H. C. Hewlett
  • This delightful little book focuses on the person of Christ comprising chapters on his sonship, eternity, deity, incarnation, humanity, holiness, crucifixion, priesthood etc. Hewlett’s style is eminently readable, and you will find his treatment to be of great devotional value.
Ken Totton Book Recommendations
  • The Cross in the New Testament
  • by Leon Morris
  • The can be no subject more important than the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ! This standard work by an outstanding evangelical scholar highlights the centrality of the cross in the NT. Morris has chapters on the cross as set forth in each major section of the NT, bringing out how each writer contributes distinctively to the rich Biblical presentation of the atonement.
Ken Totton Book Recommendations
  • The Mackintosh Treasury
  • by C. H. Mackintosh
  • I was introduced to CHM’s books in my youth and have enjoyed them ever since. His style is exceptionally clear and practical. This is a compendium of papers on key topics such as the authority of scripture, the person of Christ, lessons from the Old Testament, the church, the Lord’s coming. This volume makes an ideal companion to his ‘Notes on the Pentateuch’

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