5 Books Every Christian Should Read

I just saw fellow Christian brother Tim Brister post what he believed to be the top five books that every Christian should read. Seeing a few of the same titles that I would have picked and a few I would have not, I decided to spend today’s post giving my own top 5 books that I believe every Christian needs to read.

1. Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray

2. The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul

3. The Art of Devine Contentment by Thomas Watson

4. Beginning at Moses: A Guide to Finding Christ in the Old Testament by Michael Barrett

5. Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism by Joel Beeke


7 Comments on “5 Books Every Christian Should Read”

  1. Wes White says:

    Michael, I think those are good selections. I’m going to have to read some of them! I have said that if I was going to recommend one book to the average Christian in our time and place, it would be R.C. Sproul’s Holiness of God. If you were going to have someone read a book on justification, what would it be? I’m still trying to think through that.

    I would include on my list Willem Teelinck’s The Path of True Godliness.

    I also would include Matthew Henry’s Commentaries and Brakel’s The Christian’s Reasonable Service, but those are multi-volume works, so I’m not sure if they count.

  2. Teelinck’s book is great, a lot of Dutch Reformed enjoy that book. I myself do enjoy Brakel, but I am not sure I’d place a 4-vol. set in a list of 5 books every single Christian needs to read. At times Brakel is about as boring at watching paint dry and others he is insightful.

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  5. Michael,

    Just so you know, the list wasn’t Timmy’s exclusively. The list was compiled by five of us at my request. You can see the original post that Tim linked to here:


    Thought you might be interested in the original. Thanks, brother.

  6. Yes brother I did know and read that. Thanks.

  7. Mitch says:

    Have you read Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels by Tullian Tchividjian ?
    Great book revealing more about the book of Jonah than you learned in your younger days. Also, Tullian is one of the best gospel centered preachers and authors I have come across. I’m glad I stumbled across your site today. I look forward to checking back in later.

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