Author’s Note: Our world is filled with books, only one of which – the Bible – reveals truth in such a comprehensive, pure, and reliable way. The differences between translations, our current understanding and use of language, and our personal spiritual dullness may cloud the truth revealed in the Scriptures, but the mysteries of creation, human and divine life, and the future are nowhere more clearly presented than in the Bible itself.
However, there are many other resources that may not be as pure overall but can illuminate aspects our lives in thought-provoking ways that go into subjects in more detail and depth. I have listed a number of these below for your consideration, some of which have been referenced in the pages of this website.
Key: The following symbols indicate which section a resource may best apply to: α = Alpha, ♔ = Kingdom (or the entire site), Ω = Omega. While all the Resources listed here are excellent, I have highlighted some symbols in gold.
♔ Adams, Jay E.
Competent to Counsel. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1986.
α Augustine, Saint
The Literal Meaning of Genesis, Volumes 1 and 2. Books 41 and 42 in Ancient Christian Writers Series. Written by Saint Augustine in 415 AD and translated by John Hammond Taylor. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1982.
♔ Bagster, Samuel
Daily Light on the Daily Path: A 365-Day Devotional. A full year of morning and evening KJV Scripture selections for daily reading and meditation, compiled by the Bagster family in England in the 19th Century, first published in 1875 and available though various print publishers over the years. Current paperback with verses in NKJV by Whitaker House, New Kensington, PA, 1999. Free KJV smartphone app available as Daily Light on the Daily Path – Lite.
♔ Baker, John
Celebrate Recovery: The Journey Begins. Updated Participant’s Guide Set includes Volume 1 – Stepping Out of Denial into God’s Grace, Volume 2 – Taking an Honest and Spiritual Inventory, Volume 3 – Getting Right with God, Yourself, and Others, and Volume 4 – Growing in Christ While Helping Others. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2016.
♔ Barton, David
The Myth of Separation: What is the correct relationship between Church and State? Third Edition, Aledo, TX: WallBuilder Press, 1992.
♔ Beasley-Murray, G. R
Jesus and the Kingdom of God. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1986.
♔ Berry, Wendell
The Hidden Wound. New York, NY: North Point Press, 1989.
English Standard Version Study Bible. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008. Basic ESV Bible available online and as a smartphone app here.
♔ Blackaby, Henry T.
Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God. Nashville, TN: B&H Books; Revised, Expanded edition, 2008. Also available as a workbook for group study.
♔ Bonhoeffer, Dietrich
Life Together, A Spiritual not a Human Reality. San Francisco, CA: HarperOne; 1st edition, 2009. Originally published in 1945.
The Cost of Discipleship. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Touchstone; 1st edition, 1995. Originally published in 1937.
Ethics. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Touchstone; 1st edition, 1995. Meant to be Bonhoeffer’s magnum opus, this unfinished work was originally published posthumously in 1949.
♔ Bright, John
The Kingdom of God: The Biblical Concept and Its Meaning for the Church. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1953.
♔ Budziszewski, J.
What We Can’t Not Know: A Guide. Dallas, TX: Spence Publishing Company, 2003.
♔ Bunyan, John
The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come. Various publishers (first part published in 1678, full volume in 1684). Current paperback by Signet Classics, 2009. Available online and in a PDF version.
♔ Burns, James
Revivals: Their Laws And Leaders. Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing, 2006 (reprint, original Hodder and Stoughton, 1909). Click here for enormous 40MB PDF.
♔ Burns, Ken
The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns, 25th Anniversary Edition. Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Direct, 6 DVDs (restored from original 1990 version with additional content), 2015.
The War: A World War II Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Direct, 6 DVDs, 2007.
The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Direct, 10 DVDs, 2017.
♔ Cahill, Thomas
How the Irish Saved Civilization. New York, NY: Anchor Books, Random House, 1995.
α Campbell, John Angus and Meyer, Stephen C.
Darwinism, Design, and Public Education. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2013.
♔ Choung, James
True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008.
Real Life: A Christianity Worth Living Out. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2012.
Longing for Revival: From Holy Discontent to Breakthrough Faith. Co-authored with Ryan Pfeiffer. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2020.
Ω Clouse, R. G., editor
The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1977.
α Darwin, Charles
The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man. Darwin’s two seminal books, the first published in 1859 with several updates over the years and the second in 1871. Published in a combined edition in New York, NY: The Modern Library, Random House, 1936. Darwin’s controversial, extensive, and often troublingly eugenic writings are available online in text form along with substantial background information.
♔ Derrick, Christopher
Escape from Scepticism: Liberal Education as if Truth Mattered. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 1977.
♔ Dickens, Charles
The Old Curiosity Shop. First published in England in 1840, many editions available.
Barnaby Rudge. First published in England in 1841, many editions available. An excellent recent paperback edition was published in Hertfordshire, England by Wordsworth Classics, 1998.
A Christmas Carol. First published in England in 1843, many editions available. An excellent Creative Editions version with illustrations by Roberto Innocenti was published in Mankito, MN: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1995.
Little Dorrit. First published in England in 1858, many editions available.
Charles Dickens was a gifted and prolific author whose collected works are a treasure, an author perhaps more familiar to some by his better-know works like Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Bleak House, and Oliver Twist, all of which are excellent.
♔ Durant, Will and Ariel
Story of Civilization. An eleven-volume set published by Simon & Schuster in 1963. More recent reprints available. This is a detailed and engaging overview of the history of the world (primarily western civilization with one book on the Orient) and an excellent reference work. Along with most others, I cannot pretend to have read it all.
Ω Easterbrook, Don J., editor
Evidence-Based Climate Science, Second Edition: Data Opposing CO2 Emissions as the Primary Source of Global Warming. New York, NY: Elsevier, 2016. A controversial in-depth, evidence-based analysis of the scientific data concerning climate change and global warming authored by 8 of the world’s leading climate scientists, each with more than 25 years of experience in the field.
♔ Eddy, Paul Rhodes and Boyd, Gregory A.
The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition. Ada, MI: Baker Academic, Baker Publishing Group, 2007.
♔ Fosdick, Harry Emerson
A Guide to Understanding the Bible. New York, NY: Harper & Bros., 1938.
♔ Fountain, Daniel E., MD
God, Medicine & Miracles: The Spiritual Factor in Healing. Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Press, Random House, 1999.
Health, the Bible and the Church. Wheaton, IL: A Billy Graham Center Monograph, 1989.
Who is This Man Jesus? Dillsboro, IN: Selah Publishing, 2003.
♔ Foxe, John
Fox’s Book of Martyrs: Or A History of the Lives, Sufferings, and Triumphant Deaths of the Primitive Protestant Martyrs. Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto: John C. Winston Co., 1926. Initially published in 1563 under the title Actes and Monuments of these Latter and Perillous Days, Touching Matters of the Church, this famous and remarkable book underwent sequential updates and revisions over the life of its author and is available in print in various editions through Amazon and others, as well as online or in a PDF version.
Ω Gauldin, Robert
Biblical Prophesy Reconsidered. Rochester, NY: Unpublished manuscript, 2018.
α Giannini, Judith A.
Revised Ancient Biblical Chronology (RABMEC) Timeline. Book manuscript posted online at Jagnet Books, 2012.
Dual-Time Concept and Mythology Illuminate Intersection of Science and Religion. Paper manuscript posted online at Jagnet Books, 2012.
α Gould, Stephen Jay
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1990. Click here for PDF.
♔ Gritsch, Eric W.
A History of Lutheranism. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2002.
♔ Grubb, Norman
Continuous Revival. Fort Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade pocketbook edition, 1971 (first published 1951). Click here for PDF.
♔ Guinness, Os
Last Call for Liberty: How America’s Genius for Freedom Has Become Its Greatest Threat. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2018. Click here for availability of other excellent books by this author.
Ω Huxley, Aldous
Brave New World (1932) and Brave New World Revisited (1958). Reprinted together with Foreword by Christopher Hitchens. New York, NY: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2005.
Ω Jeremiah, David
Until Christ Returns: Living Faithfully Today While We Wait for Our Glorious Tomorrow. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1999.
♔ Johnson, Gregory A.
The Kingdom According to Jesus. Amazon CreateSpace Publishing, 2012.
♔ Joiner, Bill and Josephs, Stephen
Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons, 2007.
♔ King, Jr., Martin Luther
Strength to Love. New York, NY: Harper & Row Publishers, 1963. A collection of Dr. King’s most requested sermons.
Where Do We Go From Here – Chaos or Community? New York, NY: Harper & Row Publishers, 1967. An assessment of America’s priorities and a warning that they need to be re-ordered. Beacon Press edition available as a PDF here.
♔ Ladd, George E.
The Gospel of the Kingdom. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1959. An outstanding resource, reprinted in paperback by Martino Publishing in 2011. Click here for PDF edition.
♔ Larkin, Clarence
♔ Lawrence, Brother
The Practice of the Presence of God. Image Books, Crown Publishing Group; Reissue edition, 1977. Written by a seventeenth-century lay Carmelite.
♔ Lewis, C. S.
Mere Christianity. San Francisco, CA: HarperOne; Revised & Enlarged edition, 2015. The contents of this book were adapted from a series of BBC radio talks made by Lewis between 1942 and 1944 and first published as a unit in 1952. Click here for PDF version.
α Lennox, John
Can Science Explain Everything? Surrey, England: The Good Book Company, 2019.
The Quest Series (with David Gooding). Belfast, Ireland: Myrtlefield House, 2018.
α McGrath, Alister E.
Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Ω Mears, Robert W.
The Last Revival. The Death of Christian Civilization and the Return of Hope, Martyrdom, and the New Testament Church. Lakeport, NH: Prophetic Services, 2000. Out of print but some used copies still available.
♔ Menninger, Karl MD
Man Against Himself. New York, NY: Harcourt, Brace, 1938.
Love Against Hate. New York, NY: Harcourt, Brace, 1942.
Whatever Became of Sin? New York, NY: Hawthorn Books, 1973.
α Morehouse, William R.
The Beginning of Life. Rochester, NY: PowerPoint Presentation, 2017. Click here for PDF.
α National Academy of Sciences
Science, Evolution, and Creationism. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2008.
♔ Nee, Watchman
Spiritual Reality or Obsession. Click here for PDF: New York: Christian Fellowship Publishers, 1970.
Sit, Walk, Stand. Click here for PDF: Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1957.
What Shall This Man Do? Fort Washington, PA: CLC Publications, Revised edition, 1998.
♔ Nicholls, William
Christian Antisemitism: A History of Hate. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield (a Jason Aronson book), 1993. A very scholarly but polemic book with which I disagree fundamentally. However, it conveys a very interesting thesis about the support of antisemitism that can be found in those carrying unredeemed “Christian” perspectives.
Ω Orwell, George
Animal Farm (1945) and 1984 (1949). Reprinted together with Introduction by Christopher Hitchens. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003.
α Overman, Dean L.
A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001. Click here for PDF.
♔ Perrin, Norman
Jesus and the Language of the Kingdom. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press, 1976.
♔ Phillips, J. B.
Your God is Too Small. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1952. Touchstone Edition, 2004.
♔ Prince, Derek
The Foundation Series. Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Derek Prince Publications, 1976. Many more Derek Prince resources available here.
♔ Richardson, Don
Peace Child: An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century, Fourth Edition 2005. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2014.
Eternity in Their Hearts: Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of Cultures Throughout the World, Third Edition 2005. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2014. Click here to read sample Chapter 4: Scholars with Strange Theories.
Lords of the Earth: An Incredible but True Story from the Stone-Age Hell of Papua’s Jungle. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2008.
♔ Roberts, Vaughan
God’s Big Picture: Tracing the storyline of the Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.
Ω Rosenberg, Joel C.
Epicenter 2.0: Why the Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future. Click here for PDF of Chapter 1: Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2008.
Implosion: Can America Recover from Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges in Time? Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2013.
α Ross, Hugh
Reasons to Believe: Creation Model Approach. Website with many articles and books on origins by the author referenced.
♔ Savonarola, Girolamo
Selected Writings of Girolamo Savonarola – Religion and Politics, 1490–1498. Translated and edited by Anne Borelli and Maria Pastore Passaro with Donald Beebe, Executive Editor. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2006. Available in a PDF version.
The Triumph of the Cross. Originally published in 1497. Translated from the Italian and edited with an introduction by Father John Procter. London and Dublin: Sands & Co. and H. M. Gill & Son, 1901. Available online.
♔ Schaeffer, Edith
What Is A Family? Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1975. Republished by Baker Books in 1997.
♔ Schaeffer, Francis A.
How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1983. Also available as a Special Edition 2-disk DVD series with study guide.
♔ Schlink, M. Basilea
Repentance: The Joy Filled Life. Click here for a PDF excerpt: 4th Revised edition edition, Kanaan Publications, 1992.
♔ Schmitt, Abraham
The Art of Listening With Love Waco, TX: Word Books, 1978.
♔ Schumacher, E. F.
A Guide for the Perplexed. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 1978.
Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered. Click here for PDF version: New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 1975.
♔ Sheen, Fulton J.
Way to Happiness. Click here for PDF version: Garden City, NY: Garden City Books, 1954.
♔ Sorge, Bob
Reset: 20 Ways to a Consistent Prayer Life. Grandview, MO: Oasis House, 2018. Click here for many editions available including paperback book, PDF, and electronic editions for Kindle, iBook, Nook, Google Play, etc.
Secrets of the Secret Place: Keys to Igniting Your Personal Time with God. Grandview, MO: Oasis House, 2001.
♔ Stanley-Jones, E.
The Kingdom of God: Is it Realism? New York, NY: Abington-Cokesbury Press, 1940. Also available in print through Amazon, The E. Stanley Jones Foundation edition, 2018.
The Unshakable Kingdom and the Unchanging Person. New York, NY: Abington Press, 1972. Also available in print through Amazon, The E. Stanley Jones Foundation edition, 2018.
α Stanford, John C.
Genetic Entropy. 4th Edition, New York, NY: FMS Publications, 2014.
♔ Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or Life Among the Lowly. Norton Critical Edition. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company; Third edition 2017 (original work published March 20, 1852 available here as a PDF).
α Swamidass, S. Joshua
The Genealogical Adam & Eve: The Surprising Science of Universal Ancestry. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press Academic, 2019.
♔ Tocqueville, Alexis de
Democracy in America. Translated, Edited, and With an Introduction by Harvey C. Mansfield and Delba Winthrop. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2002 (original work published in 2 volumes in 1835 and 1840). An earlier translation by Henry Reeve is available here as a PDF.
♔ Tolstoy, Leo
The Gospel in Brief: The Life of Jesus. Translated by Dustin Condren. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 2011 (original work published in 1883). An alternate 2007 translation is available here as a PDF.
The Kingdom if God Is Within You. Translated by Constance Garnett. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1984. An alternate 1905 translation is available here as a PDF.
♔ Trobisch, Walter
I Married You. Bolivar, MO: Quiet Waters Publications, 1971.
♔ Voskamp, Ann
One Thousand Gifts Devotional: Reflections on Finding Everyday Graces. Nashville, TN: Zondervan, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, 2012.
The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life. Nashville, TN: Zondervan, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, 2016. Ann has also published several other similarly edifying works.
♔ Willard, Dallas
The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God. New York: Harper Collins, 2001.
Renovation of the Heart. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House/NavPress, 2012.
Spirit of the Disciplines. New York: HarperOne, Reprint edition 1999.
♔ Wright, N. T.
How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels. New York: HarperCollins, 2012.
Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense. New York: HarperOne, 2010.
♔ Zacharias, Ravi
Jesus Among Other Gods. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2002.
The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives. Nashville, TN: Zondervan, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, 2010. Click here to read an excerpt from this book.
Click here for availability of other excellent books by Ravi Zacharias.
♔ Warren, Rick
The Purpose Driven Life, 10th Anniversary Expanded Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012. Also available as an e-book. Click here to read an excerpt from the book.