Recommended Reading

The books listed here have been recommended by members of Emmanuel Baptist Church for their God-honouring, biblical content. While we believe that the Bible is the only authoritative, inerrant guide for those who seek to trust and obey Jesus Christ, we also believe that faithful men and women throughout the ages have been gifted with the ability to instruct believers in who God is and what He requires of His people. We’re confident that these books reflect the truths of Scripture and can be trusted to help Christians grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. So… “take up and read!”


Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Edward T. Welch

The Useful Lie by William L. Playfair and George L. Bryson

The Heart of Addiction: A Biblical Perspective by Dr. Mark E. Shaw


Uprooting Anger: Biblical Help for a Common Problem by Robert D. Jones

Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness by David Powlison

Anger & Stress Management God’s Way by Wayne A. Mack

The Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo


Anxious For Nothing: God’s Care for the Cares of Your Soul by John MacArthur

The Rare Jewel Of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs

Trusting God by Jerry Bridges

When I Am Afraid: A Step-By-Step Guide Away From Fear and Anxiety by Edward T. Welch


Apologetics: A Justification of Christian Belief by John M. Frame & Joseph E. Torres

Does God Believe in Atheists by John Blanchard

More Than a Carpenter by Josh and Sean McDowell

How Do We Know God Exists? by William Lane Craig & D.A. Carson

Bible Study/Hermeneutics

What to do on Thursday: A Layman’s Guide to the Practical Use of the Scriptures by Jay E. Adams

Grasping God’s Word, Fourth Edition: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart

Biblical Theology

Biblical Theology: How the Church Faithfully Teaches the Gospel (9Marks: Building Healthy Churches) by Nick Roark and Robert Cline

Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry by Michael Lawrence (Foreword by Thomas R. Schreiner)

Covenant and God’s Purpose for the World by Thomas R. Schreiner

The God Who Is There – Finding Your Place In God’s Story by D.A. Carson

The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments by Thomas R. Schreiner

Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology 2nd edition by Thomas R. Schreiner

Theology of the New Testament: A Canonical and Synthetic Approach by Frank S. Thielman


To the Golden Shore, the Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson

R. C. Sproul: A Life by Stephen J. Nichols

John MacArthur: Servant of the Word and Flock by Iain H. Murray

George Whitefield: Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival by Arnold Dallimore (2 Volumes)

Spurgeon: A Biography by Arnold Dallimore

From Scotland to Canada: The Life of Pioneer Missionary Alexander Stewart by Glenn Tomlinson

Thomas Todhunter Shields Jr. ‘The Canadian Spurgeon’ by Jeffery P. Straub

21 Servants of Sovereign Joy: Faithful, Flawed, and Fruitful by John Piper

Memoirs & Remains of Robert Murray McCheyne by Andrew Bonar

But Now I See, the Life of John Newton by Josiah Bull


God’s Gift of Christmas by John MacArthur

God in the Manger by John MacArthur

The Virgin Birth by Robert Gromacki

Christian Growth

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung


Who is Jesus? By Greg Gilbert

The Person of Christ by Donald Macleod

Jesus Is Both God and Man by Stuart Olyott

The Lord from Heaven by Leon Morris

Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper

Knowing Christ by Mark Jones

Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane C. Ortlund


What Is the Mission of the Church?  by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert

The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel by Mark Dever and Paul Alexander

The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ by Ray Ortlund

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever

Why I Am a Baptist by Tom Nettles and Russell Moore


New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition by Wenham, Motyer, Carson and France

The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur

The MacArthur New Testament Commentary Set, (34 vols.) by John MacArthur

St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary Series (5 vols.) by R.C. Sproul

Let’s Study Series Set (19 vols.) by Various Authors

Christ Centered Exposition Commentary Series Collection by Platt, Akin and Merida

Handbook on the Old Testament Series (4 vols.) by Estes, Chisholm, and Hamilton

Handbooks on the New Testament (3 vols.) by Köstenberger, Gladd and Schreiner

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (7 vols.) by J. C. Ryle

Jesus According to the Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels by Bock and Simpson


Battle For the Beginning by John MacArthur

The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel


Grieving, Hope and Solace: When a Loved One Dies in Christ by Albert N. Martin

For All Who Grieve: Navigating the Valley of Sorrow and Loss by Colin S. Smith

The Vanishing Power of Death by Erwin Lutzer

One Minute After You Die by Erwin Lutzer


Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cures by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Good Mood Bad Mood: Help and Hope for Depression and Bipolar Disorder by Charles D. Hodges

Depression: When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper

The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes

Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness by Ed Welch

Rethinking Depression: Not a Sickness Not a Sin by Dr. Daniel R. Berger II


Love to Eat – Hate to Eat by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Eating Disorders: Hope for Hungering Souls by Dr. Mark E. Shaw, Rachel Bailey, and Bethany Spence

Discipleship & Counseling

When Words Matter Most by Cheryl Marshall & Caroline Newheiser

Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges

Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

10 Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Life by Donald Whitney

Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus by Mark Dever

The Christian Life by Sinclair Ferguson

Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp

The Gospel for Disordered Lives by Kristen Kellen, Rob Green, and Robert Jones

Counseling the Hard Cases by Stuart Scott

Counsel from the Cross by Dennis Johnson and Elyse Fitzpatrick

Gospel Conversations: How to Care Like Christ by Robert (Bob) W. Kellemen

Counseling One Another: A Theology of Interpersonal Discipleship by Paul Tautges

Doctrine of God

The Attributes of God by Arthur Pink

The Existence and Attributes of God by Stephen Charnock

The Three are One by Stuart Olyott

God Is: A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God by Mark Jones

Doctrines of Grace

The Sovereign Grace of God: A Biblical Study of the Doctrines of Calvinism by James White

Chosen by God by R. C. Sproul

The Doctrine of Election and Justification by Arthur Pink

The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther

Sinners in the Hands of a Good God by David Clotfelter

The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen

The Doctrines of Grace by James Montgomery Boice and Phil Ryken

Chosen For Life by Sam Storms


Kept From the Hour by Gerald B. Stanton

The Second Coming by John MacArthur

Amillennialism and the Age to Come: A Premillennial Critique of the Two-Age Model by Matt Weymeyer

The Greatness of the Kingdom: An Inductive Study of the Kingdom of God by Alva J. McClain


The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever

Evangelism by Mack Stiles

For the Sake of His Glory by David Doran

Family / Parenting

I Can’t Believe You Just Said That by Ginger Hubbard

Addiction-Proof Parenting by Mark E. Shaw

Age of Opportunity by Paul David Tripp

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp

Brave Dad by John MacArthur

The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott

The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace

Family Worship by Donald Whitney

Caring for the Souls for Children by Amy Baker

Divine Design: God’s Complementary Roles for Men and Women by John MacArthur

Men and Women in the Church: A Short, Biblical, Practical Introduction by Kevin DeYoung

Big Truths for Young Hearts by Bruce Ware

Thoughts for Young Men by J. C. Ryle

Come Ye Children by Charles Spurgeon


Cultural Counterfeits by Jen Oshman


Whose Money is it Anyway? by John MacArthur

Money, Debt and Finances by Jim Newheiser

Sex and Money by Paul David Tripp

Gender & Sexuality

Gender Ideology:  What do Christians need to know? by Sharon James

God and the Transgender Debate by Andrew Walker

God and the Gay Christian? by R. Albert Mohler

What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung


What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert

The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler


Heaven by Randy Alcorn

The Glory of Heaven by John MacArthur


Gospel-Powered Humility by William Farley

The Forgotten Virtue of Humility by Wayne Mack


Redemption: Accomplished and Applied by John Murray

Faith Alone – The Doctrine of Justification by Thomas Schreiner

The God Who Justifies by James White


When Sinners Say “I Do” by Dave Harvey

What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

Strengthening Your Marriage by Wayne Mack

Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage: Q & A by Jim Newheiser


Foxes Book of Martyrs by John Fox

Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas

Live Not by Lies by Rod Dreher


Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert

Rescue Plan: Charting a Course to Restore Prisoners of Pornography by Deepak Reju & John Holmes

Rescue Skills: Essential Skills for Restoring the Sexually Broken by Deepak Reju & Jonathan Holmes


Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D. A. Carson

Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney

Handbook to Prayer by Kenneth Boa


Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship by John Piper

Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon by Brian Chapel

How Sermons Work by David Murray

Expository Listening: A Practical Handbook for Hearing and Doing God’s Word by Ken Ramey

Preaching with Purpose by Jay Adams

Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word Today by David Helm


The New Reformation by Shai Linne

Talking About Race by Isaac Adams

Bloodlines: Race, Cross and the Christian by John Piper


War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles by Paul David Tripp

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Paul David Tripp & Timothy Lane

The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict by Ken Sande

Pursuing Peace: A Christian Guide to Handling Our Conflicts by Robert D. Jones


The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges

Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair Ferguson

How Sanctification Works by David Powlison

God’s Grace in Your Suffering by David Powlison

How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison

Putting Your Past in Its Place: Moving Forward in Freedom and Forgiveness by Stephen Viars

Holiness by JC Ryle

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges


Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges

The Vanishing Conscience: Drawing the Line in a No-Fault, Guilt-Free World by John MacArthur

The Sinfulness of Sin by Ralph Venning

Knowing Sin: Seeing a Neglected Doctrine Through the Eyes of the Puritans by Mark Jones

Sovereignty of God

The Sovereignty of God by Arthur Pink

The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel

The Invisible Hand by R. C. Sproul

Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem

Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth by John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue

Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R. C. Sproul

A Baptist Catechism by John Piper

Theology – The Basics by Alister McGrath

Know the Truth: A Handbook of Christian Belief by Bruce Milne

Do You Believe? 12 Historic Doctrines to Change Your Everyday Life by Paul David Tripp

A Theology of Biblical Counseling by Heath Lambert

The Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

1689 – A Modern Exposition by Sam Waldron

Systematic Theology (3 volumes) by Rolland McCune


Work Matters by Tom Nelson

The Gospel at Work by Sebastian Traeger & Greg Gilbert