Recommended Reading

At First Baptist Church, we believe that we grow as believers by being students of the Word of God. Of course, most importantly, we would encourage you to be intentionally, prayerfully and thoughtfully reading your Bible regularly.

However, we also believe that there are many helpful books and resources that will help you in your understanding and study of God’s Word. If you would like to know more about what the Bible says and about living the Christian life, then check out some of these recommended resources.

Theology (Knowing God)

  • The Knowledge of the Holy – by A.W. Tozer
  • Knowing God – by J. I. Packer
  • Bible Doctrine – by Wayne Grudem
  • The Holiness of God – by R. C. Sproul
  • Christ: Our Mediator – by C. J. Mahaney
  • The Gospel According to Jesus – John MacArthur
  • Desiring God – by John Piper
  • What Is the Gospel? – by Greg Gilbert
  • Who is Jesus? – by Greg Gilbert

For New Believers

  • Now that I’m a Christian – by C. Michael Patton

Christian Living

  • Because He Loves Me – by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
  • The Cross Centered Life – by C. J. Mahaney
  • Future Grace – by John Piper
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life – by Donald Whitney
  • The Discipline of Grace – by Jerry Bridges
  • The Joy of Fearing God – by Jerry Bridges
  • The Treasure Principle – by Randy Alcorn
  • Just Do Something – by Kevin DeYoung
  • The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment – by Tim Challies


  • A Praying Life – by Paul Miller
  • Why We Pray – by William Philip
  • Prayer – by Timothy Keller


  • Trusting God – by Jerry Bridges
  • When God Weeps – by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Estes
  • Where is God when it Hurts – by Philip Yancey

Understanding the Bible

  • What Does God Want of Us Anyway? – by Mark Dever
  • God’s Big Picture – by Vaughn Roberts
  • How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth – by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
  • Dig Deeper: Tools for Understanding God’s Word – by Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sach


  • 9 Marks of a Healthy Church – by Mark Dever
  • What is a Healthy Church Member? – by Thabiti Anyabwile
  • What is a Healthy Church? – by Mark Dever


  • The Meaning of Marriage – by Tim Keller
  • What Did You Expect? – by Paul David Tripp
  • Sacred Marriage – by Gary Thomas


  • Give Them Grace – by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart – by Tedd Tripp
  • Age of Opportunity – by Paul David Tripp

Missions and Evangelism

  • Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God – by J. I. Packer
  • Evangelism – by J. Mack Stiles
  • Let the Nations be Glad – by John Piper
  • Operation World – by Patrick Johnstone