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David Guzik's Recommended Reading List

Below is a list of books recommended by Pastor David Guzik for basic reading and Bible study.

Starting a Library

 Basic Reference and Background Tools
 First Group
  • Bible Translations: King James, New American Standard, New International Version, New Living
  • Halley's Bible Handbook (Zondervan)
  • New Bible Dictionary (Tyndale)
  • Strong's Concordance
  • Handbook for Preachers and Teachers - G. Campbell Morgan
  • An Exposition of the Whole Bible - G. Campbell Morgan
  • Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, Harris/Archer/Waltke
  • Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Abridged in 1 Volume (Bromley)
  • A Harmony of the Gospels
  • Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Elwell)
  • A History of Christianity (2 Volumes), Kenneth Scott Latourette
  • Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties (Gleason Archer)
  • Things to Come - J. Dwight Pentecost
 Second Group
  • Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible - Zondervan (5 volumes)
  • Bible Atlas (Zondervan Altas of the Bible or Macmillan Bible Atlas for example)
  • Searchlights from the Word - G. Campbell Morgan
  • Evidence That Demands a Verdict, Josh McDowell (in 2 Volumes)
  • Kingdom of the Cults - Walter Martin
  • When Critics Ask (Geisler/Howe)
  • When Skeptics Ask (Geisler/Brooks)
  • New International Dictionary of the Christian Church (Zondervan)
  • New International Dictionary of Biblical Archaeology (Zondervan)
  • All the Prophecies in the Bible - John Walroord
  • A General Introduction to the Bible (Geisler/Nix)
  • Chronological Charts of the Old Testament (John Walton)
  • Chronological and Background Charts of the New Testament (H. Wayne House)
  • Charts of Christian Theology and Doctrine (H. Wayne House)
  • New Testament Overview (Jeremy Kirby)
  • From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya (Ruth Tucker)
 Good Commentary Sets
 First Group
  • IVP (Inter Varsity Press) Old Testament Series (24 Volumes)
  • IVP (Inter Varsity Press) New Testament Series (20 Volumes)
  • The Bible Exposition Commentary, New Testament - Warren Wiersbe (2 Volumes)
  • The Expositor's Bible Commentary - Zondervan/Regency (12 Volumes)
 Second Group
  • Adam Clarke's Commentary, Old and New Testament
  • The Daily Study Bible, New Testament - William Barclay (17 Volumes)
  • Thru the Bible - J. Vernon McGee (5 Volumes)
 Good Individual Commentators
  • Leon Morris
  • James Montgomery Boice
  • F.F. Bruce
  • John Stott
  • Joyce Baldwin
  • Derek Kidner
  • John Walvoord
  • Alan Redpath
  • William Newell
  • Others:
  • Griffith Thomas
  • F.B. Meyer
  • G. Campbell Morgan
  • D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Arthur W. Pink
  • Henry Ironside
  • J. Vernon McGee
 Good Greek Resources
  • The Expositor's Greek Testament (5 Volumes - don't know who current publisher is)
  • Word Pictures in New Testament - A.T. Robertson (6 Volumes - Broadman)
  • New Testament for English Readers - Dean Alford (4 Volumes - don't know who current publisher is)
  • Vincent's Word Studies of the New Testament (4 Volumes - MacDonald)
 Some Important Books to Have
  • The Jesus Style; Spirit Style; and Body Style (Gayle Erwin)
  • Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)
  • Full Surrender (J. Edwin Orr)
  • Lectures to My Students (Charles Spurgeon)
  • The New Park Street Pulpit & the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit (Charles Spurgeon)
  • Calvary Chapel Distinctives (Chuck Smith)
  • Why Grace Changes Everything (Chuck Smith)
  • Charisma vs. Charismania (Chuck Smith)
  • Spiritual Leadership (J. Oswald Sanders)
  • Not Knowing Wither (Oswald Chambers)
  • The Cost of Discipleship (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
  • The Power of Prayer (E.M. Bounds)
  • How to Pray (R.A. Torrey)
  • Biblical Preaching (Haddon Robinson)
  • 30 Days to Understanding the Bible (Max Anders)
  • Church History in Plain Language (Bruce Shelley)
  • Eerdman's Handbook to the History of Christianity (also published as the Lion Handbook to the History of Christianity)
 Should I buy books or resources on CD-ROM to use on my computer?

My library is almost only of books and I like reading books rather than a computer screen. However, you can get so much more for your money by buying things on CD-ROM that if I were building a library again, I would probably start with software and then by books as I was able to. For example, you can spend anywhere from $500 to $1000 to buy Spurgeon's collected sermons in book form (65 beautiful volumes); or you can spend $35 and buy the CD-ROM. It just makes sense to do it that way.

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