June 22, 2017

Basic Books for Believers

Don Harrelson

A little while ago, Proclaim & Defend asked our writer’s pool for book recommendations for our readers. In particular, we are interested in books that might fill a single shelf full of basic Bible study resources that are accessible for every Christian. Our first submission comes from Pastor Don Harrelson. Our list isn’t intended to be exhaustive, nor would we endorse everything in every book on the list (excepting, of course, the Bible!). We trust these recommendations might be helpful to our readers.

Several years ago a church member asked if there were any resources that I could recommend that would help him in Christian growth. So I developed the following basic list of books to help believers in their Christian walk and discipleship.

1. Bible

a good literal translation of the Scriptures

(King James Version, New American Standard Bible, New King James Version, English Standard Version)

2. Concordance

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

Young’s Analytical Concordance

3. Bible Handbook

Unger’s Bible Handbook or Hailey’s Bible Handbook

4. New Testament Survey

New Testament Survey by Robert Gromacki

5. Old Testament Survey

A Survey of Israel’s History by Leon Wood

The Old Testament Speaks by Samuel J. Schultz

6. Systematic Theology (Bible Doctrines)

Basic Theology by Charles Ryrie

7. Commentary on the Whole Bible

Matthew Henry’s Commentary

Jamieson, Fausset, Brown Bible Commentary

The Bible Knowledge Commentary by Walvoord and Zuck

8. Books on God and Christ

Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

Incomparable Christ by J. Oswald Sanders

9. Sanctification

Changed into His Image by Jim Berg (Bob Jones University Press)

10. Devotional

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers


Don Harrelson is the pastor of Cumberland Bible Church, Cumberland, MD


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