Favorite Books and Resources

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“What is the best safe-guard against false teaching? Beyond all doubt the regular study of the word of God, with prayer for the teaching of the Holy Spirit. The Bible was given to be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. (Psalm. 119:105.) The man who reads it aright will never be allowed greatly to err.”
~ J.C. Ryle

While I can’t say that we agree with every word in the texts listed below, all of the following books have impacted our lives and beliefs positively in some way….
My assumption in creating this list is that in whatever we read, God’s Word is the Ultimate standard and authority in which we first immerse ourselves,  so that all other texts can be examined through the lens of Scripture.

This list is a work in progress.
And almost always needs updating.
Would love to hear what you’re reading these days…


Books God Has Used in My Life:

Anything –Jennie Allen
Kisses from Katie — Katie Davis
Forever – Paul Tripp
Don’t Waste Your Life — John Piper
Satisfy My Thirsty Soul — Linda Dillow
Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl — N.D. Wilson
Heaven — Randy Alcorn
Broken-Down House — Paul David Tripp
The Explicit Gospel — Matt Chandler
A Practical View of Christianity — William Wilberforce
Real Christianity — William Wilberforce
Mere Christianity — C.S. Lewis
The Cost of Discipleship — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Loving God — Chuck Colson
Counterfeit Gods — Tim Keller
Radical — David Platt
Anne of Green Gables Series –LM Montgomery
Heaven for Kids — Randy Alcorn
Poems — C.S. Lewis
Sin and Temptation — John Owen (and Justin Taylor)
One Thousand Gifts –Ann Voskamp
Tempted and Tried–Russell Moore
Radical–David Platt
Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart – J.D. Greear
Note to Self — Joe Thorn
Everything– Mary DeMuth
Same Kind of Different As Me–Ron Hall
Crazy Love–Francis Chan
The Count on Monte Cristo–Alexander Duma
Relationships-A Mess Worth Making – Paul Tripp
Devil at My Heels — Louis Zamperini
Running for My Life — Lopez Lomong
The Hiding Place — Corrie Ten Boom
Made for More– Hannah Anderson
Because He Loves Me — Elyse Fitzpatrick
The Gospel-Centered Woman — Wendy Alsup

Biographies and Autobiographies:

The Swans are Not Silent Series — John Piper (5 in this collection)
Twelve Extraordinary Women — John Macarthur
50 People Every Christian Should Know — Warren Wiersbe
Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God — Noel Piper
Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce — John Piper
Hero Tales — Dave & Neta Jackson
100 Most Important Events in Christian History–Curtis, Lang, Peterson
Courageous Christians — Joyce Vollmer Brown
Benhoeffer — Eric Metaxas
Running for My Life — Lopez Lamong
Devil at My Heels — Louis Zamperini
The Hiding Place — Corrie Ten Boom
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage — Alfred Lansing (Shackleton’s Great Adventure)


Parenting and Family:

Loving the Little Years — Rachel Jankovic
Shepherding a Child’s Heart — Tedd Tripp
Gospel-Powered Parenting — William P. Farley
Family Practice — R.C. Sproul Jr.
A Mother’s Heart — Jean Fleming
Hearts and Minds — Kenneth Boa and John Alan Turner
The Heart of Anger — Lou Priolo
Big Truths for Young Hearts — Bruce Ware
Last Child in the Woods — Richard Louv
Hold Onto Your Kids (Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers) — Gordon Neufeld
Everyday Talk — John A. Younts
Teach Them Diligently — Lou Priolo
Don’t Make Me Count to Three — Ginger Plowman
Grace-Based Parenting — Dr. Tim Kimmel
Simple Object Lessons For Children — Tom and Martie Biller
Proverbs For Parenting — Barbara Decker
The Shaping of a Christian Family — Elisabeth Elliot
What is a Family — Edith Schaeffer
Hold On to Your Kids — Gordon Neufeld
Disciplines of a Godly Family — Kent & Barbara Hughes
Give Them Grace — Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson
Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full — Gloria Furman



What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage — Paul Tripp
Intimate Issues — Linda Dillow
Divorce-Before You Say “I Don’t” — Lou Priolo

For Women:

The Gospel-Centered Woman — Wendy Alsup
By His Wounds You are Healed — Wendy Alsup
Practical Theology for Women — Wendy Alsup
The 7 Hardest Things God Asks a Woman to Do — Reimer & Whittle
Spiritual Mothering (Titus 2) — Susan Hunt
Calm My Anxious Heart — Linda Dillow
Kitchen Table Counseling — Muriel Cook
Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free — Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Becoming a Titus 2 Woman — Martha Peace
Disciplines of a Godly Woman — Barbara Hughes
The Hidden Art of Homemaking — Edith Schaeffer



Educating the WholeHearted Child — Sally Clarkson
Honey for a Child’s Heart — Gladys Hunt
Charlotte Mason Companion — Karen Andreola
For the Children’s Sake — Susan Schaeffer Macaulay



Adopted for Life — Russell Moore
God Found Us You — Lisa Bergren
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew — Sherrie Eldridge


Just the Way I Am — Krista Horning

The Church:

When the Church Was a Family — Joseph Hellerman
How People Change — Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp
Deep Church — Jim Belcher
Total Church — Tim Chester and Steve Timmis
Listening to the Beliefs of the Emerging Churches (5 perspectives) — Edited by Robert Webber



My Utmost for His Highest — Oswald Chambers
365 Days with Wilberforce
The Valley of Vision — Edited by Arthur Bennett
Springs in the Valley — Mrs. Charles Cowman
Streams in the Desert — Mrs. Charles Cowman

Sorrow, Suffering, Grief, and Death:

The Misery of Job and the Mercy of God — John Piper
Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow — Nancy Guthrie
Be Still, My Soul — Nancie Guthrie
O Love That Will Not Let Me Go — Facing Death With Courageous Confidence in God–Guthrie
Hope — Nancy Guthrie
A Shelter in the Time of Storm — Paul David Tripp
The Blessing Book — Linda Dillow
My Name is Hope –John Mark Comer
The One Year Book of Hope — Nancy Guthrie


Holidays and Traditions:

Everyday Confetti — Karen Ehman
Let’s Make a Memory — Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Christmas) — Edited by Nancie Guthrie
Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross (Easter) — Nancy Guthrie
Treasuring God in Our Traditions — Noel Piper


Other Favorites (fiction and essays and just other):

Salt (Not Sugar) — Marvin Olasky
Won’t Let You Go Unless You Bless Me — Andree Seu
Normal Kingdom Business — Andree Seu
We Shall Have Spring Again — Andree Seu
Stuff Christians Like — Jonathan Acuff
The Help–Kathryn Stockett
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet — Jamie Ford

Bible Based Children’s Books:

Discovering Jesus in Genesis — Hunt
Discovering Jesus in Exodus — Hunt
Heaven for Kids — Randy Alcorn
Day by Day Beginning to Read Bible — Karyn Henley
The Jesus Storybook Bible — Sally Lloyd-Jones
The Young Reader’s Bible — Bonnie Bruno
801 Questions Kids Ask About God — Focus on the Family
ESV Illustrated Family bible
The Rhyme Bible — Gold n’ Honey Books
The Action Bible — edited by Doug Mauss (great for kiddos who like comics) — Tracy Harrast
Egermeiers Bible Story Book
Picture That!: Bible Storybook — Tracy Harrast
Todd’s Day God’s Way — Derico
God Cares For Claire — Derico
The Child’s Story Bible — Vos
Wise Words for Little People — Kenneth Taylor
Big Thoughts for Little People — Kenneth Taylor
Giant Steps for Little People — Kenneth Taylor
The Bible in Picture for Little Eyes — Kenneth Taylor
The Dragon and the Garden — Nate Wilson
In the Time of Noah — Nate Wilson
Halfway Herbert — Francis Chan
The Big Red Tractor and the little village — Francis Chan
Fool Moon Rising — Fluharty
Tell Me About Heaven — Randy Alcorn
God’s Amazing Book — Ruckman
Most of All Jesus Loves You — Noel Piper
Jesus Loves You — Diane Stortz
The Lamb — John Cross
Sammy and His Shepherd — Susan Hunt
My Birthday, Jesus’ Birthday — Davis & Munger
The Day the World Went Wacky — Suter & Gunther
Noah’s Floating Animal Park — Suter & Gunther
The Not So Super Skyscraper — Suter & Gunther
Creation — Haidle
Wait Until Then — Randly Alcorn
I Can Talk to God — Lloyd-Jones
He is My Shepherd — David & Helen Haidle
The Gospel for Children — John Leuzarder
The Church History ABC’s — Stephen J. Nichols
Bible for Toddlers — Laura Derico
Stories About Jesus — Kenneth Taylor
Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers (series) — Joey Allen
God Gave Me (series about the senses) — Cathering Mackenzie
Read-Aloud Bible Stories (4 Volumes) — Ella Lindvall
The Big Picture Story Bible — Helm
The Prince’s Poison Cup — Sproul
God Says I Am — Derico
Playtime Devotions — Tangvald
Do You Want a Friend — Noel Piper
My ABC Bible Verses — Hunt
What God Has Always Wanted — Charles Boyd
On the Wings of the West Wind — Joni Eareckson Tada
This is No Fairy Tale — Dale Tolmasoff
Long Story Short — 10 Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God–Marty Machowski
Old Story New — Marty Machowski
The Gospel Story Bible — Marty Machowski
Exploring Grace Together — Jessica Thompson


Other Fun Children’s Books:

Miss Suzy — Miriam Young
Ask Mr. Bear — Marjorie Flack
Blueberries for Sal — Robert McCloskey
Goodnight Moon — Margaret Wise Brown
Caps for Sale — Esphyr Slobodkina
Angus Lost — Marjorie Flack
Follow the Drinking Gourd — Jeanette Winter
When I Was Young in the Mountains — Cynthia Rylant
The Bee Tree — Patricia Polacco
Roxaboxen — Alice McLerran
Mailing May — Michael O. Tunnell
The Story about Ping — Flack and Wiese
Madeline — Ludwig Bemelmans
The Glorious Flight — Alice & Martin Provensen
Grandfather’s Journey — Allen Say
Cranberry Christmas, Cranberry Thanksgiving — Wende and Harry Devlin
The Clown of God — Tomie De Paola
A New Coat for Anna — Harriet Ziefert
Mirette on the High Wire — Emily McCully
The Story of Ferdinand — Munro Leaf
Make Way for Ducklings — Robert McCloskey
Fox Eyes — Margaret Wise Brown
Stellaluna — Janell Cannoon
The Treasure — Uri Shulevitz
Barn Dance — Bill Martin Jr.
Apt. 3 — Ezra Jack Keats
Hi, Cat — Ezra Jack Keats
Amazing Grace — Hoffman
Harry the Dirty Dog — Zion
A Chair for My Mother — Vera Williams
Dr. DeSoto — William Steig
Miss Nelson Is Missing! — Harry Allard
Ox-Cart Man — Donald Hall
The Napping House — Aundrey Wood
Amelia Bedelia — Peggy Parish


Chapter Books:

The Boxcar Children
— Gertrude Chandler Warner
Sarah Plain and Tall — Patricia MacLachlan
Anne of Green Gables — L.M. Montgomery
Henry and Mudge — Cynthia Rylant
Island of the Blue Dolphins — Scott O’Dell
James and the Giant Peach — Roald Dahl
The Chronicles of Narnia — C.S. Lewis
The Little House Series — Laura Ingalls Wilder
Ramona series — Beverly Cleary
The Secret Garden — Frances Hodgson Burnett
Stuart Little — E.B. White
Heidi — Johanna Spyri
My Father’s Dragon — Ruth Stiles Gannett
The Cricket in Times Square — George Selden
A Wrinkle in Time — L’Engle
Charlotte’s Web — E.B. White
The Westing Game — Ellen Raskin


Phonemic Awareness (pre reading skills):

Sheep in a Jeep — Nancy Shaw
Sheep out to Eat — Nancy Shaw
Dr. Seuss books
Moses Supposes His Toeses Are Roses — Nancy Patz
Jamberry — Degen
I Went Walking — Sue Williams
Jesse Bear (series) — Carlstrom
Buzz Said the Bee — Lewison
Don’t Forget the Bacon — Pat Hutchins
Each Peach Pear Plum — Ahlberg
Is Your Mama a Llama — Guarino
Mr. Brown Can Moo!  Can you? — Dr. Seuss
Oodles of Noodles — Hymes
Slinky Malink — Lynley Dodd
Where the Sidewalk Ends — Shell Silverstein
All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir — Bill Staines
Barn Dance — Bill Martin Jr.
Down By the Bay — Nadine Westcott
Henny Penny — Paul Galdone
I Can’t Said the Ant — P. Cameron
Moose on the Loose — C.P. Ochs
One Wide River to Cross — Barbara Emberley
The Cows in the Corn — James Young
The Napping House — Audrey Wood
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly — Simms Taback
Time for Bed — Mem Fox
Wheels on the Bus — Sylvie Wickstrom
Four Fur Feet — M.W. Brown
Sing a Song of Popcorn —
Zoomerang-a-Boomerang — C. Parry
What Rhymes with Eel — Ziefert