Build a Christian Home Library

So you want to build a Christian home library? Great! This list is not exhaustive, obviously, but still I think a good start. Under the general categories, I make a few recommendations of titles, but you should obviously consult your ministers or trusted Christian friends for further recommendations. Here's what I think every Christian home library should include:


1. A good study Bible.


Every person in your family should have their own Bible, of course, even several Bibles. But it's great to have at least one good study Bible for family reference use or even devotional times. Here are a few I'd recommend:

The ESV Reformation Study Bible (also available in NKJV)

2. A systematic theology.

Systematic theologies provide an overview, subject-by-subject, of the Bible's teaching on God, man, and the ways of salvation and history. Here are a few I'd recommend:

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin - This is a classic work and should be in most Christian libraries for its standalone value.
Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof
Systematic Theology by Charles Hodge
A Puritan Theology by Joel Beeke and Mark Jones

3. A good one-volume Bible commentary.

There are many good commentary sets that serious students of God's word should avail themselves of, but many times individual volumes can be hit or miss, depending on the author. These commentaries are not as comprehensive in their coverage but provide whole-Bible insight in one volume. Here are some go-to standards:

Matthew Henry's Commentary on The Whole Bible - This is kind of the Coke Classic of one-volume commentaries.
The New Bible Commentary (IVP)
The Baker Commentary on the Bible

4. A good children's or family Bible storybook.

The best of these volumes are Christ-centered and as devotionally helpful for adults as for children. Here are some that fit the bill:

The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones

5. A good one-volume book on church history.

These recommendations provide decent overviews of the historical milestones in Christ's Church:

The Story of Christianity by Justo Gonzalez

Now here are some classic Christian works I think every Christian home ought to own:


6. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

7. The Confessions of Saint Augustine

8. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

9. Knowing God by J.I. Packer

10. Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton


And here are some honorable mentions if you really want to fill your bookcase with a basic library of past and modern Christian classics:

Paradise Lost by John Milton, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, The Life of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards, The Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students by Charles Spurgeon, Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer, The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink, The Divine Comedy by Dante, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Desiring God by John Piper, The Reason for God by Tim Keller, The Mortification of Sin by John Owen, The Cost of Discipleship and Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, How to Be Born Again by Billy Graham, The Cross of Christ by John Stott, The God Who is There by Francis Schaeffer, Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Gospel of John (Pillar Commentary) by D.A. Carson, The City of God by Saint Augustine, Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas, Romans and Galatians (commentaries) by Martin Luther, The Glory of Christ by John Owen, Born Again by Charles Colson, The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur, The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges, and Foxe's Book of Martyrs.

If you would like to really dive deep, then tackle the following recommended reading, broken down by category and Christian genre:

Greek

Machen, J. Gresham and Dan G. McCartney. New Testament Greek for Beginners. Prentice Hall, 2003.
Mounce, William D. Basics of Biblical Greek: Grammar. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003.

Wallace, Daniel B. Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996.


Hebrew

Weingreen, Jacob. A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1959.

Arnold, Bill T. and John Choi. Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Waltke, Bruce. An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1990.

Apologetics

Oliphint, K. Scott. The Battle Belongs to the Lord. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 2003.

Edgar, William. Reasons of the Heart. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1996.

Keller, Timothy. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. New York: Dutton, 2008.

Bahnsen, Greg L. Van Til's Apologetic. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1998.

Machen, J. Gresham. Christianity and Liberalism. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2009.

Poythress, Vern S. Redeeming Science. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006.

Edgar, William and K. Scott Oliphint. Christian Apologetics: Past and Present. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009.

Edgar, William and K. Scott Oliphint. Christian Apologetics: Past and Present. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011.

Bradley, Anthony. Liberating Black Theology. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010.

Van Til, Cornelius. The Defense of the Faith. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 2008.

Oliphint, K. Scott, and Lane G. Tipton, (eds.) Revelation and Reason. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 2007.

Oliphint, K. Scott. Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology. Phillipsburg, N. J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 2006.


Old Testament

Dillard, Raymond B. and Tremper Longman, III. An Introduction to the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006.

Waltke, Bruce K., and Charles Yu. An Old Testament Theology: A Canonical and Thematic Approach. Zondervan, 2006.

Longman, Tremper III. How to Read the Psalms. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1988.

Silva, Moises and Karen Jobes. Invitation to the Septuagint. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2005

Armerding, Carl E. The Old Testament and Criticism. Spring Arbor Distributors.

Young, E.J. “The Authority of the Old Testament.” In The Infallible Word, Edited by Stonehouse, N.B., and Paul Wooley, 55-91. Phillipsburg, N. J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co, 2002.

Kline, Meredith G. Kingdom Prologue. Overland Park, KS: Two Age Press, 2000.

Kline, Meredith G. Images of the Spirit. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1980.

Vos, Geerhardus. The Eschatology of the Old Testament. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2001.


New Testament

Guthrie, Donald. New Testament Introduction. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1990.

Barrett, C.K. The New Testament Background. New York: HarperOne, 1995.

Metzger, Bruce M. The Text of the New Testament. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Stonehouse, N.B. “The Authority of the New Testament” In The Infallible Word, Edited by

Stonehouse, N.B., and Paul Wooley, 92-140. Phillipsburg, N. J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co, 2002.

Gaffin, Richard B. Perspectives on Pentecost. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1979.

Strimple, Robert B. The Modern Search for the Real Jesus. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 1995.

Ridderbos, Herman. Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 1988.

Ridderbos, Herman. The Coming of the Kingdom. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 1962.

Vos, Geerhardus. The Self-Disclosure of Jesus: The Modern Debate About the Messianic Consciousness. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 2002.

Ridderbos, Herman. Paul: An Outline of His Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1997.

Vos, Geerhardus. Pauline Eschatology. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1994.

Biblical Theology and Hermeneutics

Poythress, Vern. God-Centered Biblical Interpretation. Phillipsburg, N. J.: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1999.

Silva, Moises, ”The Case for Calvinistic Hermeneutics.” In Revelation and Reason, edited by K. Scott Oliphint and Lane G. Tipton, 74-94. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 2007.

Vos, Geerhardus. Biblical Theology. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2000.

Silva, Moises, Ed. Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996.

McCartney, Dan and Charles Clayton. Let the Reader Understand. Phillipsburg, N. J.: Presbyterian and Reformed, 2002.

Conn, Harvie. Inerrancy and Hermeneutic. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1988.

Beale, G.K. The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008.

Silva, Moises. Biblical Words and Their Meaning: An Introduction to Lexical Semantics. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1983.

Beale, G.K. The Temple and the Church's Mission. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2004.

Poythress, Vern. The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1995.

Vos, Geerhardus. The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom of God and the Church. New York: American Tract Society, 1903.

Nichols, Stephen J. and Eric T. Brandt. Ancient Word, Changing Worlds. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009.

Beale, G.K. A New Testament Biblical Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2011.


Church History

Hastings, Adrian. A World History of Christianity. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000.

Chadwick, Henry. The Early Church. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1993.

Pelikan, Jaroslav. The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975.

Lindberg, Carter. The Reformation Theologians. Wiley-Blackwell, 2002.

Plancher, William C. Readings in the History of Christian Theology. Richmond: Westminster John Knox Press, 1988.

Muller, Richard A. Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics : The Rise and Development of Reformed Orthodoxy. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 2003.

Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.

Nichols, Stephen. J. J. Gresham Machen: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought. Philipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 2004.

Trueman, Carl. John Owen. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007.


Systematic Theology

Ferguson, Sinclair. The Christian Life. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1981.

Van Til, Cornelius. An Introduction to Systematic Theology. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 2007.

Oliphint, K. Scott, ed. Justified in Christ: God's Plan for Us in Justification. UK: Christian Focus Publications, 2007.

Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion. Translated by Ford Lewis Battles. Edited by John T. McNeill. The Library of Christian Classics. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1960.

Turretin, Francis. Institutes of Elenctic Theology. Translated by George Musgrave Giger. Edited by Jr James T. Dennison. 3 vols. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1994.

Bavinck, Herman. Reformed Dogmatics. Translated by John Vriend. Edited by John Bolt. Vols. 1-4, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2003.

Warfield, B.B. The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible. Philadelphia, Pa.: Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co, 1948.

Murray, John. Collected Writings of John Murray, Vols. 1-4. The Banner of Truth Trust, 1977.

Oliphint, Scott. God With Us. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011.

Hall, David and Peter Lillback, eds. A Theological Guide to Calvin's Institutes: Essays and Analysis. Philipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 2008.

Tipton, Lane and Jeff Waddington, eds. Resurrection and Eschatology: Theology In Service of the Church, Essays in Honor of Richard B. Gaffin. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 2008.

Hagopian, David, Ed. The Genesis Debate. Mission Viejo, CA: Crux Press, 2000.

Gaffin, Richard B. Resurrection and Redemption. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1987.

Ferguson, Sinclair. The Holy Spirit. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1997.

Darrel L. Bock, ed. Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

Young, E.J. Thy Word is Truth. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1963.

Gaffin, Richard B. God’s Word in Servant Form: Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck and the Doctrine of Scripture. Jackson, MS: Reformed Academic Press, 2008.


Practical Theology

Clowney, Edmund P. Called to the Ministry. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1976.

Warfield, B.B. The Religious Life of Theological Students. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing.

Powlison, David. The Biblical Counseling Movement. Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2010.

Tripp, Paul. Age of Opportunity. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 2001.

Powlison, David. Seeing With New Eyes. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 2003.

Welch, Ed. Addictions – A Banquet in the Grave. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 2001.

Tripp, Paul. Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2002.

Miller, John. A Faith Worth Sharing. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1999.

Logan, Samuel T., ed. The Preacher and Preaching. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1996.

Welch, Ed. When People Are Big and God is Small. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1997.

Conn, Harvie and Manuel Ortiz. Urban Ministry. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2001.

Lane, Tim and Paul Tripp. How People Change. Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2008.

Conn, Harvie. Eternal Word and Changing Worlds. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1992.

Welch, Ed. Blame It On the Brain. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1998.