Recommended Booklist

Recommended Book List for a Preacher’s Library, by Pastor John Cereghin

NOTE: No book is perfect, except the Bible.  Even with this list, discernment is required.  These are simply a list of books that I would not get rid of, but would consider to be necessary for a “core” theological library. I have also found these books to be useful and interesting, even when I disagree with some of the conclusions of the author.

APOLOGETICS

Ferguson, Paul, God and the Atheist

Geisler, Norm, Baker’s Dictionary of Apologetics

McDowell, Josh, Evidence That Demands a Verdict, More Evidence That Demands a

Verdict

Wurmbrand, Richard, The Answer to the Atheist’s Handbook

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BIBLE DIFFICULTIES

Cloud, David, Things Hard to Be Understood

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BIOGRAPHICAL

Bonar, Andrew, Diary, Memoirs and Remains of Robert Murray McCheyne

Dallimore, Arnold, George Whitefield

Darby, John Nelson, Letters

Martyn, Henry, Letters and Journals

Murray, Iain, Jonathan Edwards, A New Biography

Newton, John, Works

Olford, Stephen, Olford on Scroggie

Patton, John, Autobiography

Payson, Edward, Complete Works

Rutherford, Samuel, Letters

Spurgeon, Charles, Autobiography

Tyler, Bennett, Ashael Nettleton: His Life and His Labors

Wesley, John, Journal

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CHURCH HISTORY BOOKS

BAPTIST HISTORY

Allix, Peter, History of the Ancient Churches of the Albigenses, History of the Ancient Churches of Piedmont

Beale, David, In Pursuit of Purity: A History of Fundamentalism Since 1850

Benedict, David, History of the Donatists, A History of the Welsh Baptists

Cummins, David, This Day in Baptist History (3 volumes)

Murray, Iain, Revival and Revivalism

Wylie, A History of the Waldenses  

CHURCH HISTORY (GENERAL)

Beeke, Joel and Randall Pederson, Meet The Puritans

Bennett, W. W., The Great Revival in the Southern Armies

Cloud, Davis, Rome and the Bible

Jones, J. William, Christ in the Camp

Pitts, Charles, Chaplins in Gray

van Braght, Thieleman, Martyr’s Mirror

Usher, James, Annuals of the World

Wylie, J. A., History of the Papacy

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COMMENTARIES

ENTIRE BIBLE-COLLECTIONS

Henry, Matthew, Commentary on the Whole Bible

Smith, James, et al, Handfuls on Purpose

BIBLE SURVEYS

Baxter, J. Sidlow, Explore the Book

Boyd, Robert, World’s Bible Handbook

Halley, H. H., Halley’s Bible Handbook

Scroggie, W. Graham, The Unfolding Drama of Redemption

Spence, H. T., The Canon of Scripture

Willmington, Harold, The Outline Bible

OLD TESTAMENT COMMENTARIES

Jones, Floyd, Chronology of the Old Testament

PENTATEUCH

Spence, Talmadge, The Foundations Bible Commentary; The Pentateuch

GENESIS

Morris, Henry, The Genesis Flood, The Genesis Record

Ruckman, Peter, The Bible Believer’s Commentary on Genesis

EXODUS

Ruckman, Peter, The Bible Believer’s Commentary on Exodus

LEVITICUS

Bonar, Andrew, Leviticus

JOSHUA

Spence, O. Talmadge, The Foundations Bible Commentary: Joshua

JOB

Ruckman, Peter, The Bible Believer’s Commentary on Job

PSALMS

Baker, Richard, Meditations and Disquisitions Upon Certain Psalms

Phillips, John, Exploring Psalms, 2 volumes

Scroggie. W. Graham, A Guide to the Psalms

Spence, H. T., The Ascent of the Christian Life (The Songs of Degrees)

Spurgeon, Charles, Treasury of David, The Golden Alphabet, Psalm 119

PROVERBS

Ruckman, Peter, The Bible Believer’s Commentary on Proverbs

ECCLESIASTES

Ruckman, Peter, The Bible Believer’s Commentary on Ecclesiastes

SONG OF SOLOMON

Gill, John, Exposition of the Book of the Song of Solomon

Spence, O. Talmadge, The Foundations Bible Commentary: The Song of Solomon

Spurgeon, Charles, The Most Holy Place: Sermons on the Song of Solomon

DANIEL

Larkin, Clarence, The Book of Daniel

Phillips, John, Exploring Daniel

MINOR PROPHETS

Ruckman, Peter, The Bible Believer’s Commentary on the Minor Prophets (2 volumes)

JONAH

Knox, James, The Christ Honoring Commentary Series: Jonah

ZECHARIAH

Knox, James, The Christ Honoring Commentary Series: Zechariah

MALACHI

Knox, James, The Christ Honoring Commentary Series: Malachi

THE GOSPELS

Robertson, A. T., A Harmony of the Gospels

Scroggie, W. Graham, A Guide to the Gospels

MATTHEW

Phillips, John, Exploring Matthew

Ruckman, Peter, The Bible Believer’s Commentary on Matthew

MARK

Phillips, John, Exploring Mark

LUKE

Phillips, John, Exploring Luke

Van Doren, W. H., A Suggestive Commentary on Luke

JOHN

Phillips, John, Exploring John

Van Doren, W. H. A Suggestive Commentary on St. John

ACTS

Ruckman, Peter, The Bible Believer’s Commentary on Acts

Thomas, W. Griffin, Expository Outlines of Acts

ROMANS

Phillips, John, Exploring Romans

Robinson, Thomas, A Suggestive Commentary on the Epistle of St Paul to the Romans

1 CORINTHIANS

Phillips, John, Exploring 1 Corinthians

2 CORINTHIANS

Phillips, John, Exploring 2 Corinthians

GALATIANS

Phillips, John, Exploring Galatians

Ruckman, Peter, The Bible Believer’s Commentary on Galatians-Colossians

EPHESIANS

Phillips, John, Exploring Ephesians

Ruckman, Peter, The Bible Believer’s Commentary on Galatians-Colossians

Waite, D. A., Ephesians, Preaching Verse by Verse

PHILIPPIANS

Phillips, John, Exploring Philippians

Ruckman, Peter, The Bible Believer’s Commentary on Galatians-Colossians

COLOSSIANS

Phillips, John, Exploring Colossians and Philemon

Ruckman, Peter, The Bible Believer’s Commentary on Galatians-Colossians

1 2 THESSALONIANS

Phillips, John, Exploring 1 and 2 Thessalonians

1 TIMOTHTY

Phillips, John, Exploring the Pastoral Epistles

2 TIMOTHY

Phillips, John, Exploring the Pastoral Epistles

TITUS

Knox, James, The Christ Honoring Commentary Series: Titus

Phillips, John, Exploring the Pastoral Epistles

HEBREWS

Phillips, John, Exploring Hebrews

Ruckman, Peter, The Bible Believer’s Commentary on Hebrews

Spence, H. T. The Epistle to the Hebrews

JAMES

Manton, Thomas, An Exposition of the Epistle of James

Phillips, John, Exploring James

1 PETER

Phillips, John, Exploring the Epistles of Peter

2 PETER

Phillips, John, Exploring the Epistles of Peter

123 JOHN

Phillips, John, Exploring the Epistles of John

JUDE

Manton, Thomas, An Exposition on the Epistle of Jude

Phillips, John, Exploring the Epistle of Jude

REVELATION

Knox, James, The Christ Honoring Commentary Series: Revelation

Larkin, Clarence, The Book of Revelation

Ruckman, Peter, The Revelation of Jesus Christ

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BIBLE CUSTOMS

Freeman, James, Manners and Customs of the Bible

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CONTEMPORARY THEOLOGY

Spence, H. T., Critical Truths For Critical Days (2 volumes)

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CREATIONISM

Ferrell, Vince, The Evolution Cruncher

Patten, Donald, The Biblical Flood and the Ice Age Epoch, The Long Day of Joshua

Ruckman, Peter, The Christian’s Handbook on Science and Philosophy

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CULTS-COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS

Hislop, Alexander, The Two Babylons

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DEVOTIONAL-CHRISTIAN LIFE

Brooks, Thomas, Private Prayer, The Secret Key of Heaven

Chambers, Oswald, My Utmost For His Highest

Henry, Matthew, Daily Communion With God

Jay, William, Morning Exercises, Evening Exercises

Muller, George, Answers to Prayer

Nee, Watchman, Sit, Walk, Stand

Spence, O. Talmadge, The Quest for Christian Purity

Spurgeon, Charles, Morning and Evening

Watson, Thomas, A Treatise Concerning Meditation

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DOCTRINE

Willmington, Harold, Willmington’s Guide to Bible Knowledge: Introduction to Theology

CALVINISM

Vance, Laurence, The Other Side of Calvinism

DICTIONARY

Vance, Laurence, Archaic Words and the Authorized Version

White, Stephen, White’s Dictionary of the King James Language (2 volumes currently)

DISPENSATIONALISM

Larkin, Clarence, Dispensational Truth

PROPHECY

Pentecost, Dwight, Things To Come

SANCTIFICATION

Doddridge, Phillip, The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul

Ryle, J. C., Holiness

Spence, O. Talmadge, The Quest For Christian Purity

Tozer, A. W. The Pursuit of God

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MANUSCRIPT EVIDENCE- AV DEFENSE

Cloud, David,  Bible Version Question and Answer Database

Hallina, C.P., The Authorized Version: A Wonderful and Unfinished History

O’Reilley, Alan, O Biblios

Paine, Gustavus, The Men Behind the King James Version

Riplinger, Gail, In Awe of Thy Word, The Language of the King James Bible, New Age Bible Versions

Ruckman, Peter, The Christian’s Handbook on Manuscript Evidence, The Christian’s Handbook on Biblical Scholarship, The Bible Babel

Spence, Talmadge, The King James Version Case, Preserving the Preserved Word

Strouse, Thomas and Jeffrey Khoo, Reviews of the Book From The Mind of God to the

Mind of Man

Vance, Laurence, Archaic Words and the Authorized Version, King James, His Bible and Its Translators

Waite, D.A., Defending the King James Bible

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MINISTRY

Gibbs, Alfred, The Preacher and His Preaching

Ruckman, Peter, The God-Called Preacher, The Local Church

Spurgeon, Charles, Lectures to my Students

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MUSIC-ART

Cowper, Williams and John Newton, Olney Hymns

Darby, John, Hymns For The Little Flock

Ruckman, Peter, Art and Artists, Music and Musicians

Spence, H. T. Confronting Contemporary Christian Music

Watts, Isaac, The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts

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General Writings, assorted by author

Bunyan, John, The Pilgrim’s Progress

Ruckman, Peter, The Sure Word of Prophecy

Spurgeon, Charles, John Ploughman’s Pictures, John Ploughman’s Talks, Pictures from Pilgrim’s Progress, The Salt Cellars, The Park Street Pulpit, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit