Recommended Reading


These writers and books have all been instrumental
(indirectly, at least) in the formulation of my theology,
which is pretty close to classical Reformed Theology
as I understand it.
Some of the books are easier to read than others
(as noted below), but all are worthwhile.

Be prepared to think.

They are presented below in a roughly historical context,
from most ancient to most contemporary.

The Holy Bible,
New King James Version

There are many excellent versions of the holy scriptures; this just happens to be the one I use. The Bible, of course, is indispensable. If you don't have access to a copy, please write to me for a free New Testament.


Saint Augustine's seminal work regarding sin, depravity, and the knowledge of God.

The Bondage of the Will

For advanced readers; this is hailed by most as Martin Luther's greatest work.

Institutes of the
Christian Religion

An abridgement of John Calvin's masterful theology; still probably not suitable for a casual reader.

Freedom of the Will

Some have called this book Jonathan Edwards' most important work; best understood by very advanced readers, but don't be afraid to take a chance if you are interested in the subject matter.

Mere Christianity

C. S. Lewis has written many works which I have admired: The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, Till We Have Faces, and more. But this title serves as his definitive apologetic for the Christian faith. Suitable for all readers of normal intelligence.

What's So Amazing
About Grace?

When I first became intrigued by the idea of salvation by faith alone through the working of God's grace, this book by Philip Yancey was a helpful companion. This one is a good entry-level book that is not overly theological.


A daily devotional guide from Ligonier Ministries, I read this just about every day. Offering rudimentary Bible observations along with challenging articles, Tabletalk provides a practical entryway into Reformed Theology.

I will be honored to send you a New Testament for free if you ask.

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