Friday, July 11, 2008

Reading list for students

I found this great list of Essential Reading for Church Youth and Leadership from Tom's blog at

1st Grade:

The Lightlings, R.C. Sproul
The King Without a Shadow, R.C. Sproul
The Child’s Story Bible, Catherine Vos
The Gospel for Children, John B. Leuzarder
The Big Book of Questions and Answers About Jesus, Sinclair Ferguson

2nd Grade:

Dangerous Journey, John Bunyan, Ed. Oliver Hunkin
The Child’s Story Bible, Catherine Vos
Grandpa's Box: Retelling the Biblical Story of Redemption, Starr Meade

3rd Grade:

Against the World, Henry Coray
The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History, A. Kenneth Curtis, et al.
Heroes of the Reformation: Life-Changing Lessons for the Young, Richard Newton
Training Hearts, Teaching Minds, Starr Meade

4th Grade:

Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis (box set)
Luther the Leader, Virgil Robinson
Ten Boys/Ten Girls Who Changed the World (box sets), Irene Howat
Training Hearts, Teaching Minds, Starr Meade

5th Grade:

The Young Peacemaker: Teaching Students to Respond to Conflict God's Way, Corlette Sande (Kit, grades 3-7)
Visible Saints: The History of a Puritan Idea, Edmund S. Morgan
Survey of the Bible, William Hendriksen
According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible, Graeme Goldsworthy

6th Grade:

Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
The Gospel for Real Life, Jerry Bridges

(Interim Recommended Reading: Shelf Life: How Books Have Changed the Destinies and Desires of People and Nations, George Grant; Read Any Good Books, Sinclair B. Ferguson; and Invitation to the Classics: A Guide to Books You've Always Wanted to Read, Eds. Louise Cowan & Os Guinness)

7th Grade:

The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
Church History Plain Language, Bruce L. Shelley
Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations, Alex & Brett Harris
Chosen by God, R.C. Sproul
The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul

(Interim Essential Purchases: Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem; Concise Theology, J.I. Packer; and How to Read Slowly: Reading for Comprehension, James W. Sire)

8th Grade:

Crown & Covenant Trilogy, Douglas Bond
Confessions, St. Augustine of Hippo (Ed. Henry Chadwick)
The Heidelberg Catechism: A Study Guide, G.I. Williamson
Knowing God, J.I. Packer

9th Grade:

The Screwtape Letters & Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
The Peacemaker (Student Ed.), Ken Sande
Humility: The True Greatness, C.J. Mahaney
Living the Cross-Centered Life, C.J. Mahaney
Basic Christianity & Cross of Christ, John Stott

10th Grade:

The Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther
Christianity and Liberalism, J. Gresham Machen
The Sovereignty of God, Arthur W. Pink (Baker Books edition)
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J.I. Packer
Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer

11th Grade:

Hostage Lands, Douglas Bond
Reading Between The Lines, Gene Edward Veith Jr.
Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography, Iain H. Murray
The Great Exchange, Jerry Bridges
The Truth of the Cross, R.C. Sproul
The Atonement: Its Meaning and Significance, Leon Morris

12th Grade:

Paradise Lost, John Milton
John Owen on the Christian Life, Sinclair B. Ferguson
Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
The Reason for God: Belief in God in an Age of Skepticism, Timothy Keller
The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross, Leon Morris


Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers, Eds. Christopher D. Hudson, J. Alan Sharrer
Day by Day with the English Puritans: Selected Readings for Daily Reflection, Ed. Randall Pederson
Heart Aflame: Daily Readings From Calvin on the Psalms, John Calvin
Help Heavenward, Octavius Winslow
How Great Thou Art, Steve Halliday
Morning and Evening, Charles H. Spurgeon
The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, Ed. Arthur Bennett
Walking with God Day by Day 365 Daily Devotional Selections, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Pre-College Prep:

How to Stay Christian in College, J. Budziszewski
Ask Me Anything: Provocative Answers for College Students, J. Budziszewski
Think Biblically, John MacArthur
Above All Earthly Powers: Christ in a Postmodern World, David F. Wells


Middle School/Junior High -

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, W. Phillip Keller
Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know, Wayne Grudem
Don't Check Your Brains at the Door, Josh McDowell
Growing Up Christian: Have You Taken Ownership of Your Relationship With God?, Karl
Graustein & Mark Jacobsen
More Than a Carpenter, Josh McDowell
Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ's Control, Elisabeth Elliot
Thoughts for Young Men, J.C. Ryle
Understanding the Bible, John Stott
When God Writes Your Love Story, Eric & Leslie Ludy

High School

A Quest for Godliness: Puritan Vision of the Christian Life, J.I. Packer
All of Grace, Charles H. Spurgeon (Study Guide, Ch. 1-5, Ch. 6-10)
City of God, St. Augustine of Hippo (Transl. Henry Bettenson)
Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper
Francis Schaeffer Trilogy (The God Who Is There; Escape from Reason; He Is There and He Is Not Silent), Francis Schaeffer
Hard to Believe: The High Cost and Infinite Value of Following Jesus, John MacArthur
How Long, O Lord?, D.A. Carson
Knowing Scripture, R.C. Sproul•
I Am Not But I Know I Am: Little Me, Infinite God, Louie Giglio
In Understanding Be Men, T. Hammond (IVPress, 1983)
Lectures on Calvinism, Abraham Kuyper
Lectures to My Students, Charles H. Spurgeon
Now, That's A Good Question, R.C. Sproul
The Calvinistic Concept of Culture, Henry R. Van Til
The Case for the Real Jesus, Lee Strobel
The Cruelty of Heresy, C. FitzSimons Allison
The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics, Ed. Kelly M. Kapic
The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment, Tim Challies
The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, Kris Lundgaard
The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God's Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin, John Piper
The Micah Mandate: Balancing the Christian Life, George Grant
The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, Josh McDowell
Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity, Mark A. Noll
Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Ed. John Piper
Redemption Accomplished and Applied, John Murray
Your Mind Matters: The Place of the Mind in the Christian Life, John Stott & Mark A. Noll


Religious Affections, Jonathan Edwards
The Bruised Reed, Richard Sibbes
The Mortification of Sin, John Owen
The Mystery of Providence, John Flavel
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Jeremiah Burroughs
The True Bounds of Christian Freedom, Samuel Bolton

God’s Attributes:

Attribute of God, Arthur W. Pink
The Doctrine of God, Herman Bavinck
The Doctrine of God: A Theology of Lordship, John Frame
The Existence and Attributes of God, Stephen Charnock
The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. TozerPuritans:
Religious Affections, Jonathan Edwards
The Bruised Reed, Richard Sibbes
The Mortification of Sin, John Owen
The Mystery of Providence, John Flavel
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Jeremiah Burroughs
The True Bounds of Christian Freedom, Samuel Bolton


A Life of John Calvin, Alister E. McGrath
Augustine of Hippo: A Biography, Peter Brown
Calvin and Augustine, B.B. Warfield
B. B. Warfield: Essays on His Life and Thought, Gary L. W. Johnson
George Muller of Bristol: His Life of Prayer and Faith, A.T. Pierson
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, Roland H. Bainton
J. Gresham Machen: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought, Stephen J. Nichols
John Bunyan - His Life, Times And Work, John Brown
John Owen: The Man and His Theology, Sinclair B. Ferguson
Jonathan Edwards: A Life, George M. Marsden
Jonathan Edwards - A New Biography, Iain H. Murray
Life and Times of George Whitefield, Robert Philip
Meet the Puritans, Joel R. Beeke & Randall J. Pederson
The Forgotten Spurgeon, Iain H. Murray
The Life of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (2 Vols.), Iain H. Murray
The Life of George Whitefield (2 Vol.), Arnold Dallimore
The Life of John Newton, Josiah Bull
William Tyndale: A Biography, David Daniell

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


I love my parent's home. We visit my parents almost every week. It is absolutely one of my favorite places to be.

I want our children to feel that way about our home. I want them to feel like their home is a haven. I want us to have lively conversations about the Gospel, theology, and the church (growing up, we discussed these topics often and still do!). I want it to be their favorite place too.

I want to cultivate in our children a love for family and for home. I want to cultivate in our boys a desire for a wife and a family. In order for them to grow up and be good husbands and fathers, we will need to teach them how to be. Who better to teach them how to love and cherish their wives then their dad? Where better to teach them than in their homes where they have seen their dad love and serve their mother?

Same goes for our girls. I want to instill in them a love for their future husbands and children. I want them to have a desire to stay at home with their kids and not pursue any careers outside of their homes. The best way to teach our girls this Biblical model is for me, their mother, to teach them. They will learn by seeing me serve and submit graciously to their father. They will learn by seeing me joyfully serve our family through daily tasks like cooking and cleaning.

Most of all, Justin and I want to instill in our children a love for Scripture. We want them to understand the importance of establishing a God-centered theology. We want them to be fully devoted to the message of the Gospel. We want them to be bold, able to proclaim the Truth to their generation. Where better to learn the truths found in Scripture then from their parents in their home? Home is where they will be able to see first hand the effects of the Gospel in people's lives.