Guided Christian Reading List
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.
The best possible starting point is this greatest-of-all allegories, which once shaped the nation. The nature of salvation and the spiritual battles of the believer are unfolded so helpfully, one never forgets. (C. H. Spurgeon read this over 100 times, regarding it as the most significant book after the Bible.)
Seven Certain Signs of True Conversion by Peter Masters.
How can seekers tell if God has worked in their hearts? This outlines the marks of true conversion so helpful for gaining and keeping assurance of salvation.
Baptism, the Picture and its Purpose by Peter Masters.
This describes the fourfold pictorial message of baptism intended by God, and shows why it is essential for new believers.
A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson.
This classic is still the best way to obtain a bird’s-eye view of the faith. There are constant devotional and practical applications making this a fine survey of all the key doctrines. Of all the Puritans, Watson’s style is the briefest and most ‘modern’. Ideal for study groups, and for all ages.
Holiness by J.C. Ryle.
This outstanding manual needs no commendation. All who read it remember its counsels clearly, and recommend it to others. In vigorous prose it imparts an education in sanctification, assurance, growth, and love for Christ and has changed many lives.
Steps for Guidance in the Journey of Life by Peter Masters.
Christians must seek God’s will in all the major decisions of life. Here are six biblical steps for finding God’s pathway with special attention to courtship and marriage, and chapters on how to think about wealth, ambition, leisure and church membership.
God’s Rules for Holiness: Unlocking the Ten Commandments by Peter Masters.
Taken at face value the Ten Commandments are binding on all people, and will guard the way to Heaven. But the Commandments are far greater than their surface meaning, as this book shows. They challenge us as Christians on a wide range of deeds and attitudes, providing positive virtues as goals. And they give immense help for staying close to the Lord in our walk and worship.
Profiting from the World by A.W Pink.
Arguably Pink’s best book. Shows the effect of Bible reading (rightly done) on the believer’s attitude to sin, God, prayer, good works, obedience, the world, the promises, joy and love. A clear, stirring book for all readers, and good for group study. Excellent for young believers.
Only One Baptism of the Spirit by Peter Masters.
When is the believer baptised with the Spirit, and what happens? How does assurance come? Are we to struggle against sin, or will the Lord fight the battle for us? What is the filling of the Spirit? Straightforward answers with proof texts.
The Holy War (abridged) by John Bunyan.
This stirring allegory will give every reader a deep understanding of what happens in the salvation of a soul. Bunyan’s brilliant illustrations describe with immense insight the fall of ‘Mansoul’ and its rescue. A ‘must’ to be read, prompting a great step forward in spiritual growth. This edition is recast in modern English. Strongly recommended.
Spurgeon by Arnold Dallimore.
(1834-92) This is selected as the first biography on the list because it shows the power of the Word alone in converting many, and the way God blessed one who was obedient and faithful to Him. (We knew this Canadian author, now in glory, very well and deeply respected him as an outstanding speaker, pastor, biographer, and personality.)
The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink.
Nowhere else are the attributes of God presented in such brief compass with such clarity and devotional impact. Countless Christians have had their entire outlook transformed by this modern classic. Vital reading, because, before anything else, we must grasp God’s majesty and greatness.
The Charismatic Phenomenon by Peter Masters and John C Whitcomb.
So many believers have fallen for the charismatic movement. This shows the true purpose of the sign-miracles performed by the apostles, and shows that they were quite different from those claimed today. Were the gifts of New Testament times intended to be permanent? Answers are given.
The Pilgrim Church by E.H Broadbent.
A superb ‘sweep’ of the story of Gospel power down through the ages. This focuses especially on preachers and churches who were faithful to Christ, who laboured valiantly, who endured trial and persecution, who suffered martyrdom, and who strove to reform their churches to conform to the Word of God. A ‘conviction’ book, written with passion, and showing that those who are most faithful are those who are most blessed.
Christian Stewardship by Peter Masters.
The duties of Christian stewardship are here presented, and many questions answered.
Your Reasonable Service in the Lord’s Work by Peter Masters.
This is designed to inspire church members to seek avenues of service within the church. It focuses on the strong commands in the New Testament to serve the Lord.
The Lie: Evolution by Ken Ham.
The author shows how to recognise the two ‘world views’, one arising from evolution, and the other based on the fact of creation. It is shown that evolution is a religion. Many objections that are raised against the book of Genesis are answered. Christians must know how to answer these questions.
A Golden Treasury of Puritan Devotion by Mariano Di Gangi.
This is a brilliant way of tasting the Puritans. It contains 500 short extracts from thirteen key Puritans, all chosen for their above-average pithiness. Whether a play on words, or a surprising, even jolting figure, brilliant statements tumble out of these pages. How did these men produce so many? This is a very good way of appreciating more the great doctrines of the faith. [Currently out of print]
The Trinity by E.H. Bickersteth.
There is nothing to match this brilliant book by an evangelical scholar-bishop of the nineteenth century. It really helps one to see the greatness of each Person of the Trinity, and to love the Lord as never before.
Stand for the Truth by Peter Masters.
This gives the biblical arguments for separation from false teaching, showing the positive value of doing this. Ten commonly-heard arguments in defence of co-operation with Bible-denying groups (for example in evangelism) are answered.
Should Christians Drink? By Peter Masters.
What are the biblical statements which have convinced the overwhelming majority of Bible-believers for more than 150 years that the Lord wants His people to abstain from alcohol? These statements should be pondered and obeyed by all who want to please the Lord.
Answers to my Catholic Friends by Thomas F Heinze.
A lively book, novel in style, in which the author (a missionary in Italy for over 30 years) pinpoints the key differences between biblical salvation and Catholic teaching. He never says too much. Eight chief differences are singled out. This will definitely help the reader to witness to Catholic friends.
The Five Points of Calvinism by W.J. Seaton.
This clearly explains the famous ‘five points’, dealing helpfully with the problems that occur to many minds, and especially to young believers.
William Carey by S. Pearce Carey.
(1761-1834) A long read – but readers will never regret it. Dr John MacArthur calls this the best book he has ever read. It is a beautifully produced biography of the ‘father of modern missions’. Compelling pages convey the very atmosphere of an extraordinary time of missionary advance. Carey and his colleagues overcame mountainous obstacles to become the most productive church planters and Bible translators of all time. This story will stir the hearts of young and old alike.
From Forgiven to Forgiving by Jay Adams.
This simply must be read as it deals with one of the saddest omissions in many Christian lives. It is subtitled – Learning to Forgive One Another God’s Way. All aspects of forgiveness are presented, including common errors among Christians, and the matter of restitution also.
The Healing Epidemic (New Condensed Edition) by Peter Masters.
A kind of sequel to Charismatic Phenomenon, this answers charismatic claims and arguments, showing that sign-gifts have ceased. It includes chapters on demons; on how James 5 should be obeyed today, and on the Bible’s insistence that the mind should always be ‘switched on’ in worship. It has a great concluding chapter on medical aspects of divine healing, by the late Prof Verna Wright, a much-loved and eminent Christian doctor.
Remember the Lord’s Day by Peter Masters.
Why was the sabbath day instituted by the Lord, and does it continue now as the Lord’s Day? If so, in what way has it changed with the coming of Christ? How should it be kept? This booklet responds to these and other questions, showing that the sabbath principle is still God’s will for believers today.
The Purpose of the Lord’s Supper by Peter Masters.
This lists nine purposes behind the Lord’s Supper, and provides a basis for thought and prayer at the Table.
Further Reading List
The Soul Winner by C.H. Spurgeon.
Here is the incomparable liveliness and humour of Spurgeon on his favourite subject. Every believer has a part in the great harvest of souls, and this is stimulating reading. All who witness for Christ, and especially message-preparers, will be really glad that they read this. A tremendous start to this Sequel List.
The Lord Gave the Word by Malcolm H Watts.
Subtitled – A Study in the History of the Biblical Text. This will be found to be really interesting. The author sets out to show why the Authorised Version remains ‘the best English translation of God’s infallible and inerrant Word’. This is the story of early Bible manuscripts and how they have been copied. There has been a faithful copying tradition (on which the KJV is based) and a corrupt tradition. All who are faithful to the Bible need to be well-informed about this.
The Power of Prayer Meetings by Peter Masters.
Shows why corporate prayer is commanded by Christ and give unique promises. Includes practical advice on the form of the meeting, and style and contemt of prayer. An appendix shows why women should participate.
George Whitefield Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival by Arnold Dallimore.
People often ask, ‘Who is George Whitefield?’ which is sad, as he was possibly the greatest preacher of all, since Bible times. This is a first-choice biography because it gives a moving picture of Whitefield and of the outpourings of power witnessed in the great revival in both Britain and America. It does not duck the troubles, and will therefore help promote maturity in the reader.
The Bible on the Life Hereafter by William Hendriksen.
This outstanding work consists of fifty very short, crystal-clear chapters, each answering a frequently asked question such as – Shall we recognise one another in Heaven? What is the millenium? Immensely helpful to the bereaved, and perfect for study groups and classes.
Handbook of Revivals for the Use of Winners of Souls by Henry Fish.
This famous book defines revival, and surveys the occurrence of revivals in history. It includes considerable advice for practical outreach. There is nothing quite like this for stirring up a concern for vigorous evangelism.
The Dark Side of Christian Counselling by E.S. Williams.
In this book medical doctor Ted Williams challenges the claims of today’s Christian counsellors, giving a clear-cut and interesting overview of the counselling movement. His survey of the careers and teaching of the giants of secular psychology, the pillars of its ‘faith’, is unique. Nowhere else are these great names so clearly critiqued from a Christian point of view, and their militant atheism laid bare. Yet these are the heroes of new Christian counselling.
Names of God by Nathan Stone.
Twelve Old Testament names of God are explained with devotional application. This is a very moving and encouraging way to learn more about the wonderful ways in which God keeps, protects and strengthens His people.
The Tragedy of Compromise by Ernest D Pickering.
This takes us further into the greatest threat to biblical Christianity this century. New evangelicalism continues to swallow up British believers because they have not heard of it. Personalities are here named, as are movements, seminaries and magazines supportive of the new outlook. This book is essential for discernment.
Communion with God by John Owen.
Dr Law has made Owen’s weighty and powerful thoughts clear and readable. This book covers all aspects of communion with each person of the Godhead. A magnificent read.
Biblical Strategies for Witness by Peter Masters.
The Saviour employed quite different strategies when speaking to different kinds of unbeliever, and these may be adopted by us. How should we witness so as to arouse people who are spiritually indifferent, or self-righteous, or atheistic? Here is advice from the methods of the Lord.
PsychoHeresy by Martin and Deidre Bobgan.
Are we in the dark about what psychologists do, even in Christian counselling? The Bobgans’ books have made a huge impact, stimulating evangelical concern about the use of psychotherapies. This is packed with information about the myths of psychology. (Anyone thinking of studying psychology should take this on board.)
Worship in the Melting Pot by Peter Masters.
This book presents four essential principles laid down by Christ and strongly reaffirmed at the Reformation. It is surely by these that all new ideas should be assessed. Here also is a fascinating view of how they worshipped in Bible times, including their rules for the use of instruments, and the question is answered What does the Bible teach about the content and order of a service of worship today?
The Momentous Event by W.J. Grier.
The Lord’s return, and how to interpret prophecy, are compelling subjects. This little book sets out the Bible’s own rules for understanding prophecies, and corrects many wrong ideas about the Saviour’s second coming. Readers also have Daniel’s mysterious seventy weeks unravelled for them.
The Necessity of Sunday Schools by Peter Masters and Malcolm H Watts.
We must know why we should make a priority of Sunday Schools, because some preachers – astonishingly – have now turned against them! This is about the effectiveness of evangelistic Sunday Schools operated on a large scale. It gives proof that child evangelism is commanded in Scripture, and gives advice and encouragement for the opening or enlargement of Sunday Schools. [Currently out of print.]
The Triumph of Truth – A Life of Martin Luther by J.H Merle D’Aubigne.
To know about Luther’s life enables one to feel the pulse of the great Reformation and to be excited by its victories in a new way. The editor of this quality paperback says: ‘Luther’s story was never better told than by Swiss historian Merle d’Aubigné.
Not Like Any Other Book: Interpreting the Bible by Peter Masters.
A new approach to interpretation has gripped many evangelical seminaries and Bible colleges, an approach based on the ideas of unbelieving critics. This reveals what is happening, providing examples of right and wrong interpretation, and showing that the Bible includes its own rules of interpretation, and we should know what these are.
The Work of the Holy Spirit by Octavius Winslow.
It is time to read a substantial yet moving work on the place of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Readers will learn so much from this book that they will honour and depend upon the Holy Spirit as never before.
Faith, Doubts, Trials and Assurance by Peter Masters.
Ongoing faith is essential for answered prayer, effective service, spiritual stability and real communion with God. This book answers many questions about faith, such as – How may we assess the state of our faith? How can faith be strengthened? How should doubts be handled? How can we tell if troubles are intended to chastise or to refine? What can be done to obtain assurance? Can a believer commit the unpardonable sin? Exactly how is the Lord’s presence felt? Dr Peter Masters provides answers, with much pastoral advice, drawing on Scripture throughout.
The Greatest Hoax on Earth? By Jonathan Sarfati.
This volume is a direct response to Richard Dawkins’ latest work – The Greatest Show on Earth, subtitled, ‘The Evidence for Evolution’. The dismantling of Dawkins found in this book is both formidable and convincing. We enthusiastically endorse it as immensely God-glorifying for believers, and as being informative and challenging to newcomers to this debate.
Five English Reformers by J.C Ryle.
The book begins with the question, ‘Why were our reformers burned?’ Here are biographies of John Hooper, Rowland Taylor, Hugh Latimer, John Bradford and Nicholas Ridley. In warm, compelling style, Ryle describes the truths they died for and the great features of their Christian lives.
Prayer by John Bunyan.
This is two books in one – Praying in the Spirit (written in Bedford gaol), and The Throne of Grace published after Bunyan’s death. These contain numerous ‘nuggets of gold’ to help prayer and to solve many of its problems.
The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards.
(1718-47) ‘Chiefly extracted from his diary’ by Edwards, the life of this truly selfless missionary will be a challenge and inspiration to all readers. Here we are reading a notable classic. (A bonus is that it contains a biography of Jonathan Edwards.)
The Inspiration & Authority of Scripture by Rene Pache.
This is the best and most readable presentation of its subject. Every believer should be able to define, for example, plenary and verbal inspiration. These and all other aspects of Scripture are engagingly set out by a great teacher. Pastors will want to prescribe this – a basic book for all believers.
A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith by Robert L Reymond.
The Cross Work of Christ
This last book on the Sequel List launches the reader into a major systematic theology book. The portion chosen will fire the reader to tackle other portions. In a comment about this work Dr Albert N Martin particularly notes the way in which the author proceeds from Scripture passages to unfold and prove the doctrines, while most other writers in this field have tended to start with the doctrines and provide the proof texts afterwards. Dr Reymond is a Presbyterian and this obviously affects his treatment of the Church and Baptism. (While commenting on areas of disagreement, we think he has gone entirely the wrong way with the man of sin in Romans 7.) Nevertheless, this book is magnificent. It is surely the best single-volume systematic theology available today. To read a work such as this advances the reader into a new level of appreciation of the Lord and His ways, strengthening the soul, increasing praise, and equipping the mind for service. [Currently out of print.]