Account Navigation

Account Navigation

Currency - All prices are in AUD

Currency - All prices are in AUD
 Loading... Please wait...
Trinity Book Service




The Christian's Library — Suggested Principal Books

Posted by on

The Christian’s Library — Suggested Principal Books

Important qualifications:

This list of recommended books is not intended to be a comprehensive list. Rather, it is a selected recommendation of some of the books that are carried by Trinity Book Service. The purpose of this is to give pastoral guidance and counsel with respect to reading material to the following groups within the congregation:

  1. For those who are relatively new among us, to acquaint them with books that ought to be part of a good, growing family library, regardless of the presences or ages of the children within that family.
  2. For every child of God who is serious about his or her growth in grace and recognizes the place of good reading material in pursuit of that growth.
  3. For those who are seeking to lead family worship in an interesting, edifying and realistic way, recognizing the different ages and capacities of the children while they are still at home.
  4. For every child of God who is serious about his evangelistic privileges and responsibilities, and who desires to have materials that will help him in pursuit of that crucial privilege and responsibility.


  1. A Basic Home Library of Biblical Knowledge

- One good commentary on the whole Bible, such as the six volumes of Matthew Henry or the three volumes of Matthew Poole

- Strong’s or Young’s Exhaustive Concordance (Strong’s Concordance has a number system that enables the student to see the different Greek and Hebrew words that are used, while Young’s Concordance categorizes into groups the various Hebrew and Greek words)

- Survey of the Bible by William Hendricksen

- Moody’s Atlas of Bible Lands

- Zondervan’s Pictorial Bible Dictionary

- A Dictionary of Theological Terms by M.E. Manton

II. General Edification for the Serious Christian

A. Theological

- A New Systematic Theology by Robert Reymond (a reference work)

- Outlines of Theology by A.A. Hodge (a reference work)

- Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray

- Knowing God by J.I. Packer

- The Christian Life by Sinclair Ferguson

- Grace Unknown by R.C. Sproul

- Five Points of Calvinism by Jack Seaton (a booklet)

- A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Confession by Sam Waldron

- A String of Pearls by Fred Malone

B. The Christian Life

- The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

- Holiness by J.C. Ryle

- The Thought of God by Maurice Roberts

- Practical Religion by J.C. Ryle

- Trusting God by Jerry Bridges

- Abridged editions of John Owen’s writings (These come in two levels, the most elementary being published by Grace Publications, and the next level published by the Banner of Truth Trust)

- Spiritual Depression by Martyn Lloyd Jones

- Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

- The Lord’s Day by Joseph Pipa

- Banner of Truth booklets such as:

- Living the Christian Life by A.N. Martin

- A Life of Principled Obedience by A.N. Martin

III. A Basic Library for Family Worship

A. The Biblical Basis for Family Worship

- Thoughts on Family Worship by James W. Alexander

- Family Worship by Kerry Ptacek

B. Practical Helps for Family Worship

1. For very young children

- Big Book of Questions and Answers - Sinclair Ferguson

- Big Book of Questions and Answers About Jesus - Sinclair Ferguson

- Bible Stories for Bedtime - Carine Mackenzie

- All of Carine Mackenzie’s individual Bible story booklets

- The Life of Jesus - Carine Mackenzie

- Followers of Jesus - Carine Mackenzie

- Children’s Story Bible - Anne deVries

- My First Book of Questions and Answers - Christian Focus (or any edition of the Children’s Catechism)

2. All others

- Hymnbooks

- Small Talks on Big Questions by Selah Helms and Susan Thompson (2 Volumes)

- The Shorter Catechism, A Baptist Version - Published by Simpson or by Grand Rapids

- Expository Thoughts on the Gospels by J.C. Ryle

- Proverbs by Charles Bridges

- The entire Let’s Study series by the Banner of Truth (for older children and adults)

- Morning Exercises and Evening Exercises - William Jay

- For individual book studies - the entire Welwyn series of commentaries

- Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus commentaries by Nancy Ganz

IV. Helps for Fulfilling Our Evangelistic Privilege and Mandate

- Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer(This book is a must to place the evangelistic duty and activity within a solid biblical and theological framework)

- Tell the Truth by Will Metzger(No finer “how to” book written from a sound theological perspective by someone who has engaged in the work of evangelism in a concentrated way for many years)

- All of the materials of John Blanchard - Ultimate Questions, an excellent evangelistic booklet, while Right with God is an amplification of that booklet.

- A Bad Record and a Bad Heart and What is a Biblical Christian? By A.N. Martin

- Most of the tracts in our tract rack

The following is a list of books of church history and biography which ought to be included in any Christian’s home library, whether one is a new believer of well advanced in the knowledge of Christ.

- Sketches of Church History by S.M. Houghton

- Five English Reformers by J.C. Ryle

- Christian Leaders of the 18th Century by J.C. Ryle

- Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

- A Mighty Fortress by Jim Cromarty (a modern biography of Luther)

- The Life of John Bunyan (two biography are available)

- The Life and Diary of David Brainard by Jonathan Edwards

- Five Pioneer Missionaries by John Thornbury

- The Life of Spurgeon by A. Dallimore

- The Early Years and The Full Harvest - The two-volume autobiography of Spurgeon edited by Iain Murray

- George Müller by Roger Steer

- The Life of M’Cheyne by Andrew Bonar

- My Heart in His Hands by Sharon James (a biography of Mrs. Judson)

- The entire biographical series printed by Youth With a Mission (These books come in several reading levels and are a MUST for our children, that they may be acquainted with the great names of those whom God has used throughout the centuries in the work of the Gospel)

- Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot

- King of the Cannibals by Jim Cromarty (the thrilling life and ministry of John Paton, missionary in the South Sea Islands)

- It is Not Death to Die by Jim Cromarty (a gripping biography of Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission)

- Singing in the Fire by Faith Cook (All of Faith Cook’s other mini-biographies)

Pastoral Theology, Volume 1

Pastoral Theology, The Man of God: His Calling and Godly Life by Albert N. Martin “For forty-six years it was my privilege to fulfill the office and responsibilities of an elder set apart to ‘labor in preaching and teaching’ (1 Tim. 5:17) within the life and ministry of Trinity Baptist Church (TBC). During twenty of those years, [...]

Read More »

Glorifying God in Your Body: Whose Is It - Yours or His?

Reviews of Glorifying God in Your Body by Albert N. Martin It seems that our culture promotes either one extreme or the other—either that we worship our bodies or completely neglect them. The government tells us that obesity in our country is at an epidemic level. There is no shortage of “Christian” programs, support groups, and exercise [...]

Read More »

A ​Review of Lectures in Systematic Theology, Volume 1

Review of Lectures in Systematic Theology, Volume 1, The Doctrine of God  by Greg Nichols, edited by Rob Ventura Reviewer: Brian Borgman, founding pastor of Grace Community Church in Minden, NV, author of Feelings and Faith (Crossway, 2009), After They’re Yours: The Grace and Grit of Adoption (Cruciform, 2014) and co-author of Spiritual Warfare (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014) [...]

Read More »

Wonders of Grace: Original Testimonies of Converts During Spurgeon's Early Years

Compiled by Hannah Wyncoll Drawn from the early years of Spurgeon’s remarkable London ministry, these 138 testimonies of conversion form part of an archive of some 15,000 such accounts at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. Here is a powerful reaffirmation of the transforming power of the Gospel in individual lives. Also provides insights into the signs of conversion [...]

Read More »

Tabernacle Conversions in 1860

From The Sword & Trowel 2014, issue 2 by Church Elders, 1860 Previously unpublished testimonies from a treasure trove of records of conversions during Spurgeon’s pastorate at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. There are over twenty ­volumes of beautifully handwritten testimonies of those converted during Spurgeon’s pastorate. These are the elders’ reports of each applicant for baptism and church [...]

Read More »

Information about The Christian Sabbath by Dr. Robert P. Martin (Now Available)

Albert N. Martin How does one even begin the foreword to a book written by a beloved friend whose dying breaths spread themselves over all its pages? This book, written by one who was addressed affectionately and respectfully by those who knew him as “Dr. Bob,” is in many ways, the work of a lifetime. The first [...]

Read More »

A Review of The Christian Sabbath, a book by Dr. Robert P. Martin

Of the many fine qualities of Dr. Martin’s book, four stand out. First, he treats all the relevant texts of Scripture, showing ample ability in both Hebrew and Greek. Second, he shows acute awareness of the history of interpretation concerning the texts he addresses. Third, he shows very discerning, careful scholarship while interpreting the patristics [...]

Read More »

The Christian Sabbath: Its Redemptive-Historical Foundation, Present Obligation, and Practical Observance

Publisher's DescriptionChristian history has shown that in each generation the issue of the role of God's law in the Christian life always resolves itself into a critical question, especially for those who wish to affirm the integrity and on-going authority of the Ten Commandments as a God-given ethical norm for Christian behavior. The question: what [...]

Read More »

On Reading Books

C.H. Spurgeon If a man can purchase but very few books, my first advice to him would be, let him purchase the very best. If he cannot spend much, let him spend well. The best will always be the cheapest. This age is full of word-spinners—professional book-makers, who hammer a grain of matter so thin that [...]

Read More »