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These resources are recommended to help you better understand Christianity. They were selected carefully. Keep in mind some of the views expressed in them may not always be reflective of the beliefs of Bethesda. We encourage you to use them not as “destinations” but as “signposts” pointing to the God who has revealed himself in Jesus Christ. Enjoy!




Bible Atlases

Crossway ESV Bible Atlas
Holman Bible Atlas
The New Moody Atlas of the Bible
Zondervan Atlas of the Bible

Bible Reading

For the Love of God: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God's Word, Volumes 1&2 by D.A. Carson
The One Year Book of Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament by Nancy Guthrie
Unlocking the Bible Story, Volumes 1-4 by Colin S. Smith

Bible Study

The ESV Study Bible
New Bible Commentary
How to Read the Bible Through the Jesus Lens by Michael Williams


The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George Marsden
John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, Doxology edited by Burk Parsons


In Christ Alone by Sinclair Ferguson
The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller
Knowing Christianity by J.I. Packer

Christianity Explored

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Basic Christianity by John Stott

Christianity Lived

Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
The Fight: A Practical Handbook for Christian Living by John White

Church History

Sketches from Church History by S.M. Houghton
Worldly Saints: The Puritans As They Really Were by Leland Ryken
Church History in Plain Language by Bruce L. Shelley


Stop Dating the Church by Joshua Harris
The Enduring Community by Brian Habig & Les Newsom
Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp


The Transforming Power of the Gospel by Jerry Bridges
A Journey Worth Taking by Charles D. Drew
Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel by Ed Welch


Tell the Truth by Will Metzger
Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman
Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer


The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien


Knowing God by J.I. Packer
The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

Holy Spirit

Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan
The Holy Spirit by Sinclair Ferguson
Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God by J.I. Packer


Who is This Jesus by Michael Green
Through the Looking Glass: Reflections on Christ That Change Us by Kris Lundgaard
Knowing Christ by Alister McGrath


Each for the Other: Marriage as It's Meant to Be by Brian Chapell
When Sinners Say "I Do": Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage by Dave Harvey
The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller


Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp


Made For His Pleasure by Alistair Begg
You: An Introduction by Michael Jensen
The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther


The Valley of Vision
A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson
Pray With Your Eyes Open by Richard L. Pratt


Putting Amazing Back into Grace by Michael Horton
Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul
The Plan of Salvation by B.B. Warfield


The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig Blomberg
The Doctrine of the Word of God by John Frame
Words of Life: Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God by Timothy Ward


The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin by Kris Lungaard
Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen
Not The Way It's Supposed to Be by Cornelius Plantinga

Suffering & Evil

How Long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil by D.A. Carson
Hearing Jesus Speak Into Your Sorrow by Nancy Guthrie
Surprised by Suffering by R.C. Sproul


New City Catechism (free online resource)
Know the Truth: A Handbook of Christian Belief by Bruce Milne
Concise Theology by J.I. Packer

Work & Vocation

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work by Timothy Keller
Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work by Tom Nelson
God at Work by Gene Edward Veith Jr.