There are many books out there. Life is short and there’s much to do, so we do well help each other make the most of our reading by giving and receiving recommendations. Here are a few books that have helped me to clarify the position of Christ in, through, and over all of life.

For an Introduction to Christianity

Basic Christianity
by John Stott

Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
by John Piper

Knowing God
by J.I. Packer

King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus
by Timothy Keller

What is The Gospel?
by Greg Gilbert

Mere Christianity
by C.S. Lewis

Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
by Timothy Keller

On Who God Is

The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God
by John Piper

The Knowledge of the Holy
by  A.W. Tozer

On Jesus Christ and Salvation

Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus
by Carson

The Cross of Christ
by John Stott

On The Christian Life

The Religious Affections
by Jonathan Edwards

Pilgrim’s Progress
by John Bunyon

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World
by Paul Miller

A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers
by D.A. Carson

You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions
by Tim Chester

Christ Formed in You: The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change
by Brian Hedges

Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself
by Joe Thorn

A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love
by Milton Vincent

Life’s Big Questions: Six Major Themes Traced Through the Bible
by Vaughn Roberts

Holiness by Grace: Delighting in the Joy That Is Our Strength
by Bryan Chapell

Just Do Something: How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc.
by Kevin Deyoung

How People Change
by Timothy Lane, Paul Tripp

Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave
by Edward Welch

On Marriage

When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage
by Dave Harvey

What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage
by Paul Tripp

Sex and the Supremecy of Christ
eds. John Piper, Justin Taylor

On Loving the Vulnerable

Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches
by Russell Moore

Wrestling With An Angel: A Story of Love, Disability and the Lessons of Grace
by Greg Lucas

On Being Men and Women

What’s the Difference?: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible
by John Piper

A Guide to Biblical Manhood
by Randy Stinson, Dan Dumas

On Worldview and Culture

Above All Earthly Powers: Christ in a Postmodern World
by David Wells

The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog
by James Sire

He Is There and He Is Not Silent
by Francis Schaeffer

Escape from Reason
by Francis Schaeffer

For Children

The Big Picture Story Bible
by David Helm

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
by Sally Lloyd-Jones

The Mighty Acts of God: A Family Bible Story Book
by Starr Meade

The Church History ABCs: Augusting and 25 Other Heroes of the Faith
by Stephen Nichols

Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God
by Bruce Ware

For Defending Life

Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice
by Beckwith

The Politics of Abortion
by Ann Hendershott

Embryo: A Defense of Human Life
by Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen

Abortion Rites: A Social History of Abortion in America
by Marvin Olasky

On Politics and Economics

Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics
by Henry Hazlitt

A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles
by Thomas Sowell

Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem
by Jay Richards

Politics and the Greatest Good: The Case for Prudence in the Public Square
by Clarke Forsythe

The Contested Public Square: The Crisis of Christianity and Politics
by Greg Forster

The Tragedy of American Compassion
by Marvin Olasky

For Reading the Bible

God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible
by Vaughn Roberts

Reading the Bible for All It’s Worth
by Gordon Fee, Douglas Stuart

According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible
by Graeme Goldsworthy

The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made
by Mark Dever

The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept
by Mark Dever

40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible
by Robert Plummer

For Discipleship

One-to-One Bible Reading: A Simple Guide for Every Christian
by David Helm

Christianity Explored

Christianity Explained

John Stott Bible Studies
by John Stott

On Church and Ministry

The Trellis and The Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything
by Colin Marshall, Tony Payne

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church
by Mark Dever

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God
by Bob Kauflin

The Cross and Christian Ministry: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians
by D.A. Carson

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry
by John Piper

Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome
by Kent Hughes

A Display of God’s Glory: Basics of Church Structure
by Mark Dever

On Suffering

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
by Bridges

A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty
by Joni Eareckson Tada

Just the Way I Am: God’s Good Design in Disability
by Krista Horning

Holding On to Hope: A Pathway through Suffering to the Heart of God
by Nancy Guthrie

Be Still, My Soul:  20 Classic and Contemporary Readings on the Problem of Pain
ed. Nancy Guthrie