Books

Books

Books

Print and E-Books:

Outside of the Bible, these 14 books have shaped Pastor Carsten’s theology more than any other literature. In his mind every Christian ought to have read these books.

  • Stott, John:  The Cross of Christ
    • A foundational study on the meaning of the Cross for the whole of Christian living. By one of the premier British theologians of the 20-century. Print and e-book available. Free audio book on Amazon.
  • Carson, D.A.: Praying With Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation
    • How to pray like Paul. A study of Paul’s prayers. This will change the way you pray. Print and e-book available. Free audio book on Amazon.
  • Goldsworthy, Graeme: According to Plan:
    • Getting a grasp on the unity of the Bible, its central message from Genesis to Revelation, helps immensely in understanding the meaning of any one book or passage. Amazon.
  • Tozer, A.W.: The Essential Tozer:
    • This 3-in-1 collection of A.W. Tozer’s writings will strengthen your walk with Jesus. The Pursuit of God is sure to resonate if you long for a life spent in God’s presence. The Purpose of Man is a call to worship as God reprioritizes your life and fills your soul. The Crucified Life will lead you to the cross so you can be raised to new life in Christ.ebook and Free audio book on Amazon.
  • Piper, John: Desiring God
    • This classic work by Piper is an extended reflection on the meaning of the Christian life: “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. ” Amazon.
  • Lewis, C.S.: Mere Christianity
  • Bunyan, John: Pilgrim’s Progress 
    • A fictional allegory of the Christian life. You follow “Christian” on a journey to the eternal city. Often disguised as something that would help him, evil accompanies Christian on his journey to the Celestial City. As you walk with him, you’ll begin to identify today’s many religious pitfalls. Each character represented in this allegory is intentionally and profoundly accurate in its depiction of what we see all around us, and unfortunately, what we too often see in ourselves. But while Christian is injured and nearly killed, he eventually prevails to the end. So can you. Free e-book on Amazon.
  • Wright, NT: Simply Christian
    • Not since C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity has such a wise and informed leader taken the time to explain what Christianity is and how it is practiced. Walking the reader through the Christian faith step-by-step and question by question, Wright’s Simply Christian offers explanations for even the toughest doubt-filled skeptics, leaving believers with a reason for renewed faith.
  • Chesterton, G.K.: Orthodoxy
    • An autobiographical story of an amazing intellect coming to faith in Christ. A major reason that C.S. Lewis wrote Mere Christianity and a major reason Lewis himself became convinced of the faith. 2.99 e-book on Amazon
  • Augustine
    • Confessions is one of the great works of Western literature. In this intensely personal narrative, Augustine describes his conversion from Gnoticism to Christianity. A philosophical treatise. 3.42 e-book and Free Audio on Amazon.
  • Newbigin, Lesslie: Foolishness to the Greeks: Gospel and Western Culture
    • How can biblical authority be a reality for those shaped by the modern world? This book treats the Western World as a mission field, offering a unique perspective on the relationship between the gospel and current society by presenting an outsider’s view of contemporary Western culture. Writing from four decades of experience in Christian mission, Lesslie Newbigin applies the same discernment involved in contextualising the gospel in another culture to the issues involved in contextualising the gospel in our Western culture. 2.86 e-book and Free Audio book on amazon.
  • Keller, Tim: The Reason For God
    • In this apologia for Christian faith, Keller mines material from literary classics, philosophy, anthropology and a multitude of other disciplines to make an intellectually compelling case for God. Written for sceptics and the believers who love them.
  • Bird, Micheal: What Christians Ought To Believe
    • Bringing together theological commentary, tips for application, and memorable illustrations, What Christians Ought to Believe summarises the basic tenets of the Christian faith using the Apostle’s Creed as its entryway. After first emphasising the importance of creeds for the formation of the Christian faith, each chapter, following the Creed’s outline, introduces the Father, the Son, and the Spirit and the Church.
  • Packer, J.I: Knowing God
    • A spiritual classic … The truth he handles fires the heart. — John Stott.  Dr Packer’s volume says it simply, says it best. — Joni Eareckson Tada.  Has the rare ability to deal with profound and basic spiritual truths in a practical and highly readable way. — Billy Graham. This book is strong meat. To read and digest it is an experience no discerning reader is likely to forget. — Church Times