Recommended reading

We often get requests such as; “I would like to be discipled” or “How can I grow as a Christian?” or “How can I be a better parent?” Although we do provide avenues for personal discipleship and growth via our Missional Home Communities and Pathways, we strongly encourage people to take the initiative (and responsibility) to read good books.

Below we list some of the books that we recommend. To be honest, there are literally hundreds of books we could recommend that would be worth your time and effort to read (and thousands that would be a waste of your time). But we feel it is more productive to recommend just a few that we are confident can impact your life, if you engage your mind and heart with their content.


Begin with these two books:

At Red Sea we think that it is essential that people know the basics well. If you're new to the Christian faith these two books will provide you with a good start. If you have been a Christian for awhile, these books will remind you of what is important.

Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping The Gospel The Main Thing by C.J. Mahaney

Christian Beliefs: twenty basics every Christian should know by Wayne Grudem, edited by Elliot Grudem

Understanding and living in light of the Gospel 

The centrality and importance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ CANNOT be overstated. It is of "first importance" (1 Corinthians 15:3) and "it is the power of God" (Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 1:18). At Red Sea, we are committed to continually exploring the many applications of the Gospel in our lives. Below are some books that can help us do this.

A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent

Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper

The Gospel For Real Life by Jerry Bridges

The Cross of Christ by John Stott

Growing Mature Through the Gospel 

Christ Formed In You by Brian G. Hedges

You Can Change by Tim Chester

Taking Inventory of Your Spiritual Health

don't waste your life by John Piper

Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Donald S. Whitney

Living in Christian Community 

The Hospitality Commands by Alexander Strauch

The Peace Maker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict (Rev Edition) by Ken Sande

Marriage and Family

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

Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp

The Big Picture Story Bible by David R. Helm

Long Story Short Family Devotional by Marty Machowski

The Gosepl Story Bible by Marty Machowski

Seeking "God's Will" and Decision Making 

Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

Prayer Praying Backwards by Bryan Chapell

Prayer and the Knowledge of God by Graeme Goldsworthy

FREE Books Online

Many of John Piper's books are available free online at desiringGod.

Monergism is an outstanding online source of articles, audio, and books. Their goal is to equip Christians in the truth by making available the finest classic articles and resources of historical orthodoxy. This is done in the hope that the church will embrace, and recover the true Biblical doctrines of the historic faith. - If you are wanting to purchase some solid Christian books, be sure to check out this online bookstore.

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