Book Recommendations

This page is an incomplete list of book recommendations given to my church. It is updated about once a month as I make weekly recommendations of books to my church.

For lists that recommend commentaries and Bible study helps, click the links below:

For a list of discipleship and Christian living resources, scroll down to “Recommended Discipleship Resources” on this page: 

For some helps on teaching or preaching, see this post: “Ways to Help Your Passage-by-Passage Study of the Bible (for Teachers or Christians in General)

Current Series at First Baptist Church

Sunday Mornings: James

  • A longer commentary – James by D. Edmond Hiebert. Revised Edition. Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books, 1997.
  • A shorter commentary – James by Vernon D. Doerksen. Everyman’s Bible Commentary. Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1983.

Sunday Afternoons: Ezra

  • A longer commentary – Fensham, F. Charles. The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah. The New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1982.
  • A shorter commentary – Kidner, Derek. Ezra and Nehemiah: An Introduction and Commentary. Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1979.

Wednesday Evenings: The Life of Christ

  • The Passion of the Servant: A Journey to the Cross by Don N Howell, Jr. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2009.
  • Jesus According to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels by Darrell L. Bock and Benjamin I. Simpson. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2017.
  • The First Days of Jesus by Andreas Kӧstenberger and Alexander Stewart. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015.
  • The Final Days of Jesus by Andreas Kӧstenberger, Justin Taylor, and Alexander Stewart. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014.
  • The Words and Works of Jesus Christ: A Study of the Life of Christ by J. Dwight Pentecost. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1981.

Miscellaneous Recommendations


  • Uprooting Anger by Robert D. Jones. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2005.
  • The Heart of Anger: Practical Help for the Prevention and Cure of Anger in Children by Lou Priolo. Amityville, NY: Calvary Press, 1997.


  • Upright Downtime: Making Wise Choices About Entertainment by Brian Hand. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 2008.


  • Unpacking Forgiveness by Chris Brauns. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008.
  • The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness by John MacArthur. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1998.


  • Knowing God by J. I. Packer. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1973.


  • Trusting God by Jerry Bridges. Carol Stream, IL: NavPress, 2008.