“Bring the Books” – Suggested Reading List

“Bring the Books” – Suggested Reading List

“Bring the Books”
Note: You can also download this list as a pdf by clicking on this link

Recommended Reading for Grace Church International


“When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.” (2 Timothy 3:14)

As we seek to encourage the spiritual growth of our church family, we are pleased to recommend the following books, confident that you will benefit from them as you read. Of course, our recommendation isn’t a blanket endorsement of the book or its author. Only the Bible is perfect, and you should read the Bible more than anything else. But these books will help you understand the Best Book. Grace to you!

The Pastors of GCI, March of 2020


Christian Classics

Family, Marriage, and Finances

Trials and Suffering

Biographies and Church History

  • 5 Minutes in Church History by Stephen J. Nichols
  • Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Devotedly: The Personal Letters and Love Story of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot by Valerie Shepherd
  • Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas
  • To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson
  • Spurgeon: A Biography by Arnold Dallimore
  • The Forgotten Spurgeon by Iain Murray
  • The Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor – Dr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor
  • George Whitefield: The Evangelist by John Pollock
  • Seven Leaders by Iain H. Murray
  • The Autobiography of George Muller
  • Amy Carmichael: Beauty for Ashes by Iain Murray

The Christian Life

  • Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
  • The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
  • Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves
  • Set Apart by R. Kent Hughes
  • Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges
  • Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

Sexuality and Gender

The Gospel

  • God is the Gospel by John Piper
  • The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges
  • The Cross of Christ by John Stott
  • What is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert
  • More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell
  • Living the Cross-Centred Life by C. J. Mahaney


  • Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper
  • A Vision for Missions by Tom Wells
  • For the Sake of His Name by David Doran
  • Something Needs to Change by David Platt
  • From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya by Ruth Tucker

The Gospel Coalition has a recommended list of free/discounted books to read during quarantine (though many of them are not Christian, just good classics). This list includes several for children and teens:


Desiring God has kindly placed many of their books by authors John Piper and Justin Taylor free in PDF format.

Note: All titles with links will take you to free copies of the books. Additionally, the majority of these titles can easily be found at Reformers Bookshop, Koorong or Amazon.com.au. Many titles can also be found in audio version on Christian Audio or Audible.