We carry all of my books and teaching series here at Ligonier Ministries, but we also carry some of the best works produced by Christians today and in the past. My staff came to me recently and asked me which of these other resources I would most like to see our students have on their shelves. Here is my list, with a brief explanation of why I recommend each item. – Dr. R.C. Sproul

Assured by God
by Burk Parsons
I would like every believer to read Assured by God, a helpful collection of essays on the assurance of salvation. It is edited by Burk Parsons, editor of Tabletalk magazine.
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Biblical Economics
by R.C. Sproul Jr.
This book by my son, R.C. Sproul Jr., is a useful primer on Scripture’s teaching on economics. It has been of great help to me on the subject.
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The Bondage of the Will
by Martin Luther
The Bondage of the Will is Martin Luther’s finest theological writing. Few works more convincingly tell us of man’s depravity and need for God’s sovereign grace.
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Charity and Its Fruits
by Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards, America’s greatest theologian and a hero of mine, gives us this excellent exposition of 1 Corinthians 13. Here is a man who knew what it means to love Christ.
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Contending for Our All
by John Piper
I love this book. John Piper reminds us that it is not enough to affirm or defend our faith, we must also be willing, under fire, to contend for our faith.
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Counted Righteous in Christ
by John Piper
This work by John Piper is a fine contemporary explanation and defense of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness as our only hope in life and death.
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Creation and Change
by Douglas Kelly
This book written by Douglas Kelly is perhaps the finest defense of the literal, twenty-four hour, six-day creation of the universe. My own thinking has been greatly influenced by it.
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The Death of Death in the Death of Christ
by John Owen
John Owen’s exposition of God’s intent in the atonement is the best work on particular redemption, which emphasizes that Christ died for His people alone.
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The Expository Genius of John Calvin
by Steven J. Lawson
I heartily recommend this book by Steven Lawson as an impetus to the recovery of expository preaching. It is an especially good gift for pastors and seminary students.
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Foundations of Grace
by Steven J. Lawson
My former student, Steven Lawson, does the church a great service in this work, a thorough look at how the entire canon of Scripture teaches the doctrines of grace.
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The Freedom of the Will
by Jonathan Edwards
Many Christians argue that Reformed theology effectively renders meaningless the concept of free will. However, as Jonathan Edwards demonstrates in this book, Reformed theology is entirely compatible with freedom. His argument has yet to be answered convincingly.
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Gospel Fear
by Jeremiah Burroughs
Jeremiah Burroughs is a must-read puritan author. He represents the best of that movement, especially in this book, which explains what it means to revere the Lord.
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Gospel Worship
by Jeremiah Burroughs
Jeremiah Burroughs’ Gospel Worship has greatly influenced my understanding of biblical worship. It is one of the most important books I have ever read.
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Here I Stand
by Roland Bainton
Roland Bainton’s biography of Martin Luther is an inspiring summary of the life of the great reformer. This book will challenge you to stand firm for Christ.
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The Holy Spirit
by Sinclair Ferguson
My friend Sinclair Ferguson is in my view the world’s leading expert on the person and work of the Holy Spirit today. This work on the Spirit will benefit any believer.
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Institutes of the Christian Religion
by John Calvin
John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion is perhaps the most important work of systematic theology ever written. Its influence has been formative on my thinking and on the thinking of believers all around the world.
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Justification
by Francis Turretin
Justification is so important that we convinced P&R Publishing to print this selection on this doctrine from one of the best theologians in church history, Francis Turretin.
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Principles of Conduct
by John Murray
Church elders know well that applying the Bible’s teaching to ethical situations can be more difficult than it first appears. This work by John Murray helps us to learn to apply God’s law to issues like marriage and divorce, truth-telling, and more.
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A Simple Way to Pray
by Martin Luther
No book has done more to revolutionize my personal prayer life than this little book by Martin Luther. I would recommend it for every Christian’s library.
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The Valley of Vision
by Arthur Bennett
The puritans were a praying people, and this book is a collection of some of their excellent prayers. I find The Valley of Vision to be a great aid for devotions.
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What Christian Parents Should Know About Infant Baptism
by John Sartelle
I have known John Sartelle for many years, and this little booklet is one of the best explanations of the Reformed practice of infant baptism.
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