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End Times/Prophecy

  • Every Prophecy of the Bible by John Walvoord
  • The End by Mark Hitchcock
  • Understanding End Times Prophecy by Paul Benware
  • The Best Is Yet to Come by Tony Evans
  • There Really Is a Difference!: A Comparison of Covenant and Dispensational Theology by Renald E. Showers
  • Charting the End Times by Tim LaHaye
  • Fast Facts on Bible Prophecy from A to Z by Thomas Ice and Timothy Demy
  • The Popular Encyclopedia of Bible Prophecy edited by Ed Hinson
  • Maranatha, Our Lord, Come!: A Definitive Study of the Rapture of the Church by Renald Showers
  • Three Views on the Rapture edited by Stanley Gundry
  • Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond edited by Darrell Bock

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Worship

  • The Ultimate Priority by John MacArthur
  • Desirinq God, The Pleasures of God, God is the Gospel, Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper
  • The Cross of Christ by John Stott
  • The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
  • A Royal Waste of Time by Marva Dawn,
  • The Unquenchable Worshipper: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship by Matt Redman
  • Recalling the Hope of Glory by Allen P. Ross

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Theology

  • Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem
  • The Moody Handbook of Theology by Paul Enns
  • Christian Theology by Millard Erickson
  • Basic Theology by Charles Ryrie
  • Our God is Awesome or Theology You Can Count On by Tony Evans
  • Cat & Dog Theology by Bob Sjogren
  • Practical Theology for Women by Wendy Horger Alsup
  • The Portable Seminary: A Master's Level Overview in One Volume by David Horton
  • The Promise of God by George Bristow
  • The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction by Sinclair B. Ferguson
  • The Holy Spirit by Sinclair B. Ferguson
  • The Wonderful Spirit-filled Life by Charles Stanley
  • The Promise by Tony Evans
  • God in You: Releasing the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Life by David Dr. Jeremiah
  • Heaven by Randy Alcorn

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Discipleship

    • The Message of the Sermon on the Mount (The Bible Speaks Today) by John Stott
    • The Gospel for Real Life, The Pursuit of Holiness, Growing Your Faith, The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges
    • Living the Cross Centered Life by C. J. Mahaney
    • The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
    • A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life by J. I. Packer
    • In this book, J.I. Packer writes, "The preachers' commission is to declare the whole counsel of God; but the cross is the centre of that counsel, and the Puritans knew that the traveller through the Bible landscape misses his way as soon as he loses sight of the hill called Calvary." (p. 286)
  • The Grace Awakening by Chuck Swindoll
  • Humility: True Greatness by C. J. Mahaney
  • Knowing God by J. I. Packer
  • Memorize This: TMS 3.0 by D. Mason Rutledge
  • Time to Get Serious: Daily Devotions to Keep You Close to God by Tony Evans
  • The Book on Leadership by John MacArthur
  • The Complete Book on Discipleship by Bill Hull
  • Discipleship On The Edge: An Expository Journey Through The Book Of Revelationby Darrell W. Johnson (while he takes a different view on end times, the lessons here are exceptional)
  • The Pillars of Christian Character: The Basic Essentials of a Living Faith by John MacArthur
  • Handbook for Christian Maturity: Bible Study (Ten Basic Steps Toward Christian Maturity) by Bill Bright
  • Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Chistian Life by Donald S. Whitney
  • This Little Church Went to Market: The Church in the Age of Entertainment by Gary E. Gilley
  • No Place for Truth or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells
  • A Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry
  • Christ's Call to Discipleship by James Montgomery Boice
  • Holiness by R. C. Sproul
  • The Knowledge of the Holy by A. W. Tozer
  • The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine by A. W. Tozer
  • The Attributes of God: A Journey into the Father's Heart by A. W. Tozer
  • The Attributes of God by Arthur W. Pink
  • A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers by D. A. Carson
  • Pierced by the Word: Thirty One Meditations for Your Soul by John Piper
  • The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Thinking Biblically by John MacArthur
  • Decision-Making by the Book by Haddon W. Robinson
  • Revolution Within by Dwight Edwards
  • The Second Coming by John MacArthur
  • Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God by Gordon Fee
  • Alone with God by John MacArthur
  • The Peacemaker by Ken Sande
  • Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul David Tripp

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Bible Study Tools

Bible Study Resources

      This guide is part of the Bible Study Methods class. The podcast or streaming audio of this class is available in our MEDIA section.
    • Grasping God's Word by Duvall and Hays (Book and workbook on Bible study methods. Abridge version is Journey into God's Word)
    • The God Who is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story by D. A. Carson (one of the best overviews of the Bible. A "must-read")
    • God's Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Douglas Stuart and Gordon Fee
    • How to Read the Bible Book by Book by Douglas Stuart and Gordon Fee
    • How to Choose a Translation for All Its Worth by Douglas Stuart and Gordon Fee
    • Basic Bible Interpretation by Roy Zuck
    • How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur
    • The New Joy of Discovery in Bible Study by Oletta Wald
    • The Bible Knowledge Commentary (2 Vols.) by Walvoord and Zuck Talk
    • Thru the Bible by Wilkinson and Boa
    • The NIV Application Commentaries (e.g. Genesis by Walton, Psalms by Wilson, Colossians by Garland, Philippians by Thielman, 2 Peter and Romans by Moo, Luke by Bock, etc.)
    • The Encountering Series (Encountering the Old Testament, Encountering Romans, Encountering Hebrews, Encountering the New Testament, etc.)
    • Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Dictionary: Completely Revised and Updated Edition by Ronald F. Youngblood Holman
    • Illustrated Bible Dictionary by Trent C. Butler
    • Expository Dictionary of Bible Words by Stephen D. Renn
    • New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words by Lawrence O. Richards
    • Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology by Walter Elwell
    • The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F. F. Bruce
    • The Old Testament Documents: Are They Reliable & Relevant? by Walter C. Kaiser
    • Is The New Testament Reliable? by Paul Barnett
    • New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties by Gleason L. Archer Jr.
    • Hard Sayings of the Bible by F. F. Bruce and Walter Kaiser

Links

http://www.bible.org

http://www.desiringgod.org

http://www.desiringgod.org/library/onlinebooks_index.html

http://www.gotquestions.org (Bible study and theology answers)

http://www.9marks.org

http://www.pluggedinonline.com (A Focus on the Family website that reviews movies, music, video games, and television shows from a Christian perspective.)

http://www.familylife.com

http://www.family.org

http://www.cbmw.org (for excellent resources regarding gender issues, marriage, women in ministry, and various responses to evangelical feminism, etc.)

http://www.thetruthproject.org

http://www.citizenlink.org

http://www.onemillionmoms.com

http://www.covenanteyes.com (Internet pornography filter)

http://pornharms.com/http://www.christianitytoday.com

Continuing Education

http://cc.christiancourses.com

http://www.biblicaltraining.org

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Marriage

  • Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires the Repsect He Desperately Needs by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
  • When Sinners Say "I Do." Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage by Dave Harvey
  • The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
  • The First Five Years of Marriage: Launching a Lifelong, Successful Relationship by Phillip J. Swihart and Wilford Wooten
  • Divorce-Proof Your Marriage by Gary Rosberg and Barbara Rosberg
  • The 5 Love Needs of Men and Women by Gary Rosberg
  • The Marriage Builder, Men and Woman, or Inside Out by Larry Crabb
  • Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
  • Starting Your Marriage Right by Dennis Rainey
  • The Exemplary Husband: A Biblical Perspective by Stuart Scott
  • The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective by Martha Peace
  • The Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide by James Dobson

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Parenting

  • What the Bible Says about Parenting by John MacArthur
  • Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Trip
  • Training Hearts Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism by Starr Meade
  • Instructing a Child's Heart by Tedd and Margy Tripp (DVD series are available for both of Tripp's books)
  • Effective Parenting in a Defective World by Chip Ingram (DVD option as well)
  • Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel
  • Gospel-Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting by William P. Farley
  • Parenting With Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments by Kara Durbin
  • Don't Make Me Count to Three: A Mom's Look at Heart-Oriented Discipline by Ginger Plowman
  • Proverbs for Parenting: A Topical Guide for Child Raising from the Book of Proverbs by Barbara Decker
  • Disciplines of a Godly Family by R. Kent Hughes
  • Parent's Answer Book by James Dobson
  • Teach them Diligently by Louis Priolo
  • Friends, Foes, and Fools by James Merritt
  • The Christian Dad's Answer Book by Mike Yorkey (there's one for Mom's too)
  • Power of a Praying Husband, Parent, etc. by Stormie Omartian
  • Teaching Kids About God: An Age-By-Age Plan for Parents of Children from Birth to Age Twelve (Focus on the Family) by John T. Trent
  • Why Pro-Life? Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers by Randy Alcorn

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For Children

  • The Gospel for Children: A Simple, Yet Complete Guide to Help Parents Teach Their Children the Gospel of Jesus Christ by John B. Leuzarder
  • The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm
  • The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments by Marty Machowski for ages 7-14
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones (these three Bibles are unique in that they show how the Old Testament points to Christ. Instead of the stories being focused on moralism (be good like Daniel without regard to our need for God's grace), or just emphasizing people over God as the "hero" such as David and Goliath or Daniel in the Lion's den, or Joseph and his brothers, the authors engage in "biblical theology" to show how Christ fulfills the Old Testament promises.)
  • Everything a Child Should Know about God by Kenneth Taylor (a great "systematic theology" for children)
  • The Ten Commandments for Little Ones by Allia Zobel Nolan
  • 365 Great Bible Stories: The Good news of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation by Carine MacKenzie for ages 3-9 (excellent, highly recommend!)
  • Mighty Acts of God: A Family Bible Story Book by Starr Meade (Also a God-centered Bible for children, focusing more on God and the Gospel than moralism - be like David, etc.)
  • Big Truths for Little Kids: Teaching Your Children to Live for God by Susan and Richie Hunt
  • Big Truths for Young Hearts by Bruce Ware
  • Big Thoughts For Little Thinkers. There are 4 in the series: by Joey Allen (for younger children)
    • The Scriptures
    • The Gospel
    • Trinity
    • Missions
  • Big Book of Questions and Answers (series) by Sinclair Ferguson
  • Godprints - Scripture Memory Songs (4 volumes), available through iTunes

The series by Irene Howat on great lives in church history. For instance: Ten Boys Who Made History which discusses George Whitefield, Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, and John Owen. Or, Ten Boys Who Made a Difference which explains for children the impact of the lives of Augustine, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, John Calvin, and others. Ten Girls Who Didn't Give In includes Lady Jane Grey, Judith Weinberg, Betty Stam and others.

Other titles include Ten Boys Who Used Their Talents, Ten Girls Who Made History, Ten Boys (or Girls) Who Changed the World. These are delightful, short biographies which show how we can learn from these heroes in the faith and their stand for Jesus Christ. There are many more in the series and helpful for showing how God has worked through the centuries. See also: The list of recommended Children's Books

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Men and Leadership

  • Straight Talk to Men: Timeless Principles for Leading Your Family by James Dobson
  • Tender Warrior by Stu Weber
  • The Exemplary Husband: A Biblical Perspective by Stuart Scott
  • Raising a Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis
  • Bringing Up Boys by James C. Dobson
  • Healing the Masculine Soul, Sons of the Father by Gordon Dalbey
  • Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes
  • The Measure of a Man by Gene Getz
  • Loving Your Wife by Jack Heald
  • Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch
  • Spiritual Leadership by Oswald Sanders or Henry Blackaby
  • The Book on Leadership by John MacArthur
  • Ashamed of the Gospel by John MacArthur
  • Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard
  • Leading with Love by Alexander Strauch
  • Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism by John Piper and Wayne Grudem

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Women

  • Becoming a Woman of Excellence by Cynthia Heald
  • Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin
  • Uncommon Beauty by Cynthia Heald
  • Maybe God is Right After All by Cynthia Heald
  • Beautiful in God's Eyes by Elizabeth George
  • A Woman's High Calling by Elizabeth George
  • A Woman after God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George
  • A Wife after God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George
  • Becoming a Titus 2 Woman by Martha Peace
  • The Excellent Wife by Martha Pearce
  • Loving Your Husband by Cynthia Heald
  • Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes
  • Anything by Beth Moore

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Money, Finances, and Stewardship

  • Managing God's Money by Randy Alcorn
  • The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
  • Whose Money Is It, Anyway? by John MacArthur
  • Everything the Bible Says about Money by Lin Johnson
  • Your Money Map: A Proven 7-Step Guide to True Financial Freedom by Howard Dayton (President of Crown Financial Ministries)
  • Your Money Counts by Howard Dayton
  • Counterfeit gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power by Timothy Keller

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Apologetics

  • When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook of Christian Evidence by Ron Brooks, Norman L. Geisler
  • Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
  • More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell
  • A Ready Defense by Josh McDowell
  • The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
  • The Atheist's Fatal Flaw: Exposing Conflicting Beliefs by Norman L. Geisler and Daniel J. McCoy
  • Fool's Gold, edited by John MacArthur
  • When Critics Ask by Norman L. Geisler
  • The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict Fully Updated by Josh McDowell
  • Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments Expanded & Updated by Randy Alcorn See www.epm.org or click here
  • The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel
  • The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel
  • I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek
  • Reinventing Jesus by J. Ed Komoszewski, M. James Sawyer, Daniel B. Wallace
  • The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel
  • Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture's Quest to Unseat the Biblical Christ by Darrell Bock and Daniel Wallace
  • Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth behind Alternative Christianities by Darrell L. Bock
  • Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels by Craig A. Evans
  • Can I Really Trust the Bible? by Barry Cooper (short, simple but good)
  • Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg (detailed, scholarly, but accessible)
  • The Illustrated Guide to World Religions, edited by Dean Halverson
  • So What's the Difference by Fritz Ridenour
  • The Baker Pocket Guide to World Religions by Gerald McDermott
  • Pocket Guide to World Religions (IVP Pocket Reference) by Winfried Corduan
  • Christianity, Cults, and Religions by Rose Publishing
  • The Compact Guide to World Religions by Dean C. Halverson
  • Handbook of Today's Religions by Josh McDowell
  • The Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin and Ravi Zacharias
  • Fast Facts on False Teachings by Ron Carlson, Ed Decker
  • Handbook of Christian Apologetics: Hundreds of Answers to Crucial Questions by Peter Kreeft
  • The Bible Answer Book by Hank Hanegraaff
  • Consequences of Ideas by R.C. Sproul
  • Christ among Other Gods by Erwin Lutzer
  • Unveiling Islam by Ergun Caner
  • Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross by Norman L. Geisler
  • Islam and the Bible by David Goldman
  • Reaching Muslims For Christ by William Saal
  • The Dark Side of Islam by R. C. Sproul and Abdul Saleeb
  • A Christian's Pocket Guide to Islam by Patrick Sookhdeo
  • Is The Father of Jesus The God of Muhammad? by Timothy George

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Evolution and Creation

    • The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel
    • Creation Basics & Beyond by Henry Morris III
    • Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design and Signature in the Cell by Stephen C. Meyer
    • Evolution's Achilles' Heel (DVD) available at www.creation.com
    • Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing edited by William A. Dembski
    • Refuting Evolution by Jonathan Sarfati
    • F.A.C.E. that Demonstrates the Farce of Evolution by Hanegraaff
    • The Evolution of a Creationist by Jobe Martin
    • Evolution: Fact or Fiction? by John Blanchard
    • In The Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood (8th ed.), by Dr. Walt Brown (online here)
    • The Fountains of the Great Deep by Diego Rodrigues (a concise, simpler version of Dr. Brown's work)
    • Creation's Tiny Mystery by Robert V. Gentry
    • In the Beginning was Information by Dr. Werner Gitt
    • Darwin on Trial by Phillip E. Johnson
    • Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design edited by William A., Dembski & James, Kushiner
    • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design by Jonathan Wells
    • Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? by Jonathan Wells
    • Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science & Theology by William A. Dembski
    • The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards
    • Icons of Evolution book or DVD
    • Unlocking the Mystery of Life DVD
    • Expelled DVD by Ben Stein
    • Evolution: A Theory In Crisis by Michael Denton
    • Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis DVD from ICR.org
    • For the advanced: Any book by Michael Behe

Links

http://www.intelligentdesign.org

http://www.redeemingdarwin.com

http://www.icr.org

http://www.answersingenesis.org

http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook

http://www.carm.org

http://www.probe.org

http://www.gotquestions.org

http://www.ankerberg.org

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Evangelism and Missions

    • Let the Nations Be Glad by Piper
    • Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person by Whole People by Will Metzger
    • Speaking of Jesus: How to Tell Your Friends the Best News They Will Ever Hear by J. Mack Stiles
    • The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever
    • The Church of Irresistible Influence by Robert Lewis
    • 101 Ways to Reach Your Community by Steve Sjogren
    • Operation World by Patrick Johnstone, Jason Mandryk, Robyn Johnstone
    • Introducing World Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey by A. Scott Moreau
    • Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Peter T. O'Brien
    • Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader by Winter, Ralph and Steven Hawthorne, eds.,
    • The Church is Bigger Than You Think by Johnstone
    • From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions by Tucker
    • A Vision for Missions by Wells
    • Through Gates of Splendor by Elliot
    • Bruchko by Olson
    • A History of Christian Missions by Neil

Links

http://www.needhim.orghttp://www.evantell.orghttp://www.billygraham.org

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Church History

  • Pillars of Grace by Steve Lawson
  • The Story of Christianity (2 vols.) by Justo Gonzalez
  • Our Legacy by John Hannah
  • Pocket History of the Church by Jeffrey Bingham
  • Church History: An Essential Guide by Justo Gonazalez
  • Church History by Everett Ferguson
  • Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity by Mark Noll
  • Here I Stand by Roland Bainton
  • The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards by Steve Lawson
  • The Mighty Weakness of John Knox by Douglas Bond
  • Various biographies from church history by Iain Murray
    • The Forgotten Spurgeon
    • Jonathan Edwards
    • Heroes
    • Wesley and Men Who Followed
    • David Marytn Lloyd-Jones

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Preaching

    • Preaching the Whole Bible As Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching by Graeme Goldsworthy
    • Biblical Preaching by Haddon Robinson
    • Invitation to Biblical Preaching by Donald Sunukjian
    • The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper
    • Between Two Worlds by John Stott
    • Preaching by John MacArthur
    • Christ-Centered Preaching by Bryan Chapell
    • In this book, Bryan Chapell writes, "In its context, every passage possesses one or more of four redemptive foci. Every text is predictive of the work of Christ, preparatory for the work of Christ, reflective of the work of Christ, and/or resultant of the work of Christ." (p. 275)

Thomas Jones says, “No doctrine of Scripture may faithfully be set before men unless it is displayed in its relationship to the cross."

  • Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method by Sidney Greidanus
  • The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text by Sidney Greidanus
  • Preparing Expository Sermons by Ramesh Richards
  • Preaching and Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Anointed Expository Preaching by Stephen Olford

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Church & Ministry

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Family

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Decision Making and the Will of God

  • Decision Making and the Will of God by Garry Friesen ... his own summary of this excellent book.
  • A shorter, similar book is: Decisions, Decisions: How (And How Not) to Make Them by David Swavely
  • Decision Making by the Book by Haddon Robinson (excellent and succinct as well)
  • Just Do Something: How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc. by Kevin DeYoung
  • Finding the Will of God by Bruce Waltke
  • Here is Friesen's reviews of all the major books written on God's will and decision making. While over 30 resources are examined, one only needs to read a few reviews (one or two from each section).
    • James MacDonald's preaching series called "The Way of Wisdom" from http://www.walkintheword.com. You can listen to this free through their podcast or order the CD series here. He presents the "wisdom" view. God does not have a specific will for you regarding certain matters, but calls you to make wise decisions by applying His Word and grants believers freedom or liberty in any matters. I strongly recommend this series. It is engaging and insightful.
    • Robert Jeffress has a series entitiled, "Discovering God's Will" and he presents a different view. He believes God has a specific will for every decision in your life. You can listen to the audio for free, here
  • For two different perspectives, see
  • God's Will of Decree and Desire

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