Here is a list of evangelical reference books and software that will aid a believer in their desire to understand the Word of God. These resources are geared toward the average believer not the seminary scholar, so they are useful for anyone who wants to be informed on issues related to Christianity. While we do not endorse everything that is written in every book, we feel these are excellent resources to help you “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)
 
Apologetics (Defending the Faith):
 
A Ready Defense. Greg Bahnsen.
Apologetics to the Glory of God. John M. Frame.
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics. Norman Geisler.
The Battle Belongs to the Lord. K. Scott Oliphint.
The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus. Gary Habermas and Michael Licona.
The Certainty of Faith. Richard B. Ramsay.
Defending Your Faith. R.C. Sproul.
Expository Apologetics. Voodie Bauchman Jr.
Faith’s Reasons for Believing. Robert L. Reymond.The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict. Josh McDowell. Things That Cannot Be Shaken. K. Scott Oliphint and Rod Mays.
Scaling the Secular City. J. P. Moreland.
The Testimony of the Evangelists. Simon Greenleaf.
 
Bible Atlases:
 
Baker’s Bible Atlas. Charles Pfeiffer.
Deluxe Then and Now Bible Maps. Rose Publishing.
Holman Bible Atlas. Donald Wiseman.
 

Bible Dictionaries:

Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary.
Wycliffe Bible Dictionary.
 
Bible Handbooks:
 
Holman Bible Handbook.
The MacArthur Bible Handbook. John MacArthur.
Unger’s Bible Handbook. Merrill Unger.
Willmington’s Handbook to the Bible. Harold Wilmington.
 
Bible Interpretation:
 
Basic Bible Interpretation. Roy Zuck.
Cracking Old Testament Codes. D. Brent Sandy & Ronald L. Giese, Jr.
Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation. Henry Virkler.
How to Study the Bible. Richard Mayhue.
Interpreting the New Testament. Darrel Bock & Buist M. Fanning.
The Most Misused Verses in the Bible. Eric J. Bargerhuff.
Putting the Truth to Work: The Theory and Practice of Biblical Application. Daniel Doriani.
 
Bible Reference:
 
AMG’s Encyclopedia of Bible Facts. Mark Water.
Bible Archaeology. Alfred Hoerth and John McRay.
The Complete Book of Who’s Who in the Bible. Walter A. Elwell and Phillip Comfort.
The Illustrated Guide to Biblical History. Kendell H. Easley.
 
Christian Living (Discipleship):
 
A Fight to the Death. Wayne Mack.
A Serious Call to a Holy and Devout Life. William Law.
Abide in Christ. Andrew Murray.
All of Grace. Charles Spurgeon.
Am I Really a Christian. Mike McKinley.
Business For the Glory of God. Wayne Grudem.
Charity and Its Fruits. Jonathan Edwards.
Clutter Free Christianity. Robert Jeffress.
Decision Making God’s Way. Gary Meadors.
Desiring God. John Piper.
Disciples are Made Not Born. Walter Hendrichsen.
Disciplines of a Godly Man. R. Kent Hughes.
Expository Listening. Ken Ramey.
The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon. Steve Lawson.
Heaven Awaits. D. L. Moody.
Holiness By Grace. Bryan Chapell.
How Long, O Lord. D. A. Carson.
In Christ Alone. Sinclair B. Ferguson.
The Knowledge of the Holy. A. W. Tozer.
Law and Liberty: A Biblical Look at Legalism. Don Kistler.
Love Walked Amoung Us. Paul E. Miller.
The Master’s Plan for Discipleship. Robert Coleman.
My Heart, My Life, My All. William MacDonald.
Not Even a Hint. Joshua Harris.
Overcoming Sin and Temptation. John Owen.
Overcoming the World. Joel Beeke.
Pleasing People. Lou Priolo.
Pillars of Christian Character. John MacArthur.
Respectable Sins. Jerry Bridges.
Run to Win the Prize. Thomas Schreiner.
Trusting God. Jerry Bridges.
Uprooting Anger. Robert Jones.
Worldliness. C.J. Mahaney
You Can Change. Tim Chester.
 
Church Life:
 
40 Questions for Elders and Deacons. Benjamin L. Merkle.
9 Marks of a Health Church. Mark Dever.
Biblical Eldership. Alexander Strauch.
The Church. Richard Phillips, Philip Ryken and Mark Dever.
From Embers to a Flame: How God Can Revitalize Your Church. Harry Reeder.
Life in the Father’s House. Wayne Mack and Dave Swavely.
Pastoral Leadership. Jay Adams.
Stop Dating the Church. Joshua Harris.
The Antioch Effect: 8 Characteristics of Highly Effective Churches. Ken Hemphill.
The New Testament Deacon. Alexander Strauch.
What is a Healthy Church. Mark Dever.
What is a Healthy Church Member. Thabiti M. Anyabwile.
 
Commentaries:
 

(Single Volumes)

Believer’s Bible Commentary. William MacDonald.

Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Commentary. Earl Radmacher, Ronald B. Allen, and H. Wayne House.

(Individual Books)
New American Commentary Series.
Pillar New Testament Commentary Series.
 
Concordances:
 
HCSB Comprehensive Concordance of the Holy Bible.
The Crossway Comprehensive Concordance of the Holy Bible, English Standard Version.
The NKJV Concordance.
The Strongest NASB Exhaustive Concordance.
The Strongest NIV Exhaustive Concordance (1984 Edition).
The Strongest Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (King James Version).
 
Contemporary Issues:
 
Ashamed of the Gospel. John MacArthur.
By Faith Alone. Editors: Gary L. W. Johnson and Guy P. Waters
Church Awakening. Charles Swindoll.
Conversant with Emergent. D. A. Carson.
Culture Shift. Al Mohler.
The DaVinci Deception. Erwin Lutzer.
Dethroning Jesus. Darrel Bock and Daniel Wallace.
The Discipline of Discernment. Tim Challies.
Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels. Robert Carter.
Fools Gold. John MacArthur.
The Healing Promise: Is It Always God’s Will to Heal? Richard Mayhue.
The KJV Only Controversy. James White.
The Master’s Perspective on Contemporary Issues. Robert Thomas.
No Place for Truth. David Wells.
Refuting Evolution. Jonathan Sarfati.
Seven Men Who Rule the World From the Grave. Dave Breese.
This Little Church Stayed Home. Gary E. Gilley.
This Little Church Went to the Market. Gary E. Gilley.
The Six Days of Creation. Paul F. Taylor.
The Seduction of Christianity. Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon.
The Truth War. John MacArthur.
Understanding Spiritual Gifts. Robert L. Thomas.
Who Runs the Church? Paul E. Engle and Steven B. Cowan.
Why Were Not Emergent. Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck.
Women’s Ministry in the Local Church. J. Ligon Duncan and Susan Hunt.
 
Cults and False Religions:
 
Christianity In Crisis. Hank Hanegraaff.
Cults and the Occult. Edmond C. Gruss.
Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs. John Ankerberg and John Weldon.
Islam and the Bible. David Goldmann.
Jesus Among Other Gods. Ravi Zacharias.
Jesus in an Age of Controversy. Douglas Groothuis.
Kingdom of the Cults. Walter Martin.
Mormonism 101. Bill McKeever.
Occult Invasion. Dave Hunt
Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Ron Rhodes.
The Compact Guide to World Religions. Dean C. Halverson.
Wandering Stars. Keith Gibson.
 
Devotionals:
 

Daily in His Presence. Andrew Murray.
Faith’s Checkbook. Charles Spurgeon.
Living Hope for the End of Days. John Barnett.
Morning and Evening Devotions. Charles Spurgeon.
Mornings with Tozer. A.W. Tozer.
My Utmost for His Highest. Oswald Chambers.
The Mother Who Seeks After God. Laura Martin.
Strength For Today. John MacArthur.
The Valley of Vision. Arthur Bennett.

End Times:
 
Charts on Bible Prophecy. H. Wayne House and Randall Price.
Complete Book on Bible Prophecy. Mark Hitchcock.
Future Israel. Barry Horner.
Israel: The Land and People. H. Wayne House.
The Bible and Future Events. Leon Wood.
 
Evangelism (Witnessing):
 
Evangelism Explosion. D. James Kennedy.
Go and Make Disciples! Roger S. Greenway.
Questioning Evangelism. Randy Newman.
Tactics. Gregory Koukl.
Tell the Truth. Will Metzger.
The Gospel and Personal Evangelism. Mark Dever.
The Way of the Master. Ray Comfort.
 
Greek and Hebrew:
 
Basics of Biblical Greek. William Mounce.
Basics of Biblical Hebrew. Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt.
Biblical Hebrew. Page H. Kelley.
Complete Vocabulary Guide to the Greek New Testament. Warren C. Trenchard.
Greek for the Rest of Us. William Mounce.
How Biblical Languages Work. Peter James Silzer and Thomas John Finley.
Students Vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew. Larry A. Mitchel.
 
Jesus, Life of:
 
AMG’s Encyclopedia of Jesus Life and Time. Mark Water.
Jesus: The Greatest Life of All. Charles Swindoll.
The Earthly Career of Jesus the Christ. Robert Culver.
The NIV/NASB Harmony of the Gospels. Robert L. Thomas and Stanley N. Gundry.
 
Jesus, Teachings:
 
All the Teachings of Jesus. Herbert Lockyer.
Studies in the Sermon on the Mount. D. Martyn Lloyd Jones.
The Sermon on the Mount. Daniel M. Doriani.
What Did Jesus Mean? Ron Rhodes.
 
New Testament:
 
An Introduction to the New Testament. D. A. Carson and Douglas Moo.
Encountering the New Testament. Walter A. Elwell and Robert W. Yarbrough.
Survey of the New Testament. Paul N. Benware.
 
Old Testament:
 
Nelson’s Old Testament Survey. Charles Dyer and Eugene Merrill.
Encountering the Old Testament. Bill Arnold and Bryan Beyer.
Survey of the Old Testament. Paul N. Benware.
 
Prayer:
 
A Call to Spiritual Reformation. D. A. Carson.
A Hunger for God. John Piper.
Empowered to Pray. Woodrow Kroll.
Living a Prayerful Life. Andrew Murray.
Prayer the Great Adventure. David Jeremiah.
Sacred Dissertations on the Lord’s Prayer. Herman Witsius.
Spurgeon’s Prayers. Charles Spurgeon.
When You Pray. Philip Graham Ryken.
 
Software:
 
Bible Works. Bibleworks.com
Logos. Logos.com
PC Bible Study. Biblesoft.com
 
Study Bibles:
 
The ESV Study Bible
The CSB Study Bible
The NASB Study Bible
The NIV Study Bible
The NIV Zondervan Study Bible
The NKJV Study Bible
The MacArthur Study Bible
 
Theology, Systematic and Biblical:
 
Bible Doctrine. Wayne Grudem.
Biblical Theology. John Owen.
Christian Theology. Millard J. Ericson.
Reformed Dogmatics, 4 Vols. Herman Bavinck.
Systematic Theology. Robert Culver.
A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith. Robert Reymond.
The Moody Handbook of Theology. Paul Enns.
 
Theological Studies:
 
The Battle for God. Norman Geisler and H. Wayne House.
Biblical Demonology. Merrill Unger.
Delighting in the Trinity. Michael Reeves.
Chosen By God. R.C. Sproul.
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. J. I. Packer.
Foundations of Grace. Steve Lawson.
God’s Greater Glory. Bruce Ware.
Faith Alone. R.C. Sproul.
Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. Bruce A. Ware.
The Fear of God: A Forgotten Doctrine. Aronld Frank.
The God Who Justifies. James White.
The Gospel According to Jesus. John MacArthur.
The Great Exchange. Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington.
Jesus Christ Our Lord. John F. Walvoord.
Knowing God. J. I. Packer.
Perspectives on the Doctrine of God. Bruce Ware.
The View From Mount Calvary. John Phillips.
The Virgin Birth. Robert Gromacki.
 
Word Studies:
 
Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words.
The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament. Warren Backer and Eugene Carpenter.
The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament. Spiros Zodhiates.