We’re looking at a very personal selection of books to make up a recommended reading list. We start with some basic reference books that those who want to think about the Bible and the Christian life might want to have in their library. Books to refer to and dip into rather than read from cover to cover. Books to have on your shelf for when the need arises.

G.K Chesterton said, 

“There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read.” 

These books are for the first kind of person!

Top Ten Reference Books

Young’s Analytical Concordance - concordance with accessible word meanings in Hebrew and Greek

The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge - a massive list of cross references for every verse in the Bible

W.E.Vine: Expository Dictionary of Bible Words

New Bible Dictionary [3rd Edition] Edited by Marshall, Millard, Packer and Wiseman

New Bible Commentary [21st Century Edition] Edited by Wenham, Motyer, Carson and France

The New Lion Handbook to the Bible

A Lion Handbook: The History of Christianity

Wayne Grudem : Systematic Theology

Walter Martin: The Kingdom of the Cults - a guide to the beliefs of the various cults 

Operation World [21st Century Edition]: Ed by Johnstone, Mandryk - a prayer guide to the world