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Books for the Newly Reformed

Putting Amazing Back into Grace

Putting Amazing Back into Grace

by Michael Scott Horton

If you are newly Reformed, this is the place to start!  This book has changed a lot of lives!  Lots of biblical and historical content.  A great introduction for people new to the Reforemd faith, but also good for those wishing to bone-up on the basics of our faith.  

An Unexpected Journey: Discovering Reformed Christianity
by W. Robert Godfrey

This wonderful book is both a personal testimony and a theological primer.  A great way to introduce people to the Reformed faith and its practices.  Dr. Godfrey's book is thoughtful and winsome and reminds us that Reformed theology is not just for pointy-headed intellectuals--even though he (Dr. Godfrey) is often thought of as one.  He's a regular guy, a scholar and a gentleman--a rare combination.  This book is highly recommended.  Great to give away to your non-Reformed friends.  

by Michael Horton

It is one thing to give up dispensationalism.  But what do you put in its place?  Here's an outstanding introduction to classical Reformed covenant theology.  This is the way to read and understand the Bible!  This one will rock your world--whether you be a dispensationalist, a progressive dispensationalist, or even a Reformed Christian who gets unnecessarily squeamish about a covenant of works.  Michael is a great theologian, a superb writer, and most importantly, my friend. 

A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship
by Michael Horton

What should Christian worship look like?  Why use a liturgy?  Why focus on preaching and sacraments?  Why not just "follow the Spirit?"  This is a brilliant book and will remind all who read it of the centrality of biblically-based worship to the Christian life. 

Reformation Sketches: Insights into Luther, Calvin, and the Confessions
by W. Robert Godfrey

Dr. Godfrey makes dead people and old places come alive--figuratively speaking, of course.  This is a delightful book and will introduce readers to the people and events Reformed Christians think important.

by James R. White

This is James White's response to Norm Geisler's book, Chosen But Free.  Norm Geisler is a much more worthy and thoughtful opponent for White than Dave Hunt (see above)--but the outcome is still the same.  The reason why is obvious--the Bible teaches that God is sovereign, not the will of man.  It teaches that we are dead in sin, and that unless God acts to save us from our sins, we would remain dead in our sins, and quite happy about it.  Here is a solid defense for the Reformed doctrines of total depravity, unconditional election, and effectual calling.  Nicely done. 

by Will Metzger

A great book on a Reformed approach to evangelism.  Yes, Calvinists do believe in it and think it important! 

by R. C. Sproul

All truly biblical theology begins with the holiness of God.  This is a wonderful book.  A great book to give to someone new to the Reformed faith, or to someone interested in Reformed theology. 

by R. C. Sproul

Many people hate the doctrine of predestination.  They cannot tell you why and give lame excuses.  Yet this doctrine is clearly taught in the Bible.  This is a good book to give to someone struggling with this issue and who will actually take the time to consider what Scripture teaches about how God saves sinners, who can do nothing to save themselves.  

Jesus Loves the Little Children: Why We Baptize Children
by Daniel R. Hyde

Ever wonder why someone would baptize a baby?  What is the biblical justification for doing so?  Rev. Hyde explains both the biblical basis and the practical implications of the covenant sign and seal of baptism. 

The Good Confession: An Exploration of the Christian Faith
by Daniel R. Hyde

It is always hard to find a good basic book which provides an introduction to the life and doctrine of a Reformed church.  Rev. Hyde has finally provided us with a book which can be used in new believers classes, new members classes, or even for personal study.  If you are in the process of becoming Reformed and considering attending a Reformed church, this book will tell you what you need to know! 

Doctrinal Interegity

by Samuel Miller

This is an apologetic for confessionalism or creedalism, the heart of being Reformed.  He gives the theological and biblical arguemtns in favor of our creeds and confessions.  In addition, he answers objections to having creeds.  Read this book and discover the ignorance behind the unbiblical creed, "no creed but the Bible." 

Recovering the Reformed Confression: Our Theology, Peity, and Practice

by R. Scott Clark

While so many believe TULIP is what it means to being Reformed, Clark bravely says no in the face of revisionist who seem to really have no clue what it means to be Reformed. This book informs and reminds us that being Reformed is so much more, basically it means belonging to a confessional reformed church.  This book is a must read for anyone who claims himself Reformed. 

With Reverance and Awe

by D.G. Hart and John R. Muether 

Why have worship wars just follow Scripture only and avoid the opinions and commandments of men.  Drawing on Scripture and Reformed confessions and catechisms this book answers such questions as: (1) When are we to worship? (2) How does the RPW guide our worship? (3) How does the dialogical principle shape our worship (4) How do we worship with reverance and awe? (5) What is the place of the means of grace? (6) How do the elements of worship differ from its circumstances? 

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Living in God's Two Kingdoms

by David VanDrunen 

Modern movements such as neo-Calvinism, the New Perspective on Paul, and the emerging church have popularized a view of Christianity and culture that calls for the redemption of earthly society and institutions. Many Christians have reflexively embraced this view, enticed by the socially active and engaged faith it produces.

Living in God’s Two Kingdoms illustrates how a two-kingdoms model of Christianity and culture affirms much of whati s compelling in these transformationist movements while remaining faithful to the whole counsel of Scripture. By focusing on God’s response to each kingdom—his preservation of th ecivil society and his redemption of the spiritual kingdom—VanDrunen teaches readers how to live faithfully in each sphere.

Highlighting vital biblical distinctions between honorable and holy tasks, VanDrunen’s analysis will challenge Christians to be actively and critically engaged in the culture around them while retaining their identities as sojourners and exiles in this world.  

Word, Water, and Spirit: A Reformed Perspective on Baptism 

by J.V. Fesko

This book "models how to do theology by moving from historical theology to biblical and systematic theology and, most importantly, presents fresh insights for a Reformed understanding of baptism. Fesko s fair-minded, page-turning history of the doctrine of baptism is itself worth the price of the book. Most enlightening, however, is his biblical-theological survey of baptism as new creation, covenant judgment, and eschatological judgment. The book s emphasis on God s judgment in baptism is particularly innovative and helpful. These insights pave the way for treating baptism systematically as a means of grace and as a sacrament in relation to its recipients and ecclesiology. Highly recommended for all who wish to grapple seriously with the doctrine of baptism and its implications."—Joel Beeke