At the WorshipGod08 conference we recommended and then gave away a number of books. I told the attendees that our purpose was not simply to buy books but to build a library (a phrase I stole from CJ Mahaney, who has used it for years). I wanted to post those books here, in the hopes that if you weren’t at the conference you might consider getting them anyway. This list includes books that were recommended in the main sessions as well as books that were recommended in some of the seminars.
Theology of the Psalms
How to Read the Psalms – Tremper Longman III
Great introduction to understanding the Psalms.
Transformed by Praise – Mark Futato
Explores the Psalms as praise, poetry, and instruction. Clear, readable, biblical, and inspiring.
Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 – Derek Kidner
Kidner wastes no words in this densely packed insightful commentary. Plenty of nuggets and very Christ-centered.
Preaching Christ from the Old Testament – Sidney Greidanus
A helpful combination of hermeneutical principles and practical illustrations.
The Messiah and the Psalms – Richard Belcher
Packed with insights that will help you see Christ more clearly in the Psalms.
Deserted by God? – Sinclair Ferguson
Hope from the Psalms for those who don’t experience God’s presence in difficult times.
General Biblical Study
The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made – Mark Dever
Transcribed from Mark Dever’s sermons on every book of the Old Testament. Insightful, relevant and Christ-centered.
The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept – Mark Dever
Transcribed from Mark Dever’s sermons on every book of the New Testament.
New Bible Commentary – Introduction by D.A. Carson, “Approaching the Bible”
Excellent overall perspective for reading Scripture the way God intended us to hear it.
For the Worship Team and Worship Leader
The Art of Worship – Greg Scheer
Comprehensive, practical, winsome, and insightful. Especially helpful for churches seeking to introduce modern music to their congregation.
Worship Matters – Bob Kauflin
My book aimed at worship leaders, musicians, pastors, and anyone wanting to grow in their understanding and practice of biblical worship.
Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship – David Peterson
Probably the best single volume on what biblical worship means and entails.
Growing in Godliness
Humility – C.J. Mahaney
One of the greatest needs of every individual involved in leading corporate worship, written by one of the humblest men I know.
What is a Healthy Church Member? – Thabiti Anyabwile
A short but powerful book on how you can best contribute to your church.
Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health – Donald Whitney
Worth reading once a year to find out whether your spiritual growth is imagined or real.
A Gospel Primer – Milton Vincent
Thirty one ways the gospel should make a difference in your life.
Speaking the Truth in Love – David Powlison
Sound biblical direction for the 20,000 plus words most of us speak every day.
Seeing with New Eyes – David Powlison
Insightful articles that carefully and wisely address topics including marriage, anxiety, pride, suffering, and the heart.
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life – Donald Whitney
Practical and clear direction for the area of our life that matters most – the private life.
Living the Cross Centered Life – C.J. Mahaney
For thirty years I’ve benefited from watching CJ live a cross-centered life. This book will help you do the same.