Five Recommended Books on Theology

This list could get very long, and could be sub-divided into many different areas. So I’ll just limit this list to five of the most helpful and shaping books on the nature of God and the work of redemption that I’ve read.

1. The Pleasures of God by John Piper

2. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem

3. Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray

4. Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification by R. C. Sproul

5. Knowing God by J. I. Packer

  • Brian Current

    Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology text is truly a great one-volume resource.

    For those interested: For the past 5 years Grudem has been teaching a “Christian Essentials” Sunday School class at his church, which roughly corresponds chapter-by-chapter to the Systematic Theology text. You can download the mp3’s for free as well as see the teaching outline he used:

    It’s great when you are researching a topic, you can pick up the text and then search the site for that chapter and listen. He includes lots of additional commentary, stories and takes questions. He seems like a great guy and he’s very engaging and easy to listen to!

  • Michael Jensen

    My complaint with the Grudem text is that there is a lot of proof-texting in it. Is that really how good systematic theology should be done?

  • Matt


    Good question to raise. I have some thoughts, but my first one is actually a question: What do you mean by proof-texting?


  • steve

    sweet books; i’m a fan.
    love the blog, been following on feedly for a long time :)

    i might suggest two that have been incredibly powerful for me:

    velvet elvis – rob bell
    justification – n.t. wright

  • Jeff

    I, too, found Knowing God to be very edifying. Packer’s Fundamentalism and the Word of God is still an important book.

    Click my name for the link.

  • staffaction

    Good list. I just finished Knowing God this morning…Probably one of the best books I have read in terms of its clarity, edification, and power of conviction
    …Hoping to work through Grudem next year.