Choosing a Bible Reading Plan for the New Year

After Jesus fasted in the wilderness for forty days and nights, the devil tempted Him to turn stones into loaves of bread—something the Son of God surely could have done in that moment. But instead of performing that miracle, Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3, saying, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4).

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Recommended Resources for Pastors


Truth For Life recommends the following assortment of books, series, and articles for pastors, church leaders, and others who teach the Bible. This carefully selected collection covers topics such as Christ-centered preaching, successfully leading a congregation, the dynamics of effective preaching, the importance of personal devotion to God, theological challenges, and family life.

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Recommended Reading List for Kids


For Christian parents, introducing their children to God’s Word should be even more foundational than helping them learn their ABCs. Truth For Life recommends the following books for children of all ages to enjoy as they learn more about God and the Bible. The selections include Bible narratives, family devotionals, and tales about heroes of the faith.

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Recommended Reading for Students


The decisions, lifestyles, and pressures that confront us as we head off to college are challenging, particularly for the Christian. So whether you’re getting used to campus life or know someone who is in that setting, we think the assortment of resources below will be a help.

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Recommended Reading List for Mothers

Motherhood is one of the highest callings in the world—and one of the most challenging! How are Christian mothers meant to fulfill their role as they raise children, tackle to-do lists, nurture their marriages, and love the Lord? Truth For Life recommends the following books, which will help you answer that question by looking at faithful mothers throughout church history, aiding your personal studies of God’s Word, and pointing you to the God who gives the grace and strength every mother needs.

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Take Time to Reflect: Recommended Books and Sermons for Easter


As we enter the days and weeks before Easter, it’s appropriate for us to set aside time to reflect on the astonishing truth that Christ Jesus, the Son of God, came in order to die that broken sinners could have their sins forgiven and be reconciled to God. We hope that the resources listed below will be helpful to you as you contemplate this wonderful gift.

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Recommended Reading on Resting in Christ to the End

Throughout Scripture, believers receive instruction and encouragement to live for God’s glory. What does such a walk look like at the finish line of our lives? Truth For Life recommends the following books for those looking to gain a biblical perspective on aging well, seasons of caregiving, and finding peace amidst trials and grieving. This selection covers a range of Christ-centered resources on these subjects and more, including titles suitable for personal devotion or instructional group study, several short but meaningful booklets, and some powerful Puritan classics. May we be found always rejoicing in Him and faithful at the finish!

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Recommended Reading for Young Adults

It seems that as each generation reaches early adulthood, the world produces yet another batch of self-help books and how-to guides meant to help young men and women thrive—or at least survive! So often, though, such books leave us yearning for something more.

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Truth For Life’s Top 10 Recommended Reads on the Bible from Beginning to End



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According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible
by Graeme Goldsworthy available from IVP Academic

The massive diversity and complexity of the Bible can make it a daunting project for anyone to tackle. Getting a grasp on the central theme of the…

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The massive diversity and complexity of the Bible can make it a daunting project for anyone to tackle. Getting a grasp on the central theme of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, helps immensely in understanding the meaning of any one book or passage. In According to Plan, Graeme Goldsworthy helps readers understand how the Old and New Testaments fit together, the overall story of the Bible and the difference it makes in our lives.

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Look to the Rock: An Old Testament background to our understanding of Christ
by Alec Motyer available from IVP

The Bible is one book, not two separate testaments; therefore the Old Testament is essential for understanding the New. In this book by Alec Motyer,…

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The Bible is one book, not two separate testaments; therefore the Old Testament is essential for understanding the New. In this book by Alec Motyer, learn how Jesus is the king prophesied in the Old Testament as the One through whom God’s kingdom will be established. Motyer explores how Christ is both the image and the Word of God, how Jesus conquers sin and death, and how He brings the disordered creation to its prefect consummation. Motyer makes it clear that overlooking Christ in the Old Testaments yields an impoverished view of the glory of Christ.

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What Does God Want of Us Anyway? A Quick Overview of the Whole Bible
by Mark Dever available from Crossway

Originally delivered as sermons by Pastor Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.,  three studies are contained in What Does…

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Originally delivered as sermons by Pastor Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.,  three studies are contained in What Does God Want of Us Anyway?. Dever helps readers take a step back and look at the Bible from a broader perspective. Just as the bold features of an object become clearer when viewed from a distance, so too the major themes of Scripture become more apparent when the Bible is viewed as a whole. Part of the IXMarks series, this book considers the central messages of the Bible as seen in the promises of God.

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Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible: A Guide to Reading the Bible Well
by Wayne Grudem, C. John Collins and Thomas R. Schreiner, Editors available from Crossway

Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible contains thirteen essays from some of today's best evangelical scholars, including C. John Collins, Thomas…

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Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible contains thirteen essays from some of today's best evangelical scholars, including C. John Collins, Thomas Schreiner, Gordon Wenham, and Darrell Bock.  This book will help readers see the big-picture storyline of the Bible, understand the theology of the Old and New Testaments, read the different sections of Scripture effectively, and know what happened between the Old and New Testaments timelines. Useful as both a general overview of the Bible and as a tool for more specific reference and training, this book will help readers grow a deeper understanding of Scripture and the ability to apply the Bible to everyday life.

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Welcome to the Story: Reading, Loving, and Living God's Word
by Stephen Nichols available from Crossway

The Bible is a fascinating story about God; His work, His character, His plan, and His fame. It’s evocative, compelling, meaningful, and of…

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The Bible is a fascinating story about God; His work, His character, His plan, and His fame. It’s evocative, compelling, meaningful, and of significant importance. The bible is full of flawed characters, grand schemes of redemption, heartache, compassion, toil, and love.  And it invites us to take up and read the very Word of God. Stephen Nichols helps readers experience the story and get more out of God’s Word. Here is a book that invites everyone to enter in, to participate, and to truly appreciate the very story of God.

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The Goldsworthy Trilogy: Gospel and Kingdom, Gospel and Wisdom, The Gospel in Revelation
by Graeme Goldsworthy available from Paternoster

Combining three important books, The Goldsworthy Trilogy offers a complete and comprehensive guide to understanding the Gospel throughout the whole…

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Combining three important books, The Goldsworthy Trilogy offers a complete and comprehensive guide to understanding the Gospel throughout the whole of Scripture. This collection is designed as a guide to be used again and again for those who seek to understand the Bible in light of who Jesus is. Straightforward in his approach, Goldsworthy looks at how the Bible can only be understood through the eyes of the Gospel. This being the base of the author’s interpretation, Goldsworthy studies the Old Testament and its application for today. This trilogy follows the Bible’s chronology to give the reader a complete overview of the Bible’s unified storyline.

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Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics: Foundations and Principles of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation
by Graeme Goldsworthy available from IVP Academic

In Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics, author Graeme Goldsworthy moves beyond a reiteration of the usual arguments to concentrate on the theological…

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In Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics, author Graeme Goldsworthy moves beyond a reiteration of the usual arguments to concentrate on the theological questions and implications of the Christian Gospel for hermeneutics. In doing so, he brings fresh perspectives on some well-worn pathways. Part I examines the foundations and views of evangelical belief. Part II offers a selective overview of important hermeneutical developments from the sub-apostolic age to the present. And Part III evaluates ways and means of reconstructing truly Gospel-centered hermeneutics. Goldsworthy's aim throughout is to commend the much-neglected role of biblical theology in hermeneutical practice, with pastoral concern for the people of God as they read, interpret and seek to live by his written Word.

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Christ-Centered Biblical Theology: Hermeneutical Foundations and Principles
by Graeme Goldsworthy available from IVP Academic

In Christ-Centered Biblical Theology: Hermeneutical Foundations and Principles Graeme Goldsworthy explains how the Bible is not a mass of unconnected…

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In Christ-Centered Biblical Theology: Hermeneutical Foundations and Principles Graeme Goldsworthy explains how the Bible is not a mass of unconnected texts, but the unified whole connecting the storyline of Israel with that of Jesus. The book presents the entire scene of God's revelation as one mighty plan of salvation. For fifty years, Graeme Goldsworthy has been refining his understanding of biblical theology through his experiences as a student, pastor and teacher. In this valuable complement to his Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics, Goldsworthy defends and refines the rationale for his approach, drawing especially on the work of Australian biblical scholar Donald Robinson.

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Preaching Christ in All of Scripture
by Edmund P. Clowney available from Crossway

Preaching Christ in All of Scripture is recommended to pastors teaching their congregations that the Bible is one book, from beginning to end, about…

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Preaching Christ in All of Scripture is recommended to pastors teaching their congregations that the Bible is one book, from beginning to end, about Christ. First, Clowney lays the theoretical foundation for preaching Christ as the focal point throughout the entirety of the Bible. Then he gives practical tips to pastors for preparing such a sermon. The rest of the book is a collection of Clowney's own sermons that exemplify the preaching of Christ in all of Scripture.  For experienced preachers who want to hone their preaching focus on how Christ is the cornerstone of all of Scripture, this book offers guidance on how to do that. For aspiring preachers, Clowney's example is a model of faithful Christian preaching.

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Understanding Scripture: An Overview of the Bible’s Origin, Reliability, and Meaning
by Wayne Grudem, C. John Collins, Thomas R. Schreiner, Editors available from Crossway

The Bible is the most important book in the world. Editors and scholars Wayne Grudem, C. John Collins, and Thomas Schreiner recognize the challenge…

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The Bible is the most important book in the world. Editors and scholars Wayne Grudem, C. John Collins, and Thomas Schreiner recognize the challenge we all face to understand and apply its contents.  Covering a diverse range of essential subjects, including how to read the Bible well and why it is reliable, these eighteen essays delve into specific topics such as world religions, canon, and archaeology. Pastors, lay leaders, students, and other Christians engaged in studying God’s Word will benefit from this collection, written by notable contributors, including J. I. Packer, John Piper, Daniel B. Wallace, and Vern Poythress. Useful as both a general overview of the Bible and as a tool for more specific reference and training, this book will help you grow in your understanding of Scripture and your ability to apply the Bible to life.

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