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Recommended Reading

Start with the Bible.

More than any other book, you should devote yourself to the reading of God's Word. It stands without peer and deserves our utmost devotion and primary attention. Research from numerous organizations confirm that the single most infuential factor in life change for Christians is reading God's Word habitually.

Choose a Bible, preferably one of these versions:

New King James Version (NKJV) -update of the KJV using modern language. This is the translation Pastor Brett uses on Sunday mornings at Harvest.

King James Version (KJV) - very reliable but old English.

English Standard Version (ESV) - very reliable and yet readable.

Christian Standard (CSB) - reliable and readable.

New American Standard Bible (NASB) - most literal, yet still readable.

New International Version '84 Edition (NIV84) - very readable yet reliable.

"Bibles" we do not recommend for serious study or memorization: The Living Bible (a paraphrase), The Message (a paraphrase), New World Translation (cult version).

After you have a good Bible, select a good reading plan, like the M'Cheyne One Year Reading Plan, and spend time daily in God's Word.

In addition to reading the Bible, it is helpful to learn from other Christians who have studied the Bible. Below is a brief list of essential books that are especially good for new Christians.

"Top 10" Reading List...

A Prayng Life by Paul Miller

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent

The Beginner's Guide to Spiritual Gifts by Sam Storms

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Philip Keller

Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham, Jr.

Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper

Knowing God by J. I. Packer

The Reason for God by Timothy Keller

The Pursuit of God by A. W.Tozer

Other Recommended Books...

To get more recommendations on a particular topic, please see one of the elders.

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