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Recommended Resources

  • Recommended Resources

    The writer of Ecclesiastes wisely stated, “Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” (Ecclesiastes 12:12) Every year there are more and more resources published under the label or appearance of Christian teaching. While it would be impossible to review every single resource out there, it is possible to recommend authors or resources who are writing in accord with sound doctrine.

    The pastors of Harvest Bible Chapel Des Moines take our charge to protect the flock from false teachers and unsound doctrine very seriously. Knowing that everyone has a finite amount of time for study, we will strive to recommend best in class resources. If you only have time to read one book on a topic, what should it be? That is what we hope to share with you.

    Abuse
    In the Aftermath – Pam Gannon and Bev Moore

    Apologetics
    I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist – Norm Geisler and Frank Turek
    Why I am a Christian – Norm Geisler and Paul Hoffman
    Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus - Nabeel Quereshi

    Biographies/Testimonies
    The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert – Rosaria Butterfield
    God’s Smuggler - Brother Andrew
    21 Servants of Sovereign Joy - John Piper
    Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret - Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor

    Catechism
    New City Catechism

    Christian Fiction
    Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan (free PDF or ebook on www.desiringgod.org/books)
    Chronicles of Narnia

    Church
    9 Marks of a Healthy Church – Mark Dever
    The Church: The Gospel Made Visible – Mark Dever
    What is a Healthy Church? – Mark Dever
    What is a Healthy Church Member? – Thabiti Anibywle
    Church Discipline – Jonathan Leeman
    The entire 9Marks series

    Church History
    Turning Points – Mark Noll

    Communication and Conflict Resolution
    War of Words – Paul Tripp
    The Peacemaker – Ken Sande

    Contentment
    The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment - Jeremiah Burrows
    Learning Contentment - Nancy Wilson
    Rescuing the Gospel - Erwin Lutzer

    Counseling Issues
    Putting Your Past in Its Place – Steve Viars
    Shame Interrupted – Ed Welch
    Depression – Ed Welch

    Decision Making
    Just Do Something – Kevin DeYoung

    Devotional
    A Gospel Primer – Milton Vincent
    New Morning Mercies – Paul Tripp
    Whiter Than Snow - Paul Tripp

    Discipleship
    Multiply – David Platt and Francis Chan
    Follow Me - David Platt

    Enjoying God & Creation
    Desiring God – John Piper
    The Things of Earth – Joe Rigney

    Evangelism
    The Gospel and Personal Evangelism – Mark Dever
    Evangelism – Mack Stiles
    What is the Gospel? – Greg Gilbert

    Fear of Man
    When People are Big and God is Small – Ed Welch
    What do you think of me? Why do I care? – Ed Welch

    Fighting Sin
    Holiness – J.C. Ryle
    Overcoming Sin and Temptation – John Owen
    The Enemy Within – Kris Lundgaard
    Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices – Thomas Brooks

    Heaven
    Forever – Paul Tripp
    Heaven – Randy Alcorn

    Hospitality
    The Gospel Comes with a House Key – Rosaria Butterfield

    Identity
    Because He Loves Me – Elyse Fitzpatrick
    Idols of the Heart – Elyse Fitzpatrick

    Kids
    Indescribable – Louie Giglio
    God’s Very Good Idea – Trillia Newbell

    Leadership
    The Conviction to Lead – Al Mohler
    The Book on Leadership – John MacArthur

    Manhood/Husband/Father
    Biblical Manhood – Stuart Scott
    The Complete Husband – Lou Priolo
    Disciplines of a Godly Man – R. Kent Hughes
    What’s the Difference? Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible – John Piper (free PDF on www.desiringgod.org/books)

    Marriage
    This Momentary Marriage – John Piper (free as a PDF on www.desiringgod.org/books)
    Strengthening Your Marriage – Wayne Mack
    What Did You Expect? – Paul Tripp
    Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage – Lee Strobel

    Modern Issues
    12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You – Tony Reinke

    Mutual Ministry
    Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands – Paul Tripp
    Side by Side – Ed Welch

    Overcoming Sin
    Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave – Ed Welch
    Humility: True Greatness – C.J. Mahaney

    Parenting
    Withhold Not Correction – Bruce Ray
    Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Ted Tripp
    Tying Their Shoes – Rob Green
    Parenting – Paul Tripp
    Give them Grace - Elyse Fitzpatrick

    Prayer
    Valley of Vision
    A Praying Life – Paul Miller
    The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down – Al Mohler

    Preparing for Marriage
    Tying the Knot – Rob Green
    Preparing for Marriage God’s Way – Wayne Mack

    Priorities & Time Management
    What’s Best Next – Matthew Perman
    Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper
    Do More Better – Tim Challies
    Crazy Busy - Kevin DeYoung

    Sex
    Sex, Dating, and Relationships – Gerald Hiestand
    Biblical Principles of Sex – Robert Smith
    Making All Things New – David Powlison

    Sexual Purity
    Finally Free – Heath Lambert
    Sex, Dating, Relationships – Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas
    Sex is Not the Problem (Lust Is) – Joshua Harris

    Singleness
    Redeeming Singleness – Barry Danylak

    Small Groups
    Why Small Groups – C.J. Mahaney

    Spiritual Disciplines
    Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life – Don Whitney
    Habits of Grace – David Mathis (free PDF on www.desiringgod.org/books)

    Study of God
    Knowing God – J.I. Packer
    The Knowledge of the Holy – A.W. Tozer
    Attributes of God – Arthur Pink

    Studying Scripture
    How to Study Your Bible – Kay Arthur
    Understanding Scripture: An Overview of the Bible's Origin, Reliability, and Meaning – Wayne Grudem
    The God Who is There – D.A. Carson
    God Wrote a Book – James MacDonald
    How to Read the Bible for All its Worth - Gordon Fee

    Suffering
    Suffering and the Sovereignty of God – John Piper & Justin Taylor
    Don’t Waste Your Cancer – John Piper
    Suffering – Paul Tripp
    Books by Joni Eareckson Tada

    Relationships
    Relationships: A Mess worth Making - Tim Lane and Paul Tripp
    Sex, Dating, and Relationships – Gerald Hiestand

    Theology
    Systematic Theology – Wayne Grudem
    Bible Doctrine – Wayne Grudem
    Everyone’s a Theologian – R.C. Sproul

    Womanhood/Wife/Mother
    Women of the Word - Jen Wilkin
    What’s the Difference? Manhood & Womanhood Defined According to the Bible – John Piper (free PDF on www.desiringgod.org/books)
    Helper by Design – Elyse Fitzpatrick
    Treasuring Christ when your Hands are Full - Gloria Furman
    Mom Enough – Multiple Authors (free PDF or ebook on www.desiringgod.org/books)
    Glory in the Ordinary – Courtney Reissig
    Eve in Exile - Rebekah Merkle

    Reputable Authors
    John Piper
    D.A. Carson
    Russell Moore
    R.C. Sproul
    A.W. Tozer
    Jerry Bridges
    Elyse Fitzpatrick
    Gloria Furman
    Carolyn Mahaney
    Wayne Mack
    Dave Harvey
    Heath Lambert
    Bob Kelleman
    Michael Emlet
    Tim Chester
    David Powlison
    Ed Welch
    Jay Adams
    Mark Dever
    Greg Gilbert
    Tim Keller
    John Calvin
    Jonathan Edwards
    Paul Bunyan
    Kevin DeYoung
    Norm Geisler
    David Platt
    Randy Alcorn
    Albert Mohler
    Paul Tripp
    C.S. Lewis
    Joni Eareckson Tada
    Jen Wilkin

  • 2019 Five Day Bible Reading Plan

    2019 Five Day Bible Reading Plan
    Join us as we study the Bible together in 2019! This reading schedule allows you to chronologically read through either the New Testament or the entire Bible in one year.

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