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Recommended Reading

Whether you're walking through a particular season of life and need guidance in that area, are seeking a book that will foster spiritual growth, or are just looking for a good book to read, we've assembled lists of resources that have impacted the leadership of our church and our pursuit of being and making disciples of Jesus. 

While inclusion in the lists below does not function as an endorsement of every statement or idea in each book, we whole-heartedly recommend the following books to you for your growth and joy in Jesus. 

The Bible

If we only had one recommendation, this would be it! The Bible is the written Word of God to us and being faithful to the Word is one of the core values of our church. Need help knowing how to read the Bible, or don't know where to start? We've created a page to help you titled Read the Bible

For the Seeker

Not yet a follower of Jesus, but seeking to explore faith in God? These books are for you.

The Reason for God by Tim Keller
More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel


We have found that, outside of the Bible, reading Christian biographies can be some of the most spiritually challenging and nourishing things you can read. Let the lives of these men and women enflame your love for Jesus and provoke you to surrender afresh to absolute surrender to Him.

If I Perish by Esther Ahn Kim

Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret
by Mr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor

Of Whom the World Was Not Worthy
by Marie Chapian

George Muller of Bristol by A.T. Pierson

Evidence Not Seen
by Darlene Rose

Rees Howells: Intercessor
by Norman Grubb

Shadow Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot by Elisabeth Elliot

Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ: The Cost of Bringing the Gospel to the Nations in the Lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton
by John Piper

The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God's Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin
by John Piper

The Hidden Smile of God: The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper , and David Brainerd
by John Piper

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas


Read these alongside your daily Bible reading to add some fuel to your fire. These devotionals typically consist of one short reading per day concerning a verse or two of Scripture. 

Morning & Evening by C.H. Spurgeon (free online version available here)
Taste and See by John Piper
New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp

The Character & Nature of God

As disciples of Jesus, we have no greater need than growing in our knowledge of and love for God. Let these books fuel your faith and move you to worship the only One who's worthy!

Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves
Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Christian Living

God has greatly used these books in the lives of the leadership of Rivertown Church to grow them as disciples of Jesus. 

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
Man, The Dwelling Place of God by A.W. Tozer
Humility & Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray
The Indwelling Life of Christ by Major Ian Thomas
Desiring God by John Piper
Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
The Discipline of Grace
by Jerry Bridges
Radical by David Platt
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Habits of Grace by David Mathis (Spiritual Disciplines)

The Gospel

We can never stop growing in our understanding of the Gospel. Let these books move you to worship as you dive deeper in the knowledge of who Jesus is and what He's done for us.

What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert
The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler
Gospel Deeps: Reveling in the Excellencies of Jesus by Jared Wilson
Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson


The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman
Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson
Multiply by Francis Chan (free online version available here)
Follow Me by David Platt


Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper
Generous Justice by Tim Keller
What is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert

Suffering | Grief

Safe in the Arms of God by John McArthur (death of a child)
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
How Long, Oh Lord? by D.A. Carson
Heaven by Randy Alcorn

Marriage & Family

This Momentary Marriage by John Piper
When Sinners Say I Do by Dave Harvey
Loving Your Wife as Christ Loves the Church by Larry McCall (for Husbands)
God, Marriage, and Family by Andreas Kostenberger
Intentional Parenting by Thad Thompson
Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic (for Mothers)
Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic (for Mothers)
Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman (for Mothers)
Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full by Gloria Furman (for Mothers)
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp


The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
Money, Possessions, and Eternity by Randy Alcorn

For Men

A Dude's Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick
Fight: Winning the Battles That Matter Most by Craig Groeschel
Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes
Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole by Eric Mason

For Women

Lies Women Believe by Nancy Demoss
Disciplines of a Godly Woman
by Barbara Hughes
A Woman and Her God
by Beth Moore
Get Out of That Pit
by Beth Moore
So Long Insecurity
by Beth Moore


Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
Lion, Witch, & the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien
Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers