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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

Clean Water, Red Wine, Broken Bread by Douglas Wilson

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

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland H. Bainton


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)

The Promises of God by C.H. Spurgeon, edited & updated by Tim Chester

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions by Arthur Bennett

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

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

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


Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper

The Household & the War for the Cosmos: Recovering a Christian Vision for the Family by C.R. Wiley

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

Reforming Marriage: Gospel Living for Couples by Douglas Wilson

Federal Husband by Douglas Wilson

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

It's Good to Be a Man: A Handbook for Godly Masculinity by Michael Foster

Masculine Christianity by Zachary Garris

Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes

For Women

Lies Women Believe by Nancy Demoss

Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes

Eve in Exile: The Restoration of Femininity by Rebekah Merkle

Virtuous: A Study for Ladies of Every Age by Nancy Wilson


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