3 Books That Have Deeply Impacted my Faith

There are countless books that have deeply impacted my faith and shaped who I am as a person and a follower of Christ. I’d like to share just a few that come to mind as particularly impactful on me. Perhaps they will be for you as well! 

1. The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance―Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters by Sinclair Ferguson

On the surface this book appears to be a historical recounting of a theological debate that raged between long dead ministers in Scotland. The reality is that Sinclair Ferguson uses this historical debate, the so-called Marrow Controversy, as the starting point for one of the most profound discussions of God’s grace that I have encountered. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you enjoy this, I’d also recommend Tim Keller’s, Prodigal God.

2. Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

This book made waves in the Christian world when it was released, and in my opinion, for very good reason. Dane Ortlund draws on the profound insights of a variety of Puritan theologians in order to create a biblical, beautiful, portrait of Christ. This book helped me to not only know my savior better, but to love him more. 

3. Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof 

I would be remiss if I didn’t put Berkhof’s Systematic Theology on my list. Though the book is huge, it is a very clear, readable overview of the doctrines of Scripture. I think a copy belongs on every Christian’s shelf, at least as a reference work, and perhaps to be read periodically. Berkhof’s theology has also been condensed into a shorter edition called Manual of Christian Doctrine, and a very short version called, A Summary of Christian Doctrine



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