This is a list of websites and books recommended by Pastor Dan.  While these resources have been selected because they are excellent in their respective topics, it’s still important to use discernment when using them.  The fact that a resource is included on this list does not mean that Cedarhome agrees with absolutely everything it says.



The Gospel Coalition: Hosts many blogs and resources available from pastors and scholars associated with one of our networks of churches.

Desiring God: Sermons, articles, and free books from the ministry of Dr. John Piper, former pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, a Converge Worldwide (BGC) church.

Got Questions: A very helpful site to ask questions about God, the Bible, and life from a biblical worldview.

Bible Gateway: Read the Bible for free in dozens of translations.  Also, free commentaries are available to explain passages of the Bible.

Redeemer: Blogs, sermons, and other resources from the ministry of Tim Keller.

Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation: Articles, videos, and resources on a variety of issues from a biblical perspective.

Be Thinking: A collection of articles and media related to understanding and defending the Christian faith.

Monergism: An archive of sermons, media, articles, websites, and free books written by Puritans and authors from a reformed perspective.

9Marks: A ministry that helps pastors and churches think biblically about churches and leadership.

The Joshua Project: An informational site about all the people groups on earth and the Church’s progress on reaching them with the Gospel of Jesus.




The ESV Study Bible

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible


Christianity 101

More Than a Carpenter by Joshua McDowell

Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem

The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones


Christian Living

Desiring God by John Piper

The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges

A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent

Future Grace by John Piper

Simplify Your Spiritual Life: Spiritual Disciplines for the Overwhelmed by Donald Whitney

Running Scared by Ed Welch

The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges

Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul

The Singing God: Feel the Passion God Has for You…Just the Way You Are by Sam Storms

The Mortification of Sin by John Owen

When I Don’t Desire God by John Piper

Resolving Everyday Conflict by Ken Sande

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

Practical Religion by J.C. Ryle

Radical by David Platt

Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Butterfield

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions by Tim Chester

The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving by Randy Alcorn



Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem (shorter version of Systematic Theology)

Integrative Theology by Lewis and Demarest

The Unity of the Bible by Daniel Fuller

Finally Alive by John Piper

Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen

Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris

Preaching Christ from the Old Testament by Sidney Greidanus


Suffering and Forgiveness

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges

Choosing Forgiveness by Nancy DeMoss

Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb

How Long, Oh Lord? by D.A. Carson

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller

Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault by Justin Holcomb

Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch

When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper

Spiritual Depression by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones


Understanding and Defending the Christian Faith (Apologetics)

The Reason for God by Tim Keller

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Geisler and Turek

The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig Blomberg

Christian Apologetics by Doug Groothuis

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl



Prayer by Tim Keller

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels


Sharing Your Faith (Evangelism)

Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus by Mack Stiles

Speaking of Jesus by Mack Stiles

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer

God’s Love Compels Us: Taking the Gospel to the World by Carson and Nielson

Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper



What is a Healthy Church? by Mark Dever

What is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile

Why We’re Not Emergent by DeYoung and Kluck

Why We Love the Church by DeYoung and Kluck

The Shepherd Leader by Tim Witmer

Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch

Total Church by Tim Chester

Everyday Church by Tim Chester


Church History

Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley

The Rise of Christianity by Rodney Stark

Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity by Mark Noll

All the Saints Adore Thee by Bruce Shelley

The Canon of Scripture by F.F. Bruce



The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller

When Sinners Say “I Do” by Dave Harvey

This Momentary Marriage by John Piper

The Five Love Languages by Gary Smalley


Books for Men

Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle

Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes

Men of Courage by Larry Crabb

Finishing Strong by Steve Farrar

Point Man by Steve Farrar

King Me by Steve Farrar


Books for Women

Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney

Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full by Gloria Furman

Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper



Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

Gospel-Centered Family by Moll and Chester

Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson

The Strong-Willed Child by James Dobson

Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch


Books for Kids

The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Big Truths for Young Hearts by Bruce Ware

The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung

The Action Bible

The Action Bible Study Bible (ESV)

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis


Books for Teens

Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris

Jesus Freaks by D.C. Talk

The Peacemaker for Teens by Ken Sande

Help! I’m a Student Leader by Doug Fields

Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung



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

Charles Spurgeon Autobiography

Newton on the Christian Life by Tony Reinke

Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield

A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot

Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper

Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper

Contending for Our All (Athanasius, John Owen, and J. Gresham Machen) by John Piper

Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ (William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton) by John Piper

George Whitefield by Arnold Dallimore

Lloyd-Jones: Messenger of Grace by Iain Murray

The Hidden Smile of God (John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd) by John Piper

The Journals of Jim Elliot by Elisabeth Elliot

The Forgotten Spurgeon by Iain Murray