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One Christian's Toolbox

The contents of a "toolbox" (or library) for Christians will vary greatly among Bible teachers, scholars, pastors, and layman. Each will have their own favorites and preferences. But I'll go out on a limb and offer a starting point for consideration. Most of these works are still in print, while others may have been updated, renamed, or expanded, but some may be out of print. Please consult with your own pastor for his insight, wisdom, and suggestions relating to this discussion.


the New American Standard Bible (NASB, or NAS)

the New Living Translation (NLT)

the New International Version (NIV)

the English Standard Version (ESV)


The Message, by Eugene H. Peterson (this work is not a word for word, or thought by thought, translation from the original Greek or Hebrew; rather it is a modern paraphrase of the Bible in contemporary English by Eugene H. Peterson)


Ryrie Study Bible, by Charles C. Ryrie (available in several Bible translations)


The iWorship Daily Devotional Bible, by Integrity Publishers (NLT)


Unger's Survey of the Bible, by Merrill F. Unger

A Survey of Bible Doctrine, by Charles C. Ryrie


The Bible Knowledge Commentary — Old Testament Edition, edited by John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck

The Bible Knowledge Commentary — New Testament Edition, edited by John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck

The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, edited by Charles F. Pfeiffer


Systematic Theology, by Lewis Sperry Chafer

Systematic Theology, by Norman L. Geisler

Basic Theology, by Charles C. Ryrie

The Moody Handbook of Theology, by Paul Enns

Things Which Become Sound Doctrine, by J. Dwight Pentecost 

Major Bible Themes, by Lewis Sperry Chafer


Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, by James Strong

Handy Dictionary of the Bible, edited by Merrill C. Tenney

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, edited by Geoffrey W. Bromiley 

Living by the Book, by Howard G. Hendricks and William D. Hendricks

The Pursuit of God, by A. W. Tozer

Knowing God, by J. I. Packer

Loving God, by Charles Colson

He That is Spiritual, by Lewis Sperry Chafer

The Words and Works of Jesus Christ, by J. Dwight Pentecost

The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel

Evidence That Demands a Verdict, by Josh McDowell

The Case for Faith, by Lee Strobel

The Family Book of Christian Values, by Stuart and Jill Briscoe

The New Foxe's Book of Martyrs, by John Foxe, rewritten and updated by Harold J. Chadwick

The Power of Prayer in a Believer's Life, compiled and edited by Robert Hall, from the sermons of Charles Spurgeon

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