Recommended Reading for Recovering Sinners
As a follow up to my post on Tuesday, I wanted to share some resources from old saints that have provided the most help in keeping God a priority for me and my family.
1) Sweet Comfort for Feeble Saints, by C. H. Spurgeon
No sermon I can think of has been more influential in convincing me of the goodness of Christ and my own redemption than this one. If you are constantly in the “Slough of Despond” I highly recommend this.
2) Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure, by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
The answer to lawlessness is not legalism and the answer to legalism is not lawlessness. Both are idolatry. True faith in Christ, resting in his work, leads to personal obedience. There is no disconnect between sola fide and personal piety as Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones masterfully teaches in this collection of sermons.
3) The Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan
Reading this will help weary Christians realize that their Christian experience is a well worn road and will bring great comfort and strength. It's also an excellent story to read to the family.
Written by Protestant martyr Guido de Bräs, this simple and beautiful confession of the Christian faith brings sweet comfort to sinners.
5) Duties of Parents, by J. C. Ryle
This is the first book I would recommend to any parent. Not only is it supremely full of timely wisdom, but it is concise and can be read in one sitting. I strongly recommend reading "Spiritual Depression" before reading this if you are a trembling sinner.
6) Thoughts for Young Men, by J. C. Ryle
As a follow up to "Duties of Parents," I strongly recommend this for young men. Ryle is a convinced Calvinist who, like Lloyd-Jones, understood the importance of the "means of grace" in one's life, not pitting obedience against faith alone in Christ alone.
7) Lectures to My Students, by C. H. Spurgeon
I'm only just getting into this, but it's another goldmine.
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Special thanks to my pastor, Steve Altman, for recommending The Belgic Confession, Lloyd-Jones and Ryle to me.