Eighteen Book Recommendations

Behold Your God Podcast

Just in time for your last-minute Christmas shopping, John and Matthew share 18 book recommendations in this week’s Behold Your God Podcast. These aren’t necessarily their favorite books of 2018, or the top 18 books that have changed their lives. But they are 18 books they highly recommend to have on your 2019 reading list and books to consider giving away as Christmas gifts. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell if you buy a few for yourself.)

We are giving away two of the books mentioned in this week’s podcast. Information on the giveaway is under Show Notes.

There are books from several genres: Biography/History, Devotional, Commentary, and Theology. Below is the full list, with source links, in the Show Notes.

(~2:00-8:00) First up is biographical / historical. John discusses Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur by Frank Houghton, while Matthew commends Iain Murray’s Revival and Revivalism.

(~8:00- 20:00) Then the guys move to devotional literature. One of John’s picks is John Owen’s Communion with God. One of Matthew’s picks is John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. We also include links to two study helps for this particular devotional work below.

(~16:00-19:00) John and Matthew take a short detour into discussing the importance of reading in the Christian life. Their local body reads several books congregationally each year, but they aren’t necessarily a highly educated church. It is primarily a blue-collar church that finds green pastures in these helpful works.

(~20:00-28:00) The third genre for the guys is commentaries. Matthew opens this segment with The Inner Sanctuary by Charles Ross. It is a short, approachable commentary on John 13-17. John recommends a commentary he tries to make sure every family of his local church has in their homes, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels by J.C. Ryle. His writings on the Gospel of John are the jewel of the set.

(~28:00-40:00) Lastly, the duo focuses on theological works. Matthew’s pick, All That Is In God by James Dolezal is one book we are giving away. (Information on giveaway under Show Notes.) John showcases John Murray’s Redemption Accomplished and Applied. We are also giving copies of this way. Again, check below for info.

(~40:00-47:00) With so many good books mentioned in this week’s episode, John and Matthew share some wisdom regarding how to read difficult writers and pursuing a balanced diet in your reading.

In the Supporter Appreciation Episode, John and Matthew discuss the use of evangelistic literature. These short works can be beneficial to believers who want to accurately, carefully, and concisely communicate the truths of the gospel. Some tracts are best for those who have no interest in God. Others are best for those who are religious but do not know God. The titles to all the tracts, with links to where you can find them are under Show Notes.

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Show Notes

In addition to the great recommendations below, there is still time to grab some of the Christmas Specials from Media Gratiae. Click here for the list of special pricing on Media Gratiae projects.

Biography / History

Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur by Frank Houghton
Editor’s Note: The biography has been republished as a single-volume work.
Revival and Revivalism by Iain Murray


Communion with God by John Owen
A Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin (Gift edition here.)
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Study Guides:
Christ Is All by Henry Law


The Inner Sanctuary by Charles Ross
Romans: 6, Volume 5: The New Man by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
The Song of Solomon (Commentary) by George Burrowes
The Whole Christ by Sinclair Ferguson
All That is In God by James Dolezal *Giveaway*
Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray *Giveaway*
Divine Covenants by A.W. Pink


Supporter Appreciation Episode

Wasted Faith by Jim Eliff
A Sure Guide to Heaven by Joseph Alleine

Giveaway information:

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