Mid-America's Resources

Prospective Student Recommended Reading List

The faculty at Mid-America has prepared a list of books that they recommend for prospective students to read. This list includes both books the professors suggest that students who are preparing for seminary should read. Go to the reading list to find books the students will read while in seminary.

  • Propaedeutical Studies
    • Research and Writing
      • Adler, Mortimer J. and Charles Van Doran. How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading. Rev. ed. New York: Touchstone, 1972.
      • Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Columb and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. 3rd ed. University of Chicago Press, 2008.
      • Bradley, James E. and Richard A. Muller, Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works, and Methods. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.
      • Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 7th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
      • Zinsser, William. On Writing Well. 30th anniversary edition. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006.
    • Philosophy
      • Evans, C. Stephen. Philosophy of Religion: Thinking about Faith. Contours of Christian Philosophy. IVP, 1982.
      • Palmer, Donald. Does the Center Hold? An Introduction to Western Philosophy. 2nd ed. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co., 1991.
      • Palmer, Donald. Looking at Philosophy: The Unbearable Heaviness of Philosophy Made Lighter, 3rd ed. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co., 2001.
    • Worldview (Weltanschauung)
      • Holmes, Arthur F. Contours of a World View. Ifacs Studies in a Christian World View. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1983.
      • Plantinga, Cornelius, Jr. Engaging God’s World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living. Eerdmans, 2002.
      • Wolters, Albert M. Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview. 2nd ed. Eerdmans, 2005.
  • Biblical Studies
    • New Testament
      • Bartholomew, Craig G. and Michael W. Goheen. The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004.
      • Sproul, R.C. Knowing Scripture. IVP, 1977.
      • Williams, Michael D. Far As the Curse Is Found: The Covenant Story of Redemption. P&R, 2005.
    • Old Testament
      • Bartholomew, Craig G. and Michael W. Goheen. The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004.
      • De Graaf, S. G. Promise and Deliverance, trans. by H. Evan Runner, and Elisabeth Wichers Runner. 4 vols. (orig. published as Verbondsgeschiedenis). St. Catharines, ON: Paideia Press, 1977.
      • Sproul, R.C. Knowing Scripture. IVP, 1977.
      • Williams, Michael D. Far As the Curse Is Found: The Covenant Story of Redemption. P&R, 2005.
      • Young, E.J. An Introduction to the Old Testament. 2nd Edition. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1960.
  • Ecclesiastical Studies
    • Church History
      • Walker, Williston. A History of the Christian Church. 3rd ed.
  • Doctrinal Studies
    • Apologetics
      • Pratt, Richard L., Jr. Every Thought Captive: A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth. P&R, 1979.
    • Systematic Theology
      • Bavinck, Herman. Our Reasonable Faith: A Survey of Christian Doctrine. Eerdmans, 1956.
      • Berkhof, Louis. Manual of Christian Doctrine. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1933.
      • Hodge, A. A. Outlines of Theology. Banner of Truth, 1972.
    • Prolegomena
      • Berkhof, Louis. Introduction to Systematic Theology. Reprint; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1932.
      • The Infallible Word: A Symposium by members of the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary. Revised ed. P&R, 1967.
    • Theology
      • Packer, J. I. Knowing God. IVP, 1973.
      • Sproul, R. C. Chosen by God. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1986.
  • Ministerial Studies
    • Pastoral Care and Counseling
      • Sittema, John R. With a Shepherd’s Heart: Reclaiming the Pastoral Office of Elder. Grandville, MI: Reformed Fellowship, Inc., 1996.