Mid-America's Resources

Recommended Reading List

The faculty at Mid-America has prepared a list of books that they recommend for students and prospective students to read. This list is a two-fold list: it includes both books the professors suggest that students who are preparing for seminary should read, as well as books the students will read while in seminary. The books suggested for students who are preparing for seminary to read are marked with an asterisk.

  • 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.
      • Sire, James W. How to Read Slowly: Reading for Comprehension. Wheaton: Shaw Books, 2000.
      • Strunk, William, Jr., and E. B. White. The Elements of Style. 4th ed. New York Allyn & Bacon, 2000.
      • *Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 7th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
      • Williams, Joseph M. Style: Toward Clarity and Grace. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.
      • *Zinsser, William. On Writing Well. 30th anniversary edition. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006.
    • Philosophy
      • Baggini, Julian and Peter S. Fosl. The Ethics Toolkit: A Compendium of Ethical Concepts and Methods. Blackwell Publishing, 2007.
      • Copleston, Frederick. History of Philosophy.
      • *Evans, C. Stephen. Philosophy of Religion: Thinking about Faith. Contours of Christian Philosophy. IVP, 1982.
      • Holmes, Arthur F. Fact, Value, and God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.
      • Jones, W.T. A History of Western Philosophy
      • *Palmer, Donald. Does the Center Hold? An Introduction to Western Philosophy. 2nd ed. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co., 1991. or Palmer mentioned below.
      • *Palmer, Donald. Looking at Philosophy: The Unbearable Heaviness of Philosophy Made Lighter, 3rd ed. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co., 2001. or Palmer mentioned above.
      • Plantinga, Alvin. Warranted Christian Belief. Oxford University Press, 2000.
      • Stumpf, Samuel Enoch. Socrates to Sartre: A History of Philosophy, 6th ed. Boston, et al.: McGraw-Hill College, 1999.
    • Worldview (Weltanschauung)
      • Bratt, James D., editor, Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.
      • Carson, D. A. Christ and Culture Revisited. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.
      • *Holmes, Arthur F. Contours of a World View. Ifacs Studies in a Christian World View. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1983.
      • Kuyper, Abraham. Lectures on Calvinism. These lectures were first delivered at Princeton University in 1898 under the auspices of the L. P. Stone Foundation. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1931.
      • Orr, James. The Christian View of God and the World (The Kerr Lectures for 1890-91). Reprint, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1948.
      • *Plantinga, Cornelius, Jr. Engaging God’s World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living. Eerdmans, 2002.
      • Van Til, Henry R. The Calvinistic Concept of Culture. Foreward by Richard J. Mouw, 2001. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1959.
      • *Wolters, Albert M. Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview. 2nd ed. Eerdmans, 2005. or Plantinga.
  • 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.
      • Cochrane, Charles Norris. Christianity and Classical Culture: A Study of Thought and Action from Augustus to Augustine. New York: Oxford University Press, 1972 [repr.].
      • Davies, W. D. Invitation to the New Testament: A Guide to Its Main Witnesses. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1966.
      • 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.
      • Muller, Richard A. and John L. Thompson, eds. Biblical Interpretation in the Era of the Reformation. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.
      • Neill, Stephen and N. T. Wright. The Interpretation of the New Testament, 1861-1986. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.
      • Ridderbos, Herman. The Coming of the Kingdom. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R, 1962.
      • Ridderbos, Herman. Paul: An Outline of His Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.
      • *Sproul, R.C. Knowing Scripture. IVP, 1977.
      • Tenney, Merrill C. New Testament Survey. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1985.
      • *Williams, Michael D. Far As the Curse Is Found: The Covenant Story of Redemption. P&R, 2005. or Bartholemew and Goheen.
    • Greek
      • Machen, J. Gresham and Dan G. McCartney. New Testament Greek for Beginners. Prentice Hall, 2003.
      • Mounce, William D. Basics of Biblical Greek: Grammar. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003.
      • Scott, Bernard Brandon et al. Reading New Testament Greek. Peabody, MA: Hendrikson Publishers, 1993.
      • Wallace, Daniel B. Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.
    • 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.
      • Berkhof, Louis. Principles of Biblical Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1994.
      • Bruce, F.F. The Canon of Scripture. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 1988.
      • Carson, D. A. Exegetical Fallacies. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1996.
      • Craigie, Peter. The Old Testament: its background, growth, & content. Abingdon Press, 1987.
      • *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.
      • France, R.T. Jesus and the Old Testament. Regent College Publishing, 1992.
      • Greidanus, Sidney. Sola Scriptura. Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2001.
      • Harrison, Roland Kenneth. Introduction to the Old Testament. Hendrickson Publishers, 2004.
      • Holwerda, David E. Jesus & Israel: one covenant or two? Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.
      • Hummel, Horace. The Word Becoming Flesh. Concordia Pub. House, 1979.
      • Kaiser, Walter C., Jr. A History of Israel: from the Bronze Age through the Jewish Wars. Broadman and Holman, 1998.
      • Kline, Meredith G. The Structure of Biblical Authority. Wipf & Stock Publishers, 1997.
      • LaSor, William Sanford; David Allan Hubbard; and Frederic William Bush. Old Testament Survey: the message, form, and background of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.
      • Longman, Tremper, III., and Raymond Dillard. An Introduction to the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.
      • Merrill, Eugene. Kingdom of Priests: a history of Old Testament Israel. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.
      • Poythress, Vern S. The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses. P & R Publishing, 1995.
      • Robertson, O. Palmer. The Christ of the Covenants. P & R Publishing, 1981.
      • Robertson, O.Palmer. The Christ of the Prophets. P & R Publishing, 2004.
      • *Sproul, R.C. Knowing Scripture. IVP, 1977.
      • Vos, Geerhardus. Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments. Wipf & Stock, 2003.
      • *Williams, Michael D. Far As the Curse Is Found: The Covenant Story of Redemption. P&R, 2005. or Bartholemew and Goheen.
      • Young, Edward J. My Servants the Prophets.Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1952.
      • *Young, E.J. An Introduction to the Old Testament. 2nd Edition. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1960.
    • Hebrew
      • Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia.
      • Mitchell, Larry A. A Student’s Vocabulary for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1984.
      • Scott, William R. A Simplified Guide to BHS 4th edition. BIBAL Press, 2007.
      • Seow, C. L. A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew. Revised Edition. Abingdon Press, 1995.
      • Wegner, Paul D. A Student’s Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible. IVP Academic, 2006.
  • Ecclesiastical Studies
    • Church History
      • Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.
      • Chadwick, Henry. The Early Church. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1993.
      • Hart, D.G. and Muether, John R. Seeking a Better Country: 300 Years of American Presbyterianism. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 2007.
      • Hastings, Adrian. A World History of Christianity. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000.
      • Pelikan, Jaroslav. The Christian Tradition. (5 vols.) Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975.
      • Ozment, Steven. The Age of Reform, 1250-1550: An Intellectual and Religious History of Late Medieval and Reformation Europe. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1980.
      • MacCulloch, Diarmaid. The Reformation. New York: Penguin, 2003.
      • Olson, Roger E. The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition and Reform. IVP, 1999.
      • Plancher, William C. Readings in the History of Christian Theology. Richmond: Westminster John Knox Press, 1988.
      • Muller, Richard A. Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics : The Rise and Development of Reformed Orthodoxy. 4 vols. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 2003.
      • Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church (8v.)
      • *Walker, Williston. A History of the Christian Church. 3rd ed.
  • Doctrinal Studies
    • Apologetics
      • Bahnsen, Greg L. Van Til's Apologetic. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1998.
      • Bahnsen, Greg L. Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith. Nacogdoches, Texas, Covenant Media Press, 1996
      • Cowan, Stephen B., ed. Five Views on Apologetics. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.
      • Edgar, William. Reasons of the Heart. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1996.
      • Frame, John. Apologetics to the Glory of God. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1994
      • Machen, J. Gresham. Christianity and Liberalism. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999.
      • Oliphint, K. Scott. The Battle Belongs to the Lord. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 2003.
      • Oliphint, K. Scott, and Lane G. Tipton, (eds.) Revelation and Reason. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 2007.
      • Oliphint, K. Scott. Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology. Phillipsburg, N. J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 2006.
      • Poythress, Vern S. Redeeming Science. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006.
      • *Pratt, Richard L., Jr. Every Thought Captive: A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth. P&R, 1979.
      • Van Til, Cornelius. The Defense of the Faith. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 2008.
    • Ethics
      • Davis, John Jefferson. Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today. Philippsburg: P & R, 1985.
      • Henry, Carl F. H. Christian Personal Ethics. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1957.
    • Systematic Theology
      • à Brakel, Wilhelmus. The Christian’s Reasonable Service. 4 vols. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 1992.
      • *Bavinck, Herman. Our Reasonable Faith: A Survey of Christian Doctrine. Eerdmans, 1956.
      • Bavinck, Herman. Reformed Dogmatics. Trans. John Vriend. Ed. John Bolt. 4 vols. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003-2008.
      • *Berkhof, Louis. Manual of Christian Doctrine. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1933.
      • Berkhof, Louis. Systematic Theology. 4th ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1941. Hoekema, Anthony. Created in God's Image. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1986.
      • Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion. Trans. Ford Lewis Battles. Ed. John T. McNeill. 2 vols. Philadephia: The Westminster Press, 1960.
      • Heppe, Heinrich. Reformed Dogmatics: Set Out and Illustrated from the Sources. London: Wakeman Great Reprints.
      • *Hodge, A. A. Outlines of Theology. Banner of Truth, 1972.
      • Turretin, Francis. Institutes of Elenctic Theology, 3 vols. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 1992-1997.
    • Prolegomena
      • *Berkhof, Louis. Introduction to Systematic Theology. Reprint; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1932.
      • Kuyper, Abraham. Principles of Sacred Theology. Reprint; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1968.
      • Packer, J. I. God Has Spoken: Revelation and the Bible. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1993.
      • *The Infallible Word: A Symposium by members of the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary. Revised ed. P&R, 1967.
      • Warfield, B.B. The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible. Philadelphia: Pres. and Reformed Publishing, 1948.
    • Theology
      • Erikson, Millard J. God the Father Almighty: A Contemporary Exploration of the Divine Attributes. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998.
      • Frame, John M. No Other God: A Response to Open Theism. P&R, 2001.
      • Muller, Richard A. Christ and the Decree: Christology and Predestination in Reformed Theology from Calvin to Perkins. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1986.
      • *Packer, J. I. Knowing God. IVP, 1973.
      • *Sproul, R. C. Chosen by God. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1986.
      • Warfield, Benjamin B. The Plan of Salvation. Revised ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977.
    • Anthropology
      • Beach, J. Mark. Christ and the Covenant: Francis Turretin’s Federal Theology as a Defense of the Doctrine of Grace. Reformed Historical Theology, vol. 1, ed. Herman Selderhuis, et al. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2007.
      • Hoekema, Anthony. Created in God's Image. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1986.
      • Plantinga, Cornelius, Jr. Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be. Eerdmans, 1995.
      • Stevenson, Leslie. Seven Theories of Human Nature. Oxford University Press, 1974.
    • Christology
      • Murray, John. Redemption Accomplished and Applied. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1955.
      • Stott, John R. W. The Cross of Christ. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity, 1986.
    • Pneumatology
      • Hoekema, Anthony. Saved By Grace. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989.
      • Venema, Cornelis. The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2006.
      • Venema, Cornelis P. The Promise of the Future. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2000.
      • Venema, Cornelis P. Accepted and Renewed in Christ: The “Twofold Grace of God” and the Interpretation of Calvin’s Theology. Reformed Historical Theology, vol. 2, ed. Herman Selderhuis. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2007.
      • Venema, Cornelis P. Getting the Gospel Right. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2006.
    • Ecclesiology
      • Bannerman, James. The Church of Christ. 2 vols. Reprint; The Banner of Truth, 1965.
    • Eschatology
      • Hoekema, Anthony A. The Bible and the Future. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1979.
      • Venema, Cornelis P. Christ and the Future. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2008.
  • Ministerial Studies
    • Catechetics
      • Edge, Findley B. Teaching for Results, revised ed. Nashville: B&H, 1995.
      • Kuyvenhoven, Andrew. Comfort and Joy: A Study of the Heidelberg Catechism. Grand Rapids: CRC Publications, 1988.
      • Pazmiño, Robert W. Basics of Teaching for Christian: preparation, instruction, evaluation. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998.
      • Van Dyken, Donald. Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children. Phillisburg, N.J.: P&R Publishing, 2000.
      • Wilkinson, Bruce. The Seven Laws of the Learner: How to Teach Almost Anything to Practically Anyone! Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, 1992.
      • Williamson, G.I. The Shorter Catechism. Revised edition. Phillisburg, N.J.: P&R Publishing, 2002/3.
    • Homiletics
      • Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages, 2nd ed. (Baker, 2001).
      • Stott, John R.W. Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century. Eerdmans, 1982.
    • Liturgics
      • Deddens, K. Where Everything Points to Him. Inheritance Publications, 1993.
      • Gore, R. J, Jr., Covenantal Worship. P&R, 2002.
      • Johnson, Terry, el al. The Worship of God: Reformed Concepts of Biblical Worship (Christian Focus Publications, 2005).
      • Kuyper, Abraham. Our Worship, ed. Harry Boonstra. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
      • Longman, Tremper, III, Immanuel in Our Place. P&R, 2001.
      • Miller, Samuel. Thoughts on Public Prayer. Sprinkle, 1985.
      • Nichols, James Hastings. Corporate Worship in the Reformed Tradition. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1968.
      • Old, Hughes Oliphant. Worship, 2nd. ed. WJK, 2002.
      • Peterson, David. Engaging with God. IVP, 1992.
      • Rayburn, Robert G. O Come, Let Us Worship (Baker, 1980).
      • Ryken, Philip Graham, et al., editors, Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship. P&R,2003.
      • Thompson, Bard, ed. Liturgies of the Western Church. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1961.
      • White, James. An Inroduction to Christian Worship,3rd edition. Abingdon, 2000.
    • Pastoral Care and Counseling
      • Benner, David G. Strategic Pastoral Counseling: A Short-Term Structured Model. 2nd edition. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1992.
      • Chapell, Bryan. Each for the Other: Marriage As It’s Meant to Be. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998.
      • Driscoll, Mark & Gerry Breshears, Death by Love: Letters from the Cross. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008.
      • Johnson, Eric L. Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal. DownersGrove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007.
      • Johnson, Eric L. and Stanton L. Jones, editors. Psychology and Christianity: Four Views, with contributions by Gary R. Collins, David G. Myers, David Powlison, Robert C. Roberts. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2000.
      • Kruis, John G. Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling, 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2000.
      • MacArthur, John. The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1998.
      • Powlison, David. Seeing with New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition Through the Lens of Scripture. P&R, 2003.
      • St Gregory the Great, The Book of Pastoral Rule. Popular Patristics Series. Crestwood, New York: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2007.
      • *Sittema, John R. With a Shepherd’s Heart: Reclaiming the Pastoral Office of Elder. Grandville, MI: Reformed Fellowship, Inc., 1996.
      • Thomas, Curtis C. Practical Wisdom for Pastors (Crossway Books, 2001)
      • Welch, Edward T. Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2001.
      • Welch, Edward T. Blame it on the Brain? Phillipsburg, NJ: 1998.
      • Welch, Edward T. Depression: A Stubborn Darkness—Light for the Path. Winston-Salem, NC: Punch Press, 2004.
      • Westberg, Granger E. Good Grief. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1971.
      • Wolterstoff, Nicholas. Lament for a Son. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987.
    • Missions and Evangelism
      • Bavinck, J. H. An Introduction to the Science of Missions, P&R, 1960.
      • Bonar, Horatius Words to Winners of Souls (P&R), 1995.
      • Metzger, Will Tell the Truth, second edition, IVP, 1984.
      • Moreau, A. Scott et al. Introducing World Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey. Baker, 2004.
      • Packer, J. I. Evangelism and The Sovereignty of God, second edition, IVP, 1991.
      • Pollard, Nick Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult, IVP, 1997.
      • Stott, John The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor (IVP, 2007), 11-150.
      • Strobel, Lee Unchurched Hary and Mary (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993).
      • Van Rheenen, Gailyn Missions: Biblical Foundations & Contemporary Strategies, Zondervan, 1996.