Holiday Gift Christian Book Recommendations

Are you looking for a gift idea for that reader on your list, or perhaps looking for something for yourself to read over the holiday break? Some members of Restoration Church Noblesville got together to provide some of their favorite reads from this past year as part of a holiday (or anytime!) gift guide:

The Forgotten Trinity, James White

While doing a study on John 1:1-18, I came upon this excellent volume on the Trinity. It a well written introduction and explanation of the Doctrine of the Trinity for today’s Christian. Dr. White refers to the original Greek to thoroughly explain the "I Am" statements of Jesus, John's prologue (John 1:1-18), the Carmen Christi (Phil. 2:5-11), and other New Testaments references to the deity of both the Christ and the Holy Spirit. It also covers the beliefs the early church had about the Trinity and explains the three persons of the Godhead and their interrelationship. Not too technical and well worth reading. -Mike Young

No Little Women, Aimee Byrd

Aimee Byrd’s No Little Women is enthusiastically recommended for the women and leaders of our church body. This book highlights the importance for women in the church to be knowledgeable of the things of God, to have an understanding of theology, and to be able to deeply and responsibly discern God‘s Word and apply it to their lives. Byrd: “But, after I repented and turned back to the Lord, it became apparent that one doesn’t just turn from a sinful outlook and behavior out of sheer willpower. What we believe to be true about God affects our behavior. I would need to learn more about the substance of my faith. If God’s Word is true, as I was persuaded that it was, then I was responsible to learn from it.” -Theresa Houghton

Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible

Many people love the King James Bible, but are unsure about studying from it. The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible not only has helpful notes throughout, but contains helpful articles on key doctrine and points of Scripture. The family devotional topics included for each chapter of Scripture make this a tremendously helpful Bible for both private study and home worship. Both newer and mature Christians will likely find this Bible helpful, regardless of their preferred translation. If this isn’t the best study Bible available, it is at least close. -Zachary Houghton

The Holy Spirit, Sinclair Ferguson

This is what many consider one the best volumes on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Dr. Ferguson takes the approach that the Bible is the only foundation for forming a theology of the Holy Spirit, so this is a very biblical book with strong Reformed theology leanings. It gives excellent insight into the role of the Spirit in the order of salvation, in regeneration, in our individual and corporate communion with God, in our sanctification, the gifts of the Spirit in ministry, and more. I originally bought this to help with a study of Romans 8, but have found it helping me to better understand the third person of the Godhead. -Mike Young

From the Finger of God, Philip S. Ross

One of the most potentially confusing matters for any Christian is in how we regard the Law we see in God’s Word. Why do we not murder, for example, but believe it is ok to eat pork and shellfish? Why do some Christians only observe 9 of the 10 Commandments, but not the 4th? Ross does a masterful job at looking at Moral, Ceremonial, and Civil division of the Law, and how we see these represented throughout Scripture. Whether you agree or disagree with his conclusions, this is a helpful work in better understanding this important theological position. -Zachary Houghton