Recommended Reading

Trinity URC Recommended Reading List

*In most cases, books are listed in order from easiest to more difficult*Reformation


Bible Study

Reformation Study Bible

Henry Halley, Halley’s Bible Handbook (Zondervan)

William Hendriksen, Survey of the Bible (Baker)

Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology (Banner of Truth)

Meredith Kline, The Structure of Biblical Authority (Wipf & Stock)




Louis Berkhof, Summary of Christian Doctrine (Eerdmans)

Michael Horton,  Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story (Zondervan)

Louis Berkhof, Manual of Christian Doctrine (Eerdmans)

Michael Horton, Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples (Zondervan)

R. Scott Clark, Recovering the Reformed Confession (P&R)

Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology (Eerdmans)

Michael Horton, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way (Zondervan)

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, 4 volumes (Baker)

John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion


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Michael Horton, Introducing Covenant Theology (Baker)

R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God (Tyndale)

R.C. Sproul, Chosen by God (Tyndale)

J.I. Packer, Knowing God (IVP)

Benjamin Warfield, The Plan of Salvation (Eerdmans)


Doctrine of Man

Gresham Machen, The Christian View of Man (Banner of Truth)

Anthony Hoekema, Created in God’s Image (Eerdmans)



Doctrine of Christ

John Stott, The Cross of Christ (IVP)

John Murray, Redemption Accomplished and Applied (Eerdmans)

J.V. Fesko, Death in Adam, Life in Christ: The Doctrine of Imputation (Mentor)

J.V. Fesko, Justification: Understanding the Classic Reformed Doctrine (P&R)

John Owen, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ (Banner of Truth)


Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Sinclair Ferguson, The Holy Spirit (IVP)


Michael Horton, Putting Amazing Back into Grace (Baker)

Cornelis Venema, Getting the Gospel Right (Banner of Truth)

Cornelis Venema, The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ (Banner of Truth)


Doctrine of the Church

Daniel Hyde, Welcome to a Reformed Church (Reformation Trust)

DeYoung, Kluck, Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion (Moody)

Edmund Clowney, The Church (IVP)

Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism (Eerdmans)

R.B. Kuiper, The Glorious Body of Christ (Eerdmans)ChrLib

John Calvin, The Necessity of Reforming the Church (Old Paths Publications)



Daniel Hyde, What to Expect in Reformed Worship (Wipf & Stock)

Phil Ryken, Give Praise to God (P&R)

Daryl Hart,  John Muether, With Reverence and Awe (P&R)

Michael Horton, A Better Way (Baker)


Means of Grace – Preaching


Edmund Clowney, The Unfolding Mystery (P&R)

Edmund Clowney, Preaching Christ in All of Scripture (Crossway)

Johnson, Dennis, Heralds of the King (Crossway)

Johnson Dennis, Him We Proclaim (P&R)


Means of Grace – Baptism

Daniel Hyde, Jesus Loves the Little Children (Reformed Fellowship)

John Murray, Christian Baptism (P&R)

J.V. Fesko, Word, Water and Spirit: A Reformed Perspective on Baptism (Reformation Heritage)

Meredith Kline, By Oath Consigned (out of print, read online HERE)



Means of Grace – The Lord’s Supper

Robert Letham, The Lord’s Supper (P&R)

Keith Mathison, Given For You (P&R)


Missions & Evangelism

Mark Dever, The Gospel & Personal Evangelism (Crossway)

Richard Phillips, Jesus the Evangelist (Reformation Trust)

J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (IVP)

R.B. Kuiper, God-Centered Evangelism (Banner of Truth)

John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad (Baker)


Doctrine of the Last Things

William Hendriksen, More Than Conquerors (Baker)

Dennis Johnson, The Triumph of the Lamb (P&R)CaseforAmil

Cornelis Venema, The Promise of the Future (Banner of Truth)

Kim Riddlebarger, A Case for Amillennialism (Baker)

Kim Riddlebarger, The Man of Sin (Baker)

J.V. Fesko, Last Things First: Unlocking Genesis with the Christ of Eschatology (Mentor)

Geerhardus Vos, The Eschatology of the Old Testament (P&R)

Geerhardus Vos, The Pauline Eschatology (P&R)

Meredith Kline, God, Heaven, & Har Magedon (Wipf & Stock)


Covenant Theology

Michael Horton, Introducing Covenant Theology (Baker)

IntroCovtThR. Scott Clark, Covenant, Justification, and the Pastoral Ministry (P&R)

Estelle, Fesko, VanDrunen, The Law is Not of Faith: Essays on Works and Grace in the Mosaic Covenant (P&R)

Herman Witsius, The Economy of the Covenants between God and Man 2 Vol. (Reformation Heritage)

J.V. Fesko, The Trinity and the Covenant of Redemption (Mentor)

Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology (Banner of Truth)

Meredith Kline, Kingdom Prologue (Wipf & Stock)


The Apostles Creed

Cornelis Venema, What We Believe (Reformed Fellowship)

Michael Horton, We Believe: Recovering the Essentials of the Apostles Creed (Thomas Nelson)

Herman Witsius, The Apostles Creed, 2 Volumes (P&R)


The Belgic Confession

Thea VanHalsema, Three Men Came to Heidelberg & Glorious Heretic (IDEA)

Henry Beets, The Reformed Confession Explained (Reformed Press)Ursinus

Daniel Hyde, With Heart and Mouth (Reformed Fellowship)


The Heidelberg Catechism

Thea VanHalsema, Three Men Came to Heidelberg & Glorious Heretic (IDEA)

Zacharius Ursinus, Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism (P&R)


The Canons of Dort

Cornelis Venema, But for the Grace of God (Reformed Fellowship)

R.C. Sproul, Grace Unknown (Baker)

R.C. Sproul, Willing to Believe (Baker)

Homer Hoeksema, Voice of our Fathers (Reformed Free Publishing Association)

Peter Y. De Jong, Crisis in the Reformed Churches (Reformed Fellowship)



Church History

B.K. Kuiper, The Church in History (Eerdmans)

Robert Godfrey, Reformation Sketches (P&R)

Thea VanHalsema, This Was John Calvin (IDEA)

Robert Godfrey, John Calvin, Pilgrim & Pastor (Crossway)

T.H.L. Parker, Portrait of Calvin (Westminster)

Roland Bainton, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther (Abingdon)

Heiko Oberman, Luther (Image)

Joel Beeke, Meet the Puritans (Reformation Heritage Books)

D.G. Hart, The Lost Soul of American Protestantism (Rowman & Littlefield)

D.G. Hart, Calvinism: A History (Yale)



Gerard Berghoef, The Elders Handbook (Christian’s Library Press)calledtoserveB

John Sittema, With a Shepherd’s Heart (Reformed Fellowship)

Michael Brown, Called to Serve (Reformed Fellowship)

Peter De Jong, Taking Heed to the Flock (Baker)

David Dickson, The Elder and His Work (P&R)

Samuel Miller, The Ruling Elder (Presbyterian Heritage Publications)

Ordained Servant: A Journal for Church Officers



Gerard Berghoef, The Deacons Handbook (Christian’s Library Press)

Peter De Jong, The Ministry of Mercy for Today (Baker)

Timothy Keller, Ministries of Mercy (P&R)

Ordained Servant:  A Journal for Church Officers



Family Worship

Joel Beeke, Family Worship (Reformation Heritage Books)

Joel Beeke, The Family at Church (Reformation Heritage Books)

Terry Johnson, The Family Worship Book (Christian Focus)



Wayne Mack, Strengthening Your Marriage (P&R)

Wayne Mack, Sweethearts for a Lifetime (P&R)

Paul Tripp, What Did You Expect? (Crossway)



Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart (P&R)

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Paul Tripp, Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens (P&R)


Christian Counseling

Elyse Fitzpatrick, Comforts from the Cross (Crossway)

Elyse Fitzpatrick, Counsel from the Cross (Crossway)

Ken Sande, The Peacemaker (Baker)

Paul Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands (P&R)


Christian Living

C.J. Mahaney, Living the Cross-centered Life (Multnomah)Ordinary

Michael Horton, Christless Christianity (Baker)

Michael Horton, The Gospel-Driven Life (Baker)

Michael Horton, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World (Zondervan)

David VanDrunen, Living in God’s Two Kingdoms (Crossway)