Few modern theologians have been as influential to so many Christians as R.C. Sproul. He was was a master at communicating complex subjects to the average person accessibly, and consistently wrote faithfully and charitably on a variety of theological and cultural issues (something we all could learn to emulate). Although I could list dozens of books worthy of consideration, here are seven I have found very helpful and would encourage any Christian to read.1
The Holiness of God. This is, without question, his best known book, and (arguably) his best. In The Holiness of God, Sproul helps believers gain a better grasp of this all-too-often neglected attribute of God.
Knowing Scripture. If I want a new believer to understand how to study the Scriptures, this is the book I recommend. (I’d also recommend it for any maturing believer who wants to brush up on this.) It’s a clear and accessible exploration of the basic principles of biblical interpretation.
The Lightlings. An Armstrong family favorite, this book weaves an allegorical tale that touches on the entire story of redemption—from creation to new creation—focusing specifically on the incarnation. A wonderful book to begin encouraging your children with biblical truths.
The Invisible Hand. This one’s a bit heady, but, man, is it powerful stuff. The doctrine of providence is one we struggle to understand, but it’s one we need to cling to if we’re going to have any hope and confidence in this world.
Everyone’s a Theologian. This is a great starting point for people interested in dipping their toes into systematic theology, and you don’t have to be a Presbyterian to appreciate it.
The Consequence of Ideas. Sproul was as much a philosopher as he was a theologian, and this book will give you a great set of tools to start thinking about the concept of worldview—the underlying philosophy through which we interpret our experiences.
The Priest with Dirty Clothes. Another of Sproul’s children’s books, this one shares a story inspired by Zechariah 3:15 that allows families to explore the doctrine of justification in a way kids can understand. I would highly recommend it.
These are just a few of the books by Sproul I’d recommend every Christian read. If you’ve benefitted from his ministry, what would you add to the list?
Image © Ligonier Ministries.
- Regardless of theological persuasian. ↵