Recommended Books from DTS Faculty

Last spring the Dallas Seminary Book Center polled members of the faculty for what books they considered essential to our graduates entering ministry. Here’s what some of them said:

Reg Grant: Think, by John Piper

Brian Webster: Divorce and Remarriage in the Church, by David Instone-Brewer

Gary Barnes: A Lasting Promise, by Scott Stanley

Lanier Burns: An Excellent Study Bible: NIV Study Bible or Life Application Bible

Jim Thames: Feeding and Leading, by Kenneth Gangel

Ron Blue: Grace Awakening, by Charles Swindoll

Darrell Bock: Designed to Be Like Him, by J. Dwight Pentecost

Glenn Kreider: A good theological encyclopedia/dictionary

Steve Strauss: The Mission of God, by Chris Wright; and Operation World, by Jason Mandryk

Joye Baker and John Hannah: My Utmost for His Highest, by J. Oswald Chambers

Ramesh Richard: Blank composition books

Joseph Fantin: Dictionary of New Testament Backgrounds, by Porter/Evans; Backgrounds of the New Testament, by Everett Ferguson; Honor, Patronage, Kinship and Purity, by David deSilva

Larry Waters: When God Weeps, by Joni Eareckson-Tada; Why, O God? by Larry Waters et al.; and The Messianic Hope, by Michael Rydelink

Dorian Coover-Cox: The Journey from Texts to Translation, by Paul Wegner

Michael Lawson: In the Name of Jesus, by Henri Nouwen

For those unfamiliar with Henri Nouwen, Dr. Lawson has provided a brief explanation of his recommendation: "I am recommending this book in the context of professors recommending books. My all time favorite book is the Bible, and it would be my consistent recommendation if asked alone. I am not recommending Henri Nouwen or his Catholic theology. I am just recommending this book which documents Nouwen's journey from Ivy league professor and international author and lecturer to rector of a colony of mentally challenged men. His journey was more than physical, it was emotional and spiritual. He had tied his identity to his position rather than to Christ and he needed to reorient himself. This book is the only one I know that traces such a journey and as such is ideally suited for pastors, professors, and Christian workers who have tied their identity to their esteemed positions.

John Hilber: Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, by John Walton

Jay Sedwick: Sustainable Youth Ministry, by Mark DeVries

Sandra Glahn: Disciples Are Made, Not Born, by Walt Henrichsen

Bill Bryan: Morning and Evening, by Charles Spurgeon

George Hillman: Leadership Challenge, by Kouzes/Posner

Tom Constable: The Bible

Mike Svigel: The ESV Study Bible; and Early Christian Doctrines, by J. N. D. Kelly

You can order these books and many other faculty-recommended resources at the DTS Book Center. Link: