In 2 Timothy 4:13, Paul writes to Timothy and requests, "When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments."
This is an amazing request. Even though Paul is in prison awaiting execution, he still desires to read and study so that he can continue to work for the sake of the gospel!
When asked about the importance of reading good books, Charles Spurgeon answered,
As the apostle says to Timothy, so also he says to every-one, 'Give yourself to reading.' ... He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains proves that he has no brains of his own... You need to read. Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study as much as possible sound theological works, especially the Puritanic writers, and expositions of the Bible... the best way for you to spend your leisure is to be either reading or praying."
Paul's request highlights the important role the reading of sound books plays in the believer's spiritual growth and effectiveness in gospel ministry.
To help you get started, below is a brief list of recommended books we believe will help you grow in your understanding and practice of the Christian faith and life. To the left you will find a link to helpful articles, links, sermons, and our newsletter to help you grow in your Christian life.