Books

The Christian life is one of repentance and forgiveness, sacrifice and study. To give Christian Christ our Pastor every Sunday digs into the promises of Christ with the congregation. We also have dedicated teachers who dig into Scripture with our children. We also encourage Christians to study at home through prayer and reading.

Below are listed some excellent resources to expand and strengthen your trust in Christ’s promises.

The Lutheran Study Bible
This is the best available study Bible. Produced by Lutherans who take every word of Sacred Scripture seriously, it is filled with notes and maps and other helps. Scripture text is English Standard Version. Published by Concordia Publishing House.

Concordia Self-Study Bible
A common Bible found on many Lutheran shelves. Scripture text is the New International Version, copyright 1984. Produced by Concordia also. The CSSB is becoming hard to find due to the Biblica’s unwise decision to phase out the 1984 text in favor of the newer and less helpful 2011 text.

Today’s Light Bible
Read through the Bible in two years using this very good annotated edition by Jane L. Fryar. Text is the NIV 1984 and again is published by Concordia.

The People’s Bible Series
Written by Lutheran pastors these are a series of easy-to-read commentaries based on NIV 1984. The format of each book is the same with the text (usually a section of a chapter) followed by thoughts on the text. Sold by both Northwestern (WELS) and Concordia (LCMS).

Further Study

The Book of Concord
This is a large book that contains the confessions of the evangelical Lutheran Church. Every Lutheran congregation and pastor vows to uphold the doctrine and practice laid out in these pages. A must-read for all Christians. This edition, Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, is a very accessible edition with a great deal of background information. Published by Concordia.

BROKEN: 7 “Christian” Rules That Every Christian Ought To Break As Often As Possible
The best new Lutheran book there is! This page-turning work lays out the false and seductive worldviews that we are surrounded by today. There are lots of online resources that are provided by the author, Pr. Fisk. Check out his site: http://www.worldvieweverlasting.com/

Law & Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible
This volume is a collection of lectures given by C. F. W. Walther. He promotes fullest preaching of both God’s wrath against sinners and His sweet mercy that is only for sinners through faith in Christ. 

The Problem of Suffering: A Father’s Hope
This small book is a superb resource to share and to use with anyone suffering any form of loss. It is honest, straightforward, expressive, evocative of much reflection and insight, and linked closely to the suffering Savior.  Author Gregory Schulz speaks as a Christian father, sharing the very personal, difficult struggle of dealing with years of pain, suffering, and questions. As he shares his struggle, he bares his soul with a jarring honesty seldom heard in the church. His protest is against “God’s abusive actions,” and it rings true to anyone who’s suffering of body or spirit.

The Theology of the Cross: Reflections on His Cross and Ours
The holy cross is where Christ died for the sin of the world. And this book with likely challenge your view of what the cross means for our holy life in Christ. Published by Northwestern.

The Narrow Lutheran Middle: Following the Scriptural Road
While reading the Bible, many people make the mistake of favoring one teaching over another. In this book in the Impact Series, the author examines a number of seemingly contradictory teachings in the Bible and shows us how to apply them to our lives by letting each teaching stand alone, without trying to resolve them.

Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness
This book provides clergy and interested laypeople with a detailed description of God’s actions to form Christians in Christ’s image through the Word and Sacraments. Senkbeil’s conversational book tackles the whys and hows of Christianity in a readable manner that is accessible to new Christians as well as long-time believers.

And She Was A Christian
How can Christians, who by definition rest their eternal hope in Christ, seem to give up hope and take their own lives? The author of this book–writing from a solidly scriptural, confessional Lutheran perspective–addresses the theological issues involved with this paradox. The result is a book that offers a helpful scriptural corrective to views of the past that often emphasized the law more than the gospel when addressing the paradox of Christians committing suicide.

The Spirituality of the Cross: The Way of the First Evangelicals
Gene Veith explores and presents a true understanding of justification by faith, the means of grace, vocation, theology of the cross, the two kingdoms, worship, and the church.

The First and the Staff: Lutheran Theology in Practice
Through stories of his own pastoral experiences, reflections on the Lutheran Confessions, the writings of Martin Luther, and Scripture itself, Klemet I. Preus explores the impact of the American Evangelical and Church Growth Movements on the modern Lutheran Church. He reminds readers that practice and doctrine are inextricably linked for those who are the body of Christ.

Civil Government: God’s Other Kingdom
The relationship between church and state in America is a tumultuous one, often regarded by Christians as a confusing mess best ignored. Yet both the temporal kingdom of government and the eternal kingdom of the church are God’s blessings to us–both were established by him to carry out his will here on earth. Civil Government from the People’s Bible Teachings series, leads us back to the Scriptures to seek principles for guiding and motivating our attitudes and actions as we wrestle with our dual citizenship.

The Defense Never Rests: A Lawyer’s Quest for the Gospel
This powerful critique of American Christianity chronicles the spiritual pilgrimage of one man and provides a defense of the pure Gospel. Believers and skeptics alike will benefit from this book.