Recommended books for a pastor in his 20's

Recently I was asked to recommend some books for a pastor in his twenties to read. Most of these books can be purchased from a Christian bookstore or ordered from

It's tragic that many Christian adults, including many current church leaders and even some pastors, are so immersed in popular culture and so undisciplined that they do not turn off the television and devote themselves to daily study of God’s Word and reading of Christian books centered on God’s Word. I hope this list might encourage you to go out and find some good books to read as you start the New Year.

This is the list of books I came up with:
God Is the  Gospel
The J.I. Packer Classic Collection: Daily Readings for Your Spiritual Journey (Packer’s best) compiled by Alistair McGrath

Exegetical Fallacies, Second Edition by D. A. Carson

The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D. A. Carson

God is the Gospel: Meditations on God's Love as the Gift of Himself by John Piper

Why We're Not EmergentTheir God is Too Small by Bruce Ware

Why We're Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be) by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck

Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist's Journey with the New Calvinists by Collin Hansen

Doing Theology With Huck and Jim: Parables for Understanding Doctrine by Mark Shaw

Randy Alcorn, founder of EPM

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over fifty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries

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