Prepare for class

Prepare for class

If you’re interested in reading on your own for spiritual growth or ministry preparation, the following book list has been compiled by our faculty and current students. No preparatory reading is required, but these books may be helpful as you anticipate seminary studies.


Devotional Classics and/or Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

The Celebration of Discipline walks the reader through the classic spiritual disciplines of the Christian faith, including inward, outward, and corporate disciplines.  Foster’s Devotional Classics offers the reader fifty-two selections by great devotional writers organized for the reader to explore over the course of one year.

The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard

This work is a compelling devotional resource that has been an essential aid for spiritual growth since Willard wrote it in 1990.

A Little Book for New Theologians by Kelly M. Kapic

Kapic writes an introduction to theology but in very simple, short form. This book also draws out the relevance of theology for Christian life, worship, mission and witness.

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

John Calvin’s Institutes is very readable and helpful to all Christians whether young believers or proficient scholars. Working through an understanding of God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the Church, Calvin explores both the “knowledge of God” and “knowledge of ourselves” with pointed expression.

The Christian Faith by Michael Horton

This more formal systematic theology is both new and clearly Reformed. A good introduction to Reformed theology, Horton is thorough and clear.

Desiring the Kingdom by Jamie Smith

Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom offers an articulate understanding of both a Reformed worldview, and how worship fits into that worldview. It is written at a thoughtful yet fairly popular level (where popular includes footnotes).

Creation Regained by Al Wolters

Wolters presents an integrated Reformed analysis of salvation history: creation, fall, and redemption, to show that the fall is inescapable and that Christians are called to participate in Christ’s redemption of all creation.