Every day we are prone to forget the gospel. We are tempted to live as if we have not been forgiven and redeemed. We are tempted toward legalism and moralism and self-righteousness. The primary weapon against these temptations is God’s word, but a secondary weapon is gospel-centered books which point to Christ.
With that in mind, here are six books to help you beat the gospel into your head.
1. The Gospel for Real Life: Turn to the Liberating Power of the Cross…Every Day by Jerry Bridges – Jerry Bridges was gospel-centered before it was cool to be gospel-centered. This book is easy to read, yet also plunges deep into the refreshing realities of the gospel. A great book to start you off in your gospel-frolic.
2. One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World by Tullian Tchividjian – Some people don’t like Tullian because he is too much about grace. In my book, you can’t be too much about grace, which is why I love this book.
3. A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love by Milton Vincent – Short, punchy sections, full of Scripture, always looking to the glories of the gospel – I love it. The book concludes with an extended poem about the glorious gospel. This is one of those books you can dip into for only five minutes and still come out feeling the power of the gospel.
4. A Scandalous Freedom by Steve Brown – I love reading Steve Brown because he is always pushing the limits of grace in a very good way. He knows that we are always prone to restrain grace and dull the impact of grace. Brown pushes me out of stupid moralism into total dependence on the gospel.
5. The Cross of Christ – This book will take you into the very deep end of the gospel pool. Exploring key themes like justification, substitution, and propitiation, this is a book that will force you to think deeply and feel deeply about the gospel.
6. Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in Our Weakness by Barbara Duguid – Few things make me love a Christian author more than when they put their weaknesses on display, which is exactly what Barbara Duguid does in this wonderful book. She boasts in her weaknesses that she might glory in the gospel, and she invites the reader to do the same.