Being a godly man isn’t easy. We’re faced with temptations and challenges, and our culture is trying to redefine what it means to be a man.
How can we stand against this tide? First and foremost, we read God’s word again and again. In addition to that, we read books written for men that will push us to pursue God harder.
To help you do that, I’ve put together a list of the best Christian books for me.
ESV Men’s Devotional Bible – Yes, this is a Bible…and I said this was all about books. But this is a great devotional Bible for men and includes devotionals by some very well-respected and godly men. Highly recommend.
Desiring God: Meditations Of A Christian Hedonist by John Piper – This is a must-read for every guy. It reminds us that we are called not just to follow God, but to delight in him.
Knowing God by J.I. Packer – Another must-read for every guy. Packer unpacks the attributes of God in a simple, easily readable way. You’ll find your love for God growing deeper.
The Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent – Short, yet powerful reminders of the beauty of the gospel. This one is a great devotional and can be read in short snatches.
The Gospel For Real Life by Jerry Bridges – I love this book. It is such a refreshing reminder of how the gospel affects every area of our life. It is a great book to help keep the gospel central.
Ordinary: Sustainable Faith In A Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton – We’re told that we need to do something big and amazing and powerful to be real men. This book is a refreshing corrective that will remind you of how to live a godly life.
The Gospel At Work by Sebastian Traeger – It can be challenging for us as men is how to honor God in the workplace. This book is a really helpful resource, giving insight as to how the gospel transforms the way we work.
Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle – This book isn’t just for young men. It’s a stirring call to holiness that will help us pursue holiness as we pursue Christ.
Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life by Donald Whitney – One of the primary ways we grow as men is through the practice of spiritual disciplines. Through prayer, scripture reading, meditation, and more, we know God more. Whitney walks us through how to make these things a reality.
The Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas Watson – Don’t be intimidated by the fact that this was written by a Puritan. It’s a wonderful, compelling call to pursue Jesus and walk in holiness. It can be read in small chunks too, which is helpful.
Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks – Another very helpful Puritan book. Brooks goes on a deep dive into the various ways that Satan tempts us and how we can fight against them.
The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott – A helpful book for men who are married or are about to be married. Marriage is challenging. We need the wisdom of those like Scott, who draws upon biblical principles.
Family Worship by Donald Whitney – As men, we are called to lead our families. Donald Whitney provides a really helpful guide on what family worship should look like and how to implement it.
A Guide To Biblical Manhood by Randy Stinson – Our culture has zero idea what it means to be a man. This little book provides a clear, crisp picture of what it means to a biblical man. Don’t let your view be shaped by culture, let it be shaped by God’s word.
Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes – This classic is a helpful, stirring reminder of what God has called us to be as men. Hughes calls us to prayer, fellowship, confession, accountability, and more. Read this one to help you grow in holiness.
Manhood Restored by Eric Mason – This book is a very helpful reminder of how God makes us into the image of the true man, Jesus Christ. Mason also helpfully unmasks the different personas we chase after as men, and then points us to our true identity in Christ.
The Masculine Mandate by Richard D. Philips – If you need a refresher in what it means to be a biblical man who is neither overly macho nor overly soft, this is a helpful book.
The Dude’s Guide To Manhood by Darrin Patrick – Even though Patrick went through a rough patch, that doesn’t diminish the value of this book. It is a really easy to read book about what it means to be a man of God. If you want a clear picture of what God has called you to, this is a great resource.
What Did You Expect? by Paul Tripp – This is one of the best books on marriage I’ve read. It reminds us of what marriage is really like and how God meets us as men in the midst of our marriages.
50 Crucial Questions: An Overview of Central Concerns about Manhood and Womanhood by John Piper and Wayne Grudem – This little book has been really helpful for me in terms of clarifying my understanding of what it means to be a biblical man. It’s especially useful in our confused age.
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