Doctrine of God: Book Recommendations

As a matter of update and supplement to my teaching, I am recommending books for those readers who might wish to study the Doctrine of God. In the way of systematic theologies, there are those theologians whose writings and teachings are superior to others when considering this doctrine. I will not elaborate on that in this post. However, I will share with you that I have found these titles helpful in my study/prep time. As always, know your authors!

Michael Horton’s Pilgrim Theology – helpful to beginners (this is his Bible college version). The discussion guide is found as a free PDF and can be found online by Zondervan. Horton is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology and Apologetics at Westminister Seminary, California.

Paul Tripp’s Do You Believe? – helpful in providing illustration and application of the core doctrines. Tripp attended Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) and majored in Bible and Christian Education. He went on to receive his M.Div from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary and his D.Min in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary.

Jen Wilkin’s None Like Him – although I cannot fully align myself with Jen Wilkin, I find this past work helpful on the attributes of God. Through a woman’s voice, she offers what she herself says is an update of Tozer’s classic The Knowledge of the Holy.

The Attributes of God by Arthur Pink – Pink’s classic offers exactly what the title says within the boundaries of historical Christianity.

Our Glorious God by A.W. Pink & Betty Thomas – contains the above classic Arthur Pink book on the attributes as well as a study guide. Fun fact: Thomas is a member of Little Rock Bible Church.

The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer – this book is one you will want to linger over each and every page. Tozer’s classic is longstanding in use and is unparalleled when it comes to the attributes of God.

Matthew Barrett’s None Greater – Barrett’s book is excellent. His writing on the attributes of God goes farther and deeper than any of the other listed here. In my opinion, it would be a good follow up to the Wilkin book if you are looking for a read with more theological depth.

Fred Sanders’ The Deep Things of God – helpful in gaining a better understanding of the Trinity, this book includes a study guide. Fred Sanders is known for his excellent work on the Trinity. Sanders is a professor of theology and teaches for the Torrey Honors Program of Biola University.

Michael Reeves’ Delighting in the Trinity – a quick read by an author who stays within the guardrails of Christian theology. Reeves is president and professor of theology at Union School of Theology in the United Kingdom.

Scott Swain’s Short Theological Studies on the Trinity (not pictured) – Swain is a past professor of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is now with RTS. His work on the Trinity easily falls within historical Christian teachings. Swain’s work is a good guide and is available in eBook form. Personally, I have this on my Logos Bible software.

Simply Trinity – my personal favorite of the books on this list! Readers should be ready to buckle up for an entertaining yet deeply theological work by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Matthew Barrett. In my opinion, Barrett excels among all modern-day writers, both in his explanation of the Trinity and critique of some popular teachings and analogies that although widely used, are unbiblical at best. This book recently won top book of the year in theology/ethics with Christianity Today.

If you are not attending the women’s theology class I am currently leading, I invite you to study alongside us. Reading the above books will aid your understanding of what is Christian theology in respect to the Doctrine of God.