Recommended Book List

This book list is a copy from the Let Us Reason Ministries site with the exception that I have added links so that you can directly purchase any book on this list.  This is a list of good books we recommend for people pursuing studies in theology, research or expanding their knowledge on the cults and new movements in and outside the church. For books specifically related to deception in the church, go here.  For book reviews go here.

Some other good book suggestions come from a five part series that is a list of Pastor Gary Gilley's favorite books.  Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 & Part 5.

Subjects are listed in alphabetical order


The Facts On series by Ankerberg and Weldon
Ready with an Answer by Ankerberg and Weldon
Handbook on Today's Religions McDowell and Stewart
In Defense of the Faith by Dave Hunt
A Ready Defense JoshMcDowell
The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict by Josh McDowell
Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties by Gleason Archer
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
The Encyclopedia of American Religions by Gale
New Religions: A Guide: New Religious Movements, Sects and Alternative Spiritualities by Melton
The Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties by Gleason Archer
Twisting the Truth Bruce Tucker
He Lived Among Us by McDowell/ Wilson
The Resurrection Factor by J. McDowell
Know Why You Believe by Little
Christian Apologetics by Geisler
The Church at the End of the 20th Century by Francis Schaeffer
The Hard Sayings of the Bible by Kaiser, Davids, Bruce, Brauch
The Origin of the Bible by Philip Comfort
The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable F.F. Bruce

Bible  Dictionaries

The [New] Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Halley’s Bible Handbook by H.H. Halley
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words
Strong’s Expanded Dictionary of Bible Words
Illustrated Dictionary of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer, Sr.
Nave’s Topical Bible
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology by Walter Elwell

Bible Commentaries

Albert Barnes’ Commentary on the Old and New Testament
Adam Clarke’s Commentaries
John MacArthur’s New Testament Commentaries
John Gill’s Commentary on the Bible
Believers Bible Commentary by William MacDonald
The Evangelical Commentary on the Bible by Walter Elwell
Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament and New Testament
Jamieson, Fausett and Brown Bible Commentary
Lenski New Testament Commentaries
Wycliffe Bible Commentary
Treasury of David (Psalms) by Charles Spurgeon
The New Commentary on the Whole Bible
Romans by Donald G. Barnhouse (Book 1 & Book 2)
The Gospel of John A. B. Simpson

Bible Programs for PC

PC Study Bible
Bible Knowledge Accelerator

Concordance and Lexicons

Thayer’s Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
Topical Analysis of the Bible by Walter Elwell

Cults and Religions

Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin
Kingdom of the Cults Walter Martin plus [new edition] H. Hannegraaf
The Culting of America Ron Rhodes
Churches that Abuse Ron Enroth
Confronting the Cults by Gordon Lewis
Cults, World Religions and You by Ken Boa
The Cult Explosion Dave Hunt.
Cult Proofing Your Kids by Martin
Strange Sects and Curious Cults by Bach
Scripture Twisting by James Sire
Charts of Cults Sects and Religious Movements by Wayne House
The Discipling Movement by Maurice Barnett
Freemasonry by Jack Harris
Cambellism, It's History and Heresies Bob L. Ross
Another Gospel by Ruth Tucker
Cult Watch by Ankerberg and Weldon
Examining the Cults by Harold Berry

Church Growth Movement

This Little Church Went to Market by Gary Gilley
This Little Church Stayed Home by Gary Gilley
Whose Driving the Purpose Driven Church by James Sundquist
Deceived on Purpose by Warren Smith


Discernment Toolkit by Sandy Simpson
The Other Side of the River by Kevin Reeves
Pa$$ the Plate and Let us Prey by Tim Wirth
The Empty Pulpit by Mike Oppenheimer
Finish The Race by Sandy & Juanita Simpson

Emerging Church

Faith Undone by Roger Oakland


The Way of the Master by Ray Comfort

Greek and Hebrew Words

Word Pictures of the New Testament by A.T. Robertson
Vincent’s Word Studies
Vines Complete Expository Dictionary
Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament
Manual Grammar of the Greek New Testament by Dana and Mantley
Grammar of the Greek New Testament by J.H. Moulton
Grammar Basics of Biblical Greek by Mounce
Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament by Harris, Archer, and Waltke
Theological Dictionary of the New Testament by Kittel


The Works of Josephus by Flavius Josephus
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe
Sketches of Jewish Social Life by Alfred Edersheim
Church History by Philip Schaff
History of Christian Doctrine by Louis Berkhoff
History of Christianity by Kenneth Latourette
History of the Christian Church by Sheldon
A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs by Bercot
Chronological Background Charts of the Old Testament by Robert C.Walton
Chronological Background Charts of Church History by Robert C.Walton
Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements by Burgess, McGee and Alexander
New Testament History by F.F. Bruce
History of Christianity in the United States and Canada by Mark Noll
Manners and Customs of the Bible by Freeman
The Sacred Text, Biblical Authority in Nineteenth-Century America by Ronald F. Satta- Reviewed by Gary Gilley


Answering Islam by Norman Giesler and Abdul Saleeb
Islam Revealed Anis Sharrosh
Islam - its prophet, peoples, politics and Power by George Braswell

Jehovah's Witnesses

A Problem of Communication by Duane Magnani
The Watchtower Files by Duane Magnani
Responding to the Errors of the Watchtower Larry Bradley
Jehovah's Witnesses by Robert Bowman Jr.
Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus Christ and the Gospel of John by Robert Bowman Jr.
Understanding Jehovah's Witnesses by Robert Bowman Jr.
Index of Watchtower Errors by David Reed


What do Mormons Really Believe by Ankerberg and Weldon.
The Maze of Mormonism by Walter Martin
Mormon claims Answered by Marvin Cowan
The Truth about Mormonism by Dennis and Rauni Higley
Understanding Mormonism by Sandra and Conrad Sunholm
The Changing World of Mormonism by Jerald and Sandra Tanner
Answering Mormons Questions by Bill McKeever
3,913 changes in the book of Mormon by Sandra and Jerald Tanner
Covering up the Black Hole in the book of Mormon by Sandra and Jerald Tanner

New Age Movement

A Crash Course on the NAM by Elliot Miller
Psychic forces and occult shock by John Weldon
Inside the new age nightmare by Randall Baer
Occult Invasion by Dave Hunt
A Sorcerers New Apprentice by Dave Hunt
Reinventing Jesus Christ The New Gospel by Warren Smith
A Time of Departing by Ray Yungen
Under the Spell of Mother Earth by Berit Kjos
Brave New Schools by Berit Kjos
Spirit Wars by Peter Jones
The Gnostic empire Strikes Back by Peter Jones
The New World Religion by Gary Kah
When the World will be as One by Tal Brooke
The secret teachings of the Masonic lodge by Ankerberg and Weldon
Lambs to the Slaughter Johanna Michaelson
The Beautiful Side of Evil Johanna Michaelson
UFO Cults and  the  New Millennium by William M. Alnor
Angels Among Us by Ron Rhodes
Understanding the Occult by Mcdowelll/ Stewart
Can You Trust Your Doctor by Ankerberg and Weldon
Deceived by the Light Doug Groothius
Running Against the Wind by Brian Flynn

New Apostolic Reformation

The New Apostolic Reformation by Sandy Simpson
Idolatry In Their Hearts by Sandy Simpson & Mike Oppenheimer


The Footsteps of the Messiah by Arnold Fructhenbaum
The Revelation of Jesus Christ by John Walvoord
The Search for Messiah by Mark Eastman
Letters To The Church by Sandy Simpson

Reference Books

The Temple by Alfred Edersheim
The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah by Alfred Edersheim
The New Manners and Customs of Bible Times by Ralph Gower
Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Charts and Maps
Chronological Background Charts of the New Testament by H. Wayne House
A General Introduction to the Bible by Geisler/Nix
Old Testament Prophetic Books by Bullock
What You Should Know about the Bible by Stanford Herlick
In Search of Messiah by Mark Eastman
A Harmony of the Words and Works of Jesus Christ by Dwight Pentecost
A Harmony of the Gospels A.T. Robertson
Spiritual Warfare by Ray Stedman
How Then Should We Live? by Francis Schaeffer
The Works of Josephus by Flavius Josephus
Christ the Crown of the Torah by Burgess
Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen
Jesus was a Jew by Arnold Fruchtenbaum
Integrating Exegesis and Exposition by Dr. Christopher Cone - Reviewed by Henry Vosburgh, director of Midwest Church Extension

Roman Catholicism

Conversations with Catholics by McCarthy
A Woman Rides the Beast by Dave Hunt
The Gospel According to Rome by McCarthy
The Cult of the Virgin by Miller / Samples
Answers to my Catholic Freinds by Heinze
Roman Catholic Traditions by Webster

Spiritual Warfare

Overrun by Demons by Thomas Ice and Robert Dean
Making War in the Heavenlies by Bill Randles
Miracles, Demons and Spiritual Warfare by Gross


The Moody Handbook of Theology by Paul Enns
Israelology- The Missing Link in Theology by Arnold Fruchtenbaum
Know the Truth by Bruce Milne
Charts of Christian Theology and Doctrine by House
God in Three Persons by Milliard Erickson
God in Three Persons Cal Beisner
The Trinity and Eternal Sonship by Bob L. Ross
The Existence and Attributes of God by Charnock
The Hole in Our Holiness Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness by Kevin DeYoung - Reviewed by Gary Gilley

Various Subjects on Christianity

The Origin of Paul’s Religion by Gresham Machen
The Final Words of Jesus by Jacob Prasch
Grain for the Famine by Jacob Prasch
More Grain for the Famine by Jacob Prasch
Hell's Best Kept Secret by Ray Comfort

Word Faith / Kingdom Dominionism/ Heresies

Vengeance is Ours Al Dager
A Different Gospel by McConnell
The Seduction of Christianity by Dave Hunt
Another Gospel, Ruth Tucker
Charisma vs. Charismania by Chuck Smith
Signs and Wonders Movement Exposed by Mark Haville
Charismatic Chaos John MacArthur
Weighed and Found Wanting by Bill Randles
Beware of the New Prophets by Bill Randles
Strange Fire - The Rise of Gnosticism in the Church by Travers and Jewel Van Der Mere
A Different Gospel by D.L McConell
Confusing World of Benny Hinn by Fisher/ Goedelman
The Midnight Ride - Awake Ministries, various authors
Many will Come in His Name Ray Yungen
Discernment Toolkit by Sandy Simpson
The Agony of Deceit by Michael Horton

7th Day Adventism

The Cultic Doctrines of the SDA by Ratzlaff
The White Lie by Rea
7th Day Adventism and the Writings of E.G. White by J. Mark Martin