Book Reviews

150+ free e-books worth checking out

We live in an age in which so many wonderful resources are available for free. Of course, with the sheer numbers being passed along here, we haven’t been able to read, let alone review all of them so, as always, be sure to use discernment. But there are certainly a good number of gems here.

The books below aren’t broken up by subject, but are, instead, divided into three categories based on whether you can easily download them, or whether some personal information might be required, or whether the book has to be read online.

Downloads

These books are completely free and can be downloaded with minimal fuss (usually just a click and you are on your way).

Almost 100 from John Piper and friends

John Piper seems to have released all of his books in free pdf versions, and has tackled topics as diverse as biblical manhood and womanhood, abortion, sex, retirement, C.S. Lewis, Open Theism, racism and biographies.

On occasion some of Piper’s writings are clearly directed to specifically Reformed Baptists. So, for example, in his biography of Adoniram Judson, he lauds the missionary for coming to reject infant baptism in favor of adult baptism. But for the most part his books are intended for a larger Reformed audience.

But with so many available, what should you start with? His short biographies are excellent, each about 70 pages or so, and one of his most popular is Don’t Waste Your Life.

Oh, and while the majority of the books here are by Piper, there are many exceptions, and that’s important to note, because if it isn’t by him, it may not be free.

31 days of purity

This is a 31-day devotional to encourage and challenge the Church in regards to sexual purity. With contributions from Tim Challies, David Murray, and Joel Beeke, there are some insightful, trustworthy folks behind this.

4 volume set of S.D. DeGraaf Promise and Deliverance series

This is a wonderful set to equip parents to better explain Bible stories to their children, and it could also be read as a devotional of sorts for teens, or even adults. These have been used in Dutch Reformed circles for generations now, but were also recognized by Christianity Today as a “landmark in interpreting the simple stories of the Bible.”

The free pdfs below are scanned, which means they aren’t searchable or highlightable, but they are certainly readable. You can download them by clicking here for:

You can find a longer review of these books here.

Social Justice: How good intentions undermine justice and the Gospel

E. Calvin Beisner is probably best known as the head of the Christian stewardship group the Cornwall Alliance. But before he started speaking on the environment, he researched and wrote a lot on poverty and economics. In this booklet he outlines how good intentions are not only not enough, but often harmful.

20+ from the Orthodox Presbyterian Church

I haven’t had a chance to check these out, but plan to download Ned B. Stonehouse’s J. Gresham Machen: A Biographical Memoir.

Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?

This is an important topic for any Christian considering the pill. Randy Alcorn’s 200-page book can be downloaded for free, or, click here for a shorter overview.

Abolition of Reason

Jonathon Van Maren, Scott Klusendorf and other “incrementalist” pro-lifers argue against “immediatism.”

Memoirs of an ordinary pastor: The life and reflections of Tom Carson

Well-known Reformed Baptist pastor D.A. Carson on his unknown, faithful father.

False Messages: A Guide for the Godly Bride

Aileen Challies, wife of the Reformed blogger Tim Challies, has written a booklet for women on a biblical view of sexuality.

The Holy Spirit

Kevin DeYoung with a short 30-page introduction to the Third Person of the Trinity.

Download for free, but they want some information

These books are free, but getting them will require you to give your email address, or create an account, or in some way provide them some information. But these aren’t spammers, so you can always opt out of their email lists.

28 booklets from RC Sproul

In the last few years RC Sproul released a series of “Crucial Questions” booklets, all in the range of 40 to maybe 80 pages. That made them concise – something that could be read in an evening or two. And Sproul managed to pack a lot in these few pages while still keeping it readable. I will say, they still aren’t light reads, but because of their small size, if anyone is interested in the question, then they should be able to work through Sproul’s answer. I haven’t read all 28 of them, but have appreciated each of the half dozen or so I’ve read so far.

They tackle questions such as:

  • Can I know God’s will?
  • Can I lose my salvation?
  • What is baptism?
  • Who is the Holy Spirit?

The e-book versions are free and will be forever.

Love the least (a lot)

Michael Spielman is the founder of the website Abort73.com, one of the most comprehensive pro-life websites on the Internet. And his Love the Least (A Lot) is one of the most readable, most motivating, pro-life books you could ever read.

God and the gay Christian: a response to Matthew Vines

This is a response, by Reformed Baptist leader R. Albert Mohler Jr., to a popular book by Matthew Vines called God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. Mohler has also written a short book Homosexuality and the Bible.

Parenting the Internet generation

This is such a helpful book! It’s by Luke Gilkerson, one of the folks working at Covenant Eyes, a Christian Internet accountability company, and his goal is to help equip parents to protect and guide their children when it comes to all things online. This is a thoroughly biblical resource, and as much a parenting guide as it is an Internet guide. You can find a longer review here.

Covenant Eyes has many other booklets available on the topics of sexual purity and online safety such as More than single, A parent’s guide to cyber bullying, Equipped: Raising Godly Digital Natives, and more, that can be found here.

Read online

These books are free too, but are only available to be read online, usually one chapter per webpage.

29+ Creationist resources from Answers in Genesis

Answers in Genesis is a creationist group with a presuppositionalist approach to apologetics, which means there is a decided Reformed influence in the group. But while all Reformed folk should be creationist, not all creationists are Reformed, so these books are not specifically Reformed.

Answers in Genesis has done something curious here, in making their books available for free reading. You can’t download them, but can read them, chapter by chapter, on their website. That makes things a little more troublesome, but if the book interests you, it is a minor inconvenience.

The very best is In Six Days, in which 50 scientists each take a chapter to explain why they believe in creationism. Old Earth Creationism on Trial and In the Beginning Was Information are also very good.

Even more great Creationist books

Dr. Jonathan Sarfati’s Refuting Evolution, and Refuting Evolution 2 are available for online reading here.

Letters to a Mormon Elder

James White’s fantastic resource can be read for free online. Be a bit patient – it does seem to take a minute or two to load.

3 on journalism from Marvin Olasky

The editor of the Christian WORLD magazine has written 3 books on the media and how Christians should read the news and write it. Telling the Truth is fantastic!

TableTalk Devotional from RC Sproul

Finally, while this isn’t strictly a book, it is a wonderful free resource. This daily devotional from RC Sproul is updated every day.

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