Gary Cook's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Gary Cook's Bookshelf
Gary Cook's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Gary Cook

Grow Pastor

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know
Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know
by Wayne Grudem,Elliot Grudem
WHY I LIKE IT
A snapshot of basic Christian beliefs, culled from a much deeper study on Bible Doctrine. Very accessible to the layperson and thus recommended as a read for growth in understanding what we believe and teaching core beliefs in the home.
Tribal Church: Lead Small. Impact Big.
Tribal Church: Lead Small. Impact Big.
by Steve Stroope,Kurt Bruner
WHY I LIKE IT
Imprinted upon me the necessity of asking questions (such as “what impact will this ____ have on our families?”) to lead to effective structure and execution of our ministries.
Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries
Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries
by Everett Ferguson
WHY I LIKE IT
Exhaustive work on the practice of baptism from the first five centuries of the church. A reference guide helping me to understand the biblical and historical roots of baptism as we practice and instruct our people.
And I Will Praise Him: A Guide to Worship in the Psalms
And I Will Praise Him: A Guide to Worship in the Psalms
by Ronald B. Allen
WHY I LIKE IT
Great examination of the construction (language, form, variety) of Psalms generally and then exposition on specific Psalms. I am presently reading through Psalms and this work is a helpful companion.
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
by David McCullough
WHY I LIKE IT
I regularly read a “general” book on American history to better understand the influences impacting the current culture in which our church ministers. This is the book I’m currently working through.

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
Living By the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible
Living By the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible
by Howard G. Hendricks,William D. Hendricks
WHY I LIKE IT
Great guide for teachers and students of the Bible. I would recommend this to every Bible teacher / study facilitator.
Knowing God
Knowing God
by J. I. Packer
WHY I LIKE IT
Another great work on God’s nature and attributes with very practical insights, questions, and convictions for individuals, ministers, leaders and churches.
The Crucified Life: How To Live Out A Deeper Christian Experience
The Crucified Life: How To Live Out A Deeper Christian Experience
by A. W. Tozer
WHY I LIKE IT
Convicting work on what it means to be a devoted disciple.
What Jesus Demands from the World (Paperback Edition)
What Jesus Demands from the World (Paperback Edition)
by John Piper
WHY I LIKE IT
Gospel-centered work examining Jesus’ commands for the expectations for a faithful disciple. Convicting (but not oppressive).
On the Apostolic Preaching
On the Apostolic Preaching
by Irenaeus Saint Bishop of Lyon
WHY I LIKE IT
2nd century “church father” who explains the “rule of faith” by which the whole of Scriptures can be understood and taught (which he learned two generations from John the apostle). Helpful to understand how the early church read and taught the Scriptures.
Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. I: The Apostolic Fathers, Justin Martyr, Irenaeaus
Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. I: The Apostolic Fathers, Justin Martyr, Irenaeaus
by James Donaldson,Alexander Roberts
WHY I LIKE IT
Provides major writings of church leaders in the first and second centuries. Good resources for understanding how the reading of Scriptures as “passed on” by the apostles continued after the close of the Scriptures, and how early heresies (and their impacts on the culture) were addressed by the church as they worked to stay faithful to the Bible.
Early Christian Doctrines: Revised Edition
Early Christian Doctrines: Revised Edition
by J. N. D. Kelly
WHY I LIKE IT
Development of major doctrines by the church from the 1st through 5th centuries, thus an important historical work to anchor our continued practice and teaching.
Pocket History of the Church (IVP Pocket Reference)
Pocket History of the Church (IVP Pocket Reference)
by D. Jeffrey Bingham
WHY I LIKE IT
A relatively short work (165 pp.) on the development of the church from the first century to the present.