Book of the Month

September 2019

Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy by Vroegop

How do we bring our sorrows to God? When we feel like despairing, how can we call out to Him in hope? Mark Vroegop walks through the Word to teach believers the neglected practice of lament, which he describes as, “how you live between the poles of a hard life and trusting in God’s sovereignty.”

August 2019

Putting Your Past in Its Place by Steve Viars

Lives grind to a halt when people don’t know how to relate to their past. Some believe “the past is nothing” and attempt to suppress the brokenness again and again. Others miss out on renewal and change by making the past more important than their present and future. Neither approach moves people toward healing or hope.

Pastor and biblical counselor Stephen Viars introduces a third way to view one’s personal history―by exploring the role of the past as God intended. Using Scripture to lead readers forward, Viars provides practical measures to

  • understand the important place “the past” is given in Scripture
  • replace guilt and despair with forgiveness and hope
  • turn failures into stepping stones for growth

This motivating, compassionate resource is for anyone ready to review and release the past so that God can transform their behaviors, relationships, and their ability to hope in a future.

July 2019

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Originally released more than 75 years ago, Lewis’ classic work of satire is written from the perspective of a seasoned demon to his younger demon on how to corrupt a new Christian. Using humor and wit, Lewis sheds light on the reality of spiritual warfare, temptation, and good and evil.

June 2019

The Believer's Bible Commentary by William MacDonald

It is important for Christians to grow in biblical knowledge, however, the word “commentary” can be intimidating. The second edition of Believer’s Bible Commentary,Thomas Nelson’s best-selling commentary, is specifically designed as a user-friendly tool for believers wanting to better understand the Bible but aren’t sure where to begin. The commentary, written by the late William MacDonald, explores all 66 books of the Bible and tackles controversial issues from a theologically-conservative standpoint while also presenting alternate views.  Believer’s Bible Commentary is a great introduction to Bible study, giving clarity and context to scripture in easy-to-understand language and practical application.

May 2019

Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global

Jesus ends Matthew’s gospel with a call to make disciples of all nations. That is a call to missions. But how does the local church play a role in worldwide missions? How can our church be involved in raising up, sending, and supporting missionaries? This straightforward book by Andy Johnson provides a Biblical framework for missions and practical wisdom for carrying it out.  

April 2019

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

Do you want to grow in your relationship with Christ but sometimes you aren’t sure what to do next? Whitney’s book will walk through key spiritual disciplines to help you take the next steps toward spiritual maturity. He covers expected topics like scripture reading, prayer, and worship, but he also digs in to overlooked practices like stewardship, serving, and journaling. 

March 2019

Big Truths for Young Hearts by Bruce A. Ware

Do you ever struggle to answer your kids’ questions about God or the Bible? Do you ever struggle with your own questions related to the nature of God, humanity, sin, the Trinity, or the Bible? Bruce Ware wrote Big Truths for Young Hearts to be a tool for parents to use in explaining theology to their kids. But it’s also a great resource for anyone who wants an introductory explanation of theology in down-to-earth language.

February 2019

Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges

Have Christians become so preoccupied with the major sins of society that we have lost sight of our need to deal with our own more subtle sins? In this book Jerry Bridges addresses specific “acceptable” sins that we tend to tolerate in ourselves – such as jealousy, anger, pride, unthankfulness, and judgmentalism. While bringing the weight of conviction, Bridges also weaves a message of hope in the profound mercy of the gospel and the transforming grace of God as the means to overcome our subtle sins.

January 2019

New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp

In this 365 day gospel centered devotional, Paul Tripp provides a readable and encouraging daily meditation that connects the gospel to everyday life.  This resource equips readers with the good news that they can trust in God's goodness, rely on His grace and live for His glory - day in and day out. 

December 2018

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

For more than 300 years only the Bible has sold more copies than The Pilgrim’s Progress. John Bunyan’s classic, first published in 1678, quickly became a hallmark among English readers and beyond, enduring down to our day as a unique resource for spiritual edification. Using the language of allegory steeped in Biblical references, Bunyan helps the Christian consider his or her spiritual journey.

November 2018

The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul

R.C. Sproul, in this classic work, puts the holiness of God in its proper and central place in the Christian life. He paints an awe-inspiring vision of God that encourages Christians to become holy just as God is holy.

October 2018

Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley

Shelley’s one volume overview of church history is concise and readable. He treats history as the story of people – their motivations, the issues they grapple with, the decisions they make – and the result is that his historical accounts read like a story.

September 2018

Reasons We Believe by Nathan Busenitz

Reasons We Believe confirms and strengthens the faith of believers by demonstrating the reliability of the twofold authority on which Christianity rests: the Word of God and the person of Jesus Christ. Reasons builds a biblical foundation for the authority of the Bible and then shows how extra-biblical evidence corresponds with and supports what the Bible claims. This study seeks to reinforce the faith of Christians while also providing them with a straightforward evangelistic tool for reaching non-Christians.

August 2018

If God is Good by Randy Alcorn

Alcorn addresses the issue of suffering as a theologian, pastor, and fellow-sufferer. This lengthy volume skillfully combines satisfying answers and practical application to help us process the pain of life in a broken world. The format of the book makes it easy to use as a reference tool to look up certain topics for those who may not want to read straight through it.

July 2018

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

Follow the courageous true story of Corrie ten Boom and her family as they hide Jewish people from Nazi forces during WWII in the Netherlands. For more than 45 years her story has encouraged believers in dark times that they should “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” 

June 2018

Humility by C.J. Mahaney

James 4:6 tells us that “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” C.J. Mahaney describes pride and humility in vivid terms and gives practical steps to grow in the virtue of humility. 

May 2018

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

For over 40 years, J. I. Packer's classic has been an important tool to help Christians around the world discover the wonder, the glory, and the joy of knowing God. Explaining both who God is and how we can relate to Him, Packer divides his book into three sections: The first directs our attention to how and why we know God, the second to the attributes of God, and the third to the benefits enjoyed by a those who know Him intimately. This guide leads readers into a greater understanding of God while providing advice to gaining a closer relationship with Him as a result.

April 2018

Pleasing People by Lou Priolo

Do you ever feel controlled by the desire to please others? Do you find yourself living for the approval of others? Lou Priolo shows the being an “approval junkie” is essentially at the heart of what the Bible refers to as the fear of man. In a winsome and clear style, Priolo helps the reader identify the fear of man in his or her own life and work towards a liberating, Biblical solution.

March 2018

The Man Christ Jesus by Bruce Ware

The Bible teaches that Jesus is fully God and fully man. What are the implications of His humanity? Bruce Ware explores the significance of Christ’s humanity and helps us learn, by the power of the Spirit, to follow in Jesus’s steps.

February 2018

Valley of Vision

Do you ever wonder what to pray or feel like your prayers are shallow? This collection of classic prayers from the puritans is a great resource to spur your own prayer life.

January 2018

Anger and Stress Management God’s Way by Wayne Mack

Anger and stress may be commonplace, but they are still destroyers that will cause devastating harm if left unchecked. By God's grace, however, no one needs to be overcome by ungodly anger or stress. Wayne Mack shows how to apply God's Word to finding true and authoritative help, explaining principles that can be adopted for lasting positive change.

December 2017

Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Written in a captivating style with beautiful illustrations, The Jesus Storybook Bible helps children and adults see the big picture behind the key stories of the Bible.

November 2017

Hymns of Grace by The Master's Seminary Press

Featuring many classic and modern hymns, Hymns of Grace is a great resource for individuals and families. You will find many of the songs we sing at UBC contained inside. Consider picking up a copy and incorporating it into your personal or family devotions!

October 2017

Unquenchable Flame by Michael Reeves

The Unquenchable Flame, an accessible introduction to the Protestant Reformation, brings to life the movement’s most colorful characters – Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, the Puritans – and examine their ideas, showing the profound and personal relevance of Reformation thinking for Christians today.

September 2017

Faithful Parent by Scott and Peace

The goal of a Christian parent is to be faithful to God’s Word in their parenting. The hope is that God will use our faithful, though imperfect, efforts to work in our children. This book gives a helpful overall perspective on parenting as well as detailed application to each stage of your child’s development.

August 2017

Resolving Everyday Conflict by Ken Sande

If you have relationships with people then you experience some conflict. How do you work through conflict in a Biblical way? What if you are willing to reconcile but the other person is not? Ken Sande’s book will provide a framework for conflict resolution and specific steps to apply the framework to different situations.

July 2017

Trusting God, Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges

Is God really in control? If He is, how can I trust Him when life is hard? Jerry Bridges walks you through the scope of God’s power over nations, nature, and the detailed lives of individuals, helping you see God’s good hand at work in the world. And as you come to know Him better, you’ll find yourself trusting Him more completely—even when life hurts.

June 2017

Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson

This powerful and clear book on prayer mixes commentary on the prayers of Paul with practical suggestions for personal growth in prayer.