Here are 3 sections of useful resources that you can use studying God’s Word.

Bible Study Tools

Book Recommendations

Bible Reading Schedules


Here are a number of Bible Study Tools that can help you as you read and study God’s Word. This is not an exhaustive list and lots of other good content is out there. We just want to provide a starting point for reading, listening to, studying, and growing in the Word of God.

Bible Apps

While there are many to choose from, a few that have been particularly helpful to us are Olive Tree Bible, Literal Word, and Parallel plus Bible Study App. Most are free of charge and accessible on any mobile device.

Audio Bibles

Listening to Scripture can be an effective way of absorbing the Word. These resources are available in many apps and websites, including BibleGateway, YouVersion, Tecarta, Bible Study Tools, and Bible Hub.

Study Bibles

Study Bibles often provide cross references, brief commentary, helpful charts, and even maps to assist in personal study. You can find a number of Study Bibles on and sort though translations, titles, & audience/format.

Bible Concordances

This resource lists biblical words alphabetically and where they occur throughout the Bible. Concordances are particularly helpful for word studies. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible is a favorite of many.


Contrary to popular belief, not all commentairies are difficult or technical! While technical commentaries may be helpful in certain situations, there are many commentary series which emphasize the modern-day application of the text. is a helpful tool for locating the right commentary for your individual situation.

Bible Dictionaries

Bible Dictionaries are reference books containing articles on the people, places, things, and concepts throughout Scripture. Checkout the online (free) Bible Dictionaries on

Bible Atlases

Knowing the geography of a specific area can greatly increase one’s understanding of a passage and can bring the Scripture into the reality of a physical location. Satalite Bible Atlas is a good one. There are some good Online Bible Atlas tools at which is part of BibleHub.

Online/Digital Bible Resources

The options here are seemingly endless. and are just two examples of websites which allow you to read and study the Bible in a variety of formats and translations. The Word is another program that can be downloaded to your computer for free that allows you to see the original text that the Bible was translated from, execute word studies, read commentaries, view maps and historical accounts, take notes, and more.


In addition to reading God’s Word, it is excellent to read good literature. Of writing books there is no end and many of the books written aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. Although not exhaustive, here are some good Christian books that can help you in your relationship with God.

Profiting from the Word

The question of profiting from Scripture provides the theme for this book, originally published as a series in Studies in the Scriptures.

The Mortification of Sin

In this abridgment of a classic work, The Mortification of Sin, the famous Puritan John Owen shows the need for Christians to engage in a lifelong battle against the sinful tendencies that remain in them, despite having been brought to faith and new life in Christ.

Owen is very insistent that believers cannot hope to succeed in this battle in their own strength. He sees clearly that the fight can be won only through faith in Christ, and in the power of the Spirit. Fighting sin with human strength will produce only self-righteousness, superstition, and anxiety of conscience. But with faith in Christ and the power of the Spirit, victory is certain. The temptations in times like Owen’s and ours are obvious on every side; the remedy to them is clearly pointed out in this practical and helpful book.

The complete audio book of The Mortification of Sin is available to listen or download for free on

Conscience: What It Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ

Christian, meet your conscience.

What do you do when you disagree with other Christians? How do you determine which convictions are negotiable and which are not? How do you get along with people who have different personal standards?

All of these questions have to do with the conscience. Yet there is hardly a more neglected topic among Christians. In this much-needed book, a New Testament scholar and a cross-cultural missionary explore all thirty passages in the New Testament that deal with the conscience, showing how your conscience impacts virtually every aspect of life, ministry, and missions. As you come to see your conscience as a gift from God and learn how to calibrate it under the lordship of Jesus Christ, you will not only experience the freedom of a clear conscience but also discover how to lovingly interact with those who hold different convictions.

Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret

Compelled to share the gospel with the unreached people of China, Hudson Taylor devoted his life to this purpose. He modeled a life of utter dependence on Christ for both his spiritual and material needs. That was his secret and the reason for his lasting impact on the people of China and missions. This biography by his son and daughter in law has become a Christian classic.

Gentle and Lowly

Christians know what Jesus Christ has done—but who is he? What is his deepest heart for his people, weary and faltering on their journey toward heaven? Jesus said he is “gentle and lowly in heart.” In Gentle and Lowly, Dane Ortlund reflects on these words, opening up a neglected yet central truth about who Jesus is for sinners and sufferers today.

Knowing God

J. I. Packer’s Knowing God has become a classic of the Christian faith. Why? While it gives us information about God with clarity and grace, it does much more—it aids us in actually knowing him, in building our relationship with him, and helps draw us closer to him in love and worship. This 20th anniversary deluxe hardcover edition of Packer’s classic has new Americanized text, reader-friendly type, a new preface, and the complete study guide.

Hearts of Fire

Eight women from eight different countries shared similar experiences of hardship and persecution, all for their faith in Christ. Yet they all emerged from adversity as heroines.

Pursuit of GOD

The Pursuit of God is the enduring Christian classic written by renowned pastor and theologian A.W. Tozer. More than 65 years later, the words Tozer penned on a train from Illinois to Texas echo across the decades to resonate with power in the heart of anyone longing for a deeper experience with God.

A Gospel Primer

To the Christians in Rome, the Apostle Paul wrote, “I am eager to preach the gospel to you who are at Rome” (Romans 1:15). Evidently, Christians need to hear the gospel even after conversion. A Gospel Primer for Christians is designed to do just that. Use this book to preach the gospel to yourself on a daily basis, and be amazed at the difference it can make in your life!

How to Pray

Underscoring the pivotal role that classic literature plays in the shaping of our lives, Moody Press has introduced Moody Classic Series, celebrating Christian writing which has stood the test of time.
R.A. Torrey’s “How to Pray” is one of the classics in his series, featured here with fine art cover design; edited by Rosalie DeRosset. 122 pages; with notes.

Read the entire book for free by clicking on this link to download a PDF of it from the Moody Institute.

Prevailing Prayer

Where God has worked, the people have prayed. Hannah pleaded for a son and received Samuel. Elijah called on God and saw fire come down. Paul and Silas prayed and the prison shook.

Why do some prayers move mountains and others, barely stones? In Prevailing Prayer, one of the greatest evangelists of all time explains the elements of biblical, powerful prayer. A treasure trove of stories and illustrations, it will renew your desire to pray and guide you in best practices.

For those who wonder where the power is, who long to see new spiritual depths, who need reminding that God can change a life, Prevailing Prayer is inspiration to pray humbly and often—to seek by prayer to “move the Arm that moves the world.”

Read the entire book for free by clicking on this link to download a PDF of it from the Moody Institute.


God’s Word is a light to our paths and it is critical that we allow God to shine His light in our lives daily. One way to do that is to keep track of your Bible reading with a simple reading checklist. Below are a few versions that may be useful. There are app versions that can be great for reading on your phone or tablet. The Bible App – Read & Study Daily is one useful app and YouVersion Bible App + Audio is another good one.

To download the checklists below, simply click on the image or the title.

Bible Reading Checklist

This PDF list has all Bible books and chapters listed on front and back. This allows you to print this sheet 2-sided, cut in half, and have 2 Bible reading schedules.

1-Year Bible Reading Plan

This PDF breaks all Bible chapters into groups that can be ready and checked off, one day at a time to finish reading the Bible in 1 year. Print on one side of a normal sheet of paper.

Track Your Bible Reading

This is an excel spreadsheet with all OT and NT books listed and all chapters listed with checkboxes. As you check off chapters, your percentage is tracked at the top of the worksheet.

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