Arming the Saints Ministries
Teaching the Truth and Love of God

Learning Resources

People often ask us about resources to get more knowledge about God and the supernatural. Here's a list with a few of the books that have helped us to get this far in our spiritual journey and knowledge of the supernatural. We may not agree with everything in each book 100%, but these appear to have a good Biblical grounding.

 

There are many books available that purport to teach the Truth or discuss the supernatural or spiritual warfare. We caution you that many writings that claim to teach or discuss the supernatural are not all grounded in the Truth, and instead may teach the subtle lies of the enemy. If you aren't sure about a book, pray about it, and then set it down. If God wants you to read it, He'll bring it back around to you at another time. 



  • The Holy Bible, New International Version. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1973, 1978, 1984.

If you’re confused by too many different translations and want to choose one that’s easy to read, I use and recommend the NIV (New International Version) or TNIV Study Bible. These are fairly easy to read and the study versions give more information into the meaning and context of the passages. To jump start your supernatural journey, my tip to you is to study Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (The Gospels) first, because they have so many great accounts of the supernatural at work in Jesus’ life.

 

  • MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Bible Commentary. Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2005.

If you truly desire to study and understand the Bible, then no personal library is complete without at least one bible commentary. A bible commentary will give you an entire page explaining a scripture and some history. I have several and I use them all. As with all reference books, these are written from the viewpoint and interpretation of whatever training and belief system the author possesses. Look at the education and credentials of the author and look at some of the widely contested passages (such as Ephesians 4:11) to see if they line up with the Truth. The good news is that most of the biblical interpretations are pretty much the same from commentary to commentary.   I just happen to be telling you about this one because I used it for the discussion on the armor of God.

 

  • Lee Strobel. The Case for Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2000.

The Case for Christ. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998.

The Case for a Creator. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004.

Lee was an avowed atheist and journalist that set out once and for all to prove the Bible and Biblical claims to be false. As you might guess, his research converted him. In The Case for Faith, Lee provides excellent research into why we know that the Biblical teachings are True. In The Case for Christ, he strives to research the accounts of the Bible and, specifically, the person called Jesus. You will see that the prophetic writings in the Bible concerning the Messiah are fulfilled in Jesus.

 

  • Josh McDowell. The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

This is a very good reference book that answers almost all of those theological questions you have pondered (and a few you haven’t). Remember that many of these theological questions can have different answers depending on how the author was raised or trained. Josh seems to be fairly mainstream in most of his answers. If you read it cover to cover, you’ll definitely believe in God and Jesus.

 

  • C.S Lewis. Mere Christianity. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

The Screwtape Letters. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., 2001

You may know C.S. Lewis from his books, and from movies based on his books like, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. The Screwtape Letters is a fictional book about the training of a young demon called Screwtape through his letters to his uncle (a much more experienced demon) about how he’s deceiving and working to keep a person away from God. There’s a lot of truth in this book about how we act and relate to certain temptations and emotions in our lives. Mere Christianity isn’t the easiest read, but it’s got a lot of spiritual meat to it.

 

  • Dr. James B. Richards. Satan Unmasked –The Truth Behind the Lie. Huntsville, AL: Milestones International Publishers, 1998, 2004.

This is one of the best books I have read on spiritual warfare and the lies that we have been taught about Satan and his power over us. A must read for everyone engaged in spiritual warfare.

 

  • Douglas Groothuis. Confronting the New Age. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1988.

Also look for, Unmasking the New Age and Are All Religions One?

Confronting the New Age is a great book that looks at the lies being taught by many in the New Age movement. The booklet Are All Religions One? is a pocket-sized book that addresses the Biblical answer to the question posed in its title.

 

  • Brother Yun. The Heavenly Man. London: Monarch Books, 2002.

Living Water. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008.

These books are about the life of Brother Yun and the amazing supernatural things that happened in his life – everything from the supernatural way he learned about God to amazing prison escapes. YES, God is actively at work, supernaturally touching and blessing people TODAY!

 

  • Frank Peretti. Piercing the Darkness. Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1989.

Also look for This Present Darkness.

Although these are fictional spiritual books, the presentation of the supernatural can give you a good idea of what I think we are dealing with on earth today.

 

  • Randy Alcorn. Heaven. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 2004.

Also look for Deadline.

These books specifically deal with the topic of heaven and what happens when we die. Heaven, is a scripturally based book that seeks to answer some of those nagging questions about afterlife. Deadline is a fictional book about death, heaven, and hell. Although it’s fictional, it makes you think about what might happen when we die! It has one of the best depictions of hell I’ve ever read.

 

  • Joyce Meyer. Battlefield of the Mind. Tulsa, OK: Harrison House, 1995.

The Battlefield of the Mind is a great book to help you understand and work to win the battle in your mind. Remember that we discussed how the enemy will use our thinking and emotions to control and torment us. Joyce gives great information on how to win the battle with the lies Satan tries to plant in our minds.

 

  • The Truth Project group study – www.thetruthproject.org

This is a 12-week video study that answers many questions about how the Truth of the Bible interacts with our world. Visit the Focus on the Family website to see if there’s a study in your area.

 

  • Rick Warren. The Purpose Driven Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002.

The Purpose Driven Life is an excellent start for figuring God’s purpose for your life and how to tap into that purpose.

 

  • Francis S. Collins. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.

As director of the Human Genome Project, Collins led a group of scientists to map the roughly three billion letters of the human genome – our DNA pattern – and in doing so, changed from atheist to a believer in God.

 

  • Unlocking the Mystery of Life DVD from Illustra Media

This is an excellent DVD that walks through a scientific discussion of the discovery of a microscopic organism and how its existence fits in with the intelligent design theory. This is a MUST see!