CS Lewis had this to say about theological, or doctrinal books, “For my own part I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await many others. I believe that many who find that ‘nothing happens’ when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand.” I have also found this to be true and have grown much closer to God studying His character, attributes, and expectations than any “devotional book”. So without further ado here are some theology books that have profoundly impacted me.
Wayne Grudem is my favorite living theologian, and this book is big but so helpful if you want to understand theology.
RA Torrey Founded Moody Bible Institute and these doctrinal studies were the foundation for the doctrine classes there.
Written from a Baptist dispensational, premillenial, pretribulational viewpoint, it is an excellent book with which to begin your theological studies.
If one were looking for a starting place for learning theology this would be a great starting point. Richard Wager was a Pastor for many years and thus this is a very practical theology book.
5. Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof
This book is one of the greatest systematic theologies ever written but it is not for beginners.
6. Systematic Theology by Lewis Sperry Chafer
Lewis Sperry Chafer founded the Dallas Theological Seminary which in my opinion is the backbone of modern Evangelical theological thought. This is a great intermediate level theology after you have gone through some more basic ones.
7. Finney’s Systematic Theology by Charles Grandison Finney
For a comprehensive understanding of the doctrine of revival this is a very important work. Finney was radically progressive for his time including being a crusader for social justice, and women’s education.
8. Systematic Theology by Charles Hodge
Charles Hodge will give you a greater understanding of the Gospel but this is not a beginners theology.
9. Basic Theology: A Popular Systematic Guide to Understanding Biblical Truth by Charles Caldwell Ryrie
Ryrie has been a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and author of the Ryrie Study Bible this would be an appropriate starting book for Theology.
10. Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical by Robert Culver
This theology actually could be picked up by a beginner its just really long like 1200 pages, but not overly technical. Great from a conservative baptistic standpoint.