Top 30 Practical Sanctification Books Ranked by Reviews

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Top 10

#1 Dane Ortlund’s Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

How do Christians grow? Few question the call of the Bible to grow in godliness, but the answer to exactly how this happens is often elusive. In this book, Dane Ortlund points believers to Christ, making the case that sanctification does not happen by doing more or becoming better, but by going deeper into the wondrous gospel truths that washed over them when they were first united to him. Drawing on wisdom from figures throughout church history, Ortlund encourages readers to fix their gaze on Jesus in the battle against sin, casting themselves upon his grace and living out their invincible identity in Christ.

#2 J.C. Ryle’s Thoughts for Young Men


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Solomon says that the glory of young men is their strength (Prov. 20:29). Young men have so much to give the Church, but sadly the modern Church has taught them nothing about how to exercise their strength in a godly way. This book by 19th century pastor J.C. Ryle is short, but gives young men what they need: straight talk about being a Christian man. Ryle does not mince words when describing the temptations to pride, lust, laziness, and more. The devil is like a roaring lion who wants to devour young men, and the only way to defeat him is to fight sin and be like Jesus. This classic is a powerful reminder from a wise man about how to be strong in the Lord and to give no opportunity to the devil. Read it and go, fight, win.

#3 John Calvin’s A Little Book on the Christian Life


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

For centuries, Christians of all ages have turned to John Calvin’s A Little Book on the Christian Life to help them on their journey as they follow Christ. This book is one of the great classics of the Christian faith, calling believers to pursue holiness and endure suffering as they rest in Christ alone. In this new translation from the Latin, Drs. Aaron Denlinger and Burk Parsons capture Calvin’s biblical faithfulness, theological integrity, and pastor’s heart. This is a book for every Christian to pick up, read, and apply.

#4 Andrew Murray’s Absolute Surrender


Rating: 4 out of 5.

I desire by God’s grace to give to you this message – that your God in heaven answers the prayers which you have offered for blessing on yourselves and for blessing on those around you by this one demand: Are you willing to surrender yourselves absolutely into His hands? Every one of us is a temple of God, in which God will dwell and work mightily on one condition – absolute surrender to Him. God claims it, God is worthy of it, and without it God cannot work His blessed work in us.

#5 A.W. Tozer’s The Crucified Life


Rating: 4 out of 5.

A.W. Tozer was a great speaker, invited to speak at seminaries, churches, and Christian conferences on the topic of the cross and its meaning for the Biblical life. Now, in this never-before-published distillation of his best teaching on the subject, you will gain a fresh understanding of the cross’s centrality to your walk of faith in Christ. The apostle Paul declared in his letter to the Galatians that he had been “crucified with Christ.” But what does this mean? Is this a claim every believer can and should make? The Crucified Life is a comprehensive examination of these questions, answered with the deep, biblical thinking for which Tozer was revered…

#6 The Works of John Owen Volume 6: Temptation & Sin


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Despite his other achievements, Owen is best famed for his writings. These cover the range of doctrinal, ecclesiastical and practical subjects. They are characterized by profundity, thoroughness and, consequestly, authority. Andrew Thomson said that Owen ‘makes you feel when he has reached the end of his subject, that he has also exhausted it.’ Although many of his works were called forth by the particular needs of his own day they all have a uniform quality of timelessness. Owen’s works were republished in full in the nineteenth century. Owen is surely the Prince of the Puritans. ‘To master his works’, says Spurgeon, ‘is to be a profound theologian.’

#7 Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Spiritual Depression: It’s Causes & Cures


Rating: 4 out of 5.

This enduring collection of twenty-one sermons by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, each originally delivered at Westminster Chapel in London, carefully and compassionately analyzes an undeniable feature of modern society from which Christians have not escaped — spiritual depression. “Christian people,” writes Lloyd-Jones, “too often seem to be perpetually in the doldrums and too often give this appearance of unhappiness and of lack of freedom and absence of joy. There is no question at all but that this is the main reason why large numbers of people have ceased to be interested in Christianity.”

#8 Jared C. Wilson’s The Imperfect Disciple


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Too many discipleship books are written for clean, perfect people who know all the right Sunday school answers. The Imperfect Disciple is for the rest of us–people who screw up, people who are weary, people who are wondering if it’s safe to say what they’re really thinking. For the believer who is tired of quasi-spiritual lifehacks being passed off as true, down-and-dirty discipleship, here is a discipleship book that isn’t afraid to be honest about the mess we call real life. With incisive wit, warm humor, and moving stories, Jared Wilson shows readers how the gospel works in them and in their lives when:…

#9 Jerry Bridges’ The Practice of Godliness


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Godliness is more than a character trait. This foundational spiritual quality makes the entire Christian life dynamic, effective, and pleasing to God. But how can you develop a godly character? In this sequel to the popular book The Pursuit of Holiness, renowned author Jerry Bridges helps readers establish the foundation upon which godly character is built. The Practice of Godliness will open your eyes to see how character formation affects the way you relate to God, to yourself, and to others. Great for Christian growth, and practical at any life stage, this book will encourage you to embrace:…

#10 A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God


Rating: 4 out of 5.

To have found God and still to pursue Him is a paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too-easily-satisfied religious person, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux stated this holy paradox in a musical four-line poem that will be instantly understood by every worshipping soul:
We taste Thee, O Thou Living Bread,
And long to feast upon Thee still:
We drink of Thee, the Fountainhead
And thirst our souls from Thee to fill.

Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. Let A. W. Tozer’s pursuit of God spur you also into a genuine hunger and thirst to truly know God.

Top 30

  1. Fitzpatrick, Elyse. Idols of the Heart. (3.91)
  2. Earley, Justin Whitmel. The Common Rule. (3.91)
  3. Owen, John. The Mortification of Sin. (3.89)
  4. Keller, Timothy. Counterfeit Gods. (3.89)
  5. Wilkerson, Mike. Redemption: Freed by Jesus of the Idols we Worship & the Wounds we Carry. (3.87)
  6. Moore, Russell. Tempted & Tried. (3.87)
  7. The Didache. (3.87)
  8. Ryle, J.C. Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots. (3.87)
  9. Bridges, Jerry. The Pursuit of Holiness. (3.87)
  10. Dyck, Drew. Your Future Self will Thank You. (3.85)
  11. Vanderstelt, Jeff. Gospel Fluency. (3.85)
  12. Smith, James K.A. On the Road with Saint Augustine. (3.85)
  13. Welch, Ed T. Addictions: a Banquet in the Grave. (3.82)
  14. Chester, Tim. You Can Change. (3.80)
  15. Bridges, Jerry. The Discipline of Grace. (3.80)
  16. Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. The Cost of Discipleship. (3.80)
  17. Longman, Tremper. The Cry of the Soul. (3.76)
  18. Kelly, Thomas. A Testament of Devotion. (3.74)
  19. Piper, John. What Jesus Demands From the World. (3.74)
  20. Peterson, Eugene. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society. (3.74)