Optasia Library
The resources listed on this page are not included in the Optasia Library and are available only on request.
This page updated, October 31, 2018


Teachings about God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Sin, Salvation, Church, End Times, etc.
Apologetics and Culture
Biblical Theology
Old Testament
New Testament
Church History
The Spirit of Early Christian Thought, Seeking the Face of God, Robert Louis Wilken

Creeds and Confessions
Devotional Discipleship
Family Marriage Singles
Missions and Evangelism
Pastoral Care
Prayer and Spirituality
Worship and liturgy
Children and Adult Reading

Other Resources

Optasia International Library

*Note. While Optasia Ministry is allowed by law, to distribute its resources in the United States,
certain publishers have given Optasia Ministry permission to distribute their resources internationally.
Books in the library marked with, *, are included in the International Optasia Library.

Additional Bibles List

A. English Language Bibles

D. Spanish Bibles

We provide a Spanish Bible, Biblia NVI , with the library.
Three other Spanish Bibles are available on request: Biblia Jerusalem, Biblia Latinoamericana, Biblia Reina Valera

D. Catholic Bibles

We have an HTML version of the Ignatius Bible which is available upon request

E. German Bibles

The following German Bibles are available on request
Die Gute Nachricht - Die Bibel in modernem Deutsch. The German good news bible. Follows the same translation philosophy as its English equivalent
einheitsuebersetzung_html. The official German Catholic translation (does not contain the deuterocanonial books)
Elberfelder_unrevidiert, Conservative, literal translation
luther_html, 1912 traditional Luther Bible
Revidierte_Elverfelder, Literal and conservative in its translation, updated language from its predecessor
Schlachter2000txt, Conservative translation, includes notes

F. Other Bibles

The following Bibles are available on request:
English Standard Version, txt format
Holman Christian Standard Bible, txt format
Amplified Bible, rtf format in a single file
Analytical Literal New Testament, txt format
English Majority Text, txt format
International Standard Version, rtf format
New American Standard Bible, txt format
New English Translation, txt format
Living Bible, Paraphrase (HTML, TXT, BRL)
J B Phillips New Testament, rtf
NET Bible, without notes
NET Bible, with notes
New English Bible
Geneva Bible (txt format)
Wycliffe Bible
World English Bible Messianic Edition
*John MacArthur Study Bible
Wesley Study Bible (PDF format)

Books List

Reference List

Theology List:

Teachings about God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Sin, Salvation, Church, End Times, etc.
Systematic and General Theology
Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1,2, John Theodore Mueller
*Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity, A Brief Systematic Theology, Kathryn Tanner
The Christian Ethos, Werner Elert
*Theology for the Community of God, Stanley J. Grenz

God and Creation
God Without Being, Hors-Texte, Second Edition, (Religion and Postmodernism), Jean-Luc Marion, Thomas A. Carlson, David Tracy
Medieval Trinitarian Thought from Aquinas to Ockham, Russell L. Friedman
Original Blessing, A Primer in Creation Spirituality, Matthew Fox
The Doctrine of God, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
*The Phenomenon of Man, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
*Trinity and Reality, An Introduction to the Christian Faith, Ralph AllanSmith

Holy Spirit
They Speak with OtherTongues, John L. Sherrill
Tongue Speaking, An Experiment in Spiritual Experience,Morton T. Kelsey

Humanity, Sin

Christ and Salvation
Christology, A Global Introduction, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
Christology in the Making, A New Testamen Inquiry into the Origins of the Doctrine of the Incarnation, Second Edition, JamesD.G.Dunn
Jesus Our Priest, A Christian Approach to the Priesthood of Christ, Gerald O’Collins, SJ, AND Michael Keenan Jones
The Meaning of Jesus, Two Visions, Marcus J. Borg, N. T. Wright
The Unity of Christ, Continuity and Conflict in Patristic Tradition, Christopher A. Beeley

Holy Spirit

Reading the Bible after Christendom, Lloyd Pietersen

Luther, Lutheranism
Bound Choice, Election, and Wittenberg Theological Method, From Martin Luther to the Formula of Concord, Robert Kolb
Heaven on earth, the blessings of God in the divine service, Arthur A. Just
Law and Gospel, how to read and apply the Bible, Carl Ferdinand
Law and Protestantism, The Legal Teachings of the Lutheran Reformation, John Witte Jr
*Lex Charitatis, A Juristic Disquisition on Law in the Theology of Martin Luther, Johannes heckel
The Spirituality of the Cross, The Way of the First Evangelicals, REVISED EDITION, Gene Edward Veith, JR.

The Church
*Mother Kirk, Essays on Church Life, Douglas Wilson

For the Life of the World, Sacraments and Orthodoxy, Alexander Schmemann
*Heavenly Participation, The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry, Hans Boersma
Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology, A Return to Mystery, Hans Boersma

*The Baptized Body, Peter J. Leithart

The Lord's Supper
*Given For You, Reclaiming Calvin's Doctrine of the Lord's Supper, Keith Mathison

End Times


A Doctrinal Divinity, John Gill
Christ’s Churches Purely Reformed, A Social History of Calvinism, Philip Benedict



Hail, Holy Queen, The Mother of God in the Word of God, Scott Hahn
In the Presence of Our Lord, The History, Theology, And psychology of Eucharistic Devotion, Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R., AND James Monti
Jesus of Nazareth, The Infancy Narratives, Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict
Jesus of Nazareth, From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration, Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI
Jesus of Nazareth, Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, Joseph Ratzinger/Pope BenedictXVI
Job and Death No Dominion, Daniel Berrigan
Letter and Spirit, Scott Hahn
Many Are Called, Rediscovering the Glory of the Priesthood, Scott Hahn
Mary Through the Centuries, Her Place in the History of Culture, Jaroslav Pelikan
The Lamb’s Supper, Scott Hahn
The Shape of the Liturgy, Dom Gregory Dix
Hell and Heaven in Narrative Perspective, Posts on “hell” and life after death from www.postost.net, Second edition, Andrew Perriman
Becoming God, The Doctrine of Theosis in Nicholas of Cusa, Nancy J. Hudson
Being As Communion, Studies in Personhood and the Church, John D. Zizioulas
Bread Not Stone, The Challenge of Feminist Biblical Interpretation, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
But She Said, Feminist Practices of Biblical Interpretation, Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza
*Christian Anarchy, Jesus' Primacy Over the Powers, Vernard Eller
*Deep Comedy, Trinity, Tragedy, & Hope in Western Literature, Peter J. Leithart
Deification in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition, A Biblical Perspective, Stephen Thomas
Discovering Biblical Equality, Complementarity without Hierarchy, General editors Ronald W. Pierce and Rebecca Merrill Groothuis
Divine Meaning, Studies in Patristic Hermeneutics, Thomas F. Torrance
Face of the Deep, A Theology of Becoming, Catherine Keller
Feminist theory and Christian Theology, Guides to Theological Inquiry, Serene Jones
*God’s Kitchen, Theology You Can Eat & Drink, Michael Bull
Indecent Theology, Theological perversions in sex, gender and politics, Marcella Althaus-Reid
*In the Days of Caesar, Pentecostalism and Political Theology, Amos Yong General Editor
Iustitia Dei, A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification, Third Edition, Alister E. McGrath
Liturgical Theology, The Church as Worshiping Community, Simon Chan
*Medieval Exegesis, The Four Senses of Scripture, Vol. 1 and 2, (Ressourcement: Retrieval & Renewal in Catholic Thought) Henri de Lubac
Overcoming onto-theology, toward a postmodern Christian faith, Merold Westphal
Radical Orthodoxy, A New Theology, Edited by John Milbank, Catherine Pickstock and Graham Ward
The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition, Norman Russell
*The Five Theological Orations, Gregory of Nazianzus, Translated by Charles Gordon Browne, M.A. and James Edward
The Ground of Union, Deification in Aquinas and Palamas, A. N. Williams
*The Heresy of Orthodoxy, How Contemporary Culture's Fasination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity, Andreas j. Kostenberger and Michael J. Kruger
*The Institutes of Biblical Law, Rousas John Rushdoony
The knowledge of God and the service of God according to the teaching of the reformation, Karl Barth
The Puritan Hope, A Study in Revival and the Interpretation of Prophecy, Iain H. Murray
Theology for the Third Millennium, Hans Kung
The Theology of Paul Tillich, Edited by Charles W. Kegley & Robert W. Bretall
Towards Baptist Catholicity, Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision, Steven R. Harmon

Apologetics and Culture List

Against the Protestant Gnostics, Philip J. Lee
Angels in the Architecture, A Protestant Vision for Middle Earth, Douglas Jones, Douglas Wilson
Christian Theology of Public Policy Highlighting the American Experience, John M. Cobin
Divine Economy, D.Stephen Long
God for a Secular Society, The Public Relevance of Theology, Jürgen Moltmann
Heresy, A History of Defending the Truth, Alister McGrath
* Jesus for President, Politics for Ordinary Radicals, Chris Haw, Shane Claiborne
Jesus Through the Centuries, His Place in the History of Culture, Jaroslav Pelikan
Letters from a Skeptic, A Son Wrestles with His Father's Questions about Christianity, Dr. Gregory A. Boyd AND Edward K. Boyd
One River, Many Wells, Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths Matthew Fox
Satan and the Problem of Evil, Constructing a Trinitarian Warfare Theodicy, Gregory A. Boyd
Swear to God, Scott Hahn
The Powers That Be, Theology for a New Millennium, Walter Wink
The Bible and the Nations, A Syllabus, James B. Jordan, Th.M.
*The Myth of a Christian Nation,How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church, Gregory A. Boyd
*The Myth of a Christian Religion,Losing Your Religion for the Beauty of a Revolution, Gregory A. Boyd
The Next Christendom, The Coming of Global Christianity, Revised and Expanded Edition, Philip Jenkins
*The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, Mark A. Noll
The Theological Origins of Modernity, Michael Allen Gillespie
Theology and the Arts, Encountering God through Music, Art and Rhetoric, Richard Viladesau
War and Peace from Genesis to Revelation, King Jesus' Manual of Arms for the Armless, Vernard Eller
The Wisdom of the Christian Faith, Michael Mcfall, Paul Moser

Biblical Theology List

*A Serrated Edge, A Brief Defense of Biblical Satire and Trinitarian Skylarking, Douglas Wilson
*Bible Matrix, an introduction to the DNA of the scriptures, Michael Bull
*Bible Matrix II, THE COVENANT KEY, Michael Bull
Exclusion and Embrace, A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation, Miroslav Volf
*God's Glory in salvation through Judgment, A Biblical Theology, James M. Hamilton Jr.
Hidden Gospels, How the Search for Jesus Lost Its Way, Philip Jenkins
Honor, Patronage, Kinship and Purity, Unlocking New Testament Culture, David A. deSilva
Jesus and Judaism, E.P Sanders
Jesus and the Disinherited, Howard Thurman
Kinship by Covenant, A Biblical Theological Study of Covenant Types and Texts In the Old and New Testaments, Scott Walker Hahn
Laying Down the Sword, Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses, Philip Jenkins
New Testament Theology, Volumes 1 and 2, the Teaching of Jesus and of Primitive Christianity According to the New Testament Sources, Dr. Willibalb Beyschlag, Rev. Neil Buchanan
Reason, Faith, and Revolution, Reflections on the God Debate, Terry Eagleton
The Prophets, Abraham J. Heschel
*The Prophetic Imagination, Walter Brueggemann
The Suffering of the Impassible God, The Dialectics of Patristic Thought, PAUL L. GAVRILYUK
THEOLOGY, A Very Short Introduction, David F. Ford
Theology and Social Theory, John Milbank
Theology and Contemporary Critical Theory, Graham Ward, Second Edition
Typology in Scripture, A Study of Hermeneutical Foreign Language Structures, Richard M. Davidson

Old Testament List

Hebrew I Text -- retsources for those who want to learn biblical Hebrew
Audio Hebrew Bible. MP3 files for listening to the Hebrew text read by native Hebrew speaker
Arabicized numbered BHS hebrew bible
*Through the Bible, J. Vernon McGee
Concordia Commentaries
Notes on the Bible, Thomas L. Constable
smyth and helwys commentary Series partial set)
John MacArthur Bible Studies
M.S. Mills study guides
Exploring Reality, The Intertwining of Science and Religion, JOHN POLKINGHORNE
Genesis, How to Read Genesiss, Tremper Longman III
Exodus, The Law of the Covenant, An Exposition of Exodus 21-23, James B. Jordan
1 2 Kings, The Kings and Their Gods,The Pathology of Power, Daniel Berrigan
Psalms, On the Book of Psalms, Exploring the Prayers of Ancient Israel, Nahum M. Sarna
Daniel, Daniel Under the Siege of the Divine, Daniel Berrigan
Daniel, The Handwriting on the Wall, A Commentary on the Book of Daniel. James B. Jordan
Amos, The Theology of the Book of Amos, John Barton

New Testament List

Audio Greek New Testament read by Marilyn Phemister, Wescott Hort text
Audio Greek New Testament read by Maurice Robinson, Byzantine text
UBS5, United Bible Society Greek text, Braille format
*Through the Bible, J. Vernon McGee
Concordia Commentaries
Black's New Testament Commentaries
God's Empowering Presence, The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul, Gordon D. Fee
Notes on the Bible, Thomas L. Constable
John MacArthur Bible Studies
smyth and helwys commentary Series
*MacArthur New Testament Commentaries (partial set)
M.S. Mills study guides
*Portraits of Paul, An Archaeology of Ancient Personality, Bruce J. Malina and Jerome H. Neyrey
*Social-Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels, Second Edition, Bruce J. Malina, Richard L. Rohrbaugh
Romans, The Justification of the Ungodly, An Interpretation of Romans, Volumes 1-2, Jonathan F. Grothe
1 Peter, The Doctrine of Salvation in the First Letter of Peter, Martin Williams
Revelation, Before Jerusalem Fell, Dating the Book of Revelation, An Exegetical and Historical Argument, Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
Revelation, God and History in the Book of Revelation, New Testament Studies in Dialogue with Pannenberg and Moltmann, Michael gilbertson
Revelation, The Beast of Revelation, Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
Revelation, The Days of Vengeance, An Exposition of the Book of Revelation, David Chilton

Church History List

Defending Constantine, The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom, Peter J. Leithart
Heaven Below, Early Pentecostals and American Culture, Grant Wacker
Jesus Wars, How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years, Philip Jenkins
The First Thousand Years, A Global History of Christianity, Robert Louis Wilken
The Orthodox Church, An Introduction to Eastern Christianity Timothy Ware
The Orthodox Way, Kallistos T. Ware

Creeds and Confessions List

Ethics List

Creation and Covenant, The Significance of Sexual Difference in the Moral Theology of Marriage, Christopher Roberts
Love Is an Orientation, Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community, Andrew Marin
Queer Theology, Rethinking the Western Body, Edited by Gerard Loughlin
The Hauerwas Reader, Stanley Hauerwas, Edited by John Berkman and Michael Cartwright
The Peaceable Kingdom, A Primer in Christian Ethics, Stanley M. Hauerwas
What Would You Do? A Serious Answer to a Standard Question, John H. Yoder

Devotional Discipleship List

Meditations on Divine Mercy, Johann Gerhard
Mere Churchianity, Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality, Michael Spencer
Radical love, an introduction to queer theology, Patrick S. Cheng
*The Divine Commodity, Skye Jethani
The Divine Conspiracy, Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God, Dallas Willard
*The Divine Romance, Gene Edwards
*Vintage Jesus, Timeless Answers to Timely Questions, Gerry Breshears, Mark Driscoll

Family Marriage Singles List

Homiletics List

Leadership List

Missions and Evangelism List

Pastoral Care List

This Able Body, Rethinking Disabilities in Biblical Studies, EDITED BY Hector Avalos, Sarah J. Melcher, and Jeremy Schipper

Prayer and Spirituality List

Anam Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom, John O'Donohue
Celtic Spirituality, Oliver Davies
Centering Prayer, Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form, Basil Pennington
The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, The Essential Gui Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Cynthia Bourgeault, Thomas Keating
Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Thomas Merton
Contemplative Prayer, Thomas Merton
Deliverance from Evil Spirits, A Practical Manual, Francis MacNutt
Every Earthly Blessing, Rediscovering the Celtic Tradition, Esther De Waal
Everything Belongs, The Gift of Contemplative Prayer, Richard Rohr
God At War. The Bible and Spiritual Conflict, Gregory A. Boyd
God Dwells within Us, Thomas Dubay
Jesus Today, A Spirituality of Radical Freedom, Albert Nolan
Liturgical Prayer, Its History & Spirit, Cabrol Fernand
Sadhana, A Way to God, Christian Exercises in Eastern Form, Complete and Unabridged, Anthony de Mello
The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality, Carl McColman
The Book of Creation, An Introduction to Celtic Spirituality, J. Philip Newell
The Coming of the CosmicChrist, The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance, Matthew Fox
The darkness of God, negativity in Christian mysticism, Denys Turner
The Devil, Disease and Deliverance, Origins of Illness in New Testament Thought, John Christopher Thomas
the essential writings of christian mysticism, Edited and with an Introduction by Bernard McGinn
The Holy Longing, The Search for a Christian Spirituality, Ronald Rolheiser
The Seven Story Mountain, Thomas Merton
The Spirit of the Disciplines, Understanding How God Changes Lives, Dallas Willard
The Wound of Knowledge, Christian Spirituality from the New Testament to St. John of the Cross, Rowan Williams
*They Cried to the Lord, The Form and Theology of Biblical Prayer, Patrick D. Miller
water, wind, earth and fire, The ChristianPractice of Praying with theElements, Christine Valters Paintner
Where Three Streams Meet, Celtic Spirituality, Sean O'Duinn

Worship and liturgy List

*Song Books – Over 600 hymns and nearly 400 praise songs
The following Hymnals are available on request
Baptist Hymnal 1991 and 2008
Hymns for the Family of God,
Celebration Hymnal
Favorite Songs and Hymns
Hymnal for Worship and Celebration
Lift Up Your Hearts
Mennonite, Church and Sunday School Hymnal
Mennonite, The Singing Church
National Baptist Hymnal
Nazarene Hymnal
Presbyterian Hymnal
Seventh Day Adventist Hymnal
At the Lord's Table, Communion Prayers for All Seasons, Douglas B. Skinner
The Bible and the Liturgy, Jean Danielou, S.J.

Children and Adult Reading List

Other Resources List

Syriac Resources
Resources for learning Ugaritic, an ancient Canaanite language similar to Hebrew, but with it's own alphabet
Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire, Matthew Bunson
National Standard Greek Texts, For Native Greek Speakers
Classical Greek Resources
Jewish Resources
Arabic Resources (Quran, Arabic Bible, Arabic Dictionary)
Coptic resources

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