Books by R.C. Sproul and John MacArthur have had a profound impact on so many people. But which books influenced their lives and ministries? Listen each week on Open Book as we hear about the books that shaped their thinking.

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Open Book is a weekly podcast about the power of books and the people they’ve shaped. In season one, host Stephen Nichols shares never-before-heard moments with R.C. Sproul in his home library, and now in season two, special guest John MacArthur tells the stories behind the books that left their mark on him and his more than fifty years of ministry. Join us each week as we hear amazing stories and insights they gleaned from the books on their shelves.


Dr. Stephen J. Nichols is president of Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries, and a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow. He hosts the podcasts 5 Minutes in Church History and Open Book. He is author of numerous books, including For Us and for Our Salvation, Jonathan Edwards: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought, Peace, and A Time for Confidence, and he is coeditor of The Legacy of Luther and Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series. He is on Twitter @DrSteveNichols.