We are in Ordinary Time after Epiphany

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.

~William Styron

To gain a broader understanding of our hopes and to explore ideas we find compelling, here is a reading list of works that have challenged us, shaped us or are are encouraging us to think deeply. Of course, good books are conversation starters, not intended to pigeon-hole or act as perfect reflections of our thinking.

Hospitality & Friendship

The Rise of Christianity, Rodney Stark

Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life, Henri Nouwen

A Good Life: Benedict’s Guide to Everyday Joy, Robert Benson

Jesus, Gospel & Faith

God in the Flesh, Don Everts

Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer, Richard Rohr

The Resurrection of the Son of God, N.T. Wright

The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, Lesslie Newbigen

Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief, Rowan Williams


The Bible Jesus Read, Philip Yancey

Eat This Book, Eugene Peterson

Is There a Meaning in This Text? Kevin Vanhoozer

Shalom, Justice and Ecology

Terrify No More, Gary Haugen

To Live in Peace, Mark Gornik

The Beloved Community, Charles Marsh

Night, Elie Wiesel

Redeeming Creation, Van Dyke, Sheldon, Mahan and Brand

Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life, Bonzo and Stevens

The Church

The Next Christendom, Philip Jenkins

Surprised by Hope, N.T. Wright

Resident Aliens, Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon

Practice Resurrection, Eugene Peterson

Spiritual Direction & Formation

Sacred Rhythms, Ruth Haley Barton

An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor

The Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard

Spiritual Direction and Meditation, Thomas Merton

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Eugene Peterson


The Book of Common Prayer

Living Prayer, Robert Benson

Praying the Psalms, Walter Brueggemann

The Divine Hours (3 volumes), Phyllis Tickle

The Paraclete Psalter, Paraclete Press

Pastoral Philosophy

Working the Angles, Eugene Peterson

Pastor, Will Willimon

Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons, Frederich Buechner

Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work, Eugene Peterson

Christian Theology

Knowing God, J.I. PACKER

Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. TOZER

Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, Kathleen Norris

Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton

The Creed: What Christians Believe and Why It Matters, Luke Timothy Johnson

Christian Theology: An Introduction, Alister McGrath

Christian Foundations (7 Volumes), Donald Bloesch

Art, Beauty & Culture

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and ArtMadeleine L’Engle

Culture Making, Andy Crouch

To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, James Hunter

The Resurrection and the Icon, Michael Quenot

The Writing Life, Annie Dillard

Sacrament & Liturgy

Living the Christian Year, Bobby Gross

For the Life of the World, Alexander Schmemann

Beyond Smells and Bells, Mark Galli

Christ, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, Leonard Vander Zee


All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot

The River Why, James Duncan

Gilead, Marilynne Robinson

Jayber Crow, Wendell Berry

Peace Like a River, Leif Enger

Silence, Shesaku Endo

Perelandra, C.S. Lewis

The Man Who Was Thursday, G.K. Chesterton

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

The Chosen, Chaim Potok

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee