Book List

People often ask us for books that we would recommend to learn and grow. So here are few:


Biblical Study:

  • Bible for Everyone Series, by N.T. Wright

  • Inspired, by Rachel Held Evans

  • What is the Bible?, by Rob Bell

  • How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, by Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart

  • The Africana Bible, edited by Hugh R. Page Jr.

  • The Bible Tells Me So, by Peter Enns
  • Womanist Midrash, by Wil Gafney
  • The Blue Parakeet, by Scot McKnight

  • Prophetic Lament, by Soong-Chan Rah

  • Short Stories by Jesus, by Amy-Jill Levine

  • Fire By Night, by Melissa Florer-Bixler

  • Bible of the Oppressed, by Elsa Tamez

Christian Theology: 

  • Surprised by Hope, by N.T. Wright 

  • Mere Christianity, by CS Lewis
  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James Cone 
  • Mujerista Theology, Ada-Maria Isasi-Dias
  • Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, by Brian Zahnd 

  • Strength to Love, by Martin Luther King, Jr. 

  • Practicing Christian Doctrine, by Beth Felker Jones 

  • Cross Vision, by Greg Boyd 

  • The Divine Dance, by Richard Rohr

  • The Powers that Be, by Walter Wink

  • Stand Your Ground, by Kelly Brown Douglas 

  • The Very Good Gospel, by Lisa Sharon Harper 

  • Reconciling All Things, by Emmanuel Katongole & Chris Rice

Creation Care:

  • Serve God Save the Planet, by Matthew Sleeth

  • What are People For, by Wendell Berry

Discipleship:

  • Divine Conspiracy, by Dallas Willard

  • Making All Things New, by Henri Nouwen

  • The Cost of Discipleship, by Deitrich Bonhoeffer

  • Community and Growth, by Jean Vanier

  • Flee, Be Silent, Pray, by Ed Cyzewski

  • Reconstructing the Gospel, by Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove

  • Long Days of Small Things, by Catherine McNiel

  • Wearing God, by Lauren Winner

  • Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster

Emotional and Mental Health:

  • Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, by Peter Scazzero

  • Listening for God, by Renita Weems

  • Boundaries, by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

  • Glorious Weakness, by Alia Joy

  • I’m Still Here, by Austin Channing Brown
  • Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission, by Amy Simpson

Faith Shift and Doubt: 

  • Know Doubt: The Importance of Embracing Uncertainty in your Faith, by John Ortberg 

  • The Sin of Certainty, by Peter Enns 

  • Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the idol of Certainty, by Greg Boyd 

  • Learning to Walk in the Dark, by Barbara Brown Taylor 

  • How to Survive a Shipweck, by Jonathan Martin 

  • Out of Sorts, by Sarah Bessey 

  • Finding God in the Waves, by Mike McHargue 

  • Water into Wine, by Brian Zahnd

Forgiveness:

  • Free of Charge, by Miroslov Volf

  • No Future Without Forgiveness, by Desmond Tutu

  • Beyond Retribution, by Christopher D. Marshall

  • The Little Book of Restorative Justice, by Howard Zehr

  • Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven, by L. Gregory Jones & Celestin Musekura

  • Roadmap to Reconciliation, by Brenda Salter McNeil

Heaven and Hell:

  • Reviving Old Scratch, by Richard Beck

  • The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis

Incarceration:

  • The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

  • Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson

  • Rethinking Incarceration, by Dominique Gilliard

  • Executing Grace, by Shane Claiborne

Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Resettlement:

  • Welcoming the Stranger, by Matthew Soerens

  • Seeking Refuge, by Stephan Bauman

  • The God Who Sees, by Karen González

  • Love Undocumented, by Sarah Quezada

LGTBQ+:

  • Us versus Us, by Andrew Marin 

  • A Letter to my Congregation, by Ken Wilson

  • God and the Gay Christian, by Matthew Vines 

  • Oriented to Faith, by Tim Otto 

  • Torn, by Justin Lee 

  • Changing Our Mind, by David Gushee 

  • Outside the Lines, by Mihee Kim-Kort

Marriage: 

  • Beyond Companionship: Christians in Marriage, by Diana S. Richmond Garland & David E Garland 

  • The Mystery of Marriage, Mike Mason 

  • Marriage at a Crossroads: Couples in Conversation about Discipleship, Gender Roles, Decision Making & Intimacy, by William & Aida Spencer and Steve & Celestia Tracy 

  • Boundaries in Marriage, by Henry Could & John Townsend 

  • Sex and Love in the Home, by David Matzko McCarthy 

Materialism and Simplicity:

  • 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, by Jen Hatmaker 

  • The More of Less, by Joshua Becker

  • Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, by Ron Sider
  • Just Eating? Practicing Our Faith at the Table by Jennifer Halteman Schrock

Mission and Evangelism: 

  • The Open Secret, by Leslie Newbegin 

  • Faithful Presence, by David Fitch 

  • Toxic Charity, Dr. Bob Lupton 

  • Making Neighborhoods Whole, by John Perkins & Wayne Gordon 

  • Dangerous Presence: Following Jesus into the City, by Jason Butler

  • In the Name of Jesus, by Henri Nouwen 

  • A Public Faith, by Miroslov Volf

Parenting and Caregiving:

  • How Children Raise Parents: The Art of Listening to Your Family, by Dan B. Allender

  • Habits of a Child’s Heart: Raising Your Kids with the Spiritual Disciplines, by Valerie E Hess & Marti Watson Garlett

  • Wouded Children, Healing Homes, by Jayne Schooler, Betsy Keefer Smalley and Timothy J. Callahan

  • Elevating Child Care, by Janet Lansbury

  • Living Simply With Children, by Marie Sherlock

  • Relationship Empowerment Parenting, by Judy and Jack Balswick

  • Raising White Kids, by Jennifer Harvey

  • Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World, by Kelley Nikondeha

  • Boundaries with Kids, by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Politics:

  • The Myth of a Christian Nation, by Greg Boyd

  • Jesus for President, Shane Clairborne

  • Resident Aliens, by Stanley Hauerwas & William Willimon

  • Still Evangelical?, edited by Mark Labberton  

  • Left, Right and Christ, by Lisa Sharon Harper  

Race:

  • The Soul of Black Folk, by W.E.B DuBois

  • Race Matters, by Cornell West

  • Divided by Faith, by Michael Emerson & Christian Smith

  • Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys, by Richard Twiss

  • Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, by Beverly Daniesl Tatum

  • Disunity in Christ, by Christina Cleveland
  • The Color of Compromise, by Jemar Tisby 
  • Women, Race and Class, by Angela Davis

Sabbath:

  • 24/6, Dr. Matthew Sleeth

  • The Sabbath, Abraham Joshua Heschel

  • Sabbath as Resistance, Walter Brueggemann

  • Keeping the Sabbath, by Marva J. Dawn

Singleness: 

  • Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must be Reinvented in Today’s Church, by Christine Colon and Bonnie Field 

  • Party of One, by Joy Beth Smith 

Spirituality:

  • Glory Happening, by Kaitlin Curtice 

  • Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians, by Lawrence Kushner 

  • Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, by Richard Rohr 

  • The Way to Love, by Anthony DeMello 

  • Life of the Beloved, by Henri Nouwen 

  • The Ragammufin Gospel, by Brennan Manning 

  • Love Does, by Bob Goff

Suffering and Grief:


  • Everything Happens for A Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved), by Kate Bowler 

  • Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope, by Joan D. Chittister 

  • Praying our Goodbyes, by Joyce Rupp 

  • Walking Through Twilight, by Douglas Groothuis
  • The View from Rock Bottom, by Stephanie Tait

Vocation: 

  • Let Your Life Speak, by Parker Palmer 

  • Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert 


Women:

  • Jesus Feminist, by Sarah Bessey 

  • The Year of Biblical Womanhood, by Rachel Held Evans 

  • Discovering Biblical Equality, by Ronald W Pierce & Rebecca Merrill Groothuis 

  • Good News for Women, by Rebecca Merrill Groothuis 

  • Half the Church, by Carolyn Custis James    

Worship:

  • The Next Worship, by Sandra Maria Van Opstal

  • The Dangerous Act of Worship, by Mark Labberton