One of the best ways to learn about people is to take a look at their bookshelves.  Even if they haven’t read all of those books, it’s a great way to discover what makes people tick, what kind of stories compel them and the story they really want to write with their life. 

It’s also true that what is on our bookshelves can be a great help and resource for someone else.  What has spoken to you  just might be the thing to get someone through when they really need it.  

I hope you enjoy a few of the books on my shelves and links to some of the things I’m reading or that have helped me in the past.  They should help you learn a little bit more of who I am, but my hope is that they also might help you get through whatever might be holding you back.  

So take a look around, flip through a book if it interests you, learn a little bit about the words that have influenced me, and you just might find a trustworthy guide or two to get you where you want to go. 


The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides

Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter 

A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

AmericanahChimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Modern Lovers, Emma Straub

A Partial History of Lost Causes, Jennifer Dubois

Abide With Me, Elizabeth Strout

Run, Ann Patchett

A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby

People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks

Good Stories

Jesus Feminist, Sarah Bessey

Found, Micha Boyett

Searching For Sunday, Rachel Held Evans 

Snake Oil, Becca Stevens 

Take This Bread, Sara Miles 

The Little Chapel on the River, Gwendolyn Bounds 

The Life You Save May Be Your Own, Paul Elie

Pillar of Fire: America In the King Years, Taylor Branch 


Being Christian, Rowan Williams 

The Sacred Wildernss of Pastoral Ministry, David Rohrer

The Mystic Way of Evangelism, Elaine Heath

The Pastor, Eugene Peterson

Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen

The Good and Beautiful God, James Bryan Smith

The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A Testament of Devotion, Thomas Kelly

Jesus and the Disinherited, Howard Thurman

Grace to Lead, Kenneth Carder and Laceye Werner


For more recommendations and reading guides, here are a few posts about good books.

Modern Compassion: Or What I’m Learning Reading Emma Straub

A Church Nerd’s Summer Reading List

Seven Books to Read When Prayer is Hard

Must Read: Found Grace 

Top Ten for 2015