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
Americanah, Chimamanda 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
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