Recommended Reading

1. Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe Is Coming Apart by Kathy Escobar

2. Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus by Kathy Escobar

3. Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life by Phileena Heuertz

4. Unexpected Gifts: Discovering the Way of Community by Christopher L. Heuertz

5. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg

6. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown

7. How To Be A Christian Without Going To Church: The Unofficial Guide to Alternative Forms of Christian Community by Kelly Bean

8. Pay Attention For Goodness’ Sake: Practicing the Perfections of the Heart – the Buddhist Path of Kindness by Sylvia Boorstein

9. Song of a Christian Sufi: A Spiritual Memoir by Marietta Bahri Della Penna

10. Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission by Christopher L. Heuertz and Christine D. Pohl

11. Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise by Thich Nhat Hanh

12. How To Love by Thich Nhat Hanh

13. Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life by Joan Chittister

14. Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

15. The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham

16. Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans

17. The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert

18. Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet by Mathew Fox

19. The Hope: A Guide To Sacred Activism by Andrew Harvey

20. Embracing the Body: Finding God in Our Flesh and Bone by Tara M. Owens

21. Church on the Couch: Does the Church Need Therapy? by Elaine Martens Hamilton

22. Contemplation in a World of Action by Thomas Merton

23. Permission Granted: Take the Bible Into Your Own Hands by Jennifer Grace Bird

24. Did God Kill Jesus? Searching for Love in History’s Most Famous Execution by Tony Jones 

25. Eager To Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi by Richard Rohr

26. Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community by Enuma Okoro

27. God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Mirabai Starr

28. Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation by Adam Bucko and Mathew Fox

29. Relig-ish: Soulful Living in a Spiritual-But-Not-Religious World by Rachelle Mee-Chapman

30. A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness by Marlena Graves

31. The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs

32. No Salvation Outside the Poor: Prophetic-Utopian Essays by Jon Sobrino

33. The Power of Solitude: Discovering Your True Self in a World of Nonsense and Noise by Annemarie S. Kidder

34. Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition by Christine D. Pohl

35. Counterfeit Community: The Exploitation of Our Longings for Connectness by John F. Freie

36. Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World by Margaret J. Wheatley

37. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

38. The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul by Sandra Maitri

39. Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis by Ilia Delio

40. Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr

41. Simple Spirituality: Learning to See God in a Broken World by Christopher L. Heuertz

42. Starting Something New: Spiritual Direction for Your God-Given Dream by Beth A. Booram

43. Wonderful and Dark is this Road: Discovering the Mystic Path by Emilie Griffin

44. Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie

45. Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices by Brian D. McLaren

46. InsideOut Enneagram: The Game-Changing Guide for Leaders by Wendy Appel

47. Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God by James Finley

48. Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World by Brian D. McLaren

49. How To Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living by Rob Bell

50. From Brokenness to Community by Jean Vanier

51. Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit by Henri J.M. Nouwen with Michael J. Christensen and Rebecca J. Laird

52. Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self by Richard Rohr

53. New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton

54. Lessons in Belonging: From a Church-Going Commitment Phobe by Erin S. Lane

55. What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self by Richard Rohr

56. Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most by Mark Scandrette with Lisa Scandrette

57. Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps by Richard Rohr

58. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See by Richard Rohr

59. Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living by Thich Nhat Hanh

60. The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne

61. The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and the Discovery of Faith by Peter Rollins

62. Pilgrim Principles: Journeying With Intention in Everyday Life by Lacy Clark Ellman

63. Let Your Life Speak: Listening to the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer

64. Citizenship Papers: Essays by Wendell Berry

65.  The Quantity of a Hazelnut by Fae Malania

66. Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor by Jana Riess

67. Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Disengagement by Michael Frost

68. Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions by Rachel Held Evans

69. A Sacred Voice is Calling: Personal Vocation and Social Conscience by John Neafsey

70. Living the Quaker Way: Discovering the Hidden Happiness in the Simple Life by Philip Gulley

71. The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings by John Philip Newell

72. The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity, and Caring by Parker J. Palmer

73. Moving in the Spirit: Becoming a Contemplative in Action by Richard J. Hauser

74. Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault

75. Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day by Macrina Wiederkehr

76. Waiting for God by Simone Weil

77. Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel by Thomas Keating

78. The Sacred Gaze: Contemplation and the Healing of the Self by Susan R. Pitchford

79. Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr

80. Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community by Ruth Haley Barton

81. The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality by Carl McColman

82. Dorothy Day: Selected Writings edited by Robert Ellsberg

83. The Springs of Contemplation by Thomas Merton

84. Living Into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us by Christine D. Pohl

85. Community and Growth by Jean Vanier

86. Walking With Loneliness by Paula Ripple

87. Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland

88. Community of Faith: Crafting Christian Communities Today by Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead

89. Radical Gratitude by Mary Jo Leddy

90. Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Comming Dark Age by Maggie Jackson

91. When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions by Sue Monk Kidd

92. Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening by Diana Butler Bass

93. Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression by Monica A. Coleman

94. Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton

95. Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

96. The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within by Christine Valters Paintner

97. Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God by Lauren F. Winner

98. Simplicity: The Freedom of Letting Go by Richard Rohr

99. A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life by Parker J. Palmer

100. The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction by Peter Rollins

101. Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How To Reverse It) by Robert D. Lupton

102. The Careless Society: Community and Its Counterfeits by John McKnight

103. Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor

104. Listening Below the Noise: A Meditation on the Practice of Silence by Anne D. LeClaire

105. Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber

106. Presence and Encounter: The Sacramental Possibilities of Everyday Life by David G. Benner

107. Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit by Parker J. Palmer

108. Vulnerable Faith: Missional Living in the Radical Way of St. Patrick by Jamie Arpin-Ricci

109. Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong

110. A Thomas Merton Reader edited by Thomas P. McDonnell

111. Desperately Seeking Spirituality: A Field Guide to Practice by Meredith Gould

112. Companions of Christ: Ignatian Spirituality for Everyday Living by Margaret Silf

113. Listen: Finding God in the Story of Your Life by Keri Wyatt Kent

114. An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor

115. The Promise of Paradox: A Celebration of Contradictions in the Christian Life by Parker J. Palmer

116. A New Set of Eyes: Encountering the Hidden God by Paula D’ Arcy

117. Who Cares? Rediscovering Community by David B. Schwartz

118. Stand On Your Own Feet: Finding a Contemplative Spirit in Everyday Life by Natalie Smith

119. Release: Healing from Wounds of Family, Church, and Community by Flora Slosson Wuellner

120. Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God by Cynthia Bourgeault

121. Just Hospitality: God’s Welcome in a World of Difference by Letty M. Russell

122. Stitches: A Handbook of Meaning, Hope and Repair by Anne Lamott

123. The Unkingdom of God: Embracing the Subversive Power of Repentance by Mark Van Steenwyk

124. Holy Invitations: Exploring Spiritual Direction by Jeannette A. Bakke

125. Sadhana: A Way To God – Christian Exercises in Eastern Form by Anthony De Mello

126. Enneagram Spirituality: From Compulsion to Contemplation by Suzanne Zuercher

127. Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block

128. The Cost of Community: Jesus, St. Francis and Life in the Kingdom by Jamie Arpin-Ricci

129. Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott

130. The Wisdom Way of Knowing: Reclaiming an Ancient Tradition to Awaken the Heart by Cynthia Bourgeault

131. The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom by Angeles Arrien 

132. The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture by Wendell Berry

133. Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition by Wendell Berry

134. Tools for Conviviality by Ivan Illich

135. The Scapegoat by Rene Girard

136. Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints by James Martin

137. Another Turn of the Crank by Wendell Berry

138. Loaves and Fishes: The Inspiring Story of the Catholic Worker Movement by Dorothy Day

139. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben

140. Out of Sorts: Making Peace With an Evolving Faith by Sarah Bessey

141. Relational Reality: New Discoveries of Interrelatedness that are Transforming the Modern World by Charlene Spretnak

142. Great Mystics & Social Justice: Walking on the Two Feet of Love by Susan Rakoczy

143. Life of the Beloved by Henri J.M. Nouwen

144. True Self/False Self: Unmasking the Spirit Within by M. Basil Pennington

145. The School of Charity: Letters on Religious Renewal and Spiritual Direction by Thomas Merton edited by Patrick Hart

146. Making Room For Leadership: Power, Space and Influence by MaryKate Morse

147. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha By Tara Brach

148. A Harsh and Dreadful Love: Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement by William D. Miller

149. Witness To Freedom: Letters in Times of Crisis by Thomas Merton edited by William Shannon

150. Thomas Merton: An Invitation to the Contemplative Life edited by Wayne Simsic

151. The Surprising Purpose of Anger: Beyond Anger Management: Finding the Gift by Marshall B. Rosenberg

152. The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage by Paul Elie

153. The Fidelity of Betrayal: Towards a Church Beyond Belief by Peter Rollins

154. Insurrection: To Believe is Human To Doubt, Divine by Peter Rollins

155. The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World by Sophia Dembling

156. Against an Infinite Horizon: The Finger of God in Our Everyday Lives by Ronald Rolheiser

157. Into the Depths: A Journey of Loss and Vocation by Mary Margaret Funk

158. Spirituality and the Awakening Self: The Sacred Journey of Transformation by David G. Benner

159. Anarchism: A Collection of Revolutionary Writings by Peter Kropotkin

160. Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World by Sharon Daloz Parks

161. Strangers at My Door: A True Story About Finding Jesus in Unexpected Guests by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

162. A Season of Mystery: 10 Spiritual Practices for Embracing a Happier Second Half of Life by Paula Huston

163. The Search for Spirituality: Our Global Quest for a Spiritual Life by Ursula King

164. Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self by Joyce Rupp

165. We Are Already One: Thomas Merton’s Message of Hope: Reflections to Honor His Centenary (1915-2015) edited by Gray Henry and Jonathan Montaldo

166. Radical Optimism: Practical Spirituality in an Uncertain World by Beatrice Bruteau

167. Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren F. Winner

168. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

169. A Lever And A Place To Stand: The Contemplative Stance, The Active Prayer by Richard Rohr

170. Turn My Mourning Into Dancing: Finding Hope in Hard Times by Henri J. M. Nouwen

171. Turning Toward the World: The Pivital Years – The Journals of Thomas Merton 1960-1963 edited by Victor A. Kramer

172. Learning To Love: Exploring Solitude and Freedom – The Journals of Thomas Merton 1966-1967 edited by Christine M. Bochen

173. Dancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage – The Journals of Thomas Merton 1963-1965 edited by Robert E. Daggy

174. Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within by Karen Hering

175. Something Greater: Culture, Family, and Community as Living Story by Jeanne Choy Tate

176. Sensual Orthodoxy by Debbie Blue

177. The Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey – The Journals of Thomas Merton 1967-1968 edited by Patrick Hart

178. The Contemplative Heart by James Finely

179. The Way of Unknowing: Expanding Spiritual Horizons through Meditation by John Main

180. A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions that are Transforming the Faith by Brian D. McLaren

181. Everything Mind: What I’ve Learned About Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening, and the Mind-Blowing Truth of It All by Chris Grosso

182. Echoing Silence: Thomas Merton and the Vocation of Writing edited by Robert Inchausti

183. Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists by Courtney E. Martin

184. Coming Home To Your True Self: Leaving the Emptiness of False Attractions by Albert Haase

185. Living Presence: A Sufi Way to Mindfulness & the Essential Self by Kabir Edmund Helminski

186. No Man Is An Island by Thomas Merton

187. Mystics and Zen Master by Thomas Merton

188. Risky Compassion by Ash Barker

189. Works of Love by Soren Kierkegaard

190. Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire by Brian J. Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat

191. Loving To Know: Covenant Epistemology by Esther Lightcap Meek

192. How (Not) to Speak of God by Peter Rollins

193. Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet by Barbara C. Crafton

194. Soul Vows: Gathering the Presence of the Divine In You, Through You, and As You by Janet Conner

195. Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander by Thomas Merton

196. The Heartbeat of God: Finding the Sacred in the Middle of Everything by Katherine Jefferts Schori

197. Everyday Epiphanies: Rediscovering the Sacred in Everything by Melannie Svoboda

198. The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship by Jean Vanier

199. The Sign of Jonas by Thomas Merton

200. When “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church by Lillian Daniel

201. The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery by David G. Benner

202. We Can Work it Out: Resolving Conflicts Peacefully and Powerfully by Marshall B. Rosenberg

203. Dorothy Day: A Radical Devotion by Robert Coles

204. Seeing Beyond Depression by Jean Vanier

205. Life and Holiness by Thomas Merton

206. Practical Spirituality: Reflections on the Spiritual Basis of Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg

207. Getting Past the Pain Between Us: Healing and Reconciliation Without Compromise by Marshall B. Rosenberg

208. Our Only World: Ten Essays by Wendell Berry

209. Traditions of the Ancients: Vintage Faith Practices for the 21st Century by Marcia Ford

210. Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith by Michelle DeRusha

211. Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness by Esther De Waal

212. Happiness by Joan Chittister

213. The Heart of the World: An Introduction to Contemplative Christianity by Thomas Keating

214. Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit by Paula Huston

215. Becoming Human by Jean Vanier

216. Silence, Solitude, Simplicity: A Hermit’s Love Affair with a Noisy, Crowded, and Complicated World by Jeremy Hall

217. Winter Grace: Spirituality and Aging by Kathleen Fischer

218. Mother Teresa: Come By My Light: The Private Writings of the “Saint of Calcutta” edited by Brian Kolodiejchuk

219. Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine

220. Why I am An Atheist Who Believes in God: How to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace by Frank Schaeffer

221. Love and Living by Thomas Merton edited by Naomi Burton Stone and Patrick Hart

222. Raids on the Unspeakable by Thomas Merton

223. The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day

224. Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up With a Christian Drunk by Heather Kopp

225. The Silent Life by Thomas Merton

226. Charity Detox: What Would Charity Look Like If We Actually Cared About Results by Robert D. Lupton

227. Befriending Silence: Discovering the Gift of Cistercian Spirituality by Carl McColman

228. The New Man by Thomas Merton

229. The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living by Rory McEntee and Adam Bucko

230. The Prophet of Cuernavca: Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the West by Todd Hartch

231. Grounded: Finding God in the World: A Spiritual Revolution by Diana Butler Bass

232. The Vandana Shiva Reader by Vandana Shiva

233. The Road to Joy: Letters to New and Old Friends by Thomas Merton edited by Robert E. Daggy

234. Rising Strong by Brene Brown

235. Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber

236. Your Vocational Credo: Practical Steps to Discover Your Unique Purpose by Deborah Koehn Loyd

237. Sacred Wounds: A Path to Healing from Spiritual Trauma by Teresa B. Pasquale

238. Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing by Reba Riley

239. A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community by Simone Campbell

240. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

241. Life’s Great Questions by Jean Vanier

242. The Age of Consequences: A Chronicle of Concern & Hope by Courtney White

243.. The Radical King: Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Cornel West

244. The Hidden Ground of Love: Letters on Religious Experience and Social Concerns by Thomas Merton edited by William H. Shannon

245. Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell