Resources

Bible study materials and suggested reading are available as resources for your spiritual growth.  

Bible Study Curriculum

Recommended Reading 

Getting Started
  • The Bible
  • Apostles Creed
  • Nicene Creed
  • Heidelberg Catechism
  • John Stott, Basic Christianity
  • C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
  • Trevor Hart, Faith Thinking
  • Eugene Peterson, Answering God
  • Jerry Sittser, The Will of God As a Way of Life
  • Debra Rienstra, So Much More: An Invitation to Christian Spirituality
Classics
  • Augustine, The Confessions
  • Athanasius, On The Incarnation
  • Irenaeus, Against Heresies
  • Gregory the Great, Pastoral Care
  • Teresa of Avila, The Collected Works
  • John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion
  • Augustine, City of God
  • Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
  • Ignatius Loyola, The Spiritual Exercises
  • Blaise Pascal, Pensees
  • John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Martin Buber, I and Thou
  • Bonaventure, The Souls Journey into God/The Tree of Life; The Life of St. Francis
  • John of the Cross, The Collected Works
  • Soren Kiekegaard, Purity of Heart
  • Karl Barth, The Church Dogmatics
  • Hans Urs Von Bathasar, The Glory of the Lord
  • Thomas Aquinas, The Summa Theological
Reshaping the Imagination
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov; Crime & Punishment; The Idiot
  • David James Duncan, The Brothers K; The River Why
  • George Elliot, Middlemarch
  • George Bernanos, Diary of a Country Priest
  • George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin
  • Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory
  • C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces/The Chronicles of Narnia
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy)
  • Sigrid Undset, Kristen Lavransdatter
  • Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose/Crossing to Safety
  • Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow
  • Susan Howatch, Glittering Images
  • Richard Adams, Watership Down
  • Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Flannery O’Connor, Everything that Rises Must Converge
  • Chaim Potock, The Chosen/My Name is Asher Lev; The Gift of Asher Lev; The Promise
  • Leaf Enger, Peace Like a River
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
  • Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
  • Frederick Buechner, Godric
  • Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Illych
  • Tony Morrison, Beloved
  • Nicholas Wolterstorff, Lament for a Son
  • Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies
  • Shusako Endo, Silence
  • Kathleen Norris, Dakota
  • Walker Percy, The Second Coming
  • Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
  • Ivan Doig, This House of Sky
  • Walter Wangerin, The Book of the Dun Cow
  • Anne Tyler, Saint Maybe
  • William Shakespeare, anything
  • Victor Hugo, Les Miserable
  • Forrest Carter, Education of Little Tree
Poetry
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins, Poems
  • Dante, The Divine Comedy
  • John Milton, Paradise Lost
  • Richard Wilbur, Poems
  • Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems    
  • George Herbert, The Temple
  • John Donne, The Holy Sonnets
  • Luci Shaw, A Widening Light
  • Czeslaw Milosz, The Collected Poems
  • T.S. Elliot, The Four Quartets/The Wasteland
  • Wendell Berry, The Timbered Choir
  • Seamus Heaney, The Collected Poems
  • Raymond Carver, A New Path to the Waterfall
  • Garrison Keillor, ed., Good Poems
Prayer
  • The Psalms, (The Bible)
  • Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer
  • P.T. Forsyth, The Soul of Prayer
  • Frederic von Hugel, The Life of Prayer
  • Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, I am an Impure Thinker     
  • Friedrich Heiler, Prayer: A study in the History and Psychology of Religion
  • C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
  • Jacques Ellul, Prayer and Modern Man
  • Harry Emerson Fosdick, The Meaning of Prayer
  • Steven Chase, The Tree of Life
  • James M. Houston, The Transforming Friendship
  • Richard Foster, Prayer: Finding the Hearts True Home
  • The Book of Common Worship
  • John Bailie, A Diary of Private Prayer
  • David Adam, The Edge of Glory: Prayers in the Celtic Tradition
  • John Oliver Nelson, ed., The Student Prayerbook
  • Ben Patterson, Deepening Your Conversation with God
  • Jim Cymbala, Fresh Wind Fresh Fire
  • Wesley L. Duewel, Mighty Prevailing Prayer
Spiritual Theology
  • Martin Thornton, Pastoral Theology: Reorientation
  • Eugene Peterson, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places; Eat This Book
  • Jonathan Edwards, A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Spiritual Care
  • Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America
  • Benedict, The Rule
  • Stanley Hauerwas, A Community of Christian Character
  • Evelyn Underhill, The Spiritual Life
  • Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of ManThe Prophets
Spiritual Direction & Disciplines
  • Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath
  • P.T. Forsyth, The Cure of Souls
  • Stanley Hauerwas, A Community of Character
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
  • Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline
  • Aelred of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship
  • Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life/Letters of Spiritual Direction
  • Thomas Merton, Spiritual Direction/Seven Story Mountain
  • Keith Anderson, Spiritual Mentoring
  • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Divine Milieu
  • Martin Luther, Letters of Spiritual Counsel
  • Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  • Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being
  • Eugene Peterson, Under The Unpredictable Plant; Five Smooth Stones; Subversive Spirituality; Working the Angles; The Contemplative Pastor
  • Henri J.M. Nouwen, Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life
  • Frederick Buechner, The Sacred Journey, Now and Then, and Telling Secrets
  • A.W. Tozer, Pursuit of God and Knowledge of the Holy
  • Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos
  • Dorothy Day, The Long Lonliness
  • Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines
  • J.I. Packer and Loren Wilkinson, eds., Alive to God: Studies in Spirituality
  • Basil M. Pennington, Lectio Divine: Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying Scripture
Worship
  • James Torrance, Worship Community and the Triune God of Grace
  • Evelyn Underhill, Worship
  • Marva Dawn, Reaching Out without Dumbing Down/A Royal Waste of Time
  • Annie Dillard, Teaching A Stone to Talk
  • J.G. Davies, Westminster Dictionary of Worship
  • Robert Weber, Ancient Future Faith
  • Sally Morgenthaler, Worship Evangelism
  • James F. White, An Introduction to Christian Worship
  • Don E. Saliers, Worship & Spirituality
  • Edward Folwy, From Age to Age
  • Frank Senn, Christian Liturgy: Catholic and Evangelical
  • James 0’Connor, The Hidden Manna: A Theology of the Eucharist
  • Tim Dearborn and Scott Coil, Worship At the Next Level: insight from contemporary voices
Mission & Evangelism
  • Stanley Hauerwas  & William Willimon, Resident Aliens
  • Lesslie Newbigin, Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture
  • Wendell Berry, Sex, Economy, Freedom, & Community
  • James Davidson Hunger, Cultural Wars
  • Brian McLaren, A New Kind of Christian
  • David Bosch, Believing in the Future: Toward a Missiology of Western Culture
  • David Bosch, Transforming Mission: paradigm Shifts in Theology and Mission
  • Darrell Guder, Missional Church: Toward an Ecclesial Christian Ethic
  • George Hunsberger & Craig Van Gelder, The Church Between Gospel and Culture
  • Patrick R. Keifert, Welcoming the Stranger: A Public Theology of Worship and Evangelism
  • Robert Weber, Liturgical Evangelism
  • Stanley Hauerwas, After Christendom? How the Church Is to Behave If Freedom, Justice and Christian Nation Are Bad Ideas.
  • Norman Kraus, The Community of the Spirit: How the Church Is in the World
  • Sherwood Lingenfelter & Marvin Mayers, Ministering Cross-Culturally: an Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships
  • John Howard Yoder, The Politics of Jesus
  • Charles VanEngen, Mission on the Way: issues in Modern Theology
  • Michael Green, Evangelism in the Early Church
  • Hippolytus, The Treatise on the “Apostolic Tradition.”
Vocation
  • Richard Bolle, How to Find your Mission in Life
  • Robert Coles  & Brian Mahan, Forgetting Ourselves On Purpose: Vocation and the Ethics of Ambition
  • Craig Dykstra, Growing into the Life of Faith: Education and Christian Practice
  • Gill Farnham & Ward McLean, Listening Hearts: Discerning Call in Community
  • Os Guiness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
  • Steven Garber, The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior During the University Years.
  • Gregory L. Jones and Stephanie Paulsell, ed., The Scope of Art: The Vocation of the Theological Teacher.
  • Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
  • Sharon Daloz Parks, Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning , Purpose, and Faith.
  • Cornelius Plantinga, Engaging God’s World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living.
  • Mark Schwen, Exiles in Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America
  • Gerald Sittser, The Will of God as a Way of Life