Following is a categorized list of books that I’ve enjoyed reading, some light and inspirational, some life-changing, others humorous and stress-relieving. This list is in no way comprehensive and is a work in progress.

Spiritual Life

Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster

New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton

Anything by Henri Nouwen

Life Together, Deitrich Bonhoeffer

The Practice of the Present Moment, Brother Lawrence

The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis

Christ is All, David Bryant

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann Voskamp


Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis

Safely Home, Randy Alcorn

Anything by Francine Rivers, Tamera Alexander, Susan May Warren, Dani Pettrey

Life Stories, Eye-witness Accounts

Watchmen on the Walls, Hannah Hurnard

To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson, Courtney Anderson

Rees Howells, Intercessor, Norman Percy Grubb


A Circle of Quiet, Madeleine l’Engle

Marriage and Family

I’m the type of personality that reads a book on marriage or parenting and feels like my world will fall apart because I’m not doing everything right. Sometimes I could go crazy with the pessimistic overtones of books on marriage, illustrations that start, “Ralph and Jane never imagined they’d be sitting in my office, their marriage on the rocks…” I have found several books that do not leave me feeling pressured or depressed. Mike Mason’s marriage book is not a practical how-to book, but a philosophical look at marriage, with insight into the human condition and the relationship between a redemptive God and a fallen people. Gary Thomas’s book is likewise focused on the meaning of marriage and God’s use of marriage to make us Christ-like. Both books breathe encouragement.

As for parenting books, there are so many good resources (and so many opinion books). What I love about Dr. Kimmel’s book is that it gets at the heart of relationship – grace! No matter what style of parenting you lean toward, grace should be central. Grace is foundational for our relationship with God, and it should be primary in all our relationships.

The Mystery of Marriage, Mike Mason

Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas

Going Public: Your Child Can Thrive in Public School, David and Kelli Pritchard

Grace Based Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel

Creative Correction, Lisa Whelchel


A History of the American People, Paul Johnson

A History of Christianity, Volume 1, Kenneth S. Latourette

A History of Christianity, Volume 2, Kenneth S. Latourette 


Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print, Renni Browne and Dave King

Polishing the PUGS: Punctuation, Usage, Grammar, and Spelling, Kathy Ide

Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively, Rebecca McClanahan

How to Grow a Novel, Sol Stein

The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, John Truby

Plot and Structure, James Scott Bell

The Moral Premise, Stanley D. Williams


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