Recommended Reading


Saladin Ahmed, Throne of the Crescent Moon

Randy Boyagoda, Beggar’s Feast

Hugh Cook, Heron River

Joshua Max Feldman, The Book of Jonah

Paul Harding, Tinkers

Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen

Kirstin Valdez Quade, Night at the Fiestas

Zia Haider Rahman, In the Light of What We Know

George Saunders, The Tenth of December

James Schaap, Romey’s Place

Zadie Smith, White Teeth


Danielle Chapman, Delinquent Palaces: Poems

Jennifer Maier, Now, Now

Shane McCrae, Forgiveness Forgiveness

Mary Ruefle, Madness, Rack, and Honey

G.C. Waldrep, Testament

Paul Willis, Say This Prayer Into the Past


Lorene Cary, Black Ice

Shauna Niequist, Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table

Dani Shapiro, Devotion: A Memoir

Patricia and Alana Raybon, Undivided

Luci Shaw, Adventure of Ascent: Field Notes from a Lifelong Journey

Dan Taylor, Creating a Spiritual Legacy: Passing on Your Stories, Values, and Wisdom

Tobias Wolff, This Boy’s Life

Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer

spirituality and theology

Sarah Bessey, Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith

Nadia Bolz-Weber, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People  

Scott Cairns, The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Pain

David Dark, The Gospel According to America;  Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious 

Kelly Brown Douglas, Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God

Makoto Fujimura, On Becoming Generative: An Introduction to Culture Care

Wesley Hill, Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian

Chris Hoke, Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders

Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, What's in a Phrase?: Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause

Janisse Ray, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (The World as Home)

Norman Wirzba, From Nature to Creation

reportage and criticism

Tara Isabella Burton, “A Toast to Georgia”

Dennis Covington, Revelation: A Search for Faith in a Violent Religious WorldSalvation on Sand Mountain;  

Patton Dodd, “The Boston Bombing: Made in the U.S.A.”

Jaweed Kaleem, “Religious Minorities In Islamic Pakistan Struggle But Survive Amid Increasing Persecution”

D.L. Mayfield, “Carrie & Lowell & Me”

Mallory Ortberg, Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters

children and young adults

M.T. Anderson, Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

Ashley Bryan, Beat the Story-Drum, Pum Pum

Arree Chung, Ninja!

Andrew Clements, Frindle

Debby Dahl Edwardson, Blessing’s Bead

Jennifer Mathieu, Devoted


Paul Harrill, Something, Anything