Recommended Books

There are different types of reading, as Mortimer J. Adler pointed out. We read to get information. We read to learn. We read to experience something deeply satisfying that we could not ordinarily touch.

All of the books listed below have been used to challenge me and change me. This list is in no way exhaustive or finished. I plan to add to it as I encounter other deeply satisfying authors and their books.

May the books unfamiliar to you offer points to consider, investigate, and dialogue about.

Send any reading suggestions here.


The Old Testament

The New Testament


The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Silence by Shūsaku Endō

The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Works of William Shakespeare

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Dubliners by James Joyce

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Biography & Memoirs

My Lady Suffolk by Evelyn Read

The Five Silent Years of Corrie Ten Boom

Lady Jane Grey by Hester Chapman

The Secret Confessions of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway


Propaganda by Jacques Ellul

Pensées by Blaise Pascal

What is Art? by Leo Tolstoy

Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard

Works of Love by Søren Kierkegaard

A Little Manual for Knowing by Esther Lightcap Meek

Psychology / Counseling

The Broken Image by Leanne Payne

The Restoration of the Christian Soul by Leanne Payne

Connecting by Larry Crabb

Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend

The Wounded Heart by Dan Allender

Faith / Christianity

The Presence of the Kingdom by Jacques Ellul

Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright

Works of Francis Schaeffer

The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis

Creed or Chaos by Dorothy Sayers

Eternity in Their Hearts by Don Richardson

On Prayer by E.M. Bounds

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee

Pagan Christianity? by Frank Viola and George Barna