Recommended Reading

This list will be uploaded on NLF’s website soon, but I thought I’d give another sneak peak.  As you can see, it’s categorized according to our Rule of Life!

Which books would you recommend?

Recommended Reading List


  • Be a lover of God, seeking to live in the love of Christ above all else
    • Simply Christian by NT Wright
    • Mere Christianity by CS Lewis
    • Knowing God by JI Packer
    • Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God by Brennan Manning
    • Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard Foster
    • The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
    • The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
    • The Pursuit of God by AW Tozer
    • The Reason for God by Tim Keller (Advanced)
  • Befriend silence.
    • Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life by Henri Nouwen
    • Thoughts In Solitude by Thomas Merton
    • The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen
    • Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
    • Invitation to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Haley Barton
  • Allow Holy Scripture to shape and form Christ in me.
    • How to Read the Bible for All its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
    • The Last Word by NT Wright
    • Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading by Eugene Peterson
    • Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals by William Webb (Advanced)
    • Abusing Scripture by Manfred Brauch (Advanced)
  • To integrate contemplative practices and rhythms
    (e.g. Daily Office, Sabbath-keeping) to slow down my life.

    • Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Pete Scazzero
    • Begin the Journey with the Daily Office by Pete Scazzero
    • A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God – by Norman Shawchuck (Editor), Rueben P. Job (Editor)
    • Tradition of the Ancients by Martha Ford
    • Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster
    • Sabbath-Keeping by Lynne Baab
    • The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle
    • Sabbath:Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives – by Wayne Mueller
    • John Cassian: The Conferences (Ancient Christian Writers) (Advanced)
    • Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community – Harper, San Francisco


  • Value my own dignity as a human being made in God’s image through self-respect and self-care.
    • Surrender to Love by David Benner
    • The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery – by David Benner
    • Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning
    • Not the Way it’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary on Sin by Cornelius Plantinga Jr. (Advanced)
  • Ruthlessly eliminate hurry.
    • The Attentive Life by Leighton Ford
    • The Life You’ve Always Wanted By John Ortberg
  • Remember God’s history of faithfulness with each new challenge.
    • Streams of Living Water by Richard Foster
    • The Healing Path:  How the Hurts in Your Past Can Lead You to a More Abundant Life by Dan Allender
    • Surprised by Hope by NT Wright (Advanced)
    • The Source by James Michner (Novel)
    • Whose Religion is Christianity? by Lamin Sanneh
    • The Story of Christianity by Justo Gonzalez
    • Water from a Deep Well by Gerald Sittser
    • Longing for God by Foster and Beebe


  • Love my neighbor as I love myself giving first priority to my spouse and children as my first neighbors, or embracing my singleness while bonding with others and bearing fruit for God.
    • The Thrill of the Chaste by Dawn Eden (for Single Women, in particular)
    • The Mystery of Marriage by Mike Mason
    • Twelve Hours to a Great Marriage by Markman and Stanley
    • Celebration of Sex by Douglas Roseneau
    • The Mystery of Children by Mike Mason
    • Have a New Kid by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman
    • Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • Walk in community while respecting each person’s uniqueness.
    • Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
    • No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton
    • From Brokenness to Community by Jean Vanier
    • Sacred Companions by David Benner
    • Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    • A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer
  • Apply emotionally healthy practices in order to love well.
    • The Emotionally Healthy Church by Pete Scazzero
    • A Grace Disguised by Gerald Sittser
    • Changes that Heal by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
    • The Cry of the Soul: How Our Emotions Reveal Our Deepest Questions About God by Dan B Allender Ph.D. and Tremper Longman
    • Extraordinary Relationships by Roberta M. Gilbert
  • Listen more than I speak.
    • Difficult Conversations by Stone, Patton, Heen, and Fisher
  • Live in truth, asking the hard questions.
    • Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
    • I Quit by Geri Scazzero (to be released in 2010)
    • Glittering Images by Susan Howatch
    • The Dark Side of Leadership by Sam Rima
    • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover (Novel)
    • People of the Lie by Scott Peck
  • Bridge racial, cultural, economic and gender barriers for Christ.
    • Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf
    • Free of Charge by Miroslav Volf
    • More than Equals by Perkins and Rice
    • Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church by Mark Demayz
    • The Next Evangelicalism by Soong-Chan Rah
    • Gender & Grace by Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen
    • Malcolm X by Alex Haley (Biography)
    • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (Novel)


  • Savor the sacred in all I do — at work, rest or play.
    • Doing God’s Business by R. Paul Stevens
    • The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity and Caring by Parker Palmer
    • Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
    • The Call by Os Guinness
  • Remember the poor and marginalized.
    • With Justice for All by John Perkins
    • Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider
  • Share my gifts, talents and resources, in and beyond our community.
    • The Will of God as a Way of Life by Gerald Sittser
    • In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen
    • Culture Making by Andy Crouch
    • The Total Money Makeover by David Ramsey

One response to “Recommended Reading

  1. Ah, thank you so much for this comprehensive list! It kinda makes me overwhelmed at first, but there are some real gems in here… I would add “Walking On Water” by Madeleine L’Engle (under sharing my gifts), and “What’s So Amazing About Grace” by Philip Yancey and “Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning (under be a lover of God).

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