My Bookshelf


Here are the books I’ve had my nose in at the gym, in school pick-up lines, and during nap times. I’d love to hear your reading recommendations in the comments section.


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James
The Language of God by Francis S. Collins
Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer by Maya Angelou
Generous Spaciousness by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
No Little Women: Equipping All the Women in the Household of God by Aimee Byrd
Streams of Living Water by Richard J. Foster
Reading Between the Lines: A Christian Guide to Literature by Gene Edward Veith, Jr.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter (Release Date: November 2017)
Old Earth or Evolutionary Creation edited by Kenneth Keathley, J.B. Stump, and Joe Aguirre (Release Date: July 2017)
Reading with Deeper Eyes: the Love of Literature and the Life of Faith by William H. Willimon
Preachers and Misfits, Prophets and Thieves: The Minister in Southern Fiction by G. Lee Ramsey Jr.
offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
The Prayers of Jane Austen
The Seven Deadly Virtues by Todd E. Outcalt
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
Counting Descent by Clint Smith
God’s Global Mosaic by Paul-Gordon Chandler
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Decalogue: Living as the People of God by David L. Baker
Prayer and Modern Man by Jacques Ellul
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer by C.S. Lewis
Paradoxology: Why Christianity Was Never Meant to be Simple by Krish Kandiah
You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
A Simple Way to Pray by Martin Luther
Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views by Robert A.J. Gagnon and Dan O. Via
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Our Patchwork Nation by Dante Chinni and James Gimpel
Meeting with My Brother by Yi Mun-yol and translated by Heinz Insu Fenkl with Yoosup Chang
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Dream with Me by John Perkins
How I Changed My Mind About Evolution edited by Kathryn Applegate and J.B. Stump
Rwandan Women Rising by Swanee Hunt
Pursuing Justice by Ken Wytsma
The Parables After Jesus by David B. Gowler
The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
indivisible: poems for social justice by Gail Bush and Randy Meyer
Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories by Mariana Enriquez
Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis by Stephan Bauman, Matthew Soerens, and Dr. Issam Smeir
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance
Interventions: A Life in War and Peace by Kofi Annan with Nader Mousavizadeh
The Hundred Story Home by Kathy Izard
Race and Place by David C. Leong

2016 (70)

Hebrews: An Anchor for the Soul by R. Kent Hughes
Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty by Kate Hennessy
Faith by Jennifer Haigh
The Way of the Writer by Charles Johnson
African American Theology by Frederick L. Ware
Waiting for God by Simone Weil
Nonviolence: A Brief History by John Howard Yoder
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
In Our Own Hands edited by Brian H. Greenwald and Joseph J. Murray 
Created and Creating: A Biblical Theology of Culture by William Edgar
Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins
Sisters In Law by Linda Hirshman
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Romans: Righteousness from Heaven by R. Kent Hughes

Threading My Prayer Rug by Sabeeha Rehman

At Home in Exile by Russell Jeung
Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife by Ruth A. Tucker 
Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of our Daily Choices by Julie Clawson
Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical’s Inside View of White Christianity by Edward Gilbreath
Fools Rush In Where Monkeys Fear to Tread by Carl Trueman
Violence by Jacques Ellul
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Run by Ann Patchett
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Black Prophetic Fire by Cornel West and Christa Buschendorf
Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire

remembered rapture: the writer at work by bell hooks
The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works
The Locust Effect by Gary Haugen
The Ambassadors by Henry James
Race Matters by Cornel West
The Method and Message of Jesus’ Teachings by Robert H. Stein
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Not George Washington by P.G. Wodehouse
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
The Givenness of Things: Essays by Marilynne Robinson
Remembering Laughter by Wallace Stegner
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Art for God’s Sake by Philip Graham Ryken
Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts by Steve Turner
The Black Poets by Dudley Randall
Champagne Baby by Laure Dugas
Surviving the Island of Grace: Life on the Wild Edge of America by Leslie Leyland Fields
Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People by Kenneth A. Mathews
The Happy Marriage by Tahar Ben Jelloun
Lost Voices of the Nile by Charlotte Booth
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
In the Most Beautiful Life/ in Cea Mai Frumoasa Viata by Carmen Firan

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Israel in Egypt by James K. Hoffmeier
Overplayed by David King and Margot Starbuck
Speak What We Feel: Not What We Ought to Say by Frederick Buechner
The River Between by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Silence by Shusaku Endo
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior
The Prayer God Longs For
by James Emery White
The Surrender Tree
by Margarita Engle
Genesis: Beginning and Blessing by R. Kent Hughes
The Witches by Stacy Schiff
brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Faraway Nearby  by Rebecca Solnit
Cousin Bette by Balzac
Word of Mouth: Poem’s Featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” edited by Catherine Bowman
When I Was A Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Overrated by Eugene Cho
Sharing the Pleasures of Reading by Welleran Poltarnees
The Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone

2015 (36)

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee
Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin
Free to Serve: Protecting the Religious Freedom of Faith-Based Organizations by Stephen V. Monsma and Stanley W. Carlson
Home by Marilynne Robinson
Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory by Philip Graham Ryken

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology by John Dyer
The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Fatal Choices by Cathy Zalenski
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Exodus by Tony Merida
On Writing by Stephen King
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje
50 Women Every Christian Should Know by Michelle DeRusha
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Color of Water by James McBride
Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves by Kevin Bales

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
God and the Gay Christian: the Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships by Matthew Vines
Rome Sweet Home by Scott and Kimberly Hahn
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabakov
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Small Victories by Anne Lamott
Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr.

2014 (26)
The Habit of Being by Flannery O’Connor and Sally Fitzgerald
Till We Have Faces: A Novel of Cupid and Psyche by C.S. Lewis
Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
A Faith Not Worth Fighting For edited by Tripp York and Justin Bronson Barringer

60 People Who Shaped the Church by Alton Gansky
27 Views of Charlotte: The Queen City in Prose & Poetry, Compilation published by Eno Publishers
How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan by Eliza Griswold
BioEthics: A Primer for Christians by Gilbert Meilaender
Summer Moonshine by P.G. Wodehouse
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
In Search of the Mountain of God by Robert Cornuke and David Halbrook
The Discomfort Zone by Jonathan Franzen
Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters by Diane Jacobs
The Rise of the Nones by James Emery White
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
the resignation of eve by Jim Henderson
The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor

The Middle of Everywhere by Mary Pipher
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro

An Accidental Athlete by John “The Penguin” Bingham
The Art of Character by David Corbett

2013 (35)
Discernment by Henri Nouwen
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
The Education of a British-Protected Child by Chinua Achebe
Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Dirty God: Jesus in the Trenches by Johnnie Moore
Pigs Have Wings by P.G. Wodehouse
Beauty: A Very Short Introduction by Robert Scruton
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
This I Believe edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey
The Luck of the Bodkins by P.G. Wodehouse
Only as Good as Your Word by Susan Shapiro
Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
The Attack on the Mill and Other Stories by Emile Zola
Terrify No More by Gary Haugen
Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Arranged Marriage by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler
Small Things with Great Love by Margot Starbuck
How to Read Literature Like A Writer by Francine Prose
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by August Wilson
How to Read Literature Like A Professor by Thomas C. Foster
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Writing to Change the World by Mary Pipher
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
Evening is the Whole Day
 by Preeta Samarasan

Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers by Kate Hopper

2012 (37)

The Miracles of Exodus by Colin J. Humphreys
Quiet by Susan Cain
Piccadilly Jim by P.G. Wodehouse
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
Enter Jeeves: 15 Early Stories by P.G. Wodehouse
Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac
Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac
Little Princes by Conor Grennan
Havana Real by Yoani Sánchez
Love Does by Bob Goff
Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams
The Seneca Scourge by Carrie Rubin
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Gleanings in Exodus by Arthur W. Pink
Bringing up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman
Brodeck by Philippe Claudel
Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
50% Off Murder by Josie Bell
The Life of Moses by F. B. Meyer
Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge
Mousetrapped: A Year and a Bit in Orlando, Florida by Catherine Ryan Howard
A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson
The Conflict by Elisabeth Badinter
Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank by Celia Rivenbark
Poser by Claire Dederer
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Walden by Henry David Thoreau







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