Recommended Reading

Adults | Children



Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Jamie Ford

All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys - Colson Whitehead

The Patron Saint of Liars - Ann Patchett

The Overstory - Richard Powers

The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd

The Book of Longings - Sue Monk Kidd

Exit West - Mohsin Hamid

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

The Color Purple - Alice Walker

The Giver - Lois Lowry

The Island of Sea Women - Lisa See

Louisa - Elizabeth DuBois

Ordinary Grace - William Kent Krueger

This Tender Land - William Kent Krueger

The Order - Daniel Silva



Falling Upward - Richard Rohr

Welcoming the Unwelcome - Pema Chodron

God Is Not a Christian - Desmond Tutu

Unbinding Christianity - Jan Linn

Pride: You Can’t Heal If You’re Hiding from Yourself - Ron Holt

The Great Spiritual Migration - Brian McLaren

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and other Lessons from the Crematory - Caitlin Doughty

Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children - Thich Nhat Hanh

Untamed - Glennon Doyle

When My Time Comes - Diane Rehm

Pre-Post-Racial America - Sandhya Rani Jha

If Nuns Ruled the World - Jo Piazza

Sustaining Hope in an Unjust World - Timothy Charles Murphy

Table Talk: Rethinking Communion and Community - Mike Graves

Outlandish - Derek Penwell

Evangelicalism and the Decline of American Politics - Jan G. Linn

What’s Wrong with the Christian Right - Jan G. Linn

The Death of Expertise -Tom Nichols

Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence - Daniel J. Siegel, MD

Piloting Church - Cameron Trimble

Shrink - Tim Suttle

Immigrant Theology: A Quest for Relationship - Job J. Cobos

Hacking Darwin - Jamie Metzl

Accidental Saints - Nadia Bolz-Weber

Right Here Right Now - Amy G. Oden



The Peace of Wild Things - Wendell Berry

What Was Once the Largest Shopping Center - Mary Oliver

The Opening of Eyes - David Whyte

Logos - Mary Oliver  



Pre-Readers (Ages 6 & under)

Princess Grace - Mary Hoffman

Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman

Boundless Grace - Mary Hoffman

Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct - Mo Willems

Should I Share My Ice Cream? - Mo Willems

Can I Play Too? - Mo Willems

Waiting Is Not Easy! - Mo Willems

A Big Guy Took My Ball! - Mo Willems

The Thank You Book - Mo Willems

My Friend is Sad - Mo Willems

When God Make You - Matthew Paul Turner


Chapter Books (Ages 6-8)

Parker Looks Up - Parker & Jessica Curry

A Boy Called Bat - Elana K. Arnold

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo - Jill Twiss

Just Like Me - Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Earth Hour: A Lights-Out Event for Our Planet - Nanette Heffernan

Dictionary for a Better World - Irene Latham & Charles Waters

Born Curious - Martha Freeman

I Am Enough - Grace Byers

Stella Diaz Never Gives Up - Angela Dominguez

Good Night Stories with Rebel Girls - Francesco Cavallo & Elena Favilli

‘Ohana Means Family - Ilima Loomis


Middle Grade Books (Ages 8-12)

Rules - Cynthia Lord

Anything But Typical - Nora Raleigh Baskin

Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

Elijah of Buxton - Christopher Paul Curtis

Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Can I Touch Your Hair? - Irene Latham & Charles Waters

Brave. Black. First. - Cheryl Willis Hudson

Farah Rocks 5th Grade - Susan Muaddi Darraj

Who Did It First? - Julie Leung


Young Adult (Ages 12 & up)

Not So Pure and Simple - L. R. Giles

Better with Books - Melissa Hart

Wonder - R. J. Palacio

Blended - Sharon M Draper

Walk Two Moons - Sharon Creech

Restart - Gordon Korman

Ghost Boys - Jewell Parker Rhodes

Every Last Word - Tamara Ireland Stone

All the Invisible Things - Orlagh Collins

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children - Kirstin Cronn-Mills