My Bookshelf

As much as I enjoy writing, reading is my first love. And I believe that reading is the key through which we broaden our horizons and learn to live a truly compelling narrative.

The following will be a constantly changing list of books that have impacted me within the realm of spiritual growth and formation, fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and more. These are books that taught me to live a better story.

Brew some coffee, pick a title, and enjoy the ride.

Spiritual Growth and Formation

  • As I Recall: Discovering the Place of Memories in Our Spiritual Life by Casey Tygrett
  • Becoming Curious: A Spiritual Practice of Asking Questions by Casey Tygrett
  • With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God by Skye Jethani
  • Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian faith by Rob Bell
  • Drops Like Stars: A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering by Rob Bell
  • Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller
  • Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life by Henri Nouwen, Donald McNiell, and Douglas Morrison
  • Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity by James Martin, SJ
  • Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr
  • The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your Transformation by Richard Rohr
  • The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence by Henri Nouwen
  • Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy by Matt Litton
  • Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • God has a Name: by John Mark Comer
  • Neighbors and Wise Men: Sacred Encounters in a Portland Pub and Other Unexpected Placed by Tony Kriz

Fiction

  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson
  • A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • A Walk One Winter Night: A Christmas Story by Al Andrews
  • The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  • Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron

Poetry

  • Nothing Memorable Stays the Same by Kyle Fasel
  • Helium by Rudy Francisco
  • Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel (Vol. 1-3) by R.H. Sin
  • Prayer: Forty Days of Practice by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson
  • May It Be So: Forty Days with the Lord’s Prayer by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson
  • Rest in the the Mourning by R.H. Sin
  • Our Numbered Days by Neil Hilborn

Non-Fiction

  • The Fundamentals of Ethics by Russ Shafer-Landau
  • The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
  • Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
  • This is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn To See by Seth Godin
  • Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
  • Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom
  • Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
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