Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

Looking for a good book on spiritual development, spiritual direction or life with God? Here are a few recommendations, listed topically.

Resources on the Spiritual Life

Space for God
Don Postema

The Critical Journey
Janet Hagberg

Inner Compass
Margaret Silf

Invitation to Solitude and Silence
Ruth Haley Barton

Mudhouse Sabbath
Lauren Winner

The Deeper Journey
R. Robert Mulholland Jr.

The End of Suffering
Scott Cairns

Renovation of the Heart/Spirit of the Disciplines
Dallas Willard

Celebration of Discipline
Richard Foster

The Good & Beautiful God: Falling In Love With the God Jesus Knows
James Bryan Smith


The Divine Hours (Pocket Edition)
Phyllis Tickle

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Shane Claiborne et al

To Bless the Space Between Us
John O’Donohue

Celtic Prayers from Iona
J. Philip Newell

Prayers for a Privileged People
Walter Brueggemann

Reflections for Ragamuffins
Brennan Manning

The Fire of the Word
Chris Webb

Spiritual Classics

This is a long list of some wonderful spiritual classics. Many of them can be found online for free at the Christian Classical Etheral Library. If you’d like a primer, Renovaré’s 25 Books Every Christian Should Read is also a good place to start. Otherwise, dive in. You won’t be disappointed.

The Cloud of Unknowing
Anonymous (14th Century)

The Way of a Pilgrim /The Pilgrim Continues His Way
Anonymous (19th Century)

The Aquinas Prayer Book: The Prayers and Hymns of St. Thomas Aquinas
Aquinas, Thomas (13th Century)

The Life of Antony
Athanasius (4th Century)

The Confessions
Augustine of Hippo (4th/5th Centuries)

On the Love of God
Bernard of Clairvaux (12th Century)

The Cost of Discipleship / Life Together
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (20th Century)

Power Through Prayer
Bounds, E. M. (19th Century)

The Practice of the Presence of God
Brother Lawrence (17th Century)

The Little Flowers of St. Francis
Brother Ugolino (13th Century)

The Pilgrim’s Progress
Bunyan, John (17th Century)

Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life
Calvin, John (16th Century)

The Spiritual Dialogue
Catherine of Genoa (15th Century)

The Dialogue
Catherine of Siena (14th Century)

Chesterton, G. K. (20th Century)

The Apostles’ Creed/The Nicene Creed
Church Councils (4th/5th Centuries)

The Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri (13th/14th Centuries)

The Long Loneliness
Day, Dorothy (20th Century)

The Sacrament of the Present Moment
de Caussade, Jean-Pierre (18th Century)

Introduction to the Devout Life
de Sales, Francis (16th/17th Centuries)

Sayings of the Desert Fathers
Desert Fathers (4th Century)

Doherty, Catherine de Hueck (20th Century)

The Brothers Karamazov
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor (19th Century)

Collected Works
Eckart, Meister (13th/14th Centuries)

A Treatise on Religious Affections
Edwards, Jonathan (18th Century)

Christian Perfection
Fénelon, François (17th Century)

The Journal of George Fox
Fox, George (17th Century)

The Life of Moses
Gregory of Nyssa (4th Century)

How to Pray
Grou, Jean-Nicholas (18th Century)

Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ
Guyon, Madame (17th Century)

The Complete Works (Letters, Visions, Poems)
Hadewijch of Antwerp (13th Century)

The Book of Divine Works
Hildegard of Bingen (12th Century)

Hopkins, Gerard Manley (19th Century)

The Spiritual Exercises
Ignatius of Loyola (16th Century)

The Ladder of Paradise
John Climacus (7th Century)

The Dark Night of the Soul
John of the Cross (16th Century)

Prayers and Meditations/Ascent of Mount Carmel
Johnson, Samuel (18th Century)

The Christ of Every Road
Jones, E. Stanley (20th Century)

Julian of Norwich (14th Century)

A Testament of Devotion
Kelly, Thomas (20th Century)

The Imitation of Christ
Kempis, Thomas à (15th Century)

Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing
Kierkegaard, Søren (19th Century)

Letter from a Birmingham Jail
King, Martin Luther Jr.(20th Century)

Near Unto God
Kuyper, Abraham (19th Century)

Letters by a Modern Mystic
Laubach, Frank (20th Century)

A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
Law, William (18th Century)

Mere Christianity /The Screwtape Letters/The Great Divorce/Til We Have Faces
Lewis, C.S. (20th Century)

The Bondage of the Will
Luther, Martin (16th Century)

Creation in Christ/Unspoken Sermons
MacDonald, George (19th Century)

Something More
Marshall, Catherine (20th Century)

The Seven Storey Mountain
Merton, Thomas (20th Century)

Paradise Lost/Paradise Regained
Milton, John (17th Century)

With Christ in the School of Prayer
Murray, Andrew (19th/20th Centuries)

The Normal Christian Life
Nee, Watchman (20th Century)

Apologia Pro Vita Sua
Newman, John Henry (19th Century)

Nicodemus the Hagiorite (18th/19th Centuries)

The Return of the Prodigal Son
Nouwen, Henri J. M. (20th Century)

Pheobe Palmer: Selected Writings
Palmer, Pheobe (19th Century)

Pascal, Blaise (17th Century)

Cry the Beloved Country
Paton, Alan (20th Century)

Letters on Spiritual Virtue
Penington, Isaac (17th Century)

No Cross, No Crown
Penn, William (17th/18th Centuries)

Your God is Too Small
Phillips, J. B. (20th Century)

The Fire of Love
Rolle, Richard (14th Century)

The Healing Light
Sanford, Agnes (20th Century)

True Spirituality
Schaeffer, Francis A. (20th Century)

The Christians Secret of a Happy Life
Smith, Hannah Whitall (19th Century)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr (20th Century)

At the Feet of the Master
Sundar Singh (20th Century)

Holy Living and Holy Dying
Taylor, Jeremy (17th Century)

Christianity and Social Order
Temple, William (20th Century)

The Interior Castle
Teresa of Ávila (16th Century)

The Story of a Soul
Thérèsa of Lisieux (16th Century)

The Hound of Heaven
Thompson, Francis (19th/20th Centuries)

The Confession
Tolstoy, Leo (19th Century)

The Pursuit of God
Tozer, A.W. (20th Century)

Company of the Committed
Trueblood, D. Elton (20th Century)

The Spiritual Life
Underhill, Evelyn (20th Century)

A Severe Mercy
Vanauken, Sheldon (20th Century)

Community and Change
Vanier, Jean (20th Century)

Selected Letters
von Hügel, Friedrich (19th/20th Centuries)

God’s Chosen Fast
Wallis, Arthur (20th Century)

Waiting for God
Weil, Simone (20th Century)

A Song for the Poor: Hymns by Charles Wesley
Wesley, Charles (18th Century)

The Journal of John Wesley
Wesley, John (18th Century)

Recommended Advent Devotionals

God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas (Hardcover)
Scott Cairns (Author), Emilie Griffin (Author), Richard John Neuhaus (Author), Greg Pennoyer (Editor), Gregory Wolfe (Editor)

Watch For The Light: Readings For Advent And Christmas
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Author), John Donne (Author), Meister Eckhart (Author), T.S. Eliot (Author), Gerard Manley Hopkins (Author), C. S. Lewis (Author), Thomas Merton (Author), Henri J.M. Nouwen (Author), Philip Yancey (Author)

Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent (Paperback)
Pamela C. Hawkins (Author)

Advent And Christmas Wisdom From Henri J. M. Nouwen: Daily Scripture And Prayers Together With Nouwen’s Own Words
 (Redemptorist Pastoral Publication) (Paperback)
Henri Nouwen

Advent and Christmas Wisdom From G. K. Chesterton (Paperback)
The Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis and Friends (Author)

Preparing for Jesus: Meditations on the Coming of Christ, Advent, Christmas and the Kingdom(Hardcover)
Walter Wangerin Jr.

Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season 2009-2010 (Paperback)
Jesuit Communication Centre Ireland (Author)

Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Francis of Assisi (Paperback)
John V. Kruse (Author)

Advent and Christmas with Thomas Merton 
(A Redemptorist Pastoral Publication) (Paperback)
Thomas Merton


Diving Deeper Into What Spiritual Direction Means And Is

Developing Intimacy With God
Aronis, Alex. Alex Aronis, 2002.

Holy Invitations
Bakke, Jeannette. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000.

The Practice of Spiritual Direction
Barry, William A., and Connolly, William J., Harper 1986.

Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship and Direction
Benner, David. Downers Grove: IVP, 2002.

The Gift of Being Yourself
Benner, David. Downers Grove: IVP, 2004.

Witnessing to the Fire: Spiritual Direction and the Development of Directors, One Center’s Experience
Birmingham, Madeline., and Connolly, William. Theological Book Service 1995.

The Desiring Self: Rooting Pastoral Counselling and Spiritual Direction in Self-Transcendence
Conn, Walter., and Comm, Walter. Paulist Press 1998.

Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion: Guide to Tending the Soul.
Edwards, Tilden. Paulist Press 2001.

Intimate Moments With the Saviour: Learning to Love
Gire, Ken. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1989.

The Art of Spiritual Guidance
Gratton, Carolyn. N.Y.: Crossroad, 1992 (2000).

The Friend of the Bridegroom: Spiritual Direction and the Encounter with Christ
Green, Thomas. Ave Maria Press 2000.

Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction
Guenther, Margaret.  Cowley 1992.

A Candle at Midnight, Keeping Vigil as a Path Through Depression
Heidish, Marcy. Ave Maria Press 2001.

A Guide to Spiritual Discernment
Job, Rueben. Upper Room Books 1996.

Exploring Spiritual Direction
Jones, Alan. Cowley 1999.

Soul Friend: Spiritual Direction in the Modern World
Leech, Kenneth., and Carey, George. Morehouse Publishing 2001.

Spiritual Direction and Meditation.
Merton, Thomas. Liturgical Press 1986

Spiritual Direction: Principles and Practices
Morneau, Robert. Crossroad/Herder & Herder 1992.

The Way of Spiritual Direction
Nemeck, Francis, O.M.I., and Marie Coombs, Hermit. Wilmington, Del.: Michael Glazier, 1985.

Following the Way: Jesus Our Spiritual Director
O’Collins, Gerald. Paulist Press 2001.

Meditative Prayer: Entering God’s Presence
Peace, Richard. Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1998.

The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction
Peterson, Eugene H.  Eerdmans 1993.

The Reluctant Spiritual Director
Range, Fleetwood. Catacombs Press 1996.

Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking and Giving Direction
Reese, Randy., & Anderson, Keith. Intervarsity Press 1999.

Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings
Ruffing, Janet, R.S.M. N.Y.: Paulist Press, 2000

Place Me With Your Son
Skehan, James, S.J. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1991.

Listening for the Soul: Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction.
Stairs, Jean. Fortress Press 2000.

The Gift of Spiritual Direction: On Spiritual Guidance and Care for the Soul
Stinissen, Wilfried, Liguori Publications 1999.

Sacred Pathways
Thomas, Gary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.

Be Still: Designing and Leading Contemplative Retreats
Vennard, Jane. Alban Institute, 2000.

Go In Peace: A Biblical Perspective on Healing for Women
Williams, Ruthann, O.P. Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 1997.

Discernment, The Art of Choosing Well.
Wolff, Pierre.  Liguori/Triumph 2003.