My Bookshelf

As much as I enjoy writing, reading is my first love. And I believe that reading is the key through 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
  • Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller
  • 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
  • Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus by James Martin, SJ
  • Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster
  • The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your Transformation by Richard Rohr
  • Aloof: Figuring Out Life with a God Who Hides by Tony Kriz
  • The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence by Henri Nouwen
  • Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News by Brian Zahnd
  • It’s Not What You Think: Why Christianity Is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die by Jefferson Bethke
  • Grace Be With You: Stirring Truth and Abundant Joy for Fellow Travelers by J.S. Park
  • Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy by Matt Litton
  • Loveology: God, Love, Marriage, Sex, And the Never-Ending Story of Male and Female by John Mark Comer
  • Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • God has a Name: by John Mark Comer
  • Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality by Rob Bell
  • The Light is Winning: Why Religion Just Might Bring us Back to Life by Zach Hoag
  • 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
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • 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
  • 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
  • Created to Create by Jon Jorgenson
  • My Name is Hope: Anxiety, depression, and life after melancholy by John Mark Comer
  • Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom
  • The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker Palmer
  • My Generation: A Real Journey of Change and Hope by Josh Riebock
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir of Sorts… by Ian Morgan Cron
  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

Also, if you decide you want to read more of my words you can buy my book Two Minutes From Hello on Amazon. It is a collection of poetry inspired by my life and the lives of my friends, which is told through the narrative of a man learning to live in the wake of heartbreak. It’s not happy or sad, it’s just life.

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