Recommended Readings Bookshelf
Select from the list below, print it out, and read it!
- St. Augustine
Confessions of St. Augustine -- The most popular work of the man
who more than any other shaped western civilization. The first 10
chapters constitute a spiritual autobiography and some spiritual and
philosophical reflections; the last three chapters are a reflection
on the creation story of Genesis 1.
- John Bunyan
- Pilgrim's Progress
-- A spiritual allegory. Of books written in English, one of the all-time
- G. K. Chesterton
- Orthodoxy --
Chesterton's writing reminds me of C.S. Lewis, but a little more
colorful, a little more quirky. This book is an apology for the
- Jonathan Edwards
Affections -- "What is the nature of true religion? . . . [What
are] the distinguishing notes of that virtue and holiness that is
acceptable in the sight of God?" In this classic work by America's
greatest theologian and philosopher, Edwards considers the nature of
revival and the genuine work of the Holy Spirit. Don't read this book
if you want to keep worshipping your idols.
- George Fox
- Autobiography of
George Fox -- This is a fascinating journal of the exploits of the
founder of the Society of Friends (Quakers). It is also very
illuminating about the political and religious state of seventeenth
century England -- for example, Fox lives through the commonwealth
period, meets Cromwell, and prophesies his downfall after he treats
- St. Ignatius of Loyola
- The Spiritual Exercises
Spiritual exercises arranged into 4 weeks, by the founder of the Jesuits.
- St. John of the Cross
- Ascent of Mount
Night of the Soul -- The writings of St. John of the Cross are
unsurpassed for mystical theology. The "dark night" is a must-read
for anyone seriously concerned about growing spiritually.
- Thomas à Kempis
- The Imitation of Christ
-- This book is said to have been published in more editions than any
other, apart from the Bible, with 6000 appearing by the turn of this
century. This little devotional book is simply written but
immensely moving. Highly recommended.
- William Law
- A Serious Call to a
Devout and Holy Life -- This is one of two or three books that
greatly influenced the young J. Wesley.
- Brother Lawrence
Practice of the Presence of God -- In this little collection of
letters and reflections, Brother Lawrence encourages us to be
continually in God's presence.