Christian Life Hacker Recommended Reading List

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Very few of my ideas on this blog are original. I have learned a few things about synthesizing ideas into a practical framework but the root of the ideas come from the Bible and the books I have read. I thought it might be interesting for me to make a recommended reading list. Each one of these books I have received tremendous inspiration from. I have reread many of these books one or two times and return to their ideas in the same way you might return home, for comfort and grounding in what really matters. As a matter of organization (yes, I am a librarian), I have grouped these into categories.

Spiritual Formation

Renovation of the Heart – Dallas Willard*

Good and Beautiful Life – James Bryan Smith


Divine Conspiracy – Dallas Willard*

Journey to Jesus – Robert Webber*


Evangelism Without Additives – Jim Henderson*


With Christ in the School of Prayer – Andrew Murray*

Divine Hours – Phyllis Tickle

Prayer – Richard Foster

Fixed Hour Prayer

Jesus Creed – Scot McKnight


The Return of the Prodigal Son – Henri Nouwen

God’s Love

Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning


Ruthless Trust – Brennan Manning

Life and Times of Jesus and the New Testament

The Desire of the Everlasting Hills – Thomas Cahill

Life of David

Leap Over A Wall – Eugene Peterson

Balanced Faith

Streams of Living Water – Richard Foster*

Historical Christian Thought

Longing For God – Gayle Beebe and Richard Foster

Spiritual Heritage

Dakota – Kathleen Norris

Overcoming Grief

The Inner Voice of Love – Henri Nouwen

A Room Full Of Marvels – James Bryan Smith

Spiritual Disciplines

Celebration of Discipline – Richard Foster*

A Year With God – Richard Foster, Julia L. Roller


Irresistable Revolution – Shane Claiborne

Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller

Silence and Solitude

The Way of the Heart – Henri Nouwen*

Beauty of God and Life

Sacred Journey/Now and Then/Telling Secrets – Frederick Buechner

God’s Work In and Through Individuals

Seven Storey Mountain – Thomas Merton

Hannah’s Child – Stanley Haurwas

Diary of a Country Priest – Georges Bernanos

Gilead – Marilynne Robinson

Life Hacking

Four Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferris


Revolutionary Parenting – George Barna

Thought Life

Man’s Search For Meaning – Vicktor Frankl


Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis


Good and Beautiful God – James Bryan Smith*

Faith Style

Living On Purpose: Finding God’s Best For Your Life – Thomas Sine

Social Ministry

Radical Compassion – Gary N. Smith

A Framework For Understanding Poverty – Ruby Payne

Eastern Orthodox Spirituality

The Mountain of Silence – Kyriacos C. Markides

Postmodern Christianity

Revolution – George Barna

A New Kind of Christian – Brian Mclaren

Undivided Life

Divided No More” (Final chapter of The Courage To Teach) – Parker Palmer

*These items are essential reading.

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