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The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien - Beloved classic or unapproachable doorstop? These books, written by faithful Catholic Tolkien, tell the story of an unprepared, ordinary young person who chooses an unbearably enormous task, because someone must, and no one else will. Many leaps of faith follow!
Naked Spirituality by Brian McLaren - Ever ask, “Isn’t there more to living faith than this?” Hoping for spiritual growth but out of ideas of where to turn? McLaren strips away the bells & whistles of 12 spiritual practices, describing them in their simplest, most powerful forms. Try something new or a new spin on a beloved favorite!
Devotional Classics by Richard J. Foster & James Bryan Smith - Feeling like your religious reading has been a little shallow lately? Would you like to try some religious classics but you’d like help? This book provides short excerpts from several religious classics, along with introductions and deep devotional questions to get to the heart of faith.
Crazy Talk by Karl Jacobson & Marc Ostlie-Olson - Did you hear a word you didn’t know in church but you’d rather not ask? Ever wonder “Is there a word for that?” Do you wish your faith had a bit more humor in it? This is a dictionary of religious terms with an added twist of humor! Spice up your vocabulary and have fun doing it.
Surprised by Hope by NT Wright - What happens when we die? Has anyone tried to “scare you straight” with stories of hellfire and damnation? Does the book of Revelation confuse you? (Hint: the answer to that last one is “yes”.) Explore life, death, and salvation; and be surprised again by the Christian message of hope.
Darkness is My Only Companion by Kathryn Greene-McCreight - How does our faith impact our lives, when our lives involve mental illness? Where is God in depression or bipolar disorder or other conditions? What is the Christian response to a suicide attempt or a 72 hour hold? This book looks at these questions and more.
The Story by Max Lucado - Have you heard a lot of Bible stories but still wonder how they all fit together? Comfortable with Jesus’ life, but bewildered by the Old Testament? The Story, and its companion books for groups, teens, and kids, is a readable overview and guide to the story of the Bible, for old hands and newcomers alike.
Faith Unraveled by Rachel Held Evans - Why write a memoir at 27? When your faith journey feels more like a faith rollercoaster, the story’s worth hearing! The daughter of a theology professor at a very conservative school, Rachel asks questions about faith, science and life as she explores the world.
So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane - The first book in the Young Wizards series, this is an example of young adult fiction that adults can love, too! When Nita and Kit take an oath to protect all life, they are granted powerful abilities. Science, faith, and bravery work together to protect all of Creation.
The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight - Why are there female pastors, but we don’t take the Lord’s name in vain? What does it mean to “take the Bible literally” & should we? How do our own expectations impact how we understand Scripture? How can we stop trying to “tame” the Bible? This books addresses all that and more!
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