Recommended reading

To explore what I’ve written about a particular book, follow the link(s).

The top five

1. The Bible*

…God’s love letter to us. Go to The Bible in the index. Explore my favorite scriptures. Consider big questions and answers in this post. For more, read this post from Wrap-up to the end.

*Not sure where to start reading the Bible? Read about Jesus in the book of John. Then consider reading Acts. Pray and ask God…. Some of my Old Testament favorites include Psalm—read one Psalm per day, Nehemiah, Esther and Ruth. Some of my New Testament favorites include Philippians, Ephesians, Romans and James.

I will bow down toward your holy temple, and give thanks to your Name
for your loving kindness and for your truth;
for you have exalted your Name and your word above all.
Psalm 138:2, New Heart English Bible

2. Psalm 91  by Peggy Joyce Ruth

My favorite book after the Bible—frequently given to others. Phenomenal. Filled with true stories—bringing God’s protection to life—literally. For more, read from Psalm 91 to the end of The Prayer, part 1.

3. Gentle and Lowly  by Dane Ortlund

Learn about the heart of Jesus Christ. You will be changed. See The Holy Spirit, part 1.

4. The Mitford series by Jan Karon (novels)

I’ve read this sweet, funny, inspiring series three times so far. The best.

5. Imagine Heaven  by John Burke

Beautiful. Filled with hope. Read it. See the section called Resurrections—Now and Then in this post.


A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: Absolutely brilliant.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Immensely thought-provoking. See this post.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: A revealing masterpiece. See The Armor of God, part 2.
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Deep and stirring.
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis: Very interesting. More here.

Non-fiction: Right thinking and living

Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend: Life-changing. Read Truth and Boundaries and Amazing Book here.
The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman: Important how-to book. See this post through Unnatural, and read the Changes? No Way section in Boundaries, part 2.
The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck: Profound. Read A Life Without Thankfulness here.
People of the Lie by Scott Peck: Disturbing, yet essential. Explore Painting the Sociopaths as Victims… and The Real Spider.
Through a Season of Grief by Bill Dunn and Kathy Leonard: Immensely helpful. Scroll down to A Book for Those Who Are Grieving… at the end of this post.


Unshackled by Gene McGuire
You will love this story of salvation and transformation.

Reflections from a Mother’s Heart and A Father’s Legacy by Terri Gibbs
These books allow your mom and dad to share their life stories. For more, read this post and this post.

Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
This book will help you understand the role of trauma in homelessness. See Traumatic Grief, part 5.

Non-fiction: Slavery and World War 2

When I Was a Slave, edited by Norman R. Yetman
Former 1800s slaves tell their remarkable stories. See this post.

Ordinary Men by Christopher Browning
The dark side of human nature becomes clear in this stellar work.

White House in a Gray City by Itzchak Belfer
This amazing book by a famous holocaust artist will grab you and inspire you.

Post-abortion healing and abortion clinic realities

Fatherhood Aborted by Guy Condon and David Hazard
My favorite abortion book—filled with personal stories from men and couples.

Her Choice to Heal by Sydna Massé
Learn about Post-Abortion Syndrome as Sydna shares her story.

The Walls Are Talking by Abby Johnson
Shocking stories from behind closed doors.

Find other abortion resources, like life-changing retreats at the end of The Machine. Also, see Abortion in the index.

Read this post about genocide.

recommended marriage and parenting books ON THIS RESOURCE PAGE