Many things have helped me on my spiritual journeyingmusic, friends, nature, life experience. Sometimes even church. But probably above all books. Here are some of the writers and works that I’ve found most helpful and inspiring. I’ll be adding write-ups of the best ones – just follow the links from the titles.

Faith and theology

  • Mike Riddell – Godzone
  • Frederick Buechner – The Hungering DarkWhistling in the Dark, Wishful Thinking
  • Peter Rollins – How (not) to speak of God, The Orthodox Heretic
  • Rob Bell – Love Wins
  • Alan Jamieson – Chrysalis
  • G.K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, The Everlasting Man
  • Tom Wright (N.T. Wright) – Surprised by Hope, What St. Paul really taught, Simply Christian
  • C.S. Lewis – Miracles
  • Keith Ward – What the Bible really teaches: a challenge to fundamentalists
  • Henri Nouwen – The Life of the BelovedThe Way of the Heart
  • Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat – Colossians Remixed
  • Brian McLaren – A New Kind of Christian
  • Denis Alexander – Rebuilding the Matrix
  • Philip Yancey – Searching for the Invisible God
  • M. Scott Peck – The Road Less Travelled
  • Christopher Jamison – Finding Sanctuary
  • Richard Foster – Streams of Living Water
  • Leslie Wetherhead – The Will of God, The Christian Agnostic
  • Gerard Hughes – The God of Surprises


  • C.S. Lewis – The Narnia Chronicles, The Great Divorce, The Cosmic Trilogy
  • Frederick Buechner – Godric
  • Marilynne Robinson – Gilead
  • G.K. Chesterton – The Man who was Thursday
  • George MacDonald – Lilith, The Princess and Curdie
  • Stephen Lawhead – Byzantium, Empyrion
  • J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
  • Elizabeth Goudge – City of Bells, The Dean’s Watch
  • Oscar Wilde – The Happy Prince, The Selfish Giant
  • Dostoyevsky – The Idiot
  • Adrian Plass – Ghosts, Father to the Man
  • Faye Sampson – Pangur Ban, The Flight of the Sparrow


  • T.S. Eliot – The Four Quartets, The Wasteland
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins – Pied Beauty, God’s Grandeur, The Starlight Night etc

And on the list to read:

  • Rowan Williams – The Truce of God
  • Thomas Merton – Seeds of Contemplation

And I’m always interested in new recommendations!

7 Responses to Books

  1. Ben says:

    Surprised by Hope is a very good book – almost at the end of this now. I’m also reading “A new kind of Christianity” by Brian McClaren. You might also want to check out a book by Dallas Willard – Divine Conspiracy. Very Christ-Centred and full of life!


    • harveyedser says:

      Surprised by Hope is great – well, almost anything by Tom Wright is good! I’ve had ‘Divine Conspiracy’ on my shelf since April but not started it yet, so will move that up the list.

      I do really recommend Frederick Buechner, and perhaps above all Peter Rollins’s ‘How (not) to speak of God’ (I’ll add a write-up soon). He explores a way of faith and theology that transcends established categories of ‘evangelical’ and ‘liberal’, and which owes a lot to mystics like Meister Eckhart. It’s a great book.


  2. Terry says:

    J. Richard Middleton’s The Liberating Image is a fascinating read. Go to it, Harvey!


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