Annie Dillard

Harper, 2007

In 1974 Dillard published writings about her year living by Tinker Creek in Virginia amongst the natural world and other neighbors around her. Wonderfully detailed about nature, with reflections about God, and life thoughtfully and sometimes slyly observed, this Pulitzer prize-winner stands as a twentieth century classic and into the next one.

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M. Thomas Shaw

Rowman & Littlefield, 2008

Shaw, Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts, offers a unique guide for Bible study.  He has organized his exquisite book around issues that matter to churches, such as conflict and outreach, and reflected on how they are similar to the concerns of the communities of the gospel writers and of Paul.

Jean Giono

Chelsea Green, 2005 


The story of the shepherd who planted one hundred acorns a day for thirty years in Switzerland.  It speaks of the love and dedication to the natural world and  to the beauty of trees.

Anna Carter Florence

Westminster John Knox Press, 2007

As a leading academic in homiletics, Florence, in a book that is already a classic, introduces the reader to America's earliest and most outstanding women preachers as she also shows us how to get under the skin of a biblical text and find the words to speak its truth.

  Thomas Berry

Columbia University Press, 2009

This is a culminating collection of Berry's writings and lifelong commitment to the sacredness of the earth and protection of it.

Stephen Cottrell

Church House Publishing, 2009

This little book is a treasure! Packed with the wisdom earned over years of parish ministry, Cottrell truly understands the meaning of servant leadership and how a clergyperson's honest examination of their own intentions and motivations in view of Christianity is fundamental to leading a congregation.

Diana Beresford-Kroeger

University of Michigan, 2003 


Diana Beresford-Kroeger, botanist, medical biochemist, and biology researcher, has made it her life mission to convey to the industrial world an understanding of the critical role trees play in maintaining biodiversity and the inter-connectedness of all life on the planet.

Eugene H. Peterson

Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1993

This is a must-read for parish pastors who wish to approach and apply their calling from a spiritual perspective.     

Diana Beresford-Kroeger

University of Michigan, 2010


Botanist and medical microbiologist Diana Beresford-Kroeger was inspired to write her fourth book to tell the world about the vital importance of the boreal forests, which ring the northern crown of our planet like a monk's tonsure, she says, the Arctic Circle being the bald spot.

Eugene Peterson

HarperOne, 2011

Peterson's newest book is about his adventure as a founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland where he served for thirty years.  In The Pastor he examines what it means to be clergy of a church and the role of parish ministry in our secular culture.


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