Below are a list of books I have read and loved. These are stories that changed me. Some changed me in little ways some in bigs, but they were all words and worlds that invited me in. Listed in no particular order…


social justice:The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence Victor Boutros, There is No Me Without You Melissa Fay Greene, The Irresistible Revolution Shane Claiborne, Interrupted Jen Hatmaker, Half the Sky Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

spiritual life: Jesus Feminist Sarah Bessey, The Cost of Discipleship Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Praying Life Paul Miller, Desiring God John Piper, The Tangible Kingdom Hugh Halter, The Pursuit of God A.W. Tozer, More Than Ordinary Doug Sherman, Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith Richard Foster, Daring Greatly Brene Brown

memrios/biographies/etc.,: Behind the Beautiful Forevers Katherine Boo, Penguins & Golden Calves: Icons and Idols in Antarctica and Other Unexpected Places Madeleine L’Engle, Wild Cheryl Strayed, The Hiding Place Corrie ten Boom, Surprised by Joy C.S. Lewis, A Long Way Gone Ishmael Beah, Left to Tell Immaculée Ilibagiza, Heroes and Monsters Josh Riebock, Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays vs. Christians Debate Justin Lee, I am Malala Malala Yousafzai

writing life: When Women Were Birds Terry Tempest Williams, On Writing Stephen King, Bird by Bird Anne Lamott

parenting: The Connected Child Dr. Karyn Purvis, Give Them Grace Elyse Fitzpatrick, Adopted For Life Russell Moore


A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini, The Gurnsey Literay and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer, The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield, Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy, The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri, East of Eden John Steinbeck, The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom, Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston, A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth, Life of Pi Yann Martel, The Forgotten Garden Kate Morton, We Were the Mulvaneys Joyce Carol Oates, The Giver Lois Lowry, The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Princess Bride William Goldman, The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets Eva Rice, Daughter of Smoke and Bone Laini Taylor, Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell, The Book Thief Mark Zusak, The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern, All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr


YA/NA: The Infernal Devices Cassandra Clare, Splintered A.G. Howard, Every Shattered Thing Elora Ramirez, Ten Tiny Breaths K.A. Tucker, Easy Tammara Webber, Hopeless Colleen Hoover, The Girl of Fire and Thorns Carson Rae, Poison Bridget Zinn, The Wretched of Muirwood Jeff Wheeler