Part of our ongoing effort to cultivate hope and encourage a world where creatives wield words with care, the list of books below is a resource for aspiring writers, cultural critics, and like-minded spiritual wayfarers. 


On Writing by Stephen King
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Shouts and Whispers edited by Jennifer L. Holberg
Story by Robert McKee


The Brothers K by David James Duncan
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger


The Space Between by Anna Elkins (read our interview with Anna here
The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison by Maggie Smith (read our interview with Maggie here
Yes Thorn by Amy Munson
Black Zodiac by Charles Wright
What Narcissism Means to Me by Tony Hoagland
The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara
Crush by Richard Siken


Refractions by Makoto Fujimura
Culture Making by Andy Crouch
You Are What You Love by James KA Smith
The Artisan Soul by Erwin McManus
Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre (see our interview with Marilyn here
The Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper
How to Survive the Apocalypse by Alissa Wilkinson and Robert Joustra (see our interview with Alissa here
A Woman's Place by Katelyn Beaty (see our interview with Katelyn here)


Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary by DL Mayfield (see our interview with DL here
When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love and Starting Over by Addie Zierman (see our interview with Addie here
It's Not Fair: Learning to Love the Life You Didn't Choose by Melanie Dale (see our interview with Melanie here)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers 

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