Wonder, Simplicity, and Nature

“Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!” (Psalm 89:5)

These books represent the playlist of my lifestyle and some of the authors and voices I’m most influenced by.


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For Simplicity and Place.

Wendell Berry is easily my favorite author and my literary hero. Come for his descriptions of nature and stay for the beautiful people in his writing.

Berry is a firm believer in place and memory. Place, not time, anchors experience, relationship, and memory. In That Distant Land, Berry collects the majority of his short stories in one place so you can easily walk around Port William, KY and sit in the memories of the town.

Counterpoint (2002).


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For Redemption’s Sake

There are three books in Marilynne Robinson’s amazing series, and I placed Gilead in my “A Lived Faith” section because I couldn’t decide which category they fit in. So I just split them up. This is one of the few books I couldn’t put down while I was reading it. It’s deep and touching and difficult and beautiful all at once.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2014).