A Lived Faith

A lot of people think faith is cold and clinical, filled with definitions and ideas and four-syllable words. These are the books the remind me of the Truth—that faith is alive and active and filled with mystery and centered on a relationship with God, not beliefs about him.


For some stellar sermons from my main man Eugene.

Eugene Peterson has been one of the most influential humans for my faith and my theology. I’m currently working through this collection of sermons, which works its way through the Bible, and I’ve been enthralled. Peterson is a genius, but his words are super accessible and filled with light and grace.

This is an excellent book for devotions!

Waterbrook (2017)

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For prophetic words on love.

This is a book I find myself returning to over and over again. All of these sermons, letters, and speeches were written during the Civil Rights Movement, and they are astounding in their beauty and thoughtfulness. Another great book for devotions, and an essential book to understand King and his worldview.

Fortress Press (2010)

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For radical mercy.

There were multiple times I had to stop reading and just think about what he said. Truly, in my opinion, an essential read to understand what theology looks like when it is accessible. He doesn’t rely on huge words or fancy jargon; rather, he presents the love of God in a common language we can all understand.

Random House (2016)

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For learning how to listen well.

This book. Man oh man, this book rocked me. I don’t know why it’s not a bestseller—if I ever get the chance to republish this book I will. I read this during a time of seeking, unsure what it meant to follow Jesus well in a world full of yelling. It graciously woke me up to the beauty of listening. Please, please, please pick this up!

InterVarsity Press (2015)


For Recognizing the Beauty of Life.

For Recognizing the Beauty of Life.

Marilynne Robinson's Gilead mesmerizes and moves and makes you recognize the beauty of a sunrise. Specifically, it's her description of communion that has deeply impacted my own view of the physicality of the bread and wine.

"This is an interesting planet. It deserves all the attention you can give it." (28)

Picador (2004).

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For Realizing the Bible was Written for People Like Us.

Eugene Peterson (again!) has helped shape the way I view the Bible and the way I write about the Bible. I was especially impacted by his discussion of the language the New Testament writers used (hint hint…they used the common language, NOT the fancy language) and what that means for us today.

This is a great book to guide you in your discovery of the beauty of scripture.

Eerdmans (2006).