Books We’ve Read


Armstrong, Karen. A History of God: The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. New York: Ballantine Books, 1994.

Aslan, Reza. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Random House Inc, 2013. [Read 2016]

Bass, Diana Butler. Christianity after Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. New York: HarperOne, 2012. [Added March 2013 – read 2014-15]

Borg, Marcus J. The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith. New York, NY: HarperSanFrancisco, 2004.

Borg, Marcus J. Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power–and How They Can Be Restored. New York: HarperCollins, 2011. [Read 2016]

Borg, Marcus J., and John Dominic Crossan. The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative Icon. [New York]: HarperOne, 2010.

Borg, Marcus J., and John Dominic Crossan. The Last Week: The Day-by-Day Account of Jesus’s Final Week in Jerusalem. [San Francisco]: HarperSanFrancisco, 2006.

Brock, Rita Nakashima, and Rebecca Ann Parker. Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire. Boston: Beacon Press, 2008.

Brock, Rita Nakashima, and Gabriella Lettini. Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War. Boston: Beacon Press, 2013. [Read 2016-17]

Brueggemann, Walter. Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013. [Read 2016]

Buechner, Frederick. Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC. New York: HarperOne, 1993. [Begun December 2012]

Carlson, Paula J., and Peter S. Hawkins. Listening for God: Contemporary Literature and the Life of Faith. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1994.

Carlson, Paula J., and Peter S. Hawkins. Listening for God: Volume 2 : Contemporary Literature and the Life of Faith. Minneapolis, Minn: Augsburg, 1996.

Coffin, William Sloane. The Heart Is a Little to the Left: Essays on Public Morality. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England [for] Dartmouth College, 1999.

Crossan, John Dominic. The Greatest Prayer: Revolutionary Manifesto and Hymn of Hope. New York: HarperOne, 2011. [Read 2014]

Greene, Brian. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory. New York: Vintage Books, 2000.

Gulley, Philip. If the Church Were Christian: Rediscovering the Values of Jesus. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2010. [Read 2014]

Hendricks, Obery M. The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of the Teachings of Jesus and How They Have Been Corrupted. New York: Three Leaves Press, 2006.

Lamott, Anne. Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith. New York: Riverhead Books, 2007.

Living the Questions 2.0: An Introduction to Progressive Christianity. [S.l. ]: Living the Questions, 2007. [DVD]

Luhrmann, T. M. When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. [Reading 2018]

Martel, Yann. Life of Pi: A Novel. Orlando, Fla: Harcourt, 2003

McFague, Sallie. Models of God: Theology for an Ecological, Nuclear Age. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1987.

Merton, Thomas. New Seeds of Contemplation. New York: New Directions Publishing, 2007.

Newell, J. Philip. Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.

Newell, J. Philip. Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality. New York: Paulist Press, 1997.

Niebuhr, Reinhold. The Irony of American History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. [Read 2017.]

Nouwen, Henri J. M. The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society. New York, NY: Image Books, 1990.

O’Donohue, John. Anam Ċara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom. New York: Harper Perennial, 2004. [Begun October 2012]

Pagels, Elaine H. The Gnostic Gospels. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.

Prothero, Stephen. American Jesus: How the Son of Man became a National Icon. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.

Robinson, Marilynne. Gilead. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.

Rohr, Richard. Falling Upward: A spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. [Read 2017]

Rollins, Peter. Insurrection. New York: Howard Books, 2011.

Procter-Murphy, Jeff, and Dave Felten. Living the Questions. Phoenix:, LLC. (

Schwartzentruber, Michael (ed). The Emerging Christian Way: Thoughts, Stories, and Wisdom for a Faith of Transformation. Kelowna, BC: CopperHouse, 2006.

Selmanovic, Samir. It’s Really All About God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009.

Soelle, Dorothee. Theology for Skeptics: Reflections on God. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995. [Begun April 2013]

Spong, John Shelby. Resurrection: Myth or Reality? : a Bishop’s Search for the Origins of Christianity. [San Francisco, Calif.]: HarperSanFrancisco, 1995. [Read 2015]

Taylor, Barbara Brown. The Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion. Cambridge, Mass: Cowley Publications, 2000.

Taylor, Barbara Brown. An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith. New York: HarperCollins, 2009.

Tickle, Phyllis. The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2008. [Read 2017]