Suggested reading list

Suggested reading for more about Celtic Christianity

Christ of the Celts by John Philip Newell

Listening for the Heartbeat of God by John Philip Newell

A New Harmony by John Philip Newell

… Basically, anything written by John Philip Newell. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on Celtic Christianity.

Anam Cara by John O’Donohue

The Celtic Way by Ian Bradley

The Celtic Way of Evangelism by George G. Hunter III

Celtic Christian Spirituality by Mary C. Earle

Celtic Christianity by Timothy J. Joyce

Celtic Daily Prayer by the Northumbria Community

Anything written by or about early Celtic Christian Pelagius

The Confession of Saint Patrick and Letter to Coroticus by John Skinner and John O’Donohue

Additional Celtic books

Wisdom of the Celtic Saints, by Ed Sellner

Water from an Ancient Well, by Kenneth McIntosh

Contemplative Coloring: The Green Man Paperback, Kenneth McIntosh

How The Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe, by Thomas Cahill

Life of St. Columba, by Adomnan of Iona; translated by Richard Sharpe

Suggested reading for more about Christian Spirituality

Spiritual Formation by Henri Nouwen

The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen

Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World by Henri Nouwen

You Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living by Henri Nouwen

In short, everything written by Henri Nouwen. He probably had the greatest impact on me and my spiritual growth when I was in seminary.

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, by Marcus Borg

Other Christian writers

A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith
by Brian McLaren

Brian is accessible, both in his writing and in person. This is a good book to begin with if your faith is growing from one level to another.

Resident Aliens, by Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon

One of the more important books I read in seminary. It helped to shape my faith and theology. It is difficult, challenging reading, but worth the effort. Willimon is a really nice guy, and very affable. I’ve not met Hauerwas, but I’ve been told he curses, a lot.

I recommend these other writers as well. I encourage you to follow them on Facebook and Twitter. In no particular order…

Richard Rohr

Rachel Held Evans

William Barber II

John Pavlovitz

Rob Bell

Diana Butler Bass

Walter Brueggemann

Frederick Buechner

Tony Campolo

Nadia Bolz-Weber

Shane Claiborne

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thomas Merton

Walter Rauschenbusch

C.S. Lewis

Phyllis Tickle

Marcus Borg

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

James H. Cone

Anne Lamott

Eugene Peterson

Jimmy Carter

D.L. Mayfield

Jim Wallis

Jen Hatmaker

Reader Recommendations

Dallas Willard

Jefferson Bethke

Rev. Michael Curry

I appreciate the teachings of

Mahatma Gandhi

A wonderful children’s storybook Bible…

Children of God Storybook Bible by Desmond Tutu

Other suggestions for children

Images of God for Young Children by Marie-Helene Delval

Psalms for Young Children by Marie-Helene Delval


Who have I forgotten? Feel free to offer suggestions.

Some prominent names are missing. If you notice the omission of historical theologians like Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich and Karl Barth, then you probably don’t need my list.

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