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25 Books Every Christian Should Read

25 Books Every Christian Should Read

A Guide to the Essential Spiritual Classics

Selected by Renovaré and edited by Julia L. Roller

Join a stellar editorial board including Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Phyllis Tickle and Richard Rohr for a journey of spiritual reading and discipleship that will help you become more like Jesus.
About 25 Books

About 25 Books

By Renovare

What are the 25 essential books for the Christian devotional life? Learn more about the new guide from Renovaré.

25 Books: Read An Excerpt

25 Books: Read An Excerpt

Read the Foreword and Chapter 3 on the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, from 25 Books Every Christian Should Read.

Renovare Website

Renovare Website

Learn more about intentional spiritual community and practice at the Renovaré website.

Required Reading—A List For Every Christian: A Video Q&A with Chris Webb

Required Reading—A List For Every Christian: A Video Q&A with Chris Webb

Patheos Editors

Renovaré President Chris Webb sits down with us to share some reflections on the "25 books every Christian should read."

Visit the Book Website

Visit the Book Website

For the list of 25 books, more resources, and conversation about 25 Books Every Christian Should Read, visit the book's website here.

More Mystery, Less Orthodoxy

More Mystery, Less Orthodoxy

By Phyllis Tickle

Where is spiritual reading and writing headed in the next 25-50 years?

Reading Christian: <em>25 Books Every Christian Should Read</em>

Reading Christian: 25 Books Every Christian Should Read

By Greg Garrett

25 Books is, to paraphrase Henry David Thoreau, an attempt not to elevate the new, but to explore those things that never grow old.

Why <em>25 Books</em>? An Interview with Lyle SmithGraybeal

Why 25 Books? An Interview with Lyle SmithGraybeal

By Patheos Editors

The Managing Editor of the new book 25 Books Every Christian Should Read shares why these books matter, now.

Book Club Roundtable

Reading for Formation, Not Information

Reading for Formation, Not Information

By Kurt Willems

I highly recommend this book to you as an introduction to Spiritual Reading. I think it has the potential to greatly shape us into the image of Christ in a fresh way!

Where are all the Women?

Where are all the Women?

By Jana Riess

Please axe John Calvin's Institutes from the list. For heaven's sake, get rid of Blaise Pascal. Give the more than half of people in the Christian tradition who are women something they can relate to. Give us Madeleine L'Engle and Kathleen Norris and Fae Malania's Quantity of a Hazelnut. Give us the Desert Mothers with the Desert Fathers. I think Theodora can teach us a thing or two.

An Invitation to Argument

An Invitation to Argument

By Fred Clark

The overall sense one gets from 25 Books is that of having an earnest, bookish friend enthusiastically pressing a stack of books into your lap and encouraging you to read them. Such enthusiasm—even from a stranger—is bound to nudge those titles higher in your mental queue of Books to Read Someday. So how much weight should we give to this stack of recommendations from Renovaré?

Merton, his

Merton, his "Mountain," and Me

By Greg Kandra

Merton has fallen out of favor with some Catholics these days, who see him as a little too eager to do things like converse with Buddhists and study Zen. But the fact that his landmark memoir is included in the 25 Books Every Christian Should Read gives me hope. He will endure. Thank you, Thomas Merton. Thank you, also, to the editors of "25 Books."

Only Part of the Story

Only Part of the Story

By Bruce Reyes-Chow

If you are one who dreams of a day when the perception that "real" Christianity is only informed by European male theology and spirituality is shattered, you may need to hold your breath a little longer. While this collection certainly tells an important part of the Christian story, it does not tell the entire story.

The Challenge of

The Challenge of "Should"

By Bruce Epperly

I realize that what I found problematic in this list reflects my own dynamic, relational, earth-oriented, embodied, and global approach to spirituality. I believe in the spirit of the words of the United Church of Christ that "God is Still Speaking" and that revelations and classics are being written as we speak.

Just 25?

Just 25?

By Fred Schmidt

This volume, like John Tyson's Invitation to Christian Spirituality, signals a recovery of spiritual reading that is both more public and more publicly catholic (read, universal). The Holy Spirit, it seems, knows better than we do, what we should be reading.

25 Books Every Christian Should Read - And I Agreee!

25 Books Every Christian Should Read - And I Agreee!

By Tony Jones

When I got this book in the mail, I was looking to pick a fight. There was no way I was going to agree with all 25, probably not even half. But I'm happy to report that, as well as admiring the editorial board that compiled this list, I really like their list.bio

My 25: A Slightly Different List

My 25: A Slightly Different List

By Carl Gregg

On one hand, I have deep respect for many of those who selected this list (Richard Foster, Frederica Mathewes-Green, Richard Rohr, Phyllis Tickle, and Dallas Willard). On the other hand, if I were empowered with the opportunity to assign 25 books that every Christian should read, I would construct a significantly different list.

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