“Because every day with a book is slightly better than one without, and I wish you nothing but the happiest of days.” – Jenny Colgan; The Bookshop on the Corner 

May you find a little bit of happiness in each book you read, and may my list of favorites help you on your journey to finding a good one. 


Books for Writers & Creatives

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

The Right to Write by Julia Cameron

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’Engle

Spiritual Formation Books

Streams of Living Water by Richard J. Foster

The Glorious Pursuit by Gary Thomas

The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

The Attentive Life by Leighton Ford

The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Soul Feast by Marjorie J. Thompson

Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton

The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila (translated by Mirabai Starr)

Holy Listening by Margaret Guenther

Nonfiction Books (some spiritual, some not — all really good!)

Wintering by Katherine May

My Life in the Maine Woods by Annette Jackson

A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life by Parker J. Palmer

The Choice: Embrace The Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

Rhythms of Renewal by Rebekah Lyons

The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman

Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley

Daring Greatly By Brene Brown

Be The Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by LaTasha Morrison

Carved in Ebony: Lessons from the Black Women Who Shape Us by Jasmine L. Holmes

Books of Borrowed Words: Poems, Prayers, & Blessings

As You Go by Tanner Olson

Walk a Little Slower by Tanner Olson

How Far You Have Come: Musings on Beauty & Courage by Morgan Harper Nichols

To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue

Every Moment Holy

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

Books for Fiction Lovers (in no particular order)

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

True Colors by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

The Bookshop on the Shore (Scottish Bookshop, #2) by Jenny Colgan

The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

The Deadly Shallows (Coastal Guardians, #3) by Dani Pettrey

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers

Her Mother’s Hope (books 1-2) by Francine Rivers

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

Books for Advent

The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas by Ann Voskamp

Come, Lord Jesus by Chris Camealy

For You, Love by Ronne Rock & Courtney Nowakowski

Advent & Christmas: Wisdom from Francis of Assisi

Shadow & Light by Tsh Oxenreider

Bible Study Books

You Are Beloved by Celia A. Miller

The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer

Breathe by Priscilla Shirer

Gideon by Priscilla Shirer

Elijah by Priscilla Shirer

In the Waiting by Jazmin N. Frank

Living Free by Beth Moore

Guided Journals

My Reading Life: A Book Journal by Anne Bogel

The Next Right Thing Guided Journal by Emily P. Freeman

The Marriage Journal by Audrey & Jeremy Roloff

Journey Into Joy: Cultivating a Heart of Gratitude and Worship by Jazmin N. Frank

Tending By The Word: A Daily Scripture Journal by Mariel Davenport

Knowing God Through The Word: A Guided Scripture Journal by Mariel Davenport & Eva Kubasiak