Sabbatical Reading List

What do you read during the course of a sabbatical? Books for pure enjoyment? Books to enrich your soul? Books to grow you as a pastor? I’ve tried to create an assortment to touch on all of those things to some extent. I’m probably actually a little light on the latter one as this feels like a break from striving to be a better pastor and simply to rest in God and experience some refreshment. To take a step away from pastoring AND from improving as a pastor. We’ll see how things shake out. But I’m excited about this list!

Three books that will daily inform my spiritual life during this time are the following:

The Ignatian Adventure – Father Kevin O’Brien

Retreat in the Real World

Prayers for Springtime – Phyllis Tickle


The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. – Clayborne Carson

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End – Atul Gawande

Blood and Thunder: the Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West – Hampton Sides

Seasons of the Soul – Bruce Demarest

The Art of Pastoring; Ministry Without All the Answers – David Hansen

The Brewer’s Tale: A History of the World According to Beer – William Bostwick

My Bright Abyss: Meditations of a Modern Believer – Christian Wiman 


The Martian – Andy Weir

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

Lila – Marilyn Robinson

The Marauders – Tom Cooper

The End of the Affair – Graham Greene

Hannah Coulter – Wendell Berry

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

The Diary of a Country Priest – Bernanos

All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy


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