I read a lot of books and I'm also the worst at picking favorites, but this is my attempt at recommending some of the best of the best in a variety of categories! Check out my what RAD reads page for more detailed reviews of all the books I read month by month!


  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
  • King's Cross by Timothy Keller
  • Encounters with Jesus by Timothy Keller
  • Small Victories by Anne Lamott
  • Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
  • Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey
  • The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
  • Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin
  • Radical by David Platt
  • Gospel by JD Greear
  • Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
  • Scary Close by Donald Miller


  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin
  • Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle
  • The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use it for Life by Twyla Tharp
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  • The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
  • Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon


  • A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor
  • Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott
  • A Cry for Mercy by Henri Nouwen


  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber
  • If You Find This Letter by Hannah Brencher
  • Wild in the Hollow by Amber C. Haines
  • Coming Clean by Seth Haines
  • Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider
  • Packing Light by Allison Vesterfelt
  • Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  • When the Heart Waits by Susan Monk Kidd


  • Quiet by Susan Cain
  • Ties that Bind by Dave Isay
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  • Rising Strong by Brene Brown
  • Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
  • The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer
  • Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
  • The Nine by Jeffery Toobin


  • In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
  • Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
  • Cooked by Michael Pollan


  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff


  • Guerrillas of Grace by Ted Loder
  • A Timbered Choir by Wendell Berry
  • Leavings by Wendell Berry
  • New and Selected Poems: Volume One by Mary Oliver
  • Dream Work by Mary Oliver
  • Collected Poems by Emily Dickinson
  • The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot


While there are hundreds of incredible blogs worth following, these are ones I read religiously. Every post. Every word. 

The Rising // Hannah Brencher // Mr. Thomas and Me // Schmusings // Shauna Niequist

The Stillhouse // Wonder & Wandering // Holly Paulette // Yellow Conference // Founded Magazine 

Aliza Latta // taz + belly // What She Saw // Cara Joyner // Nicole Unice