Appendix B.3 – Contemplative Books

The following comes from a December 10, 2012 Lighthouse Trails article titled “The Top 50 ‘Christian’ Contemplative Books – A ‘NOT RECOMMENDED Reading List’ and 25 Christian ‘Bridgers’ to Them.”



  1. A World Waiting to Be Born by M. Scott Peck
  2. Awakened Heart by Gerald May
  3. Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
  4. Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault
  5. Centering Prayer by Basil Pennington
  6. Chicken Soup for the Soul books by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
  7. Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton
  8. Contemplative Youth Ministry by Mark Yaconelli
  9. Emergence, the Rebirth of the Sacred by David Spangler
  10. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Pete Scazzero
  11. Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr
  12. Finding God by Ken Kaisch
  13. God’s Joyful Surprise by Sue Monk Kidd
  14. Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence by Ruth Haley Barton
  15. Kundalini Energy and Christian Spirituality by Philip St. Romain
  16. Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard
  17. Naked Spirituality by Brian McLaren
  18. Open Heart, Open Mind by Thomas Keating
  19. Original Blessing by Matthew Fox
  20. Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
  21. Reimagining Christianity by Alan Jones
  22. Sabbatical Journey by Henri Nouwen
  23. Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas
  24. The Sacred Way by Tony Jones
  25. Seeds of Peace by William Shannon
  26. Setting the Gospel Free by Brian C. Taylor
  27. Silence on Fire by William Shannon
  28. Soul Feast by Marjorie Thompson
  29. Spiritual Classics by Richard Foster and Emilie Griffin
  30. Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
  31. Spiritual Friend by Tilden Edwards
  32. The Big Book of Christian Mysticism by Carl McColman
  33. The Cloud of Unknowing by Anonymous Monk
  34. The Coming of the Cosmic Christe by Matthew Fox
  35. The Healing Light by Agnes Sanford
  36. The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg
  37. The Jesus We Never Knew by Marcus Borg
  38. The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg
  39. The Mission of Mysticism by Richard Kirby
  40. The Mystic Heart by Wayne Teasdale
  41. The Naked Now by Richard Rohr
  42. The Other Side of Silence by Morton Kelsey
  43. The Papa Prayer: The Prayer You’ve Never Prayed by Larry Crabb
  44. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  45. The Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning
  46. The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen
  47. The God of Intimacy and Action: Reconnecting Ancient Spiritual Practices, Evangelism, and Justice by Tony Campolo
  48. The Soul at Rest by Tricia Rhodes
  49. When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd
  50. When the Soul Listens by Jan Johnson


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