Prayer and scripture resouces

Daily Prayer Websites

Pray as You Go for a time of music, Scripture, and daily meditation

Methodist Prayer for an order of morning and evening prayer

The Upper Room for a short devotional

Bible Gateway to read or listen to the Bible in a variety of translations

Books for Understanding and Studying the Bible

Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton

We Make the Path By Walking by Brian McLaren

Getting Involved With God by Ellen Davis

A Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard Hayes

The Art of Reading Scripture by Ellen Davis and Richard Hayes

from the pastor's bookshelf: recommended reading

Children and Youth Ministry

Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children Into the Joy of Worship by Robbie F. Castleman

Almost Christian by Kendall Creasy Dean

The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Sticky Faith by Kara E. Powell

Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home by Traci Smith

Christian Life

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

Spiritual Defiance, Building a Beloved Community of Resistance by Robin Myers

Breathing Space by Heidi Newmark

The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen

Soul Keeping, Caring for the Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

A Nazareth Manifesto: Being With God by Sam Wells

Church History

Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel by Kate Bowler

Was America Founded As A Christian Nation: An Introduction by John Fea

A History of Christian Theology: An Introduction by William C. Placher

Church Vitality and Leadership

Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World by Jorge Acevedo

The Passionate Church: Ignite Your Church and Change the World by Mike Slaughter

Field Hospital: The Church's Engagement With a Wounded World by William T. Cavanaugh


The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A Disciple's Path by James Harnish


The Mystic Way of Evangelism by Elaine Heath


The Red Tent by Anita Diamont

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

The Shack by William T. Young

Financial Faithfulness

Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire by William T. Cavenaugh

Enough by Adam Hamilton

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation by Charles Lane


The Way to Heaven by Steve Harper

Wesley and the People Called Methodists by Richard Heitzenrater

The Wesleyan Way by Scott T. Jones

The Radical Wesley by Howard A.Snyder

The Class Meeting by Kevin Watson


Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault

Pray for Me, The Power in Praying for Others by Kenneth Carter

Praying in the Wesleyan Spirit by Paul Wesley Chilcote

Teach Me To Pray by W. E. Sangster

Daily Office by Peter Scazzero

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young


When Helping Hurts by Corbett and Fikkert


Living Our Beliefs the United Methodist Way by Ken Carder

Creed by Adam Hamilton

What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith by Thomas Long

The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers


Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer

The Call by Oz Guiness

For Those Who Have Been Hurt By the Church

Searching for Home, Spirituality for Restless Souls by Craig Barnes

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans

Healing Your Church Hurt by Stephen Mansfield

Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Wearing God by Lauren Winner

United Methodist Women reading list