books i can't stop thinking about: christian/spiritual memoir, 3.

It’s like the days just keep on ticking, because again, we find ourselves at the intersection of “Books I Can’t Stop Thinking About: Christian/Spiritual Memoir” Edition. I mean, you knew this one was coming, right? You know this is like my gang of people, those whose writings I most resonate with because it’s what I write, too.

So (no surprise here), you also probably know that I’m drawn to the different, the highly unlikely, the not-so-cut-and-paste-Jesus garden variety. If I’m speaking your language, you must give these four books a try:

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(1) Wild in the Hollow (Amber Haines, 2015): I’m usually not an Incourage reader, because, well, I’m lame and sometimes it just feels too “just add Jesus-water and you’re golden” for me. But man, writer Amber Haines is a poet at heart, and she blew me away. Even more than her story itself is the way her prose carries the story along. It takes your breath away and restores your insides all at the same time. It’s like, dreamy, man.

(2) Searching for Sunday (Rachel Held Evans, 2015): RHE! RHE! RHE! Chant it with me! Many of you have been along for popular blogger turned author and speaker Rachel Held Evans‘ writing journey, and like her two previous books (Faith Unraveled and A Year of Biblical Womanhood), this one did not disappoint. Not only is the story away from the Evangelical church, into the Anglican church terribly intriguing to me, she also magically weaves brain and soul into heart-words. This is certainly her best book yet.

(3) Accidental Saints (Nadia Bolz-Weber, 2015): Oh, snaps. Between four years of loosely-defined Lutheran theology in college, a hoard of favorite friends who happen to also be ELCA pastors, and the words of a tattooed, cussing, high church pastor named Nadia Bolz-Weber, I’m a fan. Her words will make you laugh and cry and cuss and feel the feels, as if for the first time. Enjoy.

(4) Take This Bread (Sara Miles, 2007): What happens when a political activist, left-wing feminist, card-carrying lesbian walks into Saint Gregory’s in San Francisco? This story happens. This book happens. This beauty happens. And it is a reminder that not only does God welcome all to the table, but he gladly gives and provides for all at the table. I enraptured by Sara Miles’ words, and can’t wait to catch up by reading her more recent Jesus Freak

So, there you have it: of the twelve Christian/spiritual memoirs I’ve read this past year, these were the top four, the ones I still can’t get off my mind.

Happy reading!

xo, c.

So, what about you? What would you add to the list, and what were your favorite Christian/spiritual memoirs that you read this past year? What, of my above list, would you absolutely, positively strike in horror? 

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10 thoughts on “books i can't stop thinking about: christian/spiritual memoir, 3.

  1. Right now I’m working my way through Joyce Carol Oates’s The Faith of a Writer. It’s deep. (Hence the “working my way through.”) But I keep wishing I kept a highlighter handy. And also, sometimes, thinking, Lighten up, Carol.

  2. I’m reading Accidental Saints right now too, and I love it. I already know it’s one of those books that’s going to stay with me. Bolz-Weber is such a great storyteller: we get to know her people, we get to know her, and we get to know God. Kind of like reading Tattoos on the Heart by Father Greg Boyle, but with more swearing.

  3. Great list! Take this Bread sounds very intriguing. I’m in the middle of Accidental Saints right now. (Kinda proud of my signed copy that my sweet Aunt got for me.) Did you hear her NPR interview? So good, I just love her heart! In the memoirs category you must check out Neighbors and Wise Men by Tony Kriz. Really a lot of feels and great perspective! I also read Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts back to back, gotta love Sarah Bessey. I love your stuff too! I will never forget to keep track of my plunger in any subsequent moves, lol!

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