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These books are often recommended to students at the conclusion of their mid-certification interview as further formational reading.

Book Name



A Failure of Nerve, Revised Edition:
Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix
Edwin H. Friedman Church Publishing; Revised
A Faith Of Our Own:
Second-Generation Spirituality in Korean American Churches
Professor Sharon Kim Rutgers University Press
A Grace Disguised:
How the Soul Grows through Loss
Jerry L. Sittser   Zondervan; Expanded edition

A More Profound Alleluia:
Theology and Worship in Harmony

Leanne Van Dyk

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

A Play-Full Life:
Slowing Down and Seeking Peace
Jaco J. Hamman    Pilgrim Press 

Almost Christian:
What the Faith of Teenagers is Telling the American Church

Kenda Creasy Dean

Oxford University Press USA

Becoming Adult, Becoming Christian:
Adult Development and Christian Faith
James Fowler Jossey-Bass, Revised Edition

Becoming a Healthier Pastor

Ronald W. Richardson

Fortress Press

Becoming a Pastor

Jaco J. Hamman

The Pilgrim Press

Being in Ministry

Douglas Purnell

Wipf & Stock Publishers

Calling and Character

William H. Willimon

Abingdon Press

Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport:
Making Connections in Today's World

Richard J. Mouw


Canoeing the Mountains:
Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory
Tod Bolsinger IVP Books
Caring Enough to Confront:
How to Understand and Express Your Deepest Feelings Towards Others
David Augsberger Regal, Third Edition
Crucial Conversations:
Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny,
Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
McGraw-Hill, Second Edition

Dismantling Racism:
The Continuing Challenge to White America

Joseph Barndt

Augsburg Books

Do This in Remembrance of Me:
A Ritual Approach to Reformed Eucharistic Theology
Martha L. Moore-Keish Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

Engaging the Powers:
Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination

Walter Winks

Fortress Press

Facing Decline, Finding Hope:
New Possibilities for Faithful Churches
Jeffrey D. Jones Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Fit to be a Pastor

G. Lloyd Rediger

Westminster John Knox Press

Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work

Eugene H. Peterson

Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Foolishness to the Greeks:
The Gospel and Western Culture

Leslie Newbigin

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

Friedman’s Fables

Edwin H. Friedman

The Guilford Press

Gender & Grace
Love, Work & Parenting in a Changing World

Mary Stewart VanLeeuwen

IVP Academic

Generation to Generation:
Family Process in Church and Synagogue

Edwin Friedman

The Guilford Press

God's Tapestry:
Understanding and Celebrating Differences

William Kondrath

The Alban Institute

Grace Upon Grace:
Sacramental Theology and the Christian Life
Gregory S. Neal  WestBow Press

How I Changed My Mind About Women In Leadership

Alan F. Johnson (editor)


How to Be an Adult:
Handbook for Psychological and Spiritual Integration
David Richo  Paulist Press; A edition

Images of Pastoral Care

Robert Dykstra

Christian Board of Publication

Imagining Redemption

David H. Kelsey

Westminster John Knox Press

Jayber Crow:
The role of community in the shaping of character

Wendell Berry


Kitchen Table Wisdom:
Stories that Heal

Rachel Naomi Remen

Riverhead Trade

Let Justice Roll Down:
John Perkins Tells His Own Story
John M. Perkins G/L Regal Books

Letters to a Young Calvinist:
An Invitation to the Reformed Tradition

James K.A. Smith

Brazos Press

Life in God:
John Calvin, Practical Formation, The Future of Protestant Theology
Matthew Myer Boulton Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

Living and Active:
Scripture in the Economy of Salvation

Telford Work

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

Living the Sabbath:
Discovering the Rhythms of Rest and Delight

Norman Wirzba

Brazos Press

Major Themes In The Reformed Tradition

Donald McKim

WIPF & Stock Publishers

Make Friends With Your Shadow

William A. Miller

Augsburg Fortress Pub

Mudhouse Sabbath:
An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline

Lauren F. Winner

Paraclete Publishing

My God and I:  A Spiritual Memoir Lewis B. Smedes  Eerdmans; Reprint edition

Never Call Them Jerks:
Healthy Responses to Difficult Behavior

A. P. Boers

The Alban Institute

Not the Way It's Supposed to Be:
A Breviary of Sin

Cornelius Plantinga Jr.

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

On Christian Liberty (Facets)

Martin Luther,
Harold J. Grimm

Fortress Press

One Foot Planted in the Center, the Other Dangling Off the Edge:
Hoe Intentional Leadership Can Transform Your Church
Gordon R. Dragt American Book Publishing

Owning Your Own Shadow

Robert A. Johnson


Pastor as Person 

Gary L. Harbaugh

Augsburg Publishing House

Ravished by Beauty:
The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality
Belden C. Lane Oxford University Press
Reading for Preaching:
The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets and ...
Cornelius Plantinga Jr. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Reimaging Election:
Divine Election as Representing God to Others & Others to God
Suzanne McDonald Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

Searching For Home:
Spirituality For Restless Souls

Craig Barnes

Brazos Press

Shame and Grace:
Healing the Shame We Don't Deserve

Lewis B. Smedes


Shame: A Faith Perspective

Robert H. Albers


Stages of Faith:
The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning
James Fowler Harper One

Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion

Sarah Miles

Ballantine Books

The Body Broken:
Embracing the Peace of Christ in a Fragmented Church
Jack R. Reese Leafwood Publishers

The Call

Os Guinness

W Publishing Group

The Christian Imagination:
Theology and the Origins of Race
Willie James Jennings Yale University Press

The Contemplative Pastor

Eugene H. Peterson

Eerdmans Publishing Co.

The Drama of the Gifted Child:
The Search for the True Self

Alice Miller

Basic Books

The Folly of Preaching:
Models and Methods

Michael P. Knowles

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

The Leaders Journey:
Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation
Jim Harrington, Robert Creech, Trisha L. Taylor Jossey-Bass
The Meaning of Revelation:
Library of Theological Ethics
Richard Niebuhr Westminster John Knox Press
The Mission of God:
Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative
Christopher J. H. Wright IVP Academic

The Pastor As Minor Poet:
Texts and Subtexts in the Ministerial Life

M. Craig Barnes

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

The Preaching Life

Barbara Brown Taylor

Cowley Publications

The Promise of Baptism

James V. Brownson

Eerdmans Publishing Co.

The Purpose of the Church and Its Ministry

H. Richard Niebuhr

Harper and Row

The Reason for God:
Belief in an Age of Skepticism

Timothy Keller

Riverhead Trade; Reprint edition

The Varieties of Religious Experience:
A Study in Human Nature
William James Trinity Press

The Wounded Healer:
Ministry in Contemporary Society

Henri Nouwen

Darton Longman and Todd

Time and the Other  Emmanuel Levinas Duquesne

Union with Christ:
Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church

J. Todd Billings

Baker Academic

Until Justice and Peace Embrace:
The Kuyper Lectures 1981 Free University of Amsterdam
Nicholas Wolterstorff  Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; 2nd Edition
Waking Up White:  
and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
Debby Irving Elephant Room Press

We Preach Not Ourselves:
Paul On Proclamation

Michael P. Knowles

Brazos Press

Weaving the New Creation:
Stages of Faith and the Public Church

James Fowler


When the People Say No:
Conflict and the Call to Ministry

James E. Dittes

Wipf & Stock Publishers

Busyness, Exhaustion, and Healing the Divided Self
 Chuck DeGroat Eerdmans

Working the Angels

Eugene H. Peterson

Eerdmans Publishing Co.