When Spiritually Dry

Crowd-sourcing: what books do you recommend to folks who say they are going through a period of spiritual dryness and want to reconnect with God? I’ve got some old favorites, but I wonder if there are new resources out there of which I am not aware…thanks!

These are the books the RevGals recommended. You will find many of them in our Amazon Store. We welcome your suggestions in the comments below.

  • “Classic English novels,” such as Austen, Dickens, and Eliot (George), or Jane Eyre
  • Anything by Henri Nouwen
  • Ragamuffin Gospel
  • Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning
  • Psalms
  • Fr. Greg Boyle’s Tattoos on the Hearttake this bread
  • Sara Miles
  • Nora Gallagher
  • Robert Alter’s translation and commentary of the Psalms
  • Poetry (Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Rumi, Jane Kenyon, Denise Levertov, Billy Collins)
  • Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter 
  • Bo Caldwell’s Distant Land of my Father
  • Wendell Berry’s Sabbath writings
  • Rumer Godden’s In This House of Brede
  • C S Lewis’ Voyage to Venus (aka “Perelandra”), particularly the final chapters
  • Richard Rohr
  • Mary Robinson’s Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice
  • Book of Common Prayer: The Daily Office is my go-to, even if it feels like going through the motions. I especially appreciate the Compline. The truncated prayers for individuals/households too.
  • God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant.
  • 1000 Gifts by Ann Voscamp.
  • J. Philip Newell. His explications of Celtic Christian Spirituality have spoken deeply to my mind and heart in recent years. I would start with Listening for the Heartbeat of God
  • Thoughts Matter by Mary Margaret Funk
  • Gerald May The Awakened Heart
  • Listening for God by Renita Weems
  • Anything by Frederick Buechner
  • I Heard the Owl Call My Name (Margaret Craven)
  • Acedia by Kathleen Norris, also the Cloister Walk
  • Anne Lamott
  • The letters of Mother Teresa (who also felt spiritually dry often in life)
  • Thomas Merton
  • Life of the Beloved (Henri Nouwen)
  • Learning to Fall A good one for everyone, actually.
  • Barbara Brown Taylor just published Learning to Walk in the Dark
  • learning to walk in the darkBBT old-fashioned-favorite, When God is Silent
  • For someone who suffers depression, not just a ‘dry time’, Barbara Cawthorne Crafton’s When Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet

  • Sleeping with Bread
  • Madeleine L’Engle
  • Kate Braestrup’s writing, esp a recent one on prayer.
  • Rachel Hackenberg, Writing To God. You don’t have to be a writer to appreciate her lovely poem/prayers.
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