If you’re like me, you pick your books to read in one of only three ways: while idly walking around a bookstore (intentionally or accidentally), via recommendations from friends, or through consulting lists from sources you already read, like newspapers, magazines, or blogs.

At Covenant, we get a lot of questions about what we’re reading, or books that we would recommend on particular topics, so it seemed useful to provide a list from a number of our authors. Warning: This is long! But there may be something here for everyone.


John Bauerschmidt


  • L.S. Thornton, The Common Life in the Body of Christ (1950)

Jeff Boldt

  • L.S. Thornton, Richard Hooker: A Study in His Theology (1924)
  • L.S. Thornton, The Incarnate Lord: An Essay Concerning the Doctrine of the Incarnation in Its Relation to Organic Conceptions (1928)
  • “Since I’m a new father, my personal reading is sporadic. But I do watch a lot of YouTube lectures. Do these count?”

Dane Boston

  • Herman Melville, Moby Dick (1879)
  • Trading and Thriving in Godliness: The Piety of George Swinnock, ed. by J. Stephen Yuille (2008)

Will Brown

  • Alexander Boob, Alchemy and Mysticism (1997)
  • Donald Leal & Vishwanie Maharaj, Evolving Approaches to Managing Marine Recreational Fisheries (2009)
  • Walker Percy, Signposts in a Strange Land (1992)

Mark Clavier

  • Rob Chernow, Alexander Hamilton (2005)
  • Pope Francis, Laudato Sí (2015)
  • Rowan Williams, On Augustine (2016)

Tony Clavier

  • Paul Avis, The Search for Authority: Anglican Theological Methods from the Reformation to the Enlightenment (2014)
  • Candle Robb, the Owen Archer series
  • Linda Woodhead and Andrew Brown, That Was the Church That Was: How the Church of England Lost the English People (2016)

Charlie Clauss

  • George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5 (2011)
  • Charles Taylor, A Secular Age (2007)

Caleb Congrove

  • Plato’s Phaedrus (and some academic works on it; see my recent post)
  • Edward Oakes, A Theology of Grace in Six Controversies (2015)

Zachary Guiliano

  • Andrew Davison et al., Amazing Love: Theology for Understanding Discipleship, Sexuality and Mission (2016)
  • Hans Urs von Balthasar, Truth is Symphonic (1987)
  • John W. O’Malley, What Happened at Vatican II? (2008), and some lesser works on Vatican II’s reception and 20th-century Roman Catholicism more broadly.
  • Alexander Schmemann, For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy (1963)
  • Wesley Hill, Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (2010)
  • Comic books: I’m enjoying 1990s stuff, after a recent rummage through my old collection; things like Superboy, spinoffs like Young Justice, occult/supernatural comics like Ghost Rider, Dr. Strange, and Morbius the Living Vampire

Benjamin Guyer

  • Michael Houellebecq, Submission (2015)
  • Thomas Piketty, The Economics of Inequality (2015)
  • Thomas R. Martin, Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times (2013)
  • Comic book: Batman Vol. 8: Superheavy

Wesley Hill

  • Christopher Bollas, When the Sun Bursts (2016)
  • Garrard Conley, Boy Erased: A Memoir (2016)
  • The monks of New Skete, The Art of Raising a Puppy (2011)
  • Thomas Joseph White, OP, The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology (2015)
  • Luther, Lectures on Galatians (1535)

Jody Howard

  • Helen Cameron and Catherine Duce, Research Practice in Ministry and Mission (2013)
  • John Swinton and Helen Mowat, Practical Theology and Qualitative Research (2006)
  • John Chrysostom on Galatians (and other Church Fathers on the same)

Jordan Hylden

Sam Keyes

  • Susan Howatch, Glittering Images (1987)
  • Susan Howatch, Glamorous Powers (1988)
  • Rose Macaulay, The Towers of Trebizond (1956)
  • Anonymous 12th-century treatise, Speculum de mysteriis ecclesiae

Richard Kew

  • Diana Gabaldon, Voyager, Volume 3 in the Outlander series (1993)
  • Jean Edward Smith, FDR (2007)
  • Joseph L. Mangina, Revelation, Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible (2010)

Jean Meade

  • Armstrong Sperry, Call It Courage (1940)

Mark Michael

  • Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire (1968)
  • Gregory the Great, Moralia in Job

Mother Miriam, CSM

  • Emma Donoghue, Room (2010). Recently reviewed on Covenant by Hannah Matis.
  • Hans Urs von Balthasar, Cosmic Liturgy: The Universe According to Maximus the Confessor (First English edition: 2003)
  • Maximus the Confessor, Ambigua
  • Victor Lyle Dowdell, Aristotle and Anglican Religious Thought (1942)

Neal Michell

  • Bernard Cornwell, Waterloo (2015)
  • F. Bruce, The Canon of Scripture (1988)
  • Dev Patnaik, Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy (2008)

Jonathan Mitchican

  • Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (2007)
  • Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ (ca. 1427)
  • Comic books: Red Sonja, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman
  • Blogs: Mockingbird

Bryan Owen

  • Thom Rainer, Autopsy of a Deceased Church (2016)

Andrew Petiprin

  • Yuval Levin, The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in an Age of Individualism

Sarah Puryear

  • Rosamunde Pilcher, September (1990)
  • John Henry Newman, Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1864)

Bruce Robison

  • Bernard Cornwell, The Last Kingdom (2006). Recently serialized.
  • Iain M. Duguid and Richard B. Gaffin, Seeing Christ in All of Scripture: Hermeneutics at Westminster Theological Seminary (2016)
  • John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Christopher Wells

  • Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies (2013)

Paul Wheatley

  • Henry Miller, The Colossus of Maroussi (1958)
  • T. Wright, Paul and the Faithfulness of God (2013)
  • Eugene Peterson, Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer (1991)

Clint Wilson

  • Eugene Vodolazkin and Lisa Hayden, Laurus (2015)
  • Leigh Eric Schmidt, Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays (1997)

Christopher Yoder

  • Austin Farrer, A Faith of Our Own (1960)
  • Jan Morris, The Oxford Book of Oxford (1978)


The featured image comes via Rachel Leow’s collection “Bookporn.”

About The Author

The Rev. Dr. Zachary Guiliano is chaplain and career development research fellow at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. 

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