1417 Clifton St.
Raleigh, NC 27604
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Sunday Services
9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

Recommended Reading

Everybody’s spiritual journey is different. These books have been helpful on my own. They are books for the deconstructing-reconstructing-religion spiritual journey.
—Doug Hammack

Books I’ve Written

Rethinking Our Story: Can We Still Be Christian in the Quantum Era?
It’s a recap of a decade of work our community did together, stripping our religious narrative down to the core, going back into our ancient history, and rebuilding it from scratch. We thought the process was life giving. Our denomination didn’t think so. They kicked us out.

Rethinking Sex Ed: The Wisdom of Religion . . . Without the Crazy
Rethinking religion inevitably led us to rethink ritual. In our community’s teenager ritual, the community makes a series of pledges to them. When we were writing the ritual, we realized we needed to help them through our society’s (and our own) sexual confusion. We needed a shared understanding of sexual wisdom. So I wrote the book.

I use my blog to rough draft my books. I’m rough-drafting one now, about how to rebuild a healthy version of organized religion.

Books I’ve Mentioned Sundays

The Righteous Mind — Jonathan Haidt

Doing Good Better — William Macaskill

Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope — Johann Hari

What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality — Daniel A. Helminiak

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think — Steven Kotler

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It — Kelly McGonigal

Just Mercy — Bryan Stevenson

Completing Capitalism: Heal Business to Heal the World — Bruno Roche

Moral Man in Immoral Society — Reinhold Niebuhr

How Nonviolent Struggle Works — Gene Sharp

The Lost Art of Listening — Michael P. Nichols

Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive… — Erik Vance

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind — Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow — Yuval Noah Harari

Books for the Deconstruction-Reconstruction Journey

Richard Rohr
Rohr points us to inner spiritual transformation that helps us heal our worlds.
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality
Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

Brian McLaren
Early on, McLaren helped me realize we’re living through a religious-reformation moment in history. He suggests helpful insights for navigating the journey.
A New Kind of Christian
The Story We Find Ourselves In
The Last Word and the Word after That: A Tale of Faith, Doubt and a New Kind of Christianity
A Generous Orthodoxy
Finding Our Way Again
Everything Must Change
A New Kind of Christianity

Phyllis Tickle
Tickle positions this moment of religious upheaval in the larger context of thousands of years of religious history.
The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why
Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters
The Age of the Spirit: How the Ghost of an Ancient Controversy Is Shaping the Church

Diana Butler-Bass
Butler-Bass helped me get my head around just how different, Christianity will be after we’ve gone through this Reformation.
Christianity After Religion
Christianity for the Rest of Us
A People’s History of Christianity

Parker Palmer
Palmer comes from the Quaker tradition. It’s seems the Quakers figured out how to be Christian in this new worldview—even before the worldview was here.
A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life
The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity, and Caring
Healing the Heart of Democracy

Marshall Rosenberg
Rosenberg was very helpful when we were first working on self-awareness and conflict resolution.
Nonviolent Communication
Living Nonviolent Communication

Ronald Rolheiser
Rolheiser is deeply rooted in Christianity’s contemplative roots. I’ve found his writing inspiring.
The Shattered Lantern: Rediscovering a Felt Presence of God
The Holy Longing: The Search for A Christian Spirituality

Marsha Sinetar
Sinetar started as a business consultant who realized how important spirituality is for personal development. I found her non-religious instincts very helpful.
Sometimes Enough is Enough: Spiritual Comfort in a Material World
Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics
Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow

Gerald May
We’ve talked a lot about the value of wilderness wandering on the spiritual journey. May’s book gave me mystical-psychological language to understand the experience.
The Dark Night of the Soul : A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth

Sara Miles Our community had already reconciled our religion and full acceptance of LGBT people. But when we found this memoir, it was deeply moving.
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion

Paul R. Smith
Smith applies the work of Ken Wilbur and Integral theory to the Christian tradition.
Integral Christianity: The Spirit’s Call to Evolve

Thomas Keating
A primer on mindfulness meditation for Christians. Reworking the ancient practice of lectio divina, Keating invites us to the practice of centering prayer.
Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel

Ernest Becker
It’s a long book. But if you’ve got the stamina, if fundamentally frames the human condition.
The Denial of Death

Celtic Christianity
Because Rome never got control over the Celts, they were able to walk a very different spiritual journey. I find their spiritual instincts very helpful.
Christ of the Celts — J. Phillip Newell
The Celtic Way of Evangelism — George G. Hunter
The Celtic Way of Prayer — Esther de Waal
How the Irish Saved Civilization — Thomas Cahill

Reframing God
When we were first reimagining God, beyond “our father in heaven,” these books were helpful.
Honest to God — John A. T. Robinson
The Evolution of God — Robert Wright
Eternal Life: A New Vision — John Shelby Spong
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam — Karen Armstrong

Slowing Down
A chief enemy of spirituality is busyness. These books help us realize that, and give us strategies for healthier lives.
Margin — Richard Swenson
In Praise of Slowness — Carl Honore (also a TED talk)

Some Helpful Daily-Reading Books

The Way to Love — Anthony DeMello

Let GoFrancois Fenelon

A Testament of Devotion — Thomas R. Kelly

When Things Fall Apart — Pema Chodron

The Places that Scare You — Pema Chodron