Episcopal Bookshelf

Episcopal Bookshelf features books written by Episcopalians, suitable for clergy, lay leaders, book groups and individuals.


Cover front.jpg“Islam: A Religion, A Culture, A Society” (Christians Aware, 2014) by the Ven. Dr. Bill Schwartz, OBE, is intended to help Christians understand Islam on a personal level. Schwartz, who has lived among Muslims in the Middle East for more than 40 years, presents his perspective that studying Islam simply as a religion, or simply as a culture will result in a less-than-authentic understanding of Islam as Muslims themselves practice their faith.



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thumb Bible Women“Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter” (Forward Movement, 2014) by Lindsay Hardin Freeman presents fascinating and unexpected insights into the 93 women whose words are recorded in scripture. Women of the Bible have been trapped in dry, dusty literary caskets for centuries – but no more.



list thumb Bishops, Bourbons cover“Bishops, Bourbons, and Big Mules: A History of the Episcopal Church in Alabama” (University of Alabama Press, 2013) by J. Barry Vaughn tells the story of how the Episcopal Church gained influence over Alabama’s cultural, political and economic arenas despite being a denominational minority in the state.



BCP 100“The Book of Common Prayer: A Spiritual Treasure Chest” (SkyLight Paths, 2013) by C. K. Robertson offers a unique presentation of selections with facing-page commentary. Organized by themes such as “Blessings in Times of Joy and Pain,” “Called to Serve” and “Praise and Petition,” this volume in the SkyLight Illuminations series provides spiritual riches for all who are interested in deepening their life of prayer, building stronger relationships and making a difference in the world.

100 Conversation 102714“Conversations with Scripture: Acts of the Apostles” (Morehouse, 2010) by C. K. Robertson presents a well-researched, yet highly readable exploration of the story of Jesus’ earliest followers, from their call to be his witnesses “to the ends of the earth,” through their initial days of concord and numerical success, to the challenges they faced as unfamiliar newcomers entered the scene and the coming of a champion who, against the odds, became the church’s chief protagonist. Complete with discussion questions, this is a helpful resource for individuals and small groups alike.

Dangerous Dozen 100“A Dangerous Dozen: 12 Christians Who Threatened the Status Quo” (SkyLight Paths, 2011) by C. K. Robertson, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu, introduces readers to twelve fascinating — and at times intimidating — Christian change agents who were unafraid to ask what God would have them do in the face of life’s realities — and unafraid to go ahead and do it. Their words and actions challenged the status quo, and in so doing they showed the face of Jesus to the Church and to the world.

100 DearFriends“Dear Friends: The Letters of St. Paul to Christians in America”  (Yucca, 2014) by Christopher L. Webber is not simply a new translation of Paul’s letters, but rather a completely new set of letters addressed to various cities and states in America. Instead of writing to Rome, for example, Paul now writes to Washington, the new world capitol, and instead of writing to Corinth, that center of cultural change, Paul writes to Californians.


list thumb Death Letter Cover“Death Letter: God, Sex, and War” (Tactical 16, 2014) by David W. Peters chronicles the dark days immediately following his return from the war in Iraq. Peters, an Episcopal priest and U.S. Army chaplain, offers this genre-defying book – part memoir, part comic lament – about his relationship with the three great subjects of our mythic imagination: God, sex and war.


Episcopal Questions 100“Episcopal Questions, Episcopal Answers” (Morehouse, 2014) by Ian Markham and C. K. Robertson is an accessible Q&A introduction to the Episcopal Church, providing a quick, easy and non-threatening way to learn about some of the most central and compelling elements of Christian faith. A wonderful resource for today’s busy lifestyle, it is ideal for use with new members, as a confirmation resource and in youth and adult study groups.


God of Our Silent Tears 100“God of Our Silent Tears” (Cathedral Center Press, 2013) by Dan Edwards is a spiritual and theological exploration of God’s response to suffering and injustice. It begins with the anguished question of the afflicted: “Why?” Edwards, bishop of the Diocese of Nevada, explores various theological answers that attempt to find meaning in our sorrows, finding each of them to have some truth and value but none of them to be adequate because, in truth, God is against suffering and injustice.

Hazardous Saints 100“Hazardous Saints: Christians Risking All, Changing Everything” (Church Publishing, 2015) by C. K. Robertson is an exciting new six-session DVD series with accompanying study guide. A wonderful resource for adult and young adult study groups in mainline Christian churches, clergy and lay leadership teams, such as vestries and boards of elders, and retreat planners and those interested in learning more about some remarkable models of the faith.


Cover front.jpg“Islam: A Religion, A Culture, A Society” (Christians Aware, 2014) by the Ven. Dr. Bill Schwartz, OBE, is intended to help Christians understand Islam on a personal level. Schwartz, who has lived among Muslims in the Middle East for more than 40 years, presents his perspective that studying Islam simply as a religion, or simply as a culture will result in a less-than-authentic understanding of Islam as Muslims themselves practice their faith.


“Jesus: The God App: Conversations Along the Way.” Peter D. Snow. Bloomington, Ind.: Xlibris, 2014. 457 pp.“Jesus: The God App: Conversations Along the Way” (Xlibris, 2014) by Peter D. Snow is the distillate of 50 years preaching and teaching within the Episcopal Church. Aimed at open-minded, well-informed and thoughtful people inside and outside the church, this book provides readers with a coherent concept of Jesus’ ministry, both of his teaching and his interaction with those around him. Snow, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Olympia, carefully searches out clues and connects the dots from all four gospels.

love god heal earth6.inddIn “Love God, Heal Earth” (St. Lynn’s Press, 2009), Sally G. Bingham poses the question of what it might take to power a great awakening about Earth’s environmental crisis. Bingham, an Episcopal priest and Canon for the Environment in the Diocese of California, points out that until recently, science has been alone in sounding the alarms while many religious leaders have held back, viewing global warming as a purely secular issue.


150 Other RoadsIn “Other Roads Less Traveled” (iUniverse LLC, 2014), Charles Shannon Mallory takes an unconventional approach to Christian issues such as betrayal, the meaning of life and life after death.
Chapter titles such as “Don’t Believe Everything You Think,” “There Are Many Good Pathways to God” and “Life Is Holy With or Without Religion” provide readers with an early clue that this is not your standard collection of sermons.


passionate cover.indd“The Passionate Jesus: What We Can Learn from Jesus about Love, Fear, Grief, Joy and Living Authentically”  (SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2012) by Peter Wallace examines how sometimes what we already “know” about Jesus gets in the way of our really knowing him. Wallace, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Atlanta and host of the national “Day1” radio ministry, examines how many depictions of Jesus show him as a character who coolly and calmly floats above the grit and grime of human existence.

Place to Breath 100“A Place to Breathe: Building the World That God Intended – And Still Does” (CreateSpace, 2014) by Lloyd Edwards offers a “big picture” view of the church’s call to ministry, intended for laypeople, clergy and bishops seeking to renew themselves in their ministries. “A Place to Breathe” is structured as an extended reflection on three questions: What is God doing in the world? How can we best respond cooperatively with God’s initiative? And how does the creative purpose of suffering influence our response?

100 Powerful Blessing“A Powerful Blessing” (TransAmerica Printing, 2012) by Douglas M. Carpenter is the first biography of Charles Colcock Jones Carpenter, Sr., Alabama’s sixth bishop, and is also the first biography of any of the eight clergy whom Martin Luther King, Jr., addressed in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Because of the magnificence of King’s letter, some have wondered how one that he criticized could also be “a powerful blessing.”


thumb Praying Our Way Through StressIn “Praying Our Way Through Stress: Drawing Wisdom From the Lord’s Life and Prayer” (Westbow, 2013), June G. Paul turns to scripture and the words of Jesus as a means of dealing with the stress of modern life with Christ-like behavior. Designed for use by individuals and groups, this book guides readers through detailed analyses of biblical prayers, such as the Lord’s Prayer and the Sermon on the Mount, to help overcome stress in a healthy way.


100 ReclaimSoulCvrPostDaniel Schroeder’s “Reclaiming Your Soul: Wisdom from the Gospel of Luke” (BeneVentura, 2015) is a collection of reflections on the entire Gospel of St. Luke. It was initially written for monastics to enhance the Sunday gospel readings, but can be used by laypeople and clergy as well. As current guardian of a monastic Episcopal community, Schroeder works to build a formation journey based on the power of prayer, reflective study and personal service to others.


100 Seeds for Church GrowthIn “Seeds for Church Growth” (CreateSpace, 2013), Norman F. Somes shares his findings from studying the actions and settings of numerous growing congregations, attending evangelism conferences and workshops, and examining a wide array of ideas for church growth. Somes, a retired priest from the Diocese of El Camino Real, explains how implementing the right ideas in a congregation can result in growth such as he experienced as rector at St. Barnabas’ Parish in Arroyo Grande, Calif.

100 StableBirthFrontCover“A Stable Birth” (Lovstad Publishing, 2014) by June G. Paul is a story about the birth of Jesus, but it is not your typical Christmas pageant story. Covering only the first 24 hours or so of Jesus’ birth, this story focuses on the faith and courage of Mary and Joseph. Covering only the first 24 hours or so of Jesus’ birth, this story focuses on the faith and courage of Mary and Joseph.


Transforming Stewardship 100“Transforming Stewardship” (Church Publishing, 2009) by C. K. Robertson, part of the “Transformation” series, considers holistic, practical ways for church leaders to address visionary budgeting, newcomer recruitment and retention, leadership development and congregational vitality. “Transforming Stewardship” is a proven resource in congregations throughout the church.


thumb GieselmannIn “A Walk Through the Churchyard: Toward a Spirituality of Christian Death”  (CreateSpace, 2012), Rob Gieselmann, an Episcopal priest, leads readers to a deeper understanding of death from a Christian perspective. Through his roles as student chaplain, rector, son and grieving husband, Gieselmann recounts and explores stories of the last moments of life.



100 James.WithJoyfulAcceptanceMaybe“With Joyful Acceptance, Maybe” (Wipf & Stock, 2013) by Molly Field James offers a contemporary theology of suffering developed in conversation with five Anglican and Catholic theologians: Gregory the Great, Julian of Norwich, Jeremy Taylor, C.S. Lewis and Ivone Gebara. James is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Connecticut and professor of Ethics and Pastoral Care at Hartford Seminary and the University of St. Joseph in Hartford, Conn. The theologians she has selected are ones who have written out of personal experiences with suffering.