• Sacred Rhythms, Ruth Haley Barton
  • Strengthening the Soul of your Leadership, Ruth Haley Barton
  • Invitation to a Journey, Robert Mulholland
  • Thirsty for God, Bradley P. Holt
  • Fierce Conversations, Susan Scott
  • The Practice of Spiritual Direction, William A. Barry and William J. Connolly

Beginning the Spiritual Formation Journey

  • Befriending Our Desires, Philip Sheldrake
  • Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • The Way of the Heart, Henri Nouwen
  • The Holy Longing, Ronald Rolheiser

General & Reference Works on Spiritual Direction

  • Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction, Susan S. Phillips
  • Sacred Companions, David G. Benner
  • Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction, Margaret Guenther
  • Spiritual Direction & the Care of Souls: A Guide to Christian Approaches & Practices, Moon & Benner
  • Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith, Henri Nouwen
  • Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
  • Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Giving and Seeking Direction, Anderson, Reese and Houston
  • The Pastor as Spiritual Guide, Howard Rice
  • Everything Belongs, Richard Rohr
  • Seeking God Together: An Invitation to Group Spiritual Direction, Alice Fryling

Classics on the Spiritual Life and on the Lives of Saints

  • Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, (Madame) Jeanne Guyon
  • An Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Francis de Sales
  • The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence
  • The Complete Fenelon, (Letters of François Fenelon), Edited by Robert Edmonson
  • The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis

Classics on the Journey of the Christian Life/Stages of Development

  • Life of Moses, Gregory of Nyssa
  • On Loving God, Bernard of Clairveaux
  • Twelve Degrees of Humility and Pride, Bernard of Clairveaux
  • Interior Castle, Teresa of Avila
  • Ascent of Mount Carmel, John of the Cross
  • Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
  • The Way of a Pilgrim, anonymous 19th Russian author
  • Poustinia, Catherine Dougherty
  • When the Well Runs Dry, Thomas Green


  • Authenticity: A Biblical Theology of Discernment, Thomas Dubay
  • Desiring God’s Will: Aligning Our Hearts with the Heart of God, David Benner
  • Discernment, Reading the Signs of Daily Life, Henri Nouwen
  • Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God, Dallas Willard
  • Listening Prayer: Learning to Hear God’s Voice and Keep a Prayer Journal, Leanne Payne
  • Praying with the Church, Scot McKnight
  • Surrender to Love, David Benner
  • Weeds Among the Wheat, Thomas Green
  • Desiring God’s Will, David Benner

Lectio Divina

  • Eat this Book, Eugene Peterson
  • Opening to God, David Benner
  • Shaped by the Word, Robert Mulholland
  • Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina, Michael Casey
  • The Blue Parakeet, Scot McKnight

Centering/Silent Prayer

  • Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Ruth Haley Barton
  • Basking in His Presence: A Call to the Prayer of Silence, Bill Volkman
  • Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Cynthia Bourgeault
  • Open Mind, Open Heart, Michael Keating
  • Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form, Basil Pennington
  • The Jesus Prayer, Michael Talbot
  • Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, Richard Foster
  • Soulful Spirituality: Becoming Fully Alive and Deeply Human, David G. Benner

Ignatian Spirituality

  • A Simple Life Changing Prayer: Discovering the Power of St Ignatius Loyola’s Examen, Jim Manney
  • Guided by the Spirit: A Jesuit Perspective on Spiritual Direction, Francis Joseph Houdek
  • What is Ignatian Spirituality?, David Fleming
  • In the Midst of Noise: An Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life, Michael Cambell-Johnston, SJ
  • The Discernment of Spirits, Timothy M. Gallagher
  • Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality, Margaret Silf

Self Knowledge and Self-Examination

  • The Human Condition, Thomas Keating
  • Soul Making: The Desert Way of Spirituality, Alan Jones
  • The Gift of Begin Yourself, David Benner
  • The Deeper Journey, Robert Mulholland
  • Invitations from God, Adele Calhoun
  • The Practice of Welcoming Prayer, Cherry Haisten
  • The Enneagram Made Easy, Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele
  • Motions of the Soul: Enneagram meets Ignatius, Clare Loughrige
  • The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery, Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
  • The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types, Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
  • Anatomy of the Soul, Curt Thompson, M.D.


  • An Unhurried Life, Alan Fadling
  • Awaken Your Senses: Exercises for Exploring the Wonders of God, Brent Bill & Beth Booram
  • Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction, Christine Paintner & Betsey Beckman
  • Coming Home to Your True Self, Albert Haase & M. Robert Mulholland Jr.
  • The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction, Eugene H. Peterson
  • The Definitive Book of Body Language, Barbara and Allan Pease
  • A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix, Edwin Friedman
  • Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, Richard Rohr
  • The Gift of Being Yourself, David Benner
  • Hospitality: The Heart of Spiritual Direction, Leslie A. Hay
  • Jesus, Our Spiritual Director: A Pilgrimage Through the Gospels, Wendy Miller
  • Let Your Life Speak, Parker Palmer
  • Mansions of the Heart: Exploring the Seven Stages of Spiritual Growth, Thomas Ashbrook
  • One Life Maps, Sibyl Towner and Sharon Swing