Folks say you can learn a lot about a person by what’s on their bookshelves. So, if you really want to know about me, here’s a few of the books you’d find on mine:

Olive Kitteredge and Abide with Me, by Elizabeth Strout

Gilead and Lila, by Marilynne Robinson

Jayber Crow and This Day, by Wendell Berry 

Benediction, by Kent Haruf

The Chosen, by Chaim Potok

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

Redeeming Love, Bridge to Haven, and The Last Sin Eater, by Francine Rivers

Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo

One Foot in Eden, by Ron Rash

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

Traveling Mercies, by Anne Lamott

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

Ellen Foster and A Virtuous Woman, by Kaye Gibbons

The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

Christy, by Catherine Marshall

Abba’s Child, by Brennan Manning

Ruthless Trust, by Brennan Manning

Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, by Eugene Peterson

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen

Night, by Elie Wiesel

The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd

The Wounded Heart, by Dan Allendar

Bold Love, by Dan Allendar

Gap Creek, by Robert Morgan

On Writing, by Stephen King

Bird by Bird, by Anne LaMott

On Writing Well, by William Zinsser

The Art of War for Writers, by James Scott Bell

Story, by Robert McKee

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgsen Burnett

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

Collected Stories, by Eudora Weldy

Made in the U.S.A, by Billie Letts

The Shepherd of the Hills, by Harold Bell Wright