My Favorites in 2019


Theology and Spirituality

Bays, MD, Jan Chozen. Mindful Eating. Boulder, Colorado: Shambala, 2017.

Chittister, Joan. The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage. New York: Convergent Books, 2019.

Cunningham, Frank J. Vesper Time: The Spiritual Practice of Growing Older. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017.

Dalai Lama XIV and Desmond Tutu. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. New York: Penguin Random House, 2016.

Gittins, Anthony J. Courage and Conviction: Unpretentious Christianity. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018.

O’Murchu, Diarmuid. When the Disciple Comes of Age: Christian Identity in the 21st Century. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2019.

Rohr, Richard. The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe. New York: Convergent, 2019.

Memoirs and Biographies

Al Rabeeah,Abu Bakr and Winnie Yeung. Homes: A Refugee Story. Freehand Books, 2018.

Fagone, Jason. The Woman Who Smashed Codes. New York: William Morrow, 2017.

O’Donnell, Catherine. Elizabeth Seton: American Saint. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2018.

Prejean, Sister Helen. River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey. New York: Random House, 2019.

Westover, Tara. Educated. New York: Random House, 2018.


Robinson, Mary. Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.


Kingsolver, Barbara. Unsheltered. New York: Harper Collins, 2018.

Krueger, William Kent. Ordinary Grace. New York: Atria Books, 2014.

Sullivan, Mark. Beneath a Scarlet Sky. Seattle, Washington: Lake Union Publishing, 2017.

Children’s Books

Hill, Susanna Leonard. Illustrations by Elisa Paganelli. Moon’s First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship. Naperville, Illinois: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2019.

Lang, Suzanne. Illustrations by Max Lang. Grumpy Monkey. New York: Random House Children’s Books, 2018.

Films and Television

Late Night

Madame Secretary

On the Basis of Sex

PBS Series

Call the Midwife

Death in Paradise


Les Miserables


The Unforgotten