by Corinne Ware 

From Urban T. Holmes's spiritual typology and her own experience as a spiritual director and pastoral counselor, Ware provides a framework for people to name and understand their spiritual experience-in much the same way the Myers-Briggs typology provides a framework for understanding personality types.  

Buy now: Discover Your Spiritual Type

by William A. Barry, SJ

A Friendship Like No Other offers three well-supported and practical sections: prayerful exercises to help lead you to the conviction that God wants your friendship; a close look at objections to this idea; and reflections on experiencing the presence of God and discerning those experiences. Brief, personal meditations are woven throughout.
Grounded in biblical tradition and with a clear focus on Ignatian spirituality, this book offers a fresh, heart-changing approach to living joyfully in the freedom of the divine embrace.

A Friendship Like No Other: Experiencing God's Amazing Embrace

by Halbert Weidner 

Reflects on the life and writings of John Cardinal Newman, the nineteenth century pastor-scholar whose thinking previsioned the Second Vatican Council. 

Part of the Companions for the Journey series

Buy now: Praying With John Cardinal Newman: Companions for the Journey

by Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice

A comprehensive vision for reconciliation that is biblical, transformative, holistic and global. They draw on the resources of the Christian story, including their own individual experiences in Uganda and Mississippi, to bring solid, theological reflection to bear on the work of reconciling individuals, groups and societies.

Buy now: Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing (Resources for Reconciliation)

Moving in the Spirit: Becoming a Contemplative in Action by Richard Hauser, SJ.  A practical manual that is a guide to taking the Christian life into the world while keeping the contemplative spirit.  Required reading for Small Group Leadership as Spiritial Leadership.

by Wayne Simsic 

Part of the Companions for the Journey series

Buy now: Praying with Meister Eckhart (Companions for the Journey)

by Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV

The cornerstones of Ignatius of Loyola’s spiritual practice—meditation and contemplation—are clearly explained in this simple guide to the Ignatian method with examples from the experience of practitioners and quotations from Catholic spiritual teachers. In the process, the deeper structure of the spiritual practice is illuminated, and advice about adapting it to individual needs is offered.

Buy now: Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian Guide to Praying with Scripture (Crossroad Book)

by Mariano Magrassi, OSB

Synthesizes the unique and extraordinary experience of lectio divina. What is it? What are its key ideas? What are the necessary personal dispositions? What are the steps by which prayed reading is transformed into genuine contemplation?

Buy now:  Praying the Bible: An Introduction to Lectio Divina

by Charles C. Taliaferro 

This thoughtful examination of C. S. Lewis highlights his vibrant spirituality. The book contains 15 meditations based on the major themes of his spirituality and stories by and about him.  

Part of the Companions for the Journey series

Buy now: Praying With C. S. Lewis (Companions for the Journey)

by Marjorie J. Thompson

Offers a framework for understanding the spiritual disciplines and instruction for developing and nurturing those practices.

Buy now: Soul Feast, new trade-size: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life

by Tony Jones

Author and youth pastor Tony Jones explains the four steps of Lectio Divina: lectio (reading), meditatio(meditation), oratio (prayer), and contemplatio (contemplation) in a way that is accessible to youth and young adults.

Buy now: Divine Intervention: Encountering God Through the Ancient Practice of Lectio Divina

by Madeline Pecora Nugent 

Praying with Anthony can help us experience the world, the Scriptures, and Christ in a richer way. Anthony's example and words can urge us to seek personal change and to find the Way of conversion to the Life of Christ's love. 

Part of the Companions for the Journey series

Buy now: Praying With Anthony of Padua (Companions for the Journey)

editted by Paul Pettit, ED

This textbook for introductory spiritual formation courses presents the fundamentals and practices of the discipline. This collection includes presentations by several well-known evangelical scholars including Gordon Johnston, Darrell Bock, Richard Averbeck, Klaus Issler, and others.

Buy now: Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ

by David Foster

But following St Benedict's opening command in his Rule to 'listen', attending to the word of God through the printed text is an art which needs to be rediscovered in a world in which we are surrounded by a cacophony of sound and noise. David Foster has written a guide to this art.

Buy now: Reading with God: Lectio Divina

by Thomas F. Dailey 

Introduces the reader to the life and spirituality of Francis de Sales, a patron for all those who seek union with God in the midst of the affairs of the world and who seek to live a life of virtue. 

Part of the Companions for the Journey series

Buy now: Praying with Francis Desales (Companions for the Journey)

by Mary Margaret Funk, OSB

Meg Funk guides readers deeper into a life of humility by following the movement of what the early Christians called the four renunciations: to renounce our former way of life, our thoughts of our former way of life, our self-made thoughts of God, and our self-made thoughts of ourselves. With the help of the compelling examples of St. Benedict, St. Teresa of Jesus, and St. Therese of Lisieux, Funk shows the way to ongoing conversion of mind, heart, and way of life.

Buy now: Humility Matters: Toward Purity of Heart (The Matters Series)

by Michael Casey

Examines the Western tradition of lectio divina (a spiritual and prayerful approach to reading the sacred texts) in order to help readers expand their spiritual approach to living.

Buy now:Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina

by Ramona Miller 

The life and words of Clare bring a richness to aid us in our prayer. Each meditation challenges us to take a personal and specific action as we walk with Clare on her journey 

Part of the Companions for the Journey series

Buy now: Praying with Clare of Assisi (Companions for the Journey)

by John J. English, SJ

This new edition of Father John English's classic 1973 text adds a preface, a more comprehensive bibliography, and three chapters on how Ignatian thought applies to the world today.

Buy now: Spiritual Freedom: From an Experience of the Ignatian Exercises to the Art of Spiritual Guidance

by M. Basil Pennington

This practical guide book for today's Christian describes the time-tested method of praying with the Scriptures for wisdom and guidance and joy.

Buy now: Lectio Divina: Renewing Ancient Practice of Praying in the Scripture

by Mary Mercy Houle 

Part of the Companions for the Journey series

Buy now: Praying With Thomas Aquinas: Companions for the Journey

by Joseph Driskill

A book that introduces readers to the spirituality that evolved from Calvin, Luther, and many other Reformers.  Ithelps readers discover their rich spiritual heritage through an examination of its history and practice and the theological affirmations that undergird it. For use either as a textbook for training future clergy, or within the congregation itself to further develop the spiritual life of the parish, this book is practical on many levels

Buy now: Protestant Spiritual Exercises: Theology, History, and Practice

by Thelma Hall

Retrieves from obscurity the lost art of contemplative prayer as practiced for sixteen centuries in monastic tradition, and provides 500 thematically arranged scripture texts as rich resources for this intimate prayer.

Buy now: Too Deep for Words: Rediscovering Lectio Divina

by Wayne Simsic 

Part of the Companions for the Journey series

Buy now: Praying with Thomas Merton (Companions for the Journey)

by John Dear

 A spiritual handbook for readers who seek to make peace in their lives and in the world. The journey to peace, as Dear describes it, is composed of an Inner Journey (involving solitude, silence, prayer, and mindfulness), and a Public Journey (involving direct political action), which, undertaken together, make possible reconciliation and transformation on a global level. "If we try, and keep trying, and stay faithful to the journey unto our last breath, we will find great joy and a peace not of this world, knowing that we serve not only the human family but the God of peace." 

Buy now: Living Peace: A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action

by Innocenzo Gargano

Lectio Divina, or holy reading, is an essential element of Benedictine spirituality and time for personal reading of the Bible in a prayerful, contemplative way is built into the Benedictine day. It is a spiritual discipline that goes back even further than St Benedict to the early church fathers. Lectio Divina encourages us to hang on to every word, to turn phrases over and over as we would a love letter. This is a practical guide to this key element of Benedictine spirituality, for complete beginners and experienced hands alike.

Buy now: Holy Reading

by James Allaire 

An introduction to the life and prayer of Dorothy Day 

Part of the Companions for the Journey series

Buy now: Praying With Dorothy Day (Companions for the Journey)

by Rosemarie Carfagna, OSU 

 Rosemarie Cafagna takes a new approach to crisis by exploring it from the human perspective, in particular, its connection to contemplative prayer. She explores the experience of contemplation using descriptions from the field of spirituality and from classical spiritual literature. In particular she shows the correlation between the two experiences by highlighting critical moments in the lives of historical figures such as Augustine, Ignatius, John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, as well as contemporary figures such as Henri Nouwen, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Kathleen Norris, C.S. Lewis, Sue Monk Kidd, and Gerald May.

Buy now: Contemplation and Midlife Crisis: Examples from Classical and Contemporary Spirituality

by Mary Margaret Funk, OSB

Lectio divina is a way of praying by sustained immersion into a revelatory text. While Scripture is the classic place of encounter with God, the text could also be the book of life or the book of nature.

Buy now: Lectio Matters: Before the Burning Bush (The Matters Series)

by Jo Garcia-Cobb 

In this book readers will be inspired by his life and spirituality as they learn to pray as Pope John Paul II did. Each of the 15 meditations relates biographical details about the Pope along with selections from writings or speeches. 

Part of the Companions for the Journey series

Buy now: Praying with Blessed John Paul II (Companions for the Journey)


Books on the practice of Lectio Divina

Books on the practice of Prayer

Books about retreats and offering retreats.