Everything listed here is a something I have in the past, or am now, using in my pursuit of a simple happy creative faith-focused life. If it’s here, I personally use (or read) and recommend it.
This is the book I turn to most often in the middle of the night when I wake and sleep is elusive. The Imitation of Christ written by Thomas à Kempis is a classic devotional book written between 1418 and 1427 with timeless truth, comfort, and direction for living a life of faith.
I return to Madeline L’Engle’s Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art again and again for her timeless essays on the relationship between faith and creativity. It speaks to me of my calling to remain present, to listen, and to respond to the Creator through living a life of creativity.
The classic, The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott. Peck, turned my intellectual and spiritual life upside down when I read it for the first time in the 1980s. It was described, when it was first published in 1978, as “not just a book but a spontaneous act of generosity”. It spent ten years on the New York Times bestseller list and a lifetime in my heart.
I’ve been a member of the Story Circle Network (http://www.storycircle.org/index.php) since 2008 serving as a board member, editor for their book review site, creator and long-time coordinator of the group’s One Woman’s Day blog, and volunteering in various other capacities throughout the years. I highly recommend this supportive organization if you have an interesting in writing (or reading) the stories of women’s lives.