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.



 John Piper says that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. Desiring God points us toward a life of deep and enduring satisfaction and joy, all for the glory of God.



 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.


Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the subsequent training on the material I took as part of my work, and the principles internalized as a result have guided my life for decades.



 The Spiritual Life: Eight Essential Titles by Henri Nouwen is another favourite I return to in the middle of the night when I need some wisdom and rest. It never disappoints.



 Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis is another book of wisdom I return to again and again. It grounds me.



Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is worth reading again and again. It was one that first whetted my appetite for gardening, food preservation, and eating in season.



Writing Resources


I’ve been a member of the Story Circle Network ( 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.