Resources for Writing about Faith

From time to time, writers and readers reach out to ask for recommendations for writers, essays, and memoirs that are serious about engaging with their faith in beautiful, complex ways. Here are several lists of recommendations—some available on the web and others elsewhere—that might help an aspiring writer of faith take the next steps along their writing journey.

Contemporary Creative Nonfiction / Essay / Memoir on Faith

  • Nadia Bolz-Weber: Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner Saint
  • Daniel Bowman, Jr.: On the Spectrum: Autism, Faith, and the Gifts of Neurodiversity
  • Barbara Brown Taylor: An Altar in the World
  • David James Duncan: God Laughs and Plays
  • Mary Karr: Lit
  • Madeleine L’Engle: Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
  • Sonja Livingston: The Virgin of Prince Street
  • Nancy Mairs: Ordinary Time
  • Kathleen Norris: Acedia & Me and Amazing Grace
  • Amy Peterson: Dangerous Territory and Where Goodness Still Grows
  • Jessie Van Eerden: The Long Weeping
  • Christian Wiman: My Bright Abyss: Meditations of a Modern Believer
  • Addie Zierman: Night Driving and When We Were On Fire
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