Love books? Desire to lean into asking questions? Well, we've compiled a list of books to help you do exactly that. So, brew a cup of coffee, sit next to the window as the rain drizzles, and enjoy a great read.

The following list of books are to make you think, question, and grow. Pangea Communities doesn't endorse every page of every resource. Rather, we hope these books will help refine your faith, even where you might have disagreement with a particular author. All books listed are either "beginner" or "intermediate" level reading with the exception of those mark with an [*]. Some books are listed more than once because of their relevance to a particular category. The first list is where we recommend starting: reading books that inform the values and convictions of Pangea.

Start Here: Books to Explore our Values

Inclusion – Communities of love offer embrace, not exclusion.

  • The Cost of Community: Jesus, St. Francis and Life in the Kingdom by Jamie Arpin-Ricci
  • Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love by Mark Scandrette
  • Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality by Richard Beck
  • Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christina Cleveland

Peacemaking – We practice nonviolence and contend for others.

  • A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor's Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace by Brian Zahnd
  • Fight: A Christian Case for Nonviolence by Preston Sprinkle
  • Jesus For President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals by Chris Haw and Shane Claiborne 
  • The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church by Greg Boyd
  • Thin Places: 6 Postures for Creating and Practicing Missional Community by Jon Huckins
  • The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community by Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight Friessen

Hope – The world as it is, isn’t the world as it will be. 

  • Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N.T. Wright
  • Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell
  • Razing Hell by Sharon Baker
  • God's Shalom Project by Bernhard Ott

 Mystery – Ancient faith fosters wonder and refuses to put God in a box.

  • The Naked Anabaptist: Bare Essentials of Radical Faith by Stuart Murray
  • Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World by Robert Webber
  • The Meal Jesus Gave Us by NT Wright
  • A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren

Transformation – Knowing and following Jesus makes us more human.

  • The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows by James Bryan Smith
  • Invitation to the Jesus Life: Experiments in Christlikeness by Jan Johnson
  • Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Wilson-Hartgrove, Claiborne, and Okoro
  • Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard


Spiritual Transformation

  • The Bible (preferred translations: Common English Bible [CEB] or New Revised Standard Version [NRSV])
  • Practicing the Way of Jesus by Mark Scandrette
  • Everything Belongs by Richard Rohr
  • The Sign of the Cross: Recovering the Power of the Ancient Prayer by Bert Ghezzi
  • The Divine Hours: A Manual for Prayer (series) by Phillis Tickle
  • Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Wilson-Hartgrove, Claiborne, and Okoro
  • Naked Spirituality by Brian McLaren
  • Celebration of Disciplines by Richard Foster
  • The Good & Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith
  • The Good & Beautiful Community by James Bryan Smith
  • The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
  • After You Believe by N.T. Wright
  • Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
  • The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

Bible Study

  • Common English Bible: Study Bible (a favorite Bible at Pangea Communities!)
  • The New Testament For Everyone Series (Matthew For Everyone, Etc.) by N.T. Wright
  • The Old Testament For Everyone Series by John Goldingay
  • How to Read the Bible for All its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
  • The Art of Reading Scripture by Richard Hays and Ellen Davis*

Christian Living/Inspiration/Memoir

  • Undiluted by Benjamin Corey
  • Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel by Elias Chacour
  • Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey
  • A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
  • Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
  • The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
  • Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner
  • The Artisan Soul by Erwin McManus
  • A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren
  • A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor's Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace by Brian Zahnd
  • The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey

Theology

  • The Naked Anabaptist by Stuart Murray
  • The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns
  • Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright
  • How God Became King by N.T. Wright
  • Surprised by Scripture by N.T. Wright
  • The Mission of God by Christopher Wright*
  • Recovering the Scandal of the Cross by Mark Baker and Joel Green*
  • Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross by Mark Baker
  • The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight
  • Across the Spectrum by Greg Boyd and Paul Eddy
  • Reformed and Always Reforming by Karl Olson*

Mission and Community

  • The New Parish by Sparks, Sorens, and Friesen
  • Disunity in Christ by Christina Clevland
  • Practicing the Way of Jesus by Mark Scandrette
  • Thin Places by Jon Huckins and Rob Yackley
  • Leading Missional Communities by Mike Breen
  • The Cost of Community: Jesus, St. Francis and Life in the Kingdom by Jamie Arpin-Ricci
  • When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
  • The New Conspirators by Tom Sine
  • They Like Jesus but Not the Church by Dan Kimball

Peace, Justice, Politics, Ethics

  • Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw
  • Fight: A Christian Case for Nonviolence by Preston Sprinkle
  • A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor's Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace by Brian Zahnd
  • A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Nonviolence
  • Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel by Elias Chacour
  • Disarming Scripture by Derek Flood
  • God in a Brothel by Daniel Walker
  • All Right Now: Finding Consensus on Ethical Questions by Tim Geddert
  • The Myth of a Christian Nation by Greg Boyd
  • The Myth of a Christian Religion by Greg Boyd
  • The Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard Hays*
  • Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell and Don Golden
  • Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire by Sylvia Keesmaat and Brian Walsh

The Problem of Evil

  • Is God to Blame? by Greg Boyd
  • God of the Possible by Greg Boyd*
  • Evil and the Justice of God by N.T. Wright
  • The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
  • Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff

Ancient Roots

  • Ancient-Future Faith by Robert Webber
  • Ancient-Future Worship by Robert Webber
  • Ancient-Future Time by Robert Webber
  • Ancient-Future Evangelism by Robert Webber
  • The Sign of the Cross: Recovering the Power of the Ancient Prayer by Bert Ghezzi

Eucharist

  • A Holy Meal by Gordon Smith
  • The Meal Jesus Gave Us by N.T. Wright
  • Subversive Meals by Alan Streett

Afterlife, Etc.

  • Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
  • Razing Hell by Sharon Baker
  • Reading Revelation Responsibly by Michael Gorman
  • The Good News of Revelation by Larry Helyer and Ed Cyzewski
  • Hell: A Final Word by Edward Fudge
  • The Fire that Consumes by Edward Fudge*
  • Love Wins by Rob Bell 

Biblical Narrative (Understanding God's Story)

  • True Story by James Choung
  • God's Shalom Project by Bernhard Ott
  • The Bible as Improv by Ron Martoia
  • God Enters Stage Left by Tim Day
  • Embracing Grace by Scot McKnight
  • The Mission of God by Christopher Wright*
  • The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight
  • A Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
  • Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell and Don Golden
  • Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw
  • The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight
  • Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
  • Texts Under Negotiation: The Bible and Postmodern Imagination by Walter Brueggemann*
  • Come Out My People by Wes Howard-Brook*

Apologetics (The Hard Questions of Faith)

  • Letters from a Skeptic by Greg Boyd
  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller
  • The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns

Hebrew Scriptures

  • Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament by Peter Enns*
  • The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns
  • An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible by Walter Brueggemann*
  • Genesis for Normal People by Peter Enns and Jared Byas
  • Theology of the Old Testament by Walter Brueggemann*
  • Eat This Book by Eugene Peterson

Evolution & Faith

  • The Language of God by Francis Collins
  • The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns
  • The Lost World of Genesis One by John Walton

MORE RECOMMENDATIONS TO COME