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Here If You Need Me: A True Story by Kate Braestrup. A dramatic, funny, deeply moving, and simply unforgettable--an uplifting account of finding God through helping others, and of the small miracles that happen every day when a heart is grateful and love is restored.


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. “This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”

Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus. Evokes wonderfully the way the generation after mine soaked up the promise and the punishment of feminist consciousness.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, About the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice.

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving,

Self: Caring for Our Best Gift by Tom Owen-Towle. Our very being is God’s gift to us. Caring for our self is our best way of saying “Thank You!” We possess minds, bodies, spirits, hearts, souls, and consciences, and each of these six distinct realms of the self must be tended daily in one manner or another. Nurturing the whole self is the most important job we have as earthlings.


Morningside Heights: A Novel by Cheryl Mendelson,