My reading list from the Festival of Faith and WritingIf you need ideas for books to read, I highly recommend hitting up a writing conference. I’ve never seen so many readers gathered in one place!

My top 5 books I’m dying to read (or re-read) post-FFW:

  1. Standing by Words: Essays by Wendell Berry, primarily for the essay “On Poetry and Marriage: The Use of Old Forms.”
  2. Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me by Karen Swallow Prior. This has been on my radar for a while, but it zoomed to the top of the list after hearing Karen speak at FFW.
  3. Adventure of Ascent: Field Notes from a Lifelong Journey by Luci Shaw. She was delightful at FFW and I haven’t read enough of her work. I’m especially excited to explore her use of metaphor, which she gushed about in session.
  4. Within This Tree of Bones by Robert Siegel. Siegel was described as an “astonishing” modern poet, but I haven’t read his work.
  5. Holy Is the Day: Living in the Gift of the Present by Carolyn Weber. Caro read an excerpt from this in session, and it was terrific.

Check out my full post-FFW reading list here.

The “Writing Both Sides” panelists also shared 8 “token writers” that have modeled doubt faithfully. I’ll share those for another day so as not to completely overwhelm you with suggestions.

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