The Irrational Season

10 best books like The Irrational Season (Madeleine L'Engle): The Outlaws of Sherwood, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith, Crystal Soldier, Ember Rising, Crystal Dragon, The Cloister Walk, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time

The Outlaws of Sherwood
AuthorRobin McKinley
3.5 stars. I've owned a paperback copy of The Outlaws of Sherwood, a retelling of the Robin Hood folktale, for ages, dating back to the days when I was auto-buying everything Robin McKinley wrote. It's a very different type of book for her: a straightforward historical novel - no fantasy elements at all...
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
AuthorAnnie Dillard
An exhilarating meditation on nature and its seasons—a personal narrative highlighting one year's exploration on foot in the author's own neighborhood in Tinker Creek, Virginia. In the summer, Dillard stalks muskrats in the creek and contemplates wave mechanics; in the fall she watches a monarch...
AuthorBarbara Brown Taylor
By now I expected to be a seasoned parish minister, wearing black clergy shirts grown gray from frequent washing. I expected to love the children who hung on my legs after Sunday morning services until they grew up and had children of their own. I even expected to be buried wearing the same red vestments...
Crystal Soldier
AuthorSharon Lee
Centuries in the past, mankind fought a seemingly unbeatable adversary from sector to sector across the Spiral Arm until the war ground to a standstill and the Enemy withdrew. Believing that they had won, the citizens of the galaxy rebuilt. The Inner Worlds, which had escaped the worst of the war's ravages,...
Ember Rising
AuthorS.D. Smith
*zips lips against spoilers* *realizes I won’t be able to speak at all* *unzips lips*

I’ll just have to try to keep the spoilers out because OH MY WORD I went into this blind and was repeatedly gobsmacked by the twists and turns and reveals. O.o. :D

The first 60% of the book was sooo...
AuthorSharon Lee
You can't go home again... What do you do when home is a conspiracy that's been discovered and destroyed? When home is a planet in a star system that's gone missing? When home means working for the destroyers of galaxies? When home is a spaceship that's calling out to the enemy? Cantra 'yos Phelium isn't...
The Cloister Walk
AuthorKathleen Norris
Why would a married woman with a thoroughly Protestant background and often more doubt than faith be drawn to the ancient practice of monasticism, to a community of celibate men whose days are centered around a rigid schedule of prayer, work, and scripture? This is the question that poet Kathleen Norris...
AuthorBarbara Brown Taylor
In her critically acclaimed Leaving Church ("a beautiful, absorbing memoir."—Dallas Morning News), Barbara Brown Taylor wrote about leaving full-time ministry to become a professor, a decision that stretched the boundaries of her faith. Now, in her stunning follow-up, An Altar in the World,...
AuthorKathleen Norris
A beautiful meditation on life in the Great Plains from award-winning author and poet Kathleen Norris.


Kathleen Norris invites readers to experience rich moments of prayer and presence in Dakota, a timeless tribute to a place in the American landscape that is at once desolate...
A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time
AuthorSarah Arthur
Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time has captured the imagination of millions - from literary sensation to timeless classic and now a major motion picture starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Storm Reid, and Mindy Kaling. A Light So Lovely tells the story of the woman at the center of it all -...
Tambourines to Glory
AuthorLangston Hughes
For every bustling jazz joint that opened in Korean War–era Harlem, a new church seemed to spring up. Tambourines to Glory introduces you to an unlikely team behind a church whose rock was the curb at 126th and Lenox.

Essie Belle Johnson and Laura Reed live in adjoining tenement flats, adrift...
On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books
AuthorKaren Swallow Prior
Reading great literature well has the power to cultivate virtue. Great literature increases knowledge of and desire for the good life by showing readers what virtue looks like and where vice leads. It is not just what one reads but how one reads that cultivates virtue. Reading good literature well requires...
Listening For God: A Minister's Journey Through Silence And Doubt
AuthorRenita J. Weems
Throughout the past two decades, Renita J. Weems has been noted and praised for her writing, galvanizing national speaking, and pioneering scholarship in the field of Old Testament studies. Yet in the midst of her celebrated work, she was experiencing a profound spiritual crisis permeated by a hollow,...
The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth
AuthorChristopher L. Heuertz
For all the ways we live unawakened lives, the enneagram is here to help.

The Sacred Enneagram is a trustworthy, richly insightful guide to finding yourself in the enneagram’s 9-type profiles, and applying this practical wisdom for a life transformed. Far more than a personality test,...
The Heir of Logres
AuthorSuzannah Rowntree
Camelot is falling. Can she save it?

Blanche braved the perilous realm of Logres. She survived Morgan le Fay’s assassins. She saved the Holy Grail from desecration.
Now she’s all set to face the court of Camelot and claim her rightful place as Blanchefleur, King Arthur’s daughter...
Not Write Now: A How-Not-To Guide for Writing Fiction
AuthorKyle Robert Shultz
You’ve read all the self-publishing pep talks.

Your book still isn’t published. Or finished.

So why not try a different approach?

Not Write Now isn’t like any book on writing you’ve read before. It won’t tell you to get your hiney in the chair and write. It will tell...
Vanya: A true story of Ivan Moiseyev, persecuted for his faith
AuthorMyrna Grant
A Classic That's Inspired Millions!Out of the dark shadows of Soviet atheism rose a fearless young man whose boldness for Christ would make him a testimony to millions of believers around the world. This is the true story of Ivan (Vanya) Moiseyev, a soldier in the Soviet Red Army who was ruthlessly persecuted...
The Last Crossing (Finger Lakes Mystery #4)
AuthorElizabeth Meyette
It was the whistle of the train at midnight that signaled another ghost.

Jesse Graham wants to concentrate on planning her wedding to Joe Riley. But try as she might, she can’t escape the spirits who haunt her.

This time the ghost is Timmy, whose disappearance ten years earlier coincided...
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