Anthony Doerr All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr
Scribner, 2014
Doerr’s sentences, characters and story about love and serendipity are more powerful than I can describe.


Lauren Groff Fates and Furies
Fates and Furies

By Lauren Groff
Riverhead, 2016
Groff knows what it is to be in relationship and to be an artist. She portrays both beautifully in Fates and Furies.


Larry McMurtry Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove

By Larry McMurtry
Simon & Shuster, 1985
McMurty wrote a western, but he also wrote a book about the costs of ordering the world and the loss of the beauty in wilderness.


Paulette Jiles News of the World
News of the World

By Paulette Jiles
William Morrow, 2016
A book for anyone trying to share good news and do good work.


Edwin O’Connor The Edge of Sadness
The Edge of Sadness

By Edwin O’Connor
Little, Brown & Co., 1961
No book better describes what it’s like to be a clergyperson and an imperfect person.


Clergy Financial Resources


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Church & Clergy Tax Guide

By Richard Hammar
Zondervan, 2016
The complete guide to taxes for churches and clergy.


Church Finance: The Complete Guide to Managing Ministry Resources

By Michael Batts & Richard Hammar
Christianity Today, 2015
Comprehensive and complete resource for general church finance.


Sharing Possessions book cover
Sharing Possessions: What Faith Demands, 2nd Edition

By Luke Timothy Johnson
Eerdmans, 2011
his isn’t exactly a pragmatic finance guide, but the theology is critical for understanding money and church finances.


Writing Residency

The Fifth Semester