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Jen Pollock Michel

( author + writer + speaker )

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Summer Book Club

I was recently asked about the books I'm reading, which is not really the easiest question to answer.

Did I mention the books checked out from the library, even those I've just begun or haven't yet opened?

Did I mention the books I've been reading over the course of months, picking them up as the mood (infrequently) suits?

Did I tell the real truth, which is that I'm on a strict reading schedule to finish Charles Taylor's, A Secular Age, for a chapter that I'm contributing to another book, leaving me little time to read anything else?

You know you're a reader when your list of books to read only grows longer—because you add titles faster than you read them.

But in case you are a book lover like me—and even a member of a book club— I wanted to suggest a VERY LONG list of titles on themes loosely related to #home that might be great book club reads. I've linked to them in Amazon so that you can get a quick glance at what each book is about. And of course, I'd love for you to also consider reading Keeping Place!


Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping, Gilead, Home, Lila

Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow

Carlene Bauer’s Frances and Bernard

Paul Harding’s Tinkers

Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary

Shusaku Endo’s Silence

Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence

Anne Tyler’s Saint Maybe

Margaret Philbrick’s A Minor



Isabelle Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns

Ta-Nehesi Coates’s Between the World and Me

Kathleen Norris’s The Quotidian Mysteries

Christina Crook’s The Joy of Missing Out



Mary Karr’s Lit

Christie Purifoy’s Roots and Sky

Sheldon VanAuken’s A Severe Mercy

Corrie Ten Boom’s Hiding Place

Preston Yancey’s Tables in the Wilderness

Micha Boyett’s Found

Gillian Marchenko’s Still Life

Amy Julia Becker’s Good and Perfect Gift

Meadow Rue Merrill’s Redeeming Ruth

Kristen Kludt’s A Good Way Through

Alison Hodgson The Pug List

Lee Wolfe Blum Table in the Darkness

Russ Ramsey’s Struck

Marilyn Gardner’s Passages Through Pakistan

Suanne Camfield’s The Sound of a Million Dreams

Jennifer Grant’s When Did Everybody Get So Old?

Marlena Graves’s A Beautiful Disaster

Karen Swallow Prior’s Booked

Katherine Willis Pershey’s Any Day A Beautiful Change

Karen Beattie’s Rock-Bottom Blessings



Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove’s The Wisdom of Stability

Henri Nouwen’s The Return of the Prodigal Son

C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces

D.L. Mayfield’s Assimilate or Go Home

Sarah Arthur and Erin Wasinger’s The Year of Small Things

Amy Julia Becker’s Small Talk

Dorothy Greco’s Making Marriage Beautiful

Joshua Ryan Butler’s The Pursuing God

Catherine McNiel’s Long Days of Small Things

Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts and The Broken Way

Ann Swindell’s Still Waiting

Aubrey Sampson’s Overcomer

Courtney Reissig’s Glory in the Ordinary

Hannan Anderson’s Made for More and Humble Roots

Kris Camealy’s Come, Lord Jesus (Advent)

Erin Straza’s Comfort Detox

Lina Abujamra’s Thrive

Beth Booram’s The Wide Open Spaces of God

Lara Krupicka’s Family Bucket Lists

Scott Saul’s Befriend

Trevin Wax’s This Is Our Time

Katelyn Beaty’s A Woman’s Place

Jen Wilkin’s None Like Him

Trillia Newbell’s Enjoy

Kent Annan’s Slow Kingdom Coming

Amy Simpson’s Troubled Minds

Michelle Van Loon’s Moments & Days

Carla Sunberg, Jamie Wright, and Suzanne Burden’s Reclaiming Eve

Everbloom (Essays by the Members of Redbud Writers Guild)