Recommended Readings

David Mahan

Berry, Wendell. The Collected Poems of Wendell Berry 19571982 (New York: North Point Press, 1987).

——————–. A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems 19791997 (Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, 1998).

Hopkins, Gerard Manley. Poems and Prose (New York: Penguin Classics, 1985).

Impastato, David, ed. Upholding Mystery: An Anthology of Contemporary Christian Poetry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997).

Mahan, David. An Unexpected Light: Theology and Witness in the Poetry and Thought of Charles Williams, Micheal O’Siadhail, and Geoffrey Hill (Eugene, OR: Princeton Theological Monograph Series, Wipf & Stock, 2009)

Nichols, Bridget. Literature in Christian Perspective: Becoming Faithful Readers (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2000).


Janet Ruffing

Barks, Coleman. The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems (San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 2001)

Housden, Roger. Ten Poems to Change Your Life (New York: Harmony Books, 2001)

Levertov, Denise. Sands of the Well (New York: New Directions, 1996)

—————-. The Stream and the Sapphire: Selected Poems on Religious Themes (New York: New Directions, 1997)

Oliver, Mary. A Thousand Mornings: Poems (New York: Penguin Press, 2012)

Rilke, Rainer Maria. Translations from the Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, Trans. M.D. Herter Norton (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1993)


Thomas Troeger

Alexander, Pat, ed., and Zundel, Veronica, biographer. The Eerdmans Book of Christian Poetry (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1981)

Bloom, Harold, ed. The Best Poems of the English Language: from Chaucer through Frost (New York: HarperCollins, 2004)

Curzon, David. Modern Poems on the Bible: an anthology (Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 1994)

Curzon, David. The Gospels in Our Image: an anthology of twentieth-century poetry based on biblical texts (New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1995)

Troeger, Thomas H. Song that Blesses Earth: Hymn texts, carols and poems  (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)

Troeger, Thomas H. Wonder Reborn: Creating Sermons on Hymns, Music, and Poetry (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010)

Troeger, Thomas H. God, you made all things for singing (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009)

Troeger, Thomas H. Above the Moon Earth Rises: Hymn Texts, Anthems and Poems for a New Creation (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001)

Troeger, ​Thomas H. Borrowed Light: Hymn Texts, Prayers, and Poems  (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994)

Christian Wiman

Heaney, Seamus, and Hughes, Ted, eds. The Rattle Bag (London: Faber and Faber, 1982)

Herbert, George. George Herbert: The Complete English Works, ed. and introduced by Ann Pasternack Slater (London: Everyman’s Library, 1995)

Kaminsky, Ilya, and Towler, Katherine, eds. A God in the House: Poets Talk About Faith (North Adams: Tupelo Press, 2012)

Kaminsky, Ilya, ed. Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (New York: HarperCollins, 2010)

Mandelstam, Oslip. Stolen Air: Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam, Trans. by Christian Wiman (New York: HarperCollins, 2012)

Wiman, Christian. My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013)

Wiman, Christian. Once in the West (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014)

Wiman, Christian. Every Riven Thing (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010)