JAYBER CROW

JAYBER CROW BY WENDELL BERRY

We’ve got to include at least one Wendell Berry book here! Berry’s many works of fiction and non-fiction explore themes of community, identity, memory, and the land. Berry cherishes an affection for small places that resists sentimentalism and recognizes the ever-present challenges.

THE FORGOTTEN CHURCH

THE FORGOTTEN CHURCH BY GLENN DAMAN

Reflecting careful research and a life-time of commitment to rural ministry, and written with clarity and passion, Glenn Daman’s The Forgotten Church occupies an important place in the recent literature on small-town and rural ministry. It provides an informative and inspiring call to remember what has been largely forgotten.

CHURCH AND COUNTRYSIDE

CHURCH AND COUNTRYSIDE: INSIGHTS FROM RURAL THEOLOGY BY TIM GIBSON

Perhaps the most relentlessly theological book on rural ministry we’ve read (that’s a compliment!). It’s written by an Englishman, and therefore focuses mainly on the English countryside. Gibson discusses the centrality of community in a rural context and focuses on the ways in which Christians can live from their shared experience of the Eucharist in order to deepen and bless their communities. There’s lots to learn here, even though we don’t agree with everything.