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34+ of Your Favorite Books About Faith and Doubt

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

This giveaway is sponsored by Eden West by Pete Hautman.

eden west coverTackling faith, doubt, and transformation, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman explores a boy’s unraveling allegiance to an insular cult.

Twelve square miles of paradise, surrounded by an eight-foot-high chain-link fence: this is Nodd, the land of the Grace. It is all seventeen-year-old Jacob knows. Beyond the fence lies the World, a wicked, terrible place, doomed to destruction. When the Archangel Zerachiel descends from Heaven, only the Grace will be spared the horrors of the Apocalypse. But something is rotten in paradise. A wolf invades Nodd, slaughtering the Grace’s sheep. A new boy arrives from outside, and his scorn and disdain threaten to tarnish Jacob’s contentment. Then, while patrolling the borders of Nodd, Jacob meets Lynna, a girl from the adjoining ranch, who tempts him to sample the forbidden Worldly pleasures that lie beyond the fence. Jacob’s faith, his devotion, and his grip on reality are tested as his feelings for Lynna blossom into something greater and the End Days grow ever closer. Eden West is the story of two worlds, two hearts, the power of faith, and the resilience of the human spirit.


The best books tackle the biggest questions, and there are few questions bigger than those surrounding faith and doubt. Characters struggling with those questions captive us, no matter what conclusions they come to (if they even come to any). So for this giveaway, we wanted to know: what are your favorite books that tackle faith and doubt? 

From those responses, we pulled together 34+ of your favorite titles. Here’s a nice reading list for those of you who love a good book about faith and/or doubt. Dig in!

Appointments with Heaven by Reggie Anderson

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

The Dark Path by David Schickler

“Doubt: A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley

The End of Faith by Sam Harris

Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande

Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer by Micha Boyett

The Genesis Trilogy by Madeline L’Engle

Gilead by Marilyn Robinson

Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Godric by Frederick Buechner

A Grief Observed by CS Lewis

Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

Holy Mother by Gabrielle Donnelly

Jerusalem by Selma Lagerlöf

The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The Miracle Stealer by Neil Connolly

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss

Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Prayer by Philip Yancey

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Rapture Practice: A True Story About Growing Up Gay in an Evangelical Family by Aaron Hartzler

The Shack by William Paul Young

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal

Tender Mercies by Ann Lamott

Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs