Connect Five Friday – Religious/Spiritual Books


It’s time once again for Connect Five Friday,  hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.


On this day of Good Friday, I thought I would share books that could be considered religious or spiritual.

The first 5 are ones that I have read and enjoyed; the second group are ones I want to read. (Book blurbs from Goodreads)


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In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden. Even tho I read this book in my twenties, it still resonates. I read it at a time I was considering becoming Catholic.

“Bruised by tragedy, Philippa Talbot leaves behind a successful career with the civil service for a new calling: to join an enclosed order of Benedictine nuns. In this small community of fewer than 100 women, she soon discovers all the human frailties: jealousy, love, despair. But each crisis of heart and conscience is guided by the compassion and intelligence of the abbess and by the sisters’ shared bond of faith and ritual. Away from the world, and yet at one with it, Philippa must learn to forgive and forget her past.”


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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. I so enjoyed this book as well as all the others he has written.


“From the author of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, a novel that explores the unexpected connections of our lives, and the idea that heaven is more than a place; it’s an answer.”


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Help.Thanks. WOW:  by Anne Lamott 

“Author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life
It is these three prayers – asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us – that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they mean to her and how they have helped, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas.”


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What Would Jesus Do? by Garrett W. Sheldon, Deborah Morris

“A contemporary retelling of one of the most popular Christian books ever. Entertaining and challenging, this gripping narrative of a congregation’s collective commitment encourages all Christians to dedicate their lives to Christ.”


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Cry the Beloved Country BY Alan Paton. Read it during my teens and it moved me greatly. Still can recall its impact.

“Cry the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its contemporaneity, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.”



People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

“In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images.”


The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

“A story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959.”


The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

“Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told in Dinah’s voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood—the world of the red tent.”


Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

“Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition.”


The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.”

6 thoughts on “Connect Five Friday – Religious/Spiritual Books

  1. I highly recommend The Red Tent and hope you get a chance to read it. Wolf Hall is on my TBR shelf. One of these days I’ll get to it. I loved The Five People You Meet in Heaven. It was such a delightful read. Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a great weekend!

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