The Most Rev. and the Rt. Hon.
Lord Carey of Clifton, former Archbishop of Canterbury, led a
series of Bible studies for Lent at the recent Spring Clergy
Conference February 11-12, 2016. As soon as the conference ended,
he most generously composed this reading list while en route back
to his sabbatical base in Houston, Texas. Dr. Carey
It was a real privilege to be your
servant at your Conference at Camp Weed and I am grateful to your
Bishop for the invitation.
Several have asked for suggestions
for reading. Here are a few of the books I mentioned, as well as
some of my favourites. Bear in mind that this is merely a token
book list as I am far away from my study.
(To be 'sipped' like a good champagne and lingered over. Probably a
page a day is enough)
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas
Sacrament of the Present Moment by
the Abbė de Caussade.
Abandonment to the Divine
Providence by the Abbė de Caussade.
Free of Charge: Giving and
Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace by Miroslav
(Miroslav Volf is a brilliant
writer. He is seriously worth reading.)
BOOKS. (To be devoured like a delicious trout, accompanied
by a rare white wine. You should try to take in at least ten pages.
Make a few notes and keep good quotes)
Glory Descending. Ed. Douglas
The Christian Mind: How Should a
Christian Think? by Harry Blamires.
The Weight of Glory by
Paul and the Faithfulness of God
(To be savoured like great BBQ, accompanied essentially with a good
red wine or a good coffee)
Middlemarch by George
The Children Act by Ian
Jayber Crow by Wendell
The Dean's Decemberby Saul Bellow. Saul Bellow is one of the
greatest American writers whose commentary on contemporary culture
is sadly accurate.
BOOKS (To be wrestled with like nourishing steak
accompanied by several strong beers. If you can manage five pages,
you are doing well!!)
The Glory of the Lord by Hans Urs
von Balthsar. An amazing, sprawling series. A real test of
endurance in the presence of a spiritual giant.
Church Dogmatics by Karl
Barth. I am not a Barthian, but Vol 1. The Word of God, is
The Mystic Way by Evelyn
Underhill. An amazing woman spiritual writer. Rather unorthodox but
DRINKS. (Some thoughts on a few lighter books.
Essential to be accompanied by a good malt whisky or a Jack
Mere Christianity by
The Transforming Power of Prayer:
From Illusion to Reality by Michael Marshall.
Spiritual Journey by George
Enjoy the Feast- But don't get
Warmest in Christ,
All of the titles recommended by
Dr. Carey are available at amazon.com