The shaping of our hearts and minds by the Spirit of God happens in many ways- through trials and suffering, in circumstances of rejoicing and of pain, often beyond our control. But we can choose to enter into the process and submit ourselves to his teaching and care through the study of the Bible, prayer, and service to others, individually and in community. Below are some classics and a few newer writings on what it means to know God and to be shaped by his love, day in and day out, in the miraculous and the mundane. 


A Long Obedience in the Same Direction (IVP), by Eugene Peterson 

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy (10 Publishing), by Tim Keller 

Knowing God (IVP), by J.I. Packer 

Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life (Doubleday), by Henri Nowen 

Living the Christian Year (IVP), by Bobby Gross 

The Knowledge of the Holy (HarperOne), by A.W. Tozer 

The Good and Beautiful God (IVP), by James Bryan Smith

The Pursuit of God (WLC), by A.W. Tozer 

Humility: The Beauty of Holiness (CreateSpace), by Andrew Murray 

The Pursuit of Holiness (NAVPress), by Jerry Bridges 

Counterfeit Gods (Dutton), by Tim Keller 

Spiritual Disciplines Handbook (IVP), by Adele Calhoun

A Grief Observed (HarperSanFrancisco), by C.S. Lewis

Disappointment with God (Zondervan), by Philip Yancey

Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline (Paraclete Press), by Lauren F. Winner 

Life Together (HarperOne), by Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

Practicing the Way of Jesus (IVP), by Mark Scandrette 

The Practice of the Presence of God (Wildside Press), by Brother Lawrence 

Abba's Child (NAVPress), by Brennan Manning 

Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God (HarperOne), by Lauren F. Winner 

An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest (IVP), by Alan Fadling