"Can you recommend a good devotional?" I suspect this is a question that pastors are frequently asked. I know it is one that I receive fairly often. I typically get this question because of my work with the Office of Social Justice. Christians want reflections that will keep them centered on Christ as they seek to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).
Here are twelve resources that I have used and would recommend for ordering one’s life around the worship of God while seeking to serve God as an agent of God’s justice and peace.
Anyone can sign up for daily or weekly devotional reflections from Richard Rohr via email. Rohr is a Franciscan Roman Catholic priest. This resource is free of charge.
Shane Claiborne, Enuma Okoro, and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
There are two published versions of this book, a larger one and a pocket edition. Daily devotions are also accessible on their website free of charge.
Philip F. Reinders
This little devotional from Faith Alive is a lovely resource for daily reflection and prayer.
Kris Rocke and Joel Van Dyke
Weekly devotions are sent to subscribers by email. Van Dyke is a missionary with Christian Reformed World Missions. This resource is free of charge.
Tickle lays out Scripture and prayers for reflection for the different seasons of the year in these three books. Tickle was a member of the Episcopal Church.
This binding of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John makes for a powerful way to read the gospel narratives. I spent a year reading the gospels in this format, over and over again, for personal devotions.
The following books are not written in the format of daily or weekly devotions, but are ones that I have used for personal devotions, reading chapter by chapter, alongside Scripture.
Lisa Sharon Harper
Harper, who works for Sojourners, is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church. In this book, Harper reflects on Genesis, shalom, and God’s intentions for creation.
Written as a memoir of a visit to the holy land, Everhart’s short chapters and powerful reflections on the geographical locations of Scripture make for thoughtful devotions.
Mae Elise Cannon
In this book, Cannon reflects on the lives of seven men and women whose practice of spiritual disciplines fueled social activism. Cannon is a pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church.
The chapters of this book are not short, but the that stories Hoke shares give vivid testimony to the power of the gospel. Hoke is a self-described gang pastor and jail chaplain.
Heuertz reflects on community, hospitality, and compassion through stories from his own global experiences living in community.
Kirk Byron Jones
Jones encourages Christian leaders to practice stillness, awareness, and playfulness in this delightful little book. Jones is a Baptist minister and Seminary professor.
There are also a number of ministries that offer daily devotional reflections for seasons of the church year, usually Advent or Lent.
Finally, blog posts by Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Christena Cleveland, Daniel Jose Camacho, Chanequa Walker-Barnes and Austin Channing Brown, all of whom write theologically acute and challenging pieces, can also be used for deep spiritual reflection when paired with Scripture.