Recommended Readings

Adam’s Return, by Richard Rohr
Looking at the process by which we become men. He’s the grandfather you never had. And gives insight that will take 50 years to find apart from it.

Wild at Heart, by John Eldredge
A prophetic voice for men to find their masculine heart. He is the father you still dream of having. And his new book, Way of the Wild Heart, lays out the stages a man must enter. Wild at Heart is the invitation, Way of the Wild Heart, lays out the map on how to get it.

Mothers, Sons, and Lovers, by Michael Gurian
Looking into how our mothers affect us as we grow as men. Often passed over. But crucial in understanding how we relate to women, and walk in our sexuality.

By the Sweat of Thy Brow, by Melvin & Joseph Gies Kranzberg
This book has no spiritual ties. But lays out the story of man, and how he turned from gatherer, hunter, farmer, and industrial slave. It has some great insight, if you are looking for that sort of thing.

The Sanctification of Work, by Jose Luis Illanes
This book speaks of work as where God sanctifies us. It explores how we are called to find God in ordinary work, instead of standing on a podium and pointing for Jesus. It has some catholic teaching that wanders. But we like the first part.

Everlasting Stream, by Wal Harrington
Walt tells the story of his journey into the woods. Going from the upper class and high society of Washington D.C. to a small kentucky community. It is his story of how four rural black men, with the help of a shotgun and some rabbits, helped changed his perspective on his need for masculinity, and a world outside the city walls.

Leap Over A Wall, by Eugene Peterson
This book lays out the story of David in scriptures. From being in the fields, to his rise as King. We love this book. And use it during the program. It covers it all. The masculine journey, and how wilderness, work, worship is part of our growth as a man. Quotes like, “Work is the primary context for our spirituality… the spiritual life begins-serisouly begins-when we get a job and go to work.

Enter the Worship Circle, by Ben Pasley
Enter the Worship Circle is an experiential, modern pursuit of the true essence of worship and intimacy with God. Seekers and mature Christians alike will love the unconventional, visionary approach this book takes to discovery intimacy with God through the mystical activity of worship. Enter the Worship Circle will change how you view worship.

Boys Adrift, by Dr. Lenoard Sax
A great secular book about some of the academic sides of these issues. Dr. Sax explores problems with video games, teaching methods, prescription drugs, and the devaluation of masculinity.

Practicing the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence
Brother Lawrence was a servant of God who spent most of days following Jesus by serving in a kitchen. Brother Lawrence’s discipline and servanthood sets an example for all of us by demonstrating how to recapture the intimate friendship with Christ that was shared by the first disciples.

Crafted Prayer, by Graham Cooke
Graham Cooke examines the discipline of approaching God in “listening” prayer. He encourages us to ask God what He would like us to pray when we consider the issues surrounding our lives.

Lamen for a Son, by Nicolas Wolterstorf
Wolterstorf is honest and utterly resistant to cheap answers about death.  He looks, without delusion, but in faith, to the day that Death shall be overcome. The best book we know of on grief.

Mere Christianity, by CS Lewis
In 1941, C. S. Lewis was invited to give a series of radio lectures addressing the central issues of Christianity. More than half a century later, these talks turned to a book provides an unequaled opportunity to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.


Books of TG’s Teachers and Guides

Its Your Call: What are you Doing Here, by Gary Barkalow
This is a guide for discovering God’s design and destiny for your life. Drawing from over 20 years of experience in ministry, Gary Barkalow shares how you can let the glory of your life touch the world around you.

Reenacting the Way, by Dr. Paul Penly
Endless books have been written about the teachings of Jesus. The topics have been categorized and the principles applied to one generation after the next. Fewer books have set out to explain his actions. That is what Reenacting the Way does. We figure out the meaning of Jesus’ most mysterious actions in the Gospels. Then we take action ourselves.

Back to the Basics, by Tim Thornton and Ben Pasely
This book is part storytelling narrative, part honest teaching, and part untempered, spontaneous conversation between three friends on the basics of living in the kingdom of God. In May of 2009 Doug Roberts, Ben Pasley , and Tim F. Thornton took an old beat up RV into the mountains near Woodland Park, Colorado and for three days did little more than fish, eat, and record conversations on foundational truths. These beautiful pictures of kingdom life become even more potent when we witness them shared between three generations of spiritual lineage–from fathers to sons.

The Allure of Hope, Jan Meyers Proett
Many women forego the promise of hope in order to avoid the pain that disappointment or loss often brings. So where do we find the courage to anticipate the future God has promised? This refreshingly honest and compassionate look at both sides of hope will help you find the courage to keep seeking–even in those places where hope doesn’t seem to exist.