Good Reads

This list of books is excellent reading for anyone, regardless of your age.  There are tons of books out there, many can be very helpful.  This list was complied by staff members here at Transfiguration.

If you would like to suggest a book for this list, please send the book name, author, and a brief statement/summary and reasons why it would be a good choice to: Father Al Jewson at



Product7892_Photo1Bible – Common English Bible (CEB) w/Apocrypha

The CEB Study Bible gives you the tools, illustrations, and explanations necessary for making informed decisions about the meaning of the Bible. The notes in this study Bible don’t tell you what to believe. Instead, they give you the context for what the books of the Bible meant to their earliest readers and what the Bible means right now.


product1270Bible – The New Interpreter’s Study Bible

The publisher states: “The New Interpreter’s Study Bible brings the best of biblical scholarship to the service of the Church. In this new study Bible, based on The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible with Apocrypha, seventy distinguished scholars have provided background and insight on the biblical text. Features of this valuable new study Bible include extensive historical and theological annotations on the biblical text; brief introductions and outlines for each biblical book; excursuses giving further background and insight regarding particular themes and passages; and nineteen newly commissioned maps detailing the biblical world at various historical periods.” We say: It is a new study Bible that compares very well with the New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha and the HarperCollins Study Bible with Apocrypha. It includes more extensive footnotes than the other two. The articles, essays, included are very valuable. The reading level appears to be lower than the Oxford volume, it is quite approachable. We are quite excited about this new offering in study bibles.


books561Book of Common Prayer 1979

This is the book usually found in the pews across the country in Episcopal churches. The publisher makes this one of reliable durability, a good choice for churches. It measures about 5.36″ wide by 7.75″ tall and 1.36″ thick. The print size is about 9 point font. If you are new to the Episcopal church and want a basic copy of The Book of Common Prayer 1979 this is a very good volume for that purpose.

Product6702_Photo1Child’s Guide to First Holy Communion

Child’s Guide to First Holy Communion is a beautifully illustrated (by Anne Catharine Blake) book that is helpful in preparing children for what will happen on that special day when they meet Jesus in a new way. Full-color illustrations. Written for ages 5 to 9 years.


Product5363_Photo1Children of God Storybook

Children of God Storybook Bible is a collection of beloved Bible stories written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and presents the idea of God’s forgiveness and reconciliation to children. Each of the stories emphasizes God’s desire for all people to live in community.

Many of the finest artists from around the world have been selected to illustrate the stories. In an attempt to create the first truly global Bible for children, the artists have been invited to portray the stories with the style and richness of his or her own culture.

Children of God Storybook Bible is bound in larger format hardcover measuring 8 ¾ inches wide by 10 inches tall. For ages 4 to 7 years of age


Product8712_Photo1A History of the Episcopal Church – 3rd Rev. Edition
Complete through the 78th General Convention

This thorough, carefully researched history sets church events against the background of social changes. This third revised edition is up-to-date through the events of the 2012 General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

product2737A Wing and a Parayer by Katharine Jefferts Schori

Katharine Jefferts Schori is a bishop on the move. She pilots her plane to remote parishes around the sprawling diocese of Nevada and shares her passionate message of reconciliation and peace. As the first female primate in the 500-year history of Anglicanism, she’ll have the opportunity to speak to a far wider audience. This book is a vehicle for introducing Bishop Katharine (as she prefers to be called) and her platform to the wider Church

Product8866_Photo1Daily Prayer for All Seasons – Deluxe Edition

The Book of Common Prayer for the Episcopal Church offers Daily Office Services offers Daily Office Services for morning, noon, evening, and nighttime. Here is a variation on that theme, a shortened version, where a complete service covers one or two pages at most. This book presents a variety of images of God by including inclusive and expansive language for and about God. It presents a variety of words by including poetry, meditation and prayers from the broader community of faith.

Gathering cover layoutB.inddGathering at God’s Table by Katharine Jefferts Schori

In the Christian tradition, believers are called to do more than sit around and pray. Throughout the Gospel, and throughout history, people of faith have been quite literally booted out into the world to bring God’s love to everybody, not just a select few. That’s the meaning of mission, from the Latin verb mitto, meaning, “to send.” It is the work that Jesus and his disciples set out to do, feeding, healing and teaching.

Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as Guide to a Spiritual Life

bookHave you ever wondered if there was some kind of guide to living a deeper, richer spiritual life that seamlessly incorporated scripture alongside the wisdom of the Church? There is—and you can find it in a pew rack near you! The Book of Common Prayer is more than a service book; it is a map to a deeper relationship with God, a framework for developing a more intentional and rewarding life of faith.

Scholar Derek Olsen explores liturgical spirituality and how the prayer book serves as a repository of Christian wisdom and spiritual practice stretching back to the beginnings of the Christian movement. Focusing on three key elements—the Calendar, the Daily Office, and the Eucharist—he discusses the spiritual principles behind them and provides clear, practical, easy-to-follow explanations of the services. These patterns of life laid out in The Book of Common Prayer serve as a guide to the spiritual life, so that we might connect back to the God who calls each of us by name and that we might love as God loves us.

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