Reading List

Take this image of the Crucified,
whose suffering and death
you shall always keep in your heart.

Books that are part of everyday life

  • Common Worship: Daily Prayer. ✓✓✓
  • Bible, New Revised Standard Version ✓

Anchorite Realted

Guidance (Primary)

  • Hilton, Walter. The Scale (or Ladder) of Perfection, A New Edition (With Active Table of Contents).
  • Rolle, Richard. The Form of Perfect Living and Other Prose Treatises (Illustrated). Aeterna Press.
  • Aelred of Rievaulx, “A Rule of Life for a Recluse”, translated by Mary Paul Macpherson OCSO, in Treatises & Pastoral Prayer, Cistercian Publications. ✓
  • Savage, A. and Watson, N. (trans. & eds.) Anchoritic Spirituality: Ancrene Wisse and Associated Works, New York: Paulist Press.
  • Grimlaicus. Rule for Solitaries (Cistercian Studies). Liturgical Press.
  • Boniface Ramsey. John Cassian: The Conferences (Ancient Christian Writers Series, No. 57).


  • Hughes-Edwards, Mari. Reading Medieval Anchoritism: Ideology and Spiritual Practices (Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages). University of Wales Press. ✓
  • Jones, E.A., Hermits and anchorites in England, 1200–1550 (Manchester Medieval Sources). Manchester University Press.
  • Clay, Rotha Mary. Hermits and Anchorites of England. Edited Philip Campbell


  • “Rites of Enclosure: The English Ordines for the Enclosing of Anchorites, S. XII–S. XVI” by E. A. Jones ✓✓


The Cloud of Unknowing

  • Butcher, Carmen Acevedo. The Cloud of Unknowing. Shambhala.
  • Julian, Fr. John. The Complete Cloud of Unknowing: with The Letter of Privy of Counsel . Paraclete Press. ✓✓

Rule of Life

  • Macchia, Stephen A.. Crafting a Rule of Life. InterVarsity Press.

Lectio Divina

  • Carthusian, Guigo II the. The Ladder of Monks. Sr. Pascale-Dominique Nau, OP.
  • Cadsey, Michael. Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina. Liguori.

Anglican Religious Life

  • Stephen, OSH, Ellen. Together and Apart. Church Publishing Inc.
  • SLG, Sisters of the Love of God. Monastic Vocation. SLG Press. ✓✓

Religious Life (General)

  • Schneiders, Sandra M. Selling All: Commitment, Consecrated Celibacy, and Community in Catholic Religious Life. Paulist Press.
  • Lanzetta, Beverly. The Monk Within: Embracing a Sacred Way of Life. Blue Sapphire Books.
  • Heath, Elaine A.. The Mystic Way of Evangelism: A Contemplative Vision for Christian Outreach. Baker Publishing Group.

General (Anglican)

  • Williams, Rowan. Silence and Honey Cakes. Lion Hudson LTD. ✓
  • Williams, Rowan. Being Christian. SPCK.
  • Ross, Maggie. Silence: A User’s Guide: 1. Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd.
  • Ross, Maggie. The Fountain and the Furnace: The Way of Tears and Fire. Wipf & Stock. ✓

Bernard of Clairvaux

  • Of Clairvaux, Bernard. Sermons on the Song of Songs. Fig.


  • Klein Maguire, Nancy. An Infinity of Little Hours: Five Young Men and Their Trial of Faith in the Western World’s Most Austere Monastic Order. Public Affairs.
  • Peeters, Tim. When Silence Speaks: The Spiritual Way of the Carthusian Order. Darton, Longman & Todd LTD.
  • A Priest. Report from Calabria: A Season with the Carthusian Monks. Ignatius Press.
  • King, Archdale A.. The Carthusian Rite: History and Ritual (Liturgies of the Religious Orders Book 1). Mediatrix Press.

Kierkegaard ✓✓

Primary ✓✓

  • Kierkegaard, Søren. Kierkegaard’s Writings, XXI, Volume 21. Princeton University Press.
  • Kierkegaard: Concluding Unscientific Postscript (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy). Cambridge University Press.
  • Kierkegaard, Søren. Kierkegaard’s Writings, XIV, Volume 14. Princeton University Press.
  • Kierkegaard, Søren. Kierkegaard’s Writings, VII, Volume 7. Princeton University Press.
  • Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy). Cambridge University Press.


  • Westphal, Merold. Kierkegaard’s Concept of Faith (Kierkegaard as a Christian Thinker). Eerdmans. ✓
  • Barnett, Christopher B.. From Despair to Faith: The Spirituality of Søren Kierkegaard. Fortress Press. ✓

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