Books Helpful to Those Enjoying Quiet Worship or to Those Leading Quiet Worship

Items preceded by a Ω character denote Christian-focused works.

  • Ω Dietrich Bonhoeffer, David Gracie (ed. and trans.), Meditating on the Word, Cowley Publications (1986)—See especially Sermons and Meditation on the Psalms, Psalm 62 (1928), and Chapter I, On Mediation [pp.37-41].
  • Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Crown (2012)—A book that every pastor and lay leader should read. Cain accurately shows that introverts meaningfully contribute to organizations in their own quiet way and shows that not all people respond to the sometimes boisterous, loud, and over-socialized environments. Kicked-off the recent revolution in introvert-focused texts.
  • Sophia Dembling, The Introvert's Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World, Perigree (2012)—In short chapters, addresses introversion as a self-help text and suggests methods for introverts to function in extrovert environments. Not as good or comprehensive as Cain's Quiet, but helpful.
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise, HarperOne (2015)—A short but thoughtful Zen Buddhist discussion of the importance of silence in daily living. Thoughtful treatment of the issue.
  • Ω Heidi Haverkamp, Holy Solitude: Lenten Reflections with Saints, Hermits, Prophets, and Rebels, John Knox Press (2017)—daily Lenten devotions focusing on quiet and people.
  • Gordon Hempton & John Grossman, One Square Inch of Silence, Free Press (2009)—Hempton journeys through the US to identify quiet areas in nature. Discussion of the loss of quiet in our world.
  • Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Quiet Influence: The Introvert's Guide to Making a Difference, Berrett-Koehler (2012).
  • David Kundtz, Quiet Mind: One Minute Mindfulness, Conari Press (2000)—Short, daily meditations, about two short pages, on quiet, focus, and thinking about our place in community.
  • Ω Adam S. McHugh, Introverts in the Church: Finding Your Place in an Extroverted Culture, Intervarsity Press (2009)—Recognition of introversion in the worship space and some tips for church leaders to include introverts in church leadership and worship. (Update: In 2017, Intervarsity released an updated version.)
  • Ω Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation, New Directions (1961).
  • George Prochnik, In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise, Anchor (2011)—Documentary-style discussion of common noise sources in society.
  • Ω Cardinal Robert Sarah, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, Ignatius Press (2017)—An excellent read for those integrating quiet, silence, contemplation, and peace into worship.
  • Ω  Lectio Divina Common English Bible—A new Bible offering focusing on quiet, contemplative reading of the Bible. Study Bible. (See Cokesbury for a sample chapter.)

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