Recommended Resources

Readings for Rural Renewal

  1. God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church by Bradley Roth.
  2. Imagining the Small Church: Celebrating a Simpler Path by Steve Willis.
  3. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance.
  4. Alienated America: Why Some Place Thrive While Others Collapse by Timothy Carney.
  5. Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit by Parker Palmer.
  6. Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris.
  7. Hope and Hard Times: Community, Collaboration, and Sustainability by Ted Bernard.
  8. Rural Communities: Legacy + Change by Cornelia Butler Flora and Jan Flora.
  9. Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World by Scott Russell Sanders.
  10. Belonging: A Culture of Place by bell hooks.
  11. Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible by Ellen Davis.
  12. The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods by John McKnight and Peter Block.

Personal Practice


  1. Rural Action
  2. Center for Rural Strategies
  3. Daily Yonder
  4. Center for Rural Affairs
  5. Community Wealth and the Democracy Collaborative