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Books on and Related to the Glory of God

I arranged this list of looks into four categories: God’s Glory, Idolatry (loving a glory substitute), what I call “Formative Spiritual Practices” (ways of responding to God’s glory) and Imagination/Art (a means commending the beauty of truth).

God’s Glory

  • Christopher W. Morgan, Robert A. Peterson, The Glory of God

  • David Vandrunen, The Glory of God Alone: The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life

  • Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, entry on Glory

  • Belden C. Lane, Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality

  • Paul David Tripp, Awe: Why it Matters to Everything We Think, Say or Do.

  • John Piper, God’s Passion for His Glory

  • Dane Ortlund, Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God

  • Michael Horton: Calvin on the Christian Life: Glorifying and Enjoying Him Forever

  • John Piper, John Calvin and His Passion for the Majesty of God


  • G.K. Beale, We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry

  • Richard Lints, Identity and Idolatry: The Image of God and Its Inversion

  • Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters

Formative Spiritual Practices

  • Kyle C. Strobel, Formed for the Glory of God: Learning the Practices of Jonathan Edwards

  • Jonathan Edwards, James Houston, editor, The Religious Affections (Abridged)

  • Eugen Peterson, The Pastor: A Memoir.

  • Derek Prime, Created to Praise: Giving God Glory in All of Life

  • James K.A Smith, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

  • James K.A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

  • David Pao, Thanksgiving: An Investigation of a Pauline Theme

  • John D. Hannah, How Do We Glorify God?

Imagination, Art, and Beauty

  • Makoto Fujimura, Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Good

  • Leland Ryken, The Liberated Imagination: Thinking Christianly about the Arts

  • Leland Ryken, The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing

  • John Piper, Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully: The Power of Poetic Effort in the Work of George Herbert, George Whitefield, and C. S. Lewis

  • Gene Edward Veith, Jr, and Matthew P. Ristuccia, Imagination Redeemed: Glorifying God with a Neglected Part of Your Mind

  • Alan Jacobs, The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis