Playlist and Reading List – Expanding Your Roots!

To accompany Jocelyn Kirk’s article “In the In-Between”: Expanding Your Rootsthe Young Adult Editorial Team for Unbound has compiled a suggested playlist and reading list for expanding YOUR roots! Check out the following list of songs (available as a Spotify playlist and plain text) and books that don’t necessarily fall into the “Christian” genre, but address issues of faith and/or justice in ways that relate to the Christian faith. Happy listening and reading!



(If the playlist won’t play automatically, download Spotify for free here or simply look up the following songs through your preferred form of media.)

  1. One Day, Matisyahu
  2. Awake My Soul, Mumford & Sons
  3. Meaning, Gavin DeGraw
  4. The Once and Future Carpenter, The Avett Brothers
  5. Closer to Fine, The Indigo Girls
  6. You Found Me, The Fray
  7. The Longer I Run, Peter Bradley Adams
  8. Heaven, Los Lonely Boys
  9. The Hand Song, Nickel Creek
  10. Inner City Blues, Marvin Gaye
  11. Ain’t No Reason, Brett Dennen
  12. Shine On, Blitzen Trapper
  13. Revolution, Nina Simone
  14. Sun, Sleeping At Last
  15. One Voice, The Wailin’ Jennys
  16. Let Your Heart Hold Fast, Fort Atlantic
  17. For the Widows in Paradise, for the Fatherless in Ypsilanti, Sufjan Stevens
  18. Saving Grace, Everlast
  19. Same Love, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, feat. Mary Lambert
  20. Roll Away Your Stone, Mumford & Sons
  21. Let It Be Me, Indigo Girls
  22. Hallelujah, Rufus Wainwright
  23. Timshel, Mumford & Sons
  24. Wavin’ Flag, K’naan
  25. The Rebel Jesus, Jackson Browne
  26. Starlight, The Wailin’ Jennys
  27. If You’re Out There, John Legend
  28. Doubting Thomas, Nickel Creek
  29. Let It Be, The Beatles
  30. Better Days, The Goo Goo Dolls
  31. A Message, Coldplay
  32. On the Turning Away, Pink Floyd
  33. Heaven, Brett Dennen
  34. Forgiveness, Patty Griffin
  35. High Hopes, Bruce Springsteen
  36. To Be Alone With You, Sufjan Stevens
  37. From This Valley, The Civil Wars
  38. Butler Street, David Lamotte
  39. Run to You, Pentatonix
  40. The War Was In Color, Carbon Leaf[/ezcol_1half]


Reading List




  1. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  2. The Shack, William P. Young
  3. The Giver, Lois Lowry
  4. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
  5. The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
  6. God Loves, Man Kills, Chris Claremont
  7. Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
  8. Jaber Crow and other poetry by Wendell Barry
  9. Mountains Beyond Mountains,Tracy Kidder
  10. The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck
  11. The Essential Gandhi, Gandhi, Louis Fischer et al.
  12. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
  13. Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott
  14. Plan B, Anne Lamott
  15. Grace (Eventually), Anne Lamott
  16. Man Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
  17. My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult
  18. Left to Tell, Immaculee Ilibagiza
  19. Lamb, Christopher Moore
  20. Walking on Eggshells, Paul Mason
  21. Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
  22. Jacob Have I Loved, Katherine Patterson
  23. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins
  24. Ishmael, Daniel Quinn
  25. Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card
  26. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  27. Divergent Trilogy, Veronica Roth
  28. Change of Heart, Jodi Picoult
  29. East of Eden, John Steinbeck
  30. The Hunger Games Trilogy, Suzanne Collins
  31. Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck
  32. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig
  33. Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese
  34. The Feast Nearby, Robin Mather
  35. The Long Goodbye, Meghan O’Rourke
  36. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  37. Peace Like a River, Leif Enger
  38. Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling
  39. The Story of B, Daniel Quinn
  40. Night, Elie Wiesel


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