Reading List

We recommend the following books to nurture your fourth day journey. The books are divided into subjects based on the talks given at an Emmaus weekend.

For Participants and Team Members:


Devozine is a devotional magazine designed just for youth. It is written by teenagers and by adults who work with and care about teens. devozine's purpose is to help youth 12-18 years old develop a lifelong practice of spending time with God and of reflecting on what God is doing in their lives. read more

God Goes to College:
Living Faith on Campus

"Free & on my own!" The first college days are exciting for students and anxiety-inducing for parents. Those of us who have survived our early college days share freshmen enthusiasm but also shudder to think of the challenges and temptations overconfident young adults face. read more

Stepping Out on Your Own:
Devotions for High School

The first few months after high school graduation are a time of profound transition. Whether a young person begins working full-time, continues his or her education, or just explores next steps, there is much to think about. read more

Way to Live:
Christian Practices for Teens

"I want to find a way to live that keeps me involved in what God is doing in me and in the world around me. Do you know a way to live that is like that?" Eighteen teens and 18 adults tackle that question in Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens. Their different points of view and personal stories make living a Christian life real. read more

Spiritual Growth Through Team
Experience (The Emmaus Library)

Drawing on her experience as a team member, Bultemeier explains that "team meetings are small gatherings that model what the church in the world should be like." Her booklet covers qualities of a team member, spiritual benefits of team membership, what happens at team meetings, leadership development, and other aspects of being part of the Emmaus team. read more

On Our Way

Early adulthood is a time of possibility, uncertainty, decision, and hope. During these years, individuals determine how they will approach life challenges and opportunities. In On Our Way: Christian Practices for Living a Whole Life, writers from a variety of backgrounds address topics of particular relevance to young adults. The essays are grouped in 5 sections that together express the whole: living a whole life. read more

Beginning Prayer

John Killinger, a former pastor and professor, is well qualified to give step-by-step instructions for how to pray. In this simple how-to book, he answers basic questions beginners have about prayer. read more

Colorful Creation

This adult coloring book reflects the beauty of GodÆs creation, visually portraying the handiwork of those seven days with scripture passages, hymns, and devotions. Beautifully lettered and illustrated in seven different sections, this coloring book gives you the opportunity to contemplate GodÆs creativity along with your own. Grab your markers and pencils as you embark on a colorful journey through all that God has made! read more

Praying with Mandalas

Sharon Seyfarth Garner invites adults to color mandalas as an easy, enjoyable, and tangible way to "be with God on purpose." Praying with Mandalas blends the relaxing and contemplative practice of coloring with ancient spiritual practices. read more

For Chyrsalis Community Leaders:

Spiritual Directors in the Emmaus
Community (The Emmaus Library)

In this booklet, Kay Gray offers helpful advice for Emmaus spiritual directors, covering such topics as the role of spiritual directors, the qualifications for selection, and responsibilities before, during, and after the weekend. read more

Sponsorship (The Emmaus Library)

This 40-page booklet guides individuals through the process of sponsoring fellow pilgrims on the Walk to Emmaus. The authors explore the range of possibilities in the role of the sponsor for the renewal of church leaders, Emmaus communities, and the church. read more

Growing Young

Across the United States, churches are losing both members and vitality as increasing numbers of young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation's leading congregations, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year- olds and as a result are growing--spiritually, emotionally, read more

The Godbearing Life

In The Godbearing Life, the authors offer a lively spiritual primer and practical guide for those who pastor young people. Dean and Foster rechart a course for youth ministry through the classical spiritual disciplines of the church. The book identifies families, congregations, and mentor relationships as the "holy ground" where young people are most likely to say "Yes!" to God. read more

Safe Sanctuaries 

Attorney, pastor, and author Melton outlines a process for developing policies and procedures to recognize and reduce the risk of abuse in the church. Safe Sanctuaries combines and expands information from two of her earlier groundbreaking books, which focused, separately, on children and teens. read more

Safe Sanctuaries in the Virtual World

Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World, the latest addition to the Safe Sanctuaries series, addresses the challenges of ministry that have arisen in the face of rapidly changing technology, sometimes referred to as the digital age. read more