Diana's Books

Diana has written seven books, edited one collection, and is featured in an educational resource on DVD, Embracing Spiritual Awakening. Her most recent book is Christianity after Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening, published by HarperOne in February 2012. The links below (click on the cover) will take you to web pages with a number of retail options. Please consider your local bookseller.

Christianity after Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening

HarperOne, 2012


“Bass has done it again! She’s spot on-prophetic, compelling, and most importantly, hopeful.”

— ROB BELL


“…an important and life-giving book, written by … one of our finest religious writers.”

— PARKER J. PALMER

A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story
HarperOne, 2009

"...immediately accessible, helped along by frequent and shrewd linkages to contemporary counterpoints. This presentation includes lots of folk along the way who never made the ‘power lists.’ Readers will resonate with this inclusiveness and be grateful to Bass for making them fellow travelers in the on-going story."
— WALTER BRUEGGEMANN

"Bass presents here a fresh version of church history...a crucial book for churches today..."
— SOJOURNERS
A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story
HarperOne, 2009

"...immediately accessible, helped along by frequent and shrewd linkages to contemporary counterpoints. This presentation includes lots of folk along the way who never made the ‘power lists.’ Readers will resonate with this inclusiveness and be grateful to Bass for making them fellow travelers in the on-going story."
— WALTER BRUEGGEMANN

"Bass presents here a fresh version of church history...a crucial book for churches today..."
— SOJOURNERS
A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story
HarperOne, 2009

"...immediately accessible, helped along by frequent and shrewd linkages to contemporary counterpoints. This presentation includes lots of folk along the way who never made the ‘power lists.’ Readers will resonate with this inclusiveness and be grateful to Bass for making them fellow travelers in the on-going story."
— WALTER BRUEGGEMANN

"Bass presents here a fresh version of church history...a crucial book for churches today..."
— SOJOURNERS

A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story

HarperOne, 2009

 

"...immediately accessible, helped along by frequent and shrewd linkages to contemporary counterpoints. This presentation includes lots of folk along the way who never made the ‘power lists.’ Readers will resonate with this inclusiveness and be grateful to Bass for making them fellow travelers in the on-going story." — WALTER BRUEGGEMANN

 

"Bass presents here a fresh version of church history...a crucial book for churches today..."

— SOJOURNERS


Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith

HarperOne, 2006


NAMED BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE ACADEMY OF PARISH CLERGY


“This book is so full of good news that I keep it next to my Bible. With her clear vision of congregational transformation and her ability to read the signs of the times, Diana Butler Bass is the soft-spoken prophet many of us have been waiting for."  BARBARA BROWN TAYLOR


“The most important book of the decade about emerging Christianity and the renewal of mainline congregations. Exciting and encouraging, hopeful and helpful, and filled with examples of vital Christian practices from which all interested in the future of the church can learn.”

— MARCUS BORG

From Nomads to Pilgrims: Stories from Practicing Congregations

Edited by Diana Butler Bass and Joseph Stewart-Sicking

Alban, 2005

 

The contributors to From Nomads to Pilgrims are innovators, representing some of the most dynamic leadership voices among today’s clergy. Their experiences challenge conventional thinking and inspire creative experimentation. Any congregational leader searching for positive models will appreciate these insightful essays.

The Practicing Congregation: Imagining a New Old Church

Alban, 2004

 

“Diana Butler Bass imagines a new future for the mainline church. She sees the forest and the trees, the great tradition and the local parish. Her vision is clear, her passion is obvious, and her analysis is solid.” — THE CHRISTIAN CENTURY??

 

“This is an eye-opening book, a buoyant book. It tells a new story, and anyone interested in the present or future of the Christian church should read it.” — LAUREN F. WINNER

Broken We Kneel: Reflections on Faith and Citizenship
Jossey-Bass, 2004

“Diana Bass has written a moving, deeply personal and provocative history of her struggle to be a peacemaker in the midst of post 9-11 patriotism. Broken We Kneel will resonate with everyone trying to live in the City of Man and the City of God.” — BOB ABERNETHY

 

 “In Broken We Kneel, Diana Butler Bass weaves her experience of and love for the church into conversation with the deepest and most urgent theological questions, in particular, ‘What does it mean to be a faithful church in a post-September 11 world?’ Pastoral leaders and Christians will find Broken We Kneel rich in pastoral insight and prophetic provocation.” — ANTHONY B. ROBINSON


Strength for the Journey: A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community

Jossey-Bass, 2002

 

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


“The book you are holding in your hands is as much an amazement as a book. Though it may beand isgentle and unassuming, the tale told on these pages spreads in one's soul over time like a powerful music heard or a rich brandy well savored.... Strength for the Journey is a sui generis, a thing unto itself, a one-of-a-kind book.” PHYLLIS TICKLE

Standing against the Whirlwind: Evangelical Episcopalians in Nineteenth-Century America

Oxford University Press, 1995

 

Winner of the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History

 

“The book is a brilliant case study of the conflicts within a denomination occupying a crucial position within the religious spectrum of American society and culture.” — THE CRESSET