Another Way to Explore Silence — with this Reading List of 101 “Silence Books”

Hello friends!

If you’re like us, chances are you enjoy reading — and we hope you will enjoy the following list of over 100 books that address the importance of silence in our lives. As you look over the list, you’ll see it represents a variety of perspectives: some of these books are Christian, some Buddhist, some grounded in the arts, or social justice, or feminism. Some are collections of poetry; others are works of philosophy.

The one common thread to all of these books is silence.

Most of these books present an affirmative, appreciative understanding of silence. But more than one actually looks at the “dark” or “toxic” side of silence: how silence is used as a weapon against marginalized or oppressed persons.

Please explore this list; chances are, there will be something here that you’re not (yet) familiar with, but you’ll enjoy reading. All the book titles are linked to their page on Amazon, so you can click on the links and learn more about the books that interest you.

Finally, when you find a book that grabs you, please buy it after clicking on the link — these are affiliate links, meaning Amazon pays us a small commission for purchases made after clicking on them. It’s no extra charge to you — and it directly supports the podcast. So thank you!

Yours in the silence,

Carl, Cassidy & Kevin

P.S. These books represent a variety of spiritual, philosophical and political perspectives. We may not necessarily agree with everything you’ll find in these books, and including them in this list does not mean we endorse everything they say. We provide this list because all these books have a connection to silence, nothing more. Like a good bookstore in a free country, we include a variety of voices here, and we trust you, the reader, to discern carefully which author(s) and book(s) you want to read — and support — or, perhaps, argue with.

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Carl McColman
Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.