I may change these from time-to-time.


What books do you recommend for prospective law students?

  • Frederick Schauer, Thinking Like a Lawyer

  • Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing


What books do you recommend for faculty?

  • Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do

  • Nancy Duarte, Resonate

  • Cal Newport, Deep Work

  • Andy Delbanco, College


What books have you found most helpful to understanding politics in our cultural moment?

  • Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind

  • Yuval Levin, The Fractured Republic

  • William Stuntz, The Collapse of American Criminal Justice

  • Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy

What books have you found most helpful to understanding Christian faith in our current moment?

  • Lesslie Newbigin, Proper Confidence

  • Tim Keller, Generous Justice

  • Jemar Tisby, The Color of Compromise

  • C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

  • Bethany Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson, The Justice Calling

  • Andy Crouch, Tech-Wise Family

  • Joseph Bottum, An Anxious Age

What books have been most central to your own intellectual work and development?

  • Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue

  • Sheldon Wolin, Politics and Vision

  • Jeffrey Stout, Democracy and Tradition

  • H. Jefferson Powell, The Moral Tradition of American Constitutionalism

  • Stanley Hauerwas, The Hauerwas Reader

What two books would you recommend to people who want to spend money to buy them? 

Tough call, but I’m going to go with Liberty’s Refuge and Confident Pluralism

If you don’t have the money or you live in an oppressive regime but somehow have uncensored internet access, you can download Liberty’s Refuge for free under a Creative Commons license.  In all seriousness, one of the most gratifying aspects of writing this book and making its content freely available has been hearing from people who live in places that don't yet have the freedom of assembly but who are working hard to change that reality.

You have to pay for Confident Pluralism, but lucky for you it’s now available in a less expensive paperback form (including a new preface).   Friends and family who were too cheap to buy the hardcover, this is your moment.