Recommended Reading

One of the most frequent questions we get is "what should I read?" Ten or fifteen years ago, you had to dig a little to find more than a few good works on animals and Christian theology. But today, you can build a decent little library. Here are a few of our absolute favorites (and yes, we wrote some of them).


  • Carol J. Adams, Prayers for Animals
  • Richard Bauckham, Living with Other Creatures: Green Exegesis and Theology
  • Charles Camosy, For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action
  • David Clough, On Animals: Volume I - Systematic Theology
  • David Clough and Celia Deane-Drummond, eds. Creaturely Theology: On God, Humans and Other Animals
  • Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals (not a Christian book, but a must-read)
  • Ellen Davis, Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture
  • Michael Gilmour, Eden's Other Residents
  • Amy Hatkoff, The Inner World of Farmed Animals: Their Amazing Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Capacities
  • Laura Hobgood-Oster, The Friends We Keep: Unleashing Christianity’s Compassion for Animals
  • Sarah Withrow King, Animals Are Not Ours (No, Really, They’re Not): An Evangelical Animal Liberation Theology
  • Sarah Withrow King, Vegangelical: How Caring for Animals Can Shape Your Faith
  • Andrew Linzey, Animal Theology
  • Andrew Linzey and Tom Regan, Animals & Christianity: A Book of Readings
  • Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals
  • Daniel Miller, Animal Ethics and Theology
  • Norman Phelps, Dominion of Love: Animal Rights According to the Bible
  • Carl Safina, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
  • Matthew Scully, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy
  • Tripp York and Andy Alexis-Baker, eds. A Faith Embracing All Creatures: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Care for Animals

For Children

  • Dan Bodenstein, Steven the Vegan
  • James Patterson, Word of Mouse
  • C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia, especially The Magician's Nephew
  • Ruby Roth, That's Why We Don't Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things
  • Ruby Roth, V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind