The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, by Wendell Berry. Originally published in 1977, The Unsettling of America has become an American classic. Berry argues that farming is a spiritual discipline and a cultural development that has been separated from families, communities, and the land itself. His eloquent voice is a must-read for farmers, ranchers, and those who earn their livelihood from the land.
- Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food, by Wendell Berry. This collection of essays and short stories dives into the origins of food, sustainable agriculture, and the negative effects of separating food production from consumption. A prophetic voice decades before organic became cool.
- Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating, by Norman Wirzba. This richly theological book includes “discussions on the sacramental character of eating, eating’s ecological and social contexts, the meaning of death and sacrifice as they relate to eating, the Eucharist as the place of inspiration and orientation, the importance of saying grace, and whether or not there will be eating in heaven.” A thoughtful book for those involved in agriculture or food production – or for those who simply eat.
- Scripture, Culture and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible, by Ellen F. Davis. Nine essays on the theology and practice of land use, with a prophetic eye turned toward modern agricultural practices.