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Anyone who wants to know what it has meant to be an Episcopalian, what we have done in over 225 years on these shores, and therefore to understand the state of our present church, should read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the following books.

General & Institutional History
• Albright, Raymond W. A History of the Protestant Episcopal Church. New York: Macmillan, 1964.
• Bond, Edward L., and Joan R. Gundersen. The Episcopal Church in Virginia, 1607-2007. Richmond: Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, 2007.
• Contosta, David R. This Far by Faith: Tradition and Change in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. University Park, Pa: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012.
• Dawley, Powel Mills. The Story of the General Theological Seminary: A Sesquicentennial History, 1817-1967. New York: Oxford University Press, 1969.
• Holmes, David L. A Brief History of the Episcopal Church. Valley Forge, Pa.: Trinity Press International, 1993.
• Lewis, Harold T. Yet With A Steady Beat: The African American Struggle for Recognition in the Episcopal Church. London: T&T Clark, 1996.
• Lindsley, James Elliott. The Church Club of New York: the first hundred years. New York: The Club, 1994.
• Lindsley, James Elliott. This Planted Vine: A Narrative History of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. New York: Harper & Row, 1985.
• Martin, Harold C. “Outlasting Marble and Brass:” The History of The Church Pension Fund. New York: Church Hymnal Corporation, 1986.
• Raper, Derris L., and Constance M. Jones. A Goodly Heritage: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, 1892-1992. Norfolk, Va: Pictorial Heritage Pub. Co., 1992.
• Rodman, Edward. Let There Be Peace Among Us: A Story of the Union of Black Episcopalians. Lawrenceville, Va.: Brunswick, 1990.
• Upton, Dell. Holy Things and Profane: Anglican Parish Churches in Colonial Virginia. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997.
• Vaughn, J. Barry. Bishops, Bourbons, and Big Mules: A History of the Episcopal Church in Alabama. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2013.

Social History
• Hein, David. Noble Powell and the Episcopal Establishment in the Twentieth Century. Eugene, Ore.: Wipf & Stock, 2007.
• Konolige, Kit. The Power of Their Glory: America’s Ruling Class: The Episcopalians. New York: Wyden Books, 1978.

• Booty, John E., ed. The Book of Common Prayer 1559: The Elizabethan Prayer Book. Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1979.
• Cuming, G.J. A History of Anglican Liturgy. London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1969.
• Procter, Francis, and Walter Howard Frere. A New History of the Book of Common Prayer: with a rationale of its offices. London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1951.

• Long, Kenneth. The Music of the English Church. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1971.

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  1. May 17, 2015 16:43

    As a former Episcopalian but still a complete Book of Common Prayer Anglican, I appreciate your site and especially the book list.

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