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Book Reviews

Vacation/Leisure Resources

Note: The following listings are not recommendations, but are supplied for informational purposes only.

Traveling Guidebooks for Christians

  • The Christian Traveler’s Companion, by Amy Eckert & Bill Peterson. Published by Fleming H. Revell in 2000, the first volume details favorite Christian travel destinations in the U.S. and Canada. The second (2001) features vacation ideas in Western Europe, all of which will enrich your faith.

  • The Christian Traveler’s Guide to Great Britain, by Irving Hexham. Published by Zondervan in 2001, this guide explores destinations in Great Britain of interest to Christians, particularly those with an interest in Christian history. Other volumes explore Germany and France.

Books of Interest

  • Redeeming the Time: A Christian Approach to Work and Leisure, by Leland Ryken. Baker Book House, 1995. Available at:

Bed and Breakfasts which offer a clergy discount

Destinations Which Specifically Provide Rest and Ministry to Ministers

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  • Blessing Ranch, Inc.
    Livermore, CO

  • A Mountain Retreat
    Conifer, CO

  • Candlelight Inn (for ministry couples)
    Warsaw, IN

  • Eagle’s Nest Ranch
    Bigfork, MT

  • Sunny Brook
    Branson, MO

Vacations for Pastors’ Families (Many offer clergy discounts)

The sampling below was found at:

  • Antioch Ranch
    Mendocino, CA
    (707) 937-5570

  • Buffalo Ridge Retreat Center
    Ottawa, KS
    (785) 746-5418

  • Cozy Bear Cabins
    Cosby, TN
  • Fallen Goose Ministry
    Conner, MT
    (406) 821-1552

  • Makahiki Ministries: “A network of over 100 homes around the world, offering Christian workers a place to rest and be refreshed”
    P.O. Box 415
    Mariposa, CA 95338
    (209) 966-2988

  • Pleasant Vineyard Ministries
    Camden, OH
    (937) 452-3347

  • Shepherd Cove
    1925 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW
    Atlanta, GA 30327
    (404) 367-0597

  • Triple Creek Ranch
    348 N. Snipe Hollow Rd.
    Elizabeth, IL 61028
    (815) 858-2435

For Women Only

  • Spa for the Spirit
    Kansas City, MO
    Non-denominational Christian mini-retreats for individuals and groups
    (913) 888-2366

Other Sites of Interest to the Christian Traveler

  • Bob Neff Tours—“Enjoy the fellowship of other Christians” on one of their group bus tours. “Many destinations in the USA and several overseas destinations.”

  • Hosanna Hotel and Spa
    St. Augustine
    Trinidad, West Indies
    (868) 662-5449

Really Desperate for a Break?

  • “Lilly Endowment, an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, seeks to strengthen Christian congregations by providing opportunity for pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of daily parish life and to engage in a period of renewal and reflection.”

Information compiled by Loralie Crabtree, Springfield, Missouri.