I know, I know, this is kinda late and the summer is almost half over. But lets face it, none of us actually get through the pile of books we brashly claim we'll read in two months. So although this is called a Summer Reading List...its more like a Summer/Fall/Winter reading list.
If your anything like me, you already have a pile of books in your "to-read" spot waiting for its pages to finally be sprung open. But on the off chance you're in desperate need of suggestions, you came to the right place!
What I love about summer is the opportunity it allows us to slow down and take extra time for the things that matter most. Family, rest, fun and maybe even some reading. So I figured, why not share a stack of books that I've read or plan to read this summer - and maybe into the Fall and winter. Admittedly most of the books I'm sharing I have not read or have only read half-of and thats because I tend to read many books at one time (not a good habit - I know). However, every book I'm recommending I've done enough research on to ensure my own stamp of approval. I've also thrown in a few books that are solid recommendations that I know first-hand (because I've actually read them) to be amazing. So without further ado...heres a little list for you.
None Like Him - Jen Wilkin: I really hope I get to this one this summer, because when the introduction starts with this... "If you had told me five years ago that I would one day write a book for Christian women that led off with a quote from Proverbs 31, I probably would have punched you in the face,"... you know its going to be good. I really appreciate Jen Wilkin's candor, writing and teaching style and approach to ministering to women. But whats neat about this book is its purpose to remind us that our Creator possesses many attributes we don't, and that's a good thing!
Out Of A Far Country - Juan: I am reading this right now and its a very interesting true story. This book is written by mother Angela and son Christopher. They each take a turn writing each chapter from their own perspective on the same story. Being a son of immigrants, Christopher was attracted to other boys and as he grew older, his mother, Angela, tried to change the situation. Instead, she found her own life out of control. But its their mutual story of confusion and surrender to God that offers true hope in what seems like hopelessness.
The Imperfect Disciple - Jarrid Wilson: I really love reading Wilson and so I can't wait to read this one! Often books on discipleship ignore to mention just how messy discipleship actually is. But this one doesn't. And from what I gather, Wilson's aim is to show how to follow in Jesus' steps when you can't get your act together or think God is giving you the silent treatment or you just aren't happy with the person in the mirror. If you consider yourself imperfect and a disciple of Christ, than this may be the book for you.
Awe - Paul Tripp: I'm so looking forward to reading this book! And in fact, I can't think of a better book to read while on summer vacation. We all probably need this in our lives. Most of us can be awed and amazed by the things around us, all the time. A beautiful sunset, a new baby or a co-workers crazy story. But are we awed and amazed as quickly and as often about God? Probably not. This book speaks of the wonder of Gods glory that will hopefully shape how we live our lives in relation to Him. And there is so much awe to experience in Christ.
The Holiness Of God - RC Sproul: This is one of those foundational books that changed my spiritual walk and faith forever. When I first read it, I was enamoured by the grandness of God and subseqentially my own sin and short-comings. And yet, it was not discouraging to come to terms with this truth. It just made God all the more glorious and my need for Him all the more great. I will always recommend this book to anyone and everyone because I believe its an important read and perhaps this is the summer to read it!
I Am N - The Voice Of The Martyrs: Most of us have no idea what its like to truly live in danger because of our faith. This book is a compilation of fifty stories of today's persecuted Christians in Islamic countries. I have read a few of these stories and they are incredible because you get to see how God is working in spite of these horrific events we see in the News. The authors explore how each story reveals God's eternal perspective, how the story challenges readers to live out their own faith, and how readers can pray. As grim as it may seem, there is so much room for hope.
Disciplines Of A Godly Woman - Barbara Hughes: One of the first parenting books I ever read was Disciplines Of A Godly Family by Kent and Barbara Hughes, and I'm so glad I did. For all the really useless parenting books out there, that is not one of them. And yet somehow I have not read this book by the same author. I can only imagine the amount of biblical wisdom within the pages of this book. And so this has become a must read! Barbara is a woman to emulate in her service to Christ, and I look forward to being challenged and encouraged by her journey.
There you have it!