Now that school is winding down and the warm days are beckoning us outside I’m finding more time to relax in our backyard and taking in some good reads.
I love seeing what others are reading for the summer so I thought I would share my reading list with you. And in turn, I would love to hear what you are reading as well.
Books for church and ministry –
- The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst – Our ladies group is doing this book study starting next week. I love Lysa’s writing and her practical steps in helping her readers grow in life. She has great examples from her own life and I love her vulnerability and grace that she shows and teaches. This is a good read and I recommend it for anyone who feels overwhelmed by life’s demands.
- One Size Doesn’t Fit All by Gary L. McIntosh – As a staff, we are going through this book together. It tackles the issues of how churches grow and how church size determines effective strategy for ministry. It’s written in a conversational style between a recent seminary graduate and a veteran pastor. It’s a pretty easy read with a lot of good things to think about and discuss as a staff.
Books for stretching me in life –
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott – This is a book specifically for writing — how to do it better and more effectively. I’ve been working my way through it and taking it in bite-size chunks. Hopefully I’ll finish it this summer.
- Run to Win by Christine Caine – I have read a few of her books. They are very challenging and full of truth. This one is no different! It’s a good, challenging read.
- Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver – I’m helping Joanna with this DVD book study launch so you will be hearing more about this one soon. I love the insight and depth of teaching Joanna brings out in her writing! She digs in and brings out great Truth — I’m in chapter 5 right now and when I sit down to read I find myself stopping, highlighting, marking up the page and saying… “That’s good!” — You’ll love it!
Books just for fun –
This is my favorite area of reading for the summer because it’s about the only time of year I give myself permission to get absorbed in hours of just reading. This doesn’t happen often but I love when I can sneak in an afternoon of lying in the hammock and taking in good words! It’s a lovely thing!
- Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan – This is one funny guy! I love his dry humor and he often has me in stitches. I haven’t started this one yet but Dave read a few paragraphs the other night and was chuckling to himself. I asked him, “Are you stealing my book?” He smiled, “No, but you’re going to like this one!” I’m looking forward to relaxing and getting some good stress relief laughter out of this one!
- Nobody’s Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle – I have to say I love this girl! I faithfully read her blog, Big Mama and if you haven’t read her stuff, you are missing out! This is her third book and it’s a memoir about the beauty of friendship. She has two other books Sparkly Green Earrings and Antelopes in the Living Room. I recommend anything written by her! She is a joy to read! You will come away with a smile on your face and moist eyes from either laughing so hard or from remembering the tenderness of love, friendship and all things good in your life from God! — This one should be a must-read on your summer list!
- A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers – My daughter Samantha is a huge fan of anything by Ms. Rivers. Sam left this book on my nightstand back at Christmas time saying, “Mom, read this… it’s my favorite one of hers!” So I finally picked it up again yesterday and I’m getting into it! I will let you know what I think!
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – I am reading this whole series out loud to little Matthew at nighttime. We are currently on The Silver Chair. We have finished The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I just love snuggling up with this little guy and reading these adventures. The years with little Matt are slipping by quickly so I’m thankful for these little shared moments together.
And there you have it, friends… my beginning summer reading list. I’m sure I’ll be reading more than this because most of these books I’ve already started and some I’m finishing up very soon.
(All of these books can be found online. I just didn’t link them all because your spam alert might just go crazy with all the links in one blog post and I’d hate for that to happen— I never want to be spam! )
I would love to hear what you’re reading this summer. Jump into the conversation in the comment section below and share your summer reads! What do you think I should add to my list? Jump right in and let me know!