Many of you have begun enjoying summer break. And while some of you are possibly a few weeks away, it’s a great time to start thinking about adding a few books to your summer reading. For me, I’m looking forward to a week in the mountains where cell phone service is sketchy and the Internet is only available when I choose to go into town several miles away at the local coffee shop. It’s during these opportunities that I can be unplugged from social media and spend more time reading the books that keep piling up on my desk.
And while I won’t get to all of these, here are a few books on my summer reading list. Please feel free to add your own choices in the comment section below. (I would especially love to hear what fiction books you’re reading because these are few and far between on my list.)
Afraid of All the Things by Scarlet Hiltibidal. While Scarlet’s book has been out a few months, I haven’t had the chance to soak it up. Her serious topic of addressing fear, yet done in a way that will keep you laughing, is one that I can’t wait to read the whole thing. She’s one of my new favorite authors and following her and her family on Instagram is one of life’s simple pleasures.
Given: The Forgotten Meaning and Practice of Blessing by Tina Boesch. I had the privilege of reading a pre-copy of Tina’s book, but I’m looking forward to reading the final copy that delves into the topic of blessing. There’s a study guide at the back for personal reflection or one that can be done with a small group.
Sick of Me: From Transparency to Transformation by Whitney Capps. Whitney also released the Bible study We Over Me earlier this year and I had the privilege of hearing her during the taping of that Bible study. I was immediately captivated by her ability to communicate, and she is someone I would want to be best friends with. I like her perspective that transparency is about being both honest and holy.
It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way by Lysa TerKeurst. Lysa’s personal story and God’s faithfulness in the midst of it has gained much attention this year, and I feel like this is a book that everyone has read except me. With her popular The Word Alive events through LifeWay, her Bible studies, and now this book, God is using Lysa in incredible ways to touch the hearts of women where their deepest hurts intersect with faith.
iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean Twenge. I’ve heard so much about this book and have yet to find time to sit down and read through it. If you’re someone who wants to stay in touch with connecting the generations, this book has gotten lots of accolades.
Christian classics: I haven’t picked the one I plan to read this summer, but I recently was reminded that between each new book you read you should read an old one. There are too many to list, but I’m committed to making sure I read a Christian classic this summer.
So, what’s on your reading list? I’d love to hear what you’re planning to read so you can share it with others. Happy reading!
Kelly King is the Women’s Ministry Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources and oversees the YOU Lead events. Join her this year and get to know her heart for ministry leaders. Follow her on Twitter @kellydking.