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Summer Reading List

There was one year I barely cracked open a book other than for school, and that was the June of my junior year to the June preceding my senior year of high school. I grew up reading, and the one reason I was not reading during that time was because I was crafting my own 130,000 word novel. This summer I decided to change that and I’m currently looking at a stack of books that is piled higher than my computer screen. *Disclaimer? I did not at all read ever single word of every book I picked up. Unbroken is a hard read and I definitely skipped large parts of it. The movie was graphic enough for me!*

So here’s my list. Ready? Go!

  1. Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist, Amanda Jenkins. I read this book for a summer study and I highly recommend it even if you’re not a perfectionist. I went into this book thinking I’m not a perfectionist in anything, take a look at my room…but if you’re a girl and care at all how you come across to others…stop caring enough that you can sit down and read this book!
  2. Anything, Jennie Allen. Recommended to me by several women I love, only read this if you’re willing to hand everything, and yes, “anything” over to God. It’s a powerful read.
  3. Paper Towns, John Green. I figured if he’s this famous, and there was a movie coming out for this book, staring Cara Delevinge, I should probably read the book. Not to over-analyze, but it definitely reminded me of Ecclesiastes.
  4. Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand. For the parts I read it was an in-depth, true story about life in a Japanese POW camp. Hard read for sure.
  5. The Confession, Robert Whitlow. Honestly not a huge fan, but I’m glad I read it. The plot was interesting…until the ending happened and I felt I’d just started to understand what was going on. But hey, if you want to read it go for it…
  6. American Snyper, Chris Kyle. Other than the fact it’s a New York Times bestseller, it’s raw, real, and inspiring. Chris Kyle is honest and not afraid to explain a lot of what he felt during his four tours in Iraq. And make time to read the “P.S.” in the back. It’s worth it.
  7. Take One, Karen Kingsbury. I had not read anything by her until I visited Liberty University late this spring. Because she spoke briefly and explained that her sons go to LU, I was able to connect her name with her face and thought it worthwhile to see what her books were all about. I was definitely conveniently impressed.
  8. Scary Close, Donald Miller. Recommended by a friend, this is an open letter from the author covering his own shortcomings and dreams to have open, and therefore vulnerable, relationships with those around him. If you’re a closed-off, quiet person you will hate this book. But if you want to experience the results of honest conversation, this is a good place to begin.
  9. Jesus>Religion, Jefferson Bethke. I originally heard this as a poem on Youtube. Now he is a famous speaker and having heard him speak at Vertical Conference in Chicago this year, I’ve seen firsthand how he has a brilliant way of explaining the Bible to college-age students. Still working through this one but I love his conversational writing style, and of course, what he has to say.
  10. And for the grand finale…St. Augustine, by Peter Brown. There is no question this is a tome, and that being said I have been reading it all summer and I’m still not halfway through. But it is a phenomenal way to get inside his head and experience through Brown’s writing what Augustine thought, did, and said, even early on before he was well-known. For a biography it is definitely enticing…we’lll see if I make it through the whole book.
  11. Bonus! Although this book had not been published at the time I read it, it is available now! Through the Eyes of a Lion is a phenomenal book that captures a father's pain at losing his daughter in a tragic way, as well as the redemption woven throughout this true story. The author, Levi Lusko, is a nationally known speaker, pastor of Fresh Life Church, and I have had the opportunity to hear him speak on several occasions. I recommend this book wholeheartedly -- you will not be disappointed! (Fun fact: the photo for this post was actually designed by the Lusko's tattoo artist as a promo for the book.)

That’s it! Hopefully I can add to this list as fall rolls around…any good reads I missed and should expand on?

Family Thoughts 9.1.15

Family Thoughts 9.1.15

Fire. Stars. And feeling Small.

Fire. Stars. And feeling Small.