Did you ever participate in those summer reading competitions for kids at the local library? The ones where you racked up points for every book you read and won prizes in August for all your credit?
Well, I was the kid beating you at it.
Never has an Enneagram 3 been more happy to be alive and winning things than when summer finally rolled around and it was Revenge of the Nerds for us book worms. Oh how I relished the scent of those book pages. Oh how I loved filling those giant plastic tubs full of new stories. Oh how mad I got at my parents when they had the audacity to take us on a trip to Yellowstone National Park, which interrupted my total domination over the competition.
I perhaps took things a bit too seriously.
While we don’t (usually) get prizes anymore, the onset of summer still triggers the compulsion to READ, READ, READ. So below I’ve listed some of my favorites if you’re looking for suggestions this summer. I tried to mix in lighter reads with heavier ones. Enjoy!
Lit: A Memoir (P.S.) by Mary Karr
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles
Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber (see my review)
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Northwest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy by Alexander Schmemann
Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor
The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Epic Challenge to the Church by Edward Gilbreath
A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story by Diana Butler Bass
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting by The Honest Toddler
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Bossypants by Tina Fey
xkcd: volume 0 by Randall Munroe
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sanberg
Science, Faith, & Genesis
Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering by Ronald E. Osborn
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis Collins
Coming to Peace with Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology by Darrell R. Falk
Beyond Sex Roles: What the Bible Says about a Woman's Place in Church and Family by Gilbert Bilezikian
Half the Church: Recapturing God's Global Vision for Women by Carolyn Custis James
Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity Without Hierarchy, edited by Gordon D. Fee
Are Women Human? By Dorothy Sayers
More Than Serving Tea: Asian American Women on Expectations, Relationships, Leadership and Faith by Asifa Dean, Christie Heller de Leon, Kathy Khang, Nikki A. Toyama, Tracey Gee, & Jeanette Yep (see my review/interview)
Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail: Why Evangelicals Are Attracted to the Liturgical Church by Robert E. Webber and Lester Ruth
Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland (see my review)
Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus by Kathy Escobar
The Sacred Meal by Norah Gallagher
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’Engle
The Crowd, The Critic, and the Muse by Michael Gungor
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
How to Tell a Story and Other Essays by Mark Twain
Bible & Theology
The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited by Scot McKnight (see my review)
Bible, Gender, and Sexuality by James Brownson
Poetry & Prayers
This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems by Wendell Berry
In the Sanctuary of Women by Jan Richardson
A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor
A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
In Memoriam by Tennyson
From Favorite Bloggers...
The Slavery of Death by Richard Beck
Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer by Micha Boyett
Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler
From Yours Truly...
Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions by Rachel Held Evans
A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
So, what's on your summer reading list? What do you recommend?
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