Saturday, June 09, 2007

Summer Reading Recommendations

The Summer is usually that time of the year when the average American catches up on his or her reading. But what will you read this summer? There are so many books out there, and so little time, you dont' want to waste your summer reading terrible books. So NPR has compiled a list of book recommendations from booksellers. R. Albert Mohler Jr. too has compiled his own summer suggestions. Lest I be left out, I too have my own recommended reading. If you can read all three lists you'll truly have gotten your fill of books this summer. So here they are:

1) The Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick --> Philbrick weaves history into a wonderful and gripping narrative that captivates the reader and draws him into the events of the colonial settling of America. He avoids both the pitfalls of European supremacy, and European wickedness in relating the account of the Native American and Colonial interactions. It's a well written book.

2)The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe --> For those who haven't read it, this book will be an fun and quick read. With the Narnia movies being made you will get a better picture of their story and beauty by reading the books along with them. For those who have already read it, I recommend reading it again. What art C.S. Lewis had! You won't be disappointed.

3) Life in the Body by Curtis C. Thoms --> This is a very helpful and thoughtful book on church life and what it means to be a member of a church. Thomas points to the ministry of all members in this book and it is a much needed reminder to church members everywhere that they are called to serve one another and grow together before the Lord.

4) On Sin and Temptation by John Owen, ed. by Justin Taylor and Kelly Kapic --> This modern reprint of the Puritan classics on sin and temptation is a wonderful addition to any Christian's reading list. The indwelling power of sin in the Christian is a far too often overlooked or psychologized in the modern church. Owen gives not only a strong gospel grounded theology for fighting sin, but practical advice for fighting sin, something we all need to be doing this summer. Pick it up friends, you will appreciate it in the long run.

5) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling --> The final book in the Hary Potter series. Find out what happens to the young wizard in this wonderfully written fantasy novel series.



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