Summer Reads


It is June 22 which means VBS is over and my summer begins!  As I promised in the “10 Things I Miss” post (June 12, 2012) I have a list of books and my fingers are itching to hit the “Buy Now With One Click” button to load my Kindle.  Here’s my line up:

1. The God Box: Sharing My Mother’s Gift of Faith, Love and Letting Go by Mary Lou Quinlan — After her mother’s death, Mary Lou found boxes full of little scraps of paper with her mother’s prayers written on them.  How lovely.  I might start my own box this summer.

2.  On Writing Well by William Knowlton Zinsser — We’ll see if things improve around here after reading this.

3.  The President’s Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy —  I like history, I like presidents and I like getting inside exclusive places.

4.  Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)  by Suzanne Collins — Because I read the first book and heard this one is even better.

5.  A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty by Joni Eareckson Tada —  I have great respect for someone who has been in a wheelchair for decades, wrestles with suffering, yet still has a vital faith in God.

6.  A Week in the Life of Corinth by Ben Witherington III — I’ve read First Corinthians and Second Corinthians, but not this one.  I’m hoping this book will give depth to the other two.

7.  The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles  by Steven Pressfield and Shawn Coyne — I love books that have really long subtitles.  I don’t really know if I have inner creative battles, but I probably will after reading this book.  Then I will be able to break through them.  And win.

8.  Lit!  A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke —  Once I read a book titled “How to Read a Book”.  I loved it.  Books about how to read books are almost as good as reading real books.

9.  Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard —  I heard this is a trendy book.  Then I saw LeBron on SportsCenter reading it in the locker room before an NBA finals game and things turned out pretty good for him.

10.  I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron —  I sometimes feel bad about my middle age midriff bulge and grey hair.  So far, my neck hasn’t been a problem, so I’m thinking I’d better be ready if that’s the next thing to go. 

See?   I wasn’t kidding when I said I was going to get ten new books.  Yay for summer!  What are  you reading?

6 thoughts on “Summer Reads

  1. #7, #8, #10 – hahaha!

    I highly recommend “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion” – I tear up in just about every chapter.

    Also reading “Shine: How to Survive and Thrive at Work” – short little chapters/applicable to any kind of life’s work

  2. Have you read The 5 Love Languages? It is THE book recommendation I make that people consistently tell me absolutely changes their life, and that they wished they’d known this early in their marriage and early with their kids.

    • The book I’ve been passing around a lot lately is “So Long Insecurity” by Beth Moore. I think every woman should read that book. However, I don’t like the title. There’s nothing like reading “So Long Insecurity” in a coffee shop to make you feel insecure.

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