First, a disclamor: I still think of summer as “prime reading opportunity” as I remember summers as a child; coming home from college each year; the summer break between seminary terms when my equally-nerdy-husband and I would spend hours on the beach reading our books side-by-side. Now that I am a mom to twin preschoolers, summer actually (likely) means fewer reading opportunities rather than more. Because (a) preschool is on break and (b) beach time is spent on the verge of fear that my overconfident daughters will plunge into the ocean or run away if I really get “lost” in a book. Aah, well. One can still dream, can’t she? And goals are *always* good!
Without further ado – here is my (very idealistic) summer reading list:
- The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller – the title says it all!
- Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung – already read this one and reviewed it here
- Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair by Anne LaMott – this one I added on after processing the heaviness of Mark Rodriguez’ death with his community
- Perfecting Ourselves to Death by Richard Winter – doing this with a group of fellow perfectionists and, yes, it is quite relevant!
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand – inspired by my friends who love this classic novel so much that they’re naming their firsborn son after the main character; in honor of his pending birth I want to read it this summer.
- The Emotionally Destructive Marriage by Leslie Vernick – an important topic that I encounter way*too*often in my work as a counselor
- Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller – because I can never read too much about “the empty promises of money, sex, and power and the only hope that matters” in our culture that constantly bombards us with the “life” offered by this trifecta
- Death By Living: Life is Meant to Be Spent by N.D. Wilson – recommended by a friend who knows how much I enjoy narratives and creative writing and how much I need this message!
- How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Faber & Mazlish – because, let’s be honest, this will be what I get the *most* practice with this summer!
- Running on Empty: The Gospel for Women in Ministry by Barbara Bancroft – I just heard about this one last week and oh, how I need this message! (see #2 above …) I’ve also met Barbara previously through my work with World Harvest Mission (now Serge) – she struck me as one of the most real ministry wives I’d ever met and one of the most gracious. Yes, those two go together!
- Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle – an easy-to-read and down-to-earth memoir written by a mom. Yes, please.
- Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne – because I’ve heard so many good things about this from Katherine and Mary
Pick one? And read with me? And let me know in the comments – would love to discuss it together.