Summer Reading Recomendations
I walk to the garbage can, lift the lid and toss the book in. It is a hard cover, too. I think about doing it after reading only a few pages but it feels kind of wrong to throw away a nearly new book. Know what I mean?
Finally, though, I can’t read another word.
I’ve read oodles of books over the years, in every genre imaginable, but never once thought of throwing a book in the trash. This book gave new meaning to the word “garbage”.
I stare down into the trash can. The book sprawls across old coffee grounds and watermelon rinds. I feel a twinge guilty but even more empowered. Is that weird?
Good summer books are hard to find sometimes.
Since it’s already mid-summer (gasp!) you might be experiencing two things:
- You (like me) are probably in need of a great beach/pool read.
- You might be feeling a little stale in your spiritual life (the summer break in routine can do that to the best of us).
I have a solution to both: some fabulous books that are both inspiring and great reads, too.
As I type these words our family is enjoying the last days of our vacation get away; I know what it’s like to comb the shelves for something good to read while you’re doing a little summer chillin’. Although I haven’t found many great summer reads yet (though one was pretty good), last year I hit the jackpot.
Typically I read Christian non-fiction during the school year and fiction during the summer. Last summer, though, I shook it up (for me, anyway) and read some awe-inspiring autobiographies. They left me encouraged. They left me motivated. They made me want to keep reading page after page. I was sad to see each one end. That’s when you know you’ve read a great book.
Best of all, though, they made me want to love and follow Jesus more than I already do.
So in the spirit of summer reading you won’t want to throw in the trash, here’s my list:
- The Hiding Place A classic. Written years ago, but timeless. It’s the true story of Corrie ten Boom and her family’s quest to hide Jews during World War II. I read it eons ago but loved it as much the second (or third?) time around.
- Same Kind of Different as Me This one was a best-seller and book club favorite. I loved the writing style as well as the message.
- Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me Dubbed “a memoir…of sorts”. You’ll think what in the world??!! as you read this guy’s life story. Some parts made me laugh out loud.
- Left to Tell Intense, but a great book. I was wowed and learned so much about the war in Rwanda. And people.
- The Girl in the Song You might find this one encouraging if you’re praying for a prodigal child.
- Unbroken If you missed the movie, read the book. The story is incredible.
These are a few of my top recommendations for inspiring summer reads. What are yours? I would love to know. Fiction. Non-fiction. If you have a great recommendation, we’d all like to know, so leave a comment.
That way I won’t be throwing anymore books in the trash.
More than a Bible teacher, Donna is a self-described Bible explainer. A colorful storyteller who combines Biblical truth with real-life anecdotes, her messages not only help listeners understand God’s Word, but most important, grasp how to live it out in real life.