Summer is the absolute best time to catch-up or get ahead on your reading.
There’s simply no way around it, the greatest tool for your personal development and growth is reading. Plus, it’s one of the few aspects of life you can actually control. As a pastor, writer, and leader, I have to read in order to fund my imagination, shape my vision, and develop as a person.
The same is true for you. If you want to take the next step in life, you have to read…and you have to read a lot. Reading will advance and educate you beyond your present capabilities, but books also help us mark life. I can point to particular books that I happened upon at just the right time. Those books changed my life. If you don’t have your summer reading list set, you need to get on it.
Here’s What I’m Reading:
Spiritual Formation-ish / Churchy:
- The Practice of the Presence of God– Brother Lawrence
- Prodigal Christianity: 10 Signposts into the Missional Frontier (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) – Fitch and Holsclaw
- Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline (Pocket Classics) – Lauren Winner
- Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God– Jr Daniel Kirk
- Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible– Richards and O’Brien
- A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”– Rachel Held Evans
Business-ish / Start-Upy:
- Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)– Suzanne Collins (own the trilogy and read the first one over Christmas).
- Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross)– James Patterson (slowly working my way through the entire series)
There you have it. I know it looks like a lot, but here’s my process for reading through difficult books. I hope you pick-out one or two books and give them a go.