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Summer Reading

What are you enjoying reading this summer?  What do you plan to read?


Let’s make a Top Ten Summer Book List on this site by suggesting some titles.


I’m enjoying several books at the moment.


Bonhoeffer, by Eric Metaxas, a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the well-known Lutheran pastor who opposed Hitler in Nazi Germany.


The Leadership Challenge, by Kouzes and Posner.  So far, very challenging on understanding your values and checking your actions against them.


Quitter:  Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job, by Jon Acuff.  It’s pretty neat learning about my dream job from a book written by my son.  And, it’s a good book.


Radical, by David Platt. I have been off and on listening to this book on audio, and reading it.  I need to let some of its principles sink in.  This is not a book one reads.  One must respond in some way.


These are just a few that have my attention right now.  My list might be a bit imbalanced towards the intensity side and I probably need to download a good novel on my Kindle.  I also enjoy books on history and science.


Any recommendations? 


What are you reading? 


  1. Kathy Johnson says:

    Summer reading…the very words cause muscles to relax and blood pressure to lower. Your recommendations are excellent, Mark, but don’t qualify for the season. May I suggest Alexander McCall Smith’s wonderful Mma Ramotswe books–the first in the series is called “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.” (This series is particularly excellent on CD–the Botswanan and South African accents are musical.) And there’s nothing like a Carl Hiaasen novel; if he’s new to you I recommend “Stormy Weather.” Finally, Christopher Moore’s “Lamb” wins the award for “Most Impossible to Read Without Sharing Paragraphs Aloud With the Nearest Person While Choking With Laughter.” He’s tied with Mary Doria Russell for the secular authors most responsible for improving my relationship with Jesus.

  2. Thanks for this Mark- your summer lists have been a staple of my library building activities for many years. Can’t wait to read Jon’s book.

    Keep it up!


  3. Just finished a bit of beach reading… I was a bit unorthodox in tackling Marilyne Robinson’s “sequel” novel “Home” before the Pulitzer Prize winning first one: “Gilead.” Both are amazing and I can’t give them a higher recommendation, particularly Gilead.

    Also finished James K.A. Smith’s “Desiring the Kingdom.”

    Now I’m working on my friend Andy Byers’ debut book about Christian cynicism called “Faith Without Illusions,” as well as Eugene Peterson’s (my pastoral hero!) memoir “The Pastor.”