5 Books for Today

Definitely my preferred location for reading

It’s summer, so it’s time to read more, right? Well, it’s school for me, so it’s time to read more anyway. You know what’s funny? I got together with all my classmates in June, and we talked about the thousands of pages we’re going to have to read before this doctorate program is over. And my response?

Hey, the best part of this program is that it gives me an excuse to READ! With no guilt at all about doing it in the middle of the day! I LOVE school!

OK, so maybe I’m a little odd. But I wasn’t the only one.

Mrs. Disciple’s linkup topic today is Books. What are your favorites? Ones you come back to time and again? (I think my copies of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Lord of the Rings with their missing covers are way beyond resale. AS IF.) What are you dying to read? I want to know.

I’m mostly a nonfiction girl, so that’s what you’ll find on my list. So to start the summer reading ball rolling, here is my random list of “bests” in books this year.

Best Book I’ve Read This Year

Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith, Sarah Bessey

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Did I read this this year? Or late last year? Not sure, but whatever. 

I felt like she was singing my song. Circling around church, figuring out church, loving church, despite its serious flaws. I loved every bit of this. I love her honest journey and her heart hunger for real Jesus. This woman has a way with words I covet. Also, she is a serious Dr. Who and Anne of Green Gables devotee, as well as a theological nerd. So what’s not to love?

Book I Just Bought for a Friend

Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket, Barbara Park

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OK, she’s a 7-year-old friend. But I love Junie B. Love, love love. She is so funny and so real. My young friend has decided she wants to be a farmer when she grows up, so this had to be.

Book I Am Currently Reading

Renovation of the Heart in Daily Practice, Dallas Willard and Jan Johnson

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I’ve heard all these amazing things about Dallas Willard, and, here’s the confession—I’ve never read him. So when this book came up as an option for my discipling groups, I ordered it. Not very far, but I’m loving it. There is real digging here, not surface devotional fluff. I can’t wait to dive into it with my people.

Best Book for My Job I’ve Read This Year

Canoeing the Mountains: Chrtistian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, Todd Bolsinger

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Ahh—he had me when he opened with a detailed analysis of the Lewis and Clark expedition as it applies to church. It continues from there, teaching and encouraging church leaders to explore, blaze new paths, listen to their team, and never give up the quest. We leaders have a new world to navigate. We need to lead people into it with trust that God goes before us and a refusal to return to the comfortable past. I love this book. He gets it. It’s a brave new world out there. But it doesn’t have to be scary.

Book on My Shelf I Can’t Wait To Get To

Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme, David Kinneman and Gabe Lyons.

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I have read and loved everything these guys have written. They are in my heartbeat zone—coming alongside the next generation, listening to them, and learning to do faith together in a new way. The subtitle says it all. God knows we need to show society a different Christian than they typically see hitting the news. It’s next on the list.

What about you? What are you reading this summer?

2 thoughts on “5 Books for Today

  1. Bessey’s Jesus Feminist really surprised me. I really want to read Out of Sorts now. I haven’t read a Willard book yet, but you planted a seed. The trouble with this link up–my list just got a lot longer!


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