Summer Reading Suggestions


Summer will soon be upon us, which means for many of us a little more time to read. I love reading a variety of books.  Good books abound these days! Here are a few on a variety of topics I would suggest for your summer reading consideration:

APPLIED THEOLOGY: Tim Keller’s Center Church has already become my favorite Keller book to date. Rich with content on gospel centrality, contextualization, and urban ministry, as a lover of movements I especially appreciate his focus on movements in Part 8. Order it here.

DEVOTIONAL/BIBLE STUDY: A helpful read can be found in Joe Buchanan’s new books Cultivating a Gospel-Shaped Attitude. In this work Joe examines how the Beatitudes can give us gospel focus to shift our attitude to be more about the mission than our own personal misery.  You can order it here.

UNDERSTANDING CULTURE: If you want to get a better grasp on why young adults leave church and the issues we should confront to help keep young adults focused on Christ check out Dave Kinnaman’s You Lost Me. His research offers helpful information on why we unnecessarily alienate youth and can help in communicating with the Millennial Generation.

REVIVAL: The book A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir by Collin Hansen and John Woodbridge has been of great encouragement to me. I think reading a book on revival every year is good for the soul.

EVANGELISM: The little book Unbelievable Gospel by Jonathan Dodson has been a real blessing to me personally. Check it out and see sharing Christ through new eyes.

FOR YOUNG MEN: The book Checkpoints by Brian Mills and Nathan Wagnon offers a devotional book for young men. We live in a day where men for the most part are far more male in terms of biology than men in terms of maturity. This would be a great summer study for young men.

JUST FOR FUN: Sometimes I read a book just because it makes me think. Ken Coleman’s One Question features interviews with individuals from Jim Collins to Malcolm Gladwell and from Andy Stanley to Tony Dungy. I love books like this; maybe you will as well.

FOR WRITERS: I often encourage young writers to grow. The first book I encourage writers to read is John Acuff’s QuitterAnother one is The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield. He wrote the Legend of Bagger Vance. His work has a salty tone at times, but his insights offer concrete help for writers.


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