Well I guess summer has really started…
…that is except for the fact that I have to go back to school for three more days. Oh well. My summer is already being filled with vacations, visits, housesitting, conferences, speaking engagements, and my honey-do list is filled to the brim. However, I always make the time over the summer for extra reading (along with extra movies.) I already read a lot. But with the extra time on my hands, I’m really excited to sink my teeth into these books. None of these books are any that I’ve plugged before, and I’ve even given you a handy link to order any of them that look good to you!
I’ve already cracked this one a few times, because the guys over at Thomas Nelson sent me a sweet review copy. It’s by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola, both of whom are great authors and let me tell you, it’s a good read. Deep, but not strenuous. This is one of those books I’ll be skipping around in all summer, reading and re-reading my favorite chapters. I’d say my favorite chapter right now is “If God Wrote Your Biography.” The book is actually available starting Tuesday, and on a special discount, no less, of just about ten bucks.
Brian McLaren, if you do nothing else, you always make me think. I’ve got this book sitting on my shelf, only flipped through when it arrived in the mail, then put away until time could be found to read it. It tempts me, it mocks me. It beckons me, but I also know that I will only open a huge can of worms by reading this book. Will I accomplish anything by reading this? Probably not. McLaren’s books rarely solve any problems. If anything, he digs up more problems than we knew we had. But I’ll be thinking about it for months, and that makes it a successful book.
Something about the title spoke to me. You know A.J. Jacobs as the guy who wrote the book about living ‘biblically’ for a year (by following every Old Testament law to the letter.) This book came out a few years ago, and chronicles his quest to read the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica, chronologically, thus becoming the smartest person in the world. As a guy with similar ambitions, I’m excited to see what came of this adventure.
I’m basically reading Malcolm Gladwell’s books in reverse order. Since discovering him last year at the Catalyst conference, Gladwell has become my absolute favorite non-theological author. He fills an completely unique niche. He writes about history, but not the history you know. He writes about the little stories that made a big difference. I sound so much smarter after reading a Gladwell book and then busting out a nugget of obscure knowledge at a party. Buy any of his books. You can’t go wrong.
What are you reading this summer? Are you spending your summer catching up on reading, or emptying your Netflix queue, or watching a Lost marathon?