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It’s that time of year. Time for vacations and road trips, and that means lots of hours in the car that need to be filled. Kids today don’t really know what it means to entertain themselves on car trips, since most family cars now come equipped with DVD players. They only have to occupy themselves during the time it takes to walk from one glowing rectangle to another.
In ancient times, before 2005, cars were not equipped with DVD players, so people had to find more primitive forms of entertainment in the car. Looking at license plates, or talking to family members were common car trip activities. For me, entertainment meant making sure the dog stayed on my brother’s side of the backseat, and bringing a stack of books along. Books were a lot like DVD players in that they were rectangles. Just non-glowing, silent, motionless, paper rectangles.
Today, I’m sharing with you what I’m reading this summer, and asking you a very simple question: what should I bring to read in the car, so my wife doesn’t go nuts with me trying to talk to her incessantly?
I always have several books in my queue that I’m reading and skipping around between. Here’s how I’m entertaining myself with some non-glowing rectangles.
My reading has taken a sharp turn toward pop psychology lately. I fancy myself an armchair counselor, so I eat up books like this. If you want to be simultaneously amazed by the power of the human brain and humbled by how many mistakes it makes, this is your book. This is a phenomenal little book full of anecdotes about just how amazingly dumb people can really be, without even knowing it. Perfect for me because I treat anecdotes like party favors. Check it here.
Again with the light psychology. Last year I read Dr. Oliver Sacks’ The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. This year, I’m following it up with this account of an author and avid reader who, due to complications of an illness, lost the ability to interpret even words he had just written. It makes you realize just how fragile we really are. The first edition also carries the honor of having the most delightfully indiscernible cover art. Buy it here.
I want to personally buy a copy of these books for all of my friends with kids. As a teacher and pastor who cares about our tender youth, I often wonder just what the hell is wrong with kids these days. Dr. Leonard Sax lays out the real causes of why so many boys and men my age are unmotivated while so many girls and women my age are anxious and depressed. And even more importantly, real solutions for parents. These books are also extremely reasonable in their arguments and solutions, rather than being an extreme fanatic, which is good for a skeptic like me. I made some genuine personal lifestyle changes that I had resisted because Dr. Sax convinced me. Buy them here and here.
Surprisingly, I haven’t had a really good faith based book in quite a while. I’m having kind of a dry spell where most of the faith books I pick up all seem to say the same things. So that’s why there isn’t one on the list.
Tell us what you’re reading this summer, or taking with you on your car trips. I’ve heard dozens of people tell me I just have to read The Hunger Games. Do you have any good faith book recommendations?