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60 Summer Reading Suggestions from Our Team

May 28, 2015

C.S. Lewis once said, “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” In other words, good books stand the test of time, and really good books are the ones we read over and over again. So says Lewis, “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”

So, in the spirit of enjoying good books, our team has compiled a list of summer reading suggestions for you, spanning several genres. It is our prayer that you would make the best use of the time this summer, through refreshment, community, Bible study, meditation, prayer, and – yes – reading.

Bible Study

Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds (Jen Wilkin)

A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament (Alec Moyter)

To Live is Christ to Die is Gain (Matt Chandler and Jared C. Wilson)

Romans 1-7 & Romans 8-16 For You (Timothy Keller)

Unlocking the Bible Story (Colin Smith)

What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? (Kevin DeYoung)

Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me (Kevin DeYoung)


Faith and Work

Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good (Steven Garber)

What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done (Matt Perman)

Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work (Tom Nelson)

The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs (Sebastian Traeger and Greg D. Gilbert)

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work (Timothy Keller)

Rescuing Ambition (Dave Harvey)

Lead Like Jesus: Lessons from the Greatest Leadership Role Model of All Time (Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges)

The Conviction to Lead (Albert Mohler)


Christian Living

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God (Timothy Keller)

Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing (C.J. Mahaney)

Who Am I? Identity in Christ (Jerry Bridges)

Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer (C.S. Lewis)

Does Grace Grow Best In Winter? (Ligon Duncan)

The Disciplines of Grace (Jerry Bridges)

From Good to Grace: Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel (Christine Hoover)

Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross (Colin Smith)

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus (Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson)


Devotionals

New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional (Paul David Tripp)

31 Days Toward Trusting God (Jerry Bridges)

Unlock the Bible in 30 Days (Colin Smith)

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms (Gloria Furman)

Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer (Beth Moore)

Morning and Evening (Charles H. Spurgeon and Alistair Begg)


Fiction

Gilead: A Novel (Marilynne Robinson)

A Fine Summer’s Day: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Charles Todd)

When Jesus Wept (Bodie Thoene, Brock Thoene and D.J. Canaday)

The Mark of the Lion series (Francine Rivers)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Pilgrim’s Progress (John Bunyan)

The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)

The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis)


Non-Fiction

Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books (Tony Reinke)

Holy Ground: Walking With Jesus as a Former Catholic (Chris Castaldo)

Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)

Our Help: Four Young Children, Two with Cancer, One Magnificent Promise (Beth Wetherell)

The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (Lee Strobel and Richard Fredricks)

Seeking Allah Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity (Nabeel Qureshi)

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 (Taylor Branch)


Biography

The Swans Are Not Silent series (John Piper)

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (Eric Metaxas)

Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God (Noel Piper)

The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Iain H. Murray)

Game Changer: Faith, Football, and Finding Your Way (Kirk Cousins)

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (Doris Kearns Goodwin)

Amy Carmichael: Beauty from Ashes (Iain H. Murray)


Theology

Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life (Eric Metaxas)

Five Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God’s Grace (John Piper)

Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (John Piper)

Systematic Theology (Wayne Grudem)

Heaven (Randy Alcorn)

The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life (A. W. Tozer)

Knowing God (J.I. Packer)

The Problem of Pain (C.S. Lewis)


The Author
Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell is a writer and Bible teacher. She has previously served as content manager of Unlocking the Bible. She is the author, along with Sarah Walton, of Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (The Good Book Company, April 2017). She blogs at her website, and you can follow her on Twitter. She and her husband Brad are parents to their sweet daughter and members of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Itasca, Ill.



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