Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

Hopefully you’re gearing up to do a little extra reading this summer. If so, let me steer you toward a few recent releases that I think will benefit you. Here are ten great reads in no particular order. The links will take you to Amazon.com, but you can also find them at retailers and online bookstores.

Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in Our Weakness by Barbara Duguid

If you’re struggling with feeling like you need to perform a certain way in life for God to love you, this book should be a helpful call back to the beauty of grace. Duguid addresses the fight against sin that is ongoing for all believers with a call to rest in the gospel.

Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue by Matthew C. Mitchell

Gossip is a huge problem for Christians and non-Christians alike. You may be more prone to it than you think. This book will take you to the roots of the issue and survey the Scriptures in response.

Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Allberry

Subtitle: “And other questions about homosexuality, the Bible, and same-sex attraction.” This is a huge question that you need to have a Scripture-based, thoughtfully-reasoned answer to. Allberry has given us a short but sweet resource to help us think through the ins and outs of same-sex attraction. How do we deal with the sin, while also engaging those who disagree in a compassionate way? Read this book to start yourself thinking along those lines.

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

Ever find yourself floundering for purpose in your workplace? Struggling to see how and if God really cares about what you do every day from 8 to 5? Pick up this little book and read it during your break times!

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

If you only read one book this summer, I would probably tell you to make it this one. The subtitle is apt: “A mercifully short book about a really big problem.” That’s right. Your busyness (and mine) is a really big problem. This is easy to read, fast, and uber-practical. Get it, read it, and take inventory not only of your schedule, but also of your heart.

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full by Gloria Furman

Furman’s follow up to last year’s Glimpses of Grace promises to be just as relieving and helpful to moms (and grandmoms). The book is billed as Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms. Doesn’t get much better than that. Furman is real and practical, but also Scripture-saturated.

Your Future Other Half: It Matters Whom You Marry by Rebecca Vandoodewaard

If you want to read a book with your teen this summer, this is a great option. For one, it’s quite small and won’t scare them away. For another, it’s fantastic. It states things clearly that you and I might otherwise have trouble articulating. Written primarily for young women who are about to embark on dating and courtship, I believe this book would be of great help to young men as well. Not mention older single women who are considering marriage. For a bonus read, you might also like True Beauty by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre

Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World’s Difficult Places
by Tim Keesee

Missionary biographies ought to be a regular part of the Christian’s reading diet. We need to hear about the furthering of the gospel and the making of disciples around the world. Fan your flame for missions this summer by enjoying these stories of Jesus being exalted in some of the most unlikely places.

The Dude’s Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick

Willie Robertson wrote the forward to this one, so that might be a draw for some of you guys. Subtitle: “Finding True Manliness in a World of Counterfeits.” Guys, we desperately need this. Dig in and seek growth.

Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert

It’s time to get real about your problem with pornography. Let this book be a starting place for you. You want to be able to express what this title says. Read it and weep for joy in the gospel. And then start your journey towards being done with porn.

If you prefer historical books or nonfiction books that aren’t geared specifically toward Christian living or theology, check out this summer reading list from Al Mohler, president of Southern Seminary. An avid reader, Mohler will point you in the right direction – from wars to cars.

More summer resources:

From the Village Church in Dallas: Summer Family Activity Book (free download).

From Watermark Community Church in Dallas: Significant Summer Activity Book and Poster (also free to download).

Don’t Waste Your Summer!

-Matt

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