Summer Reading Ideas

For most families, things slow down a little bit during the summer. The summer is a time for vacations and down time. It’s a great time to enjoy some good books in addition to your regular Bible reading. I thought I would make a few suggestions to get you started.

  • A Praying Life by Paul Miller
This book is one of the most helpful books I’ve read on prayer. Miller is honest and transparent about his own struggles and the struggles his family has gone through. His dependence upon God is compelling. The first part of the book lays a theological foundation for prayer. The last part of the book is really practical. Miller shares with you some helpful tools that can enhance your prayer life. This book is a must read!
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
If you want to read a fascinating biography that will stir your soul, this book is for you. You will be challenged as you read about the commitment of this German pastor to follow Christ in Nazi Germany. I especially enjoyed reading about his childhood and about his role in the German resistance.
  • Safely Home by Randy Alcorn

Without question, this is the best Christian fiction book I have ever read!  I couldn’t put it down!  It is based on the reality of the underground church in China.  As a matter of fact, the people and the circumstances are based upon real Chinese believers that Alcorn met during his research.  This look at Chinese Christians challenged me greatly.  I woke up one morning at 3:30 hearing Claire sobbing.  She was reading Safely Home and like me, she couldn’t put it down.

There are so many books that I could recommend but I will stop with those three for now. Find a quiet place, get a cup of coffee or a glass of iced tea, and enjoy some edifying summer reading!


Pastor Wade



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