Summer is coming and with it the gift of time. This is the unrushed and unstructured time that we (unfortunately) do not often have during the daily grind of work, school, and hobbies. How can we "redeem the time" that we have been given?
What better way than read a good book! Yes, but which book? We have put together a list of book recommendations from some UCCers including some of our elders and leaders. (For UCC's summer book club, we are discussing Tony Reinke's 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You - find out more here.)
Note: Quoted descriptions are from Amazon.com.
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
A classic! "Explaining both who God is and how we can relate to him, Packer divides his book into three sections: The first directs our attention to how and why we know God, the second to the attributes of God and the third to the benefits enjoyed by a those who know him intimately."
This books lays out the reasons women should strive for Biblical literacy and how to do it.
See also Jen Wilkin's None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing)
Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible and What He Wants to Do With You by John MacArthur
"They were ordinary, common, and in some cases shockingly low-caste, yet each was made extraordinary by her life-changing encounter with God."
Jonathan Edwards On the Christian Life by Dane Ortlund
"Jonathan Edwards is widely hailed as the greatest theologian in American history. In Edwards on the Christian Life, Dane Ortlund invites us to explore the great eighteenth-century pastor’s central passion: God’s resplendent beauty."
The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul
"In this classic work, puts the holiness of God in its proper and central place in the Christian life. He paints an awe-inspiring vision of God that encourages Christian to become holy just as God is holy."
Chosen By God by R. C. Sproul
"We choose God because he has opened our eyes to see his beauty; we love him because he first loved us. There is mystery in God's ways, but not contradiction."
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
A classic text laying out the basics of the Christian faith shared across different traditions of the church.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
"Narnia . . . where a dragon awakens . . . where stars walk the earth . . . where anything can happen." A great book to read with/to your kids!
Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work by Tim Keller
"With deep conviction and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about work today. In fact, the Christian view of work—that we work to serve others, not ourselves—can provide the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced personal life."
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi
"Engaging and thought-provoking, [this book] tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man's heart-and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus."
The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
A study of the attributes of God.
Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung
"Avoiding technical jargon, this winsome volume will encourage you to read and believe the Bible--confident that it truly is God's Word."
The Potter's Freedom by James White
A theological defense of Reformed view of salvation.
A few points on your summer reading
1. Decide how much you will read. Personally, I accomplish very little reading with out setting a reading goal like the amount of time I will read or pages I will attempt, and then making a decision to do it. It is also helpful to decide the time and place you will read,
2. Set reasonable goals. Setting out to read too much will result in disappointment and perhaps not finishing a single book this summer. Also, I think we all have a tendency to try and read many books at one time. It's in some ways inevitable as certain books are not meant to be read straight through. But often times this undermines the process. Why not read one book at a time?
3. Do not compare. Some read fast and some read slow. Read at your own pace.
4. Learn to read a book. For me and invaluable investment in my reading was Mortimar Atler's How to Read a Book.