Alas, the summer is coming to an end. Sunday School will be beginning soon (Sun, Aug 20!). And there are still dozens of books that you did not get to read yet...(or is that just my problem?)
This past summer, the Christian Discipleship Committee sold (at a significant discount) different books that we recommended for your encouragement, edification, and growth. Now that the sale has ended, many have been asking "what was THAT book?" I had out on the table during week 1, or 3, 4 etc.
So in order to encourage you to keep reading good books this fall or to give away good books as gifts, here is an overview of the most popular books that we recommended this past summer. Every one of these books I have personally read and recommend to you. Our books came from three broad genre categories: fiction, history & biography, and the Christian life & culture.
Lantern in Her Hand, by Bess Aldrich
This is a moving story about the life of a mom in the 19th century who gives up all her own dreams in order to serve her husband and children.
The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis
What if travelers from hell came for a visit to heaven? Would they actually want to be there? Lewis explores this and gets at the heart of what it means to embrace joy in God alone. One of my all time favorite books; each time I read it, I discover more joy.
Out of the Silent Planet, by C. S. Lewis
Imagine if God had created other worlds...Lewis's planet trilogy is by far some of the most fascinating reading I have ever done.
The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis
Letters from a supervisor devil to his young prodigee. This explores the intricate world of temptation and how humans struggle with sin.
The Fellowship of the Ring, by J. R. Tolkien
In my humble opinion, the best novel written in the 20th century. Period. Need I say more?
History & Biography
The resolutions of Jonathan Edwards will challenge you and your paradigm of godliness.
A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards, by George Marsden
I read everything that George Marsden writes; here is one of his best subjects, Jonathan Edwards.
In the Kingdom of Ice, by Hampton Sides
Sides retells the harrowing, true story of the 19th century voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette to the Arctic. This story, aside from fascinating you, will inspire you to courage, sacrifice, and serving others at the expense of yourself.
Christian Life & Culture
A Little Book on the Christian Life, by John Calvin
This chapter taken from the Institutes has been translated afresh for modern readers to enjoy. If you have never read John Calvin, start here. You will not regret it.
Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life, by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick helps us see how our identity is found in Jesus alone. Many of us know that, but have a hard time applying that to our daily life. Fitzpatrick helps us see more clearly how to let Jesus and His gospel transform us.
Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home, by Gloria Furman
Written toward especially moms, this book will encourage you to grab hold of grace and God during the difficult years of motherhood.
Be Still, My Soul, ed. Nancy Guthrie
Guthrie does us a great favor in bringing together 25 classic and contemporary articles on pain and suffering in the Christian life.
What Grieving People Wish You Knew, by Nancy Guthrie
Having grieved much herself, Guthrie helps us grow in grieving with others in their hour of trial and pain.
Pursuing Peace: A Christian Guide to Handling Our Conflicts, by Robert Jones
Who does not experience conflict in their relationships? Robert Jones does a fantastic job at helping us bring the reality of the cross and resurrection of Jesus to our conflicts, showing us how the gospel really does make a difference in our inter-personal conflicts.
Counterfeit Gods, by Timothy Keller
Keller gets to the root of how we are tempted by the empty promises of money, sex, and power.
Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel, by Russell Moore
When it comes to understanding the gosopel, Christianity, and the current culture we live in, there is no one else I recommend more than Russell Moore. Dense book, but well worth reading. Every sentence exploded in my head as I read this book.
The Bruised Reed, by Richard Sibbes
This is a Puritan classic that is worth your time and attention. Sibbes writes to those who are bruised and struggling.
Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, by Donald Whitney
Donald Whitney has thought long and hard on the personal pursuit of God and habits of grace. In this book, he will challenge you to assess your own spiritual health.