A Summer Reading List That Isn’t Better Than Keith’s, Dave’s, or Luke’s

Here’s a few I’ve either read recently, or am about to begin…and if you feel the need to skip this post, I beg you, take a look at The Price of Privilege. If you’re a parent especially, I really recommend checking it out. If you don’t want to purchase it, I’ve gone to the liberty of checking the public library’s stash, and they have two. So, check it out there, or come by my house, I’ve got it too.

The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine. Probably one of the most personally influential books I’ve read in several years. This clinical psychologist from California chronicles both her and many of her colleague’s experiences with the upcoming generation. Basically, in her mind, poor parenting, broken homes, a workaholic culture, and affluence are contributing to some serious problems in families today. Oh, and by the way, this book isn’t from a Christian perspective. As far as I can tell, she has no religious leaning. A professor of mine wants this to be required reading for every church member in America. I think he’s on the right track. I literally can not recommend this any higher to people at The Crossing.

Science & Faith: Friends or Foes by C. John Collins. This can be found online, but usually can also be found at our bookstore (is book-wall a little more accurate?). This is by one of my current professors, who has a broad background with degrees in science and theology (B.S. and M.S. from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Liverpool). A fairly heady, but fairly comprehensive look at this ongoing debate.

The Narnian by Alan Jacobs. Another book which has been found at one point or another at the book-wall. Lewis is one of my favorites, and this biography is one of the better ones to be found on him.

Basic Christianity by John Stott. A classic book (which as a seminary student I should have read by now, but hey, that’s what summer is for, right?) written by a classic Christian writer.

Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy in the Life of a Manager by Buzz Bissinger. I know, I know, Keith already recommended it. It’s a good book, period. But if you’re a sports fan, and in particular either a baseball or Cardinal fan, this is about as good as it gets. Basically, Keith is finally right about something.

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. An older novel which was made into a movie, Gettysburg. Ten years after first reading it, this is still in my all time top five fiction books. It’s an historical fiction account about the Civil War battle at Gettysburg, PA. A little slow, a little dry, but the author really pulls the reader out of the 21st century, and places him back onto a battlefield in 1863. If you’re anything close to a novice Civil War buff, I think you’ll really enjoy it.

The Silmarrilion by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’m a big fan of The Lord of the Rings, in movie form and especially in book form. This is a more fleshed out history of Middle-Earth. I’ve only read bits and pieces, but plan on reading the whole thing this summer.

1776 by David McCullough. This is easily listened to or read. I chose the audiobook route, and was enthralled nearly the entire time. Many of you have possibly read this already, but this account of the early stages of the Revolutionary War is fascinating, and in typical McCullough fashion, very well written.

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