Summer Reading Lists

Several other bloggers have posted their summer reading lists including Albert Mohler and C. J. Mahaney. We thought that we’d follow their lead and offer some suggestions of our own. I will go first and some of the others (at least Dave) said that they would follow.

This list isn’t of my favorite books or the ones that have influenced me me the most. It’s simply some books that I’ve recently enjoyed and think that you could take on vacation or read on your deck this summer.

Biography
Charles Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography by David Michaelis. This is a very well written book that explores the life of perhaps America’s most famous cartoonist. Michaelis spends quite a bit of time examining Schulz’s complicated religious experiences.

The Heavenly Man
by Brother Yun and Paul Hattaway. An insiders look into what God is doing in and through the Chinese church. Brother Yun’s story will humble you as you learn about the suffering and persecution experienced by Christians in another part of the world.

History
One Minute Before Midnight: Kennedy, Kruschev, and Castro on the brink of Nuclear War by Michael Dobbs. I can’t say enough about this book. It’s packed full of interesting information and told in a very compelling way. It reads more like a thriller than a history book.

Manhunt: The Twelve Day Chase For Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson. The story of James Wilkes Booth and his run from a nationwide search is history that reads like a novel. If you prefer to listen to books on your ipod, this one is read by a great narrator.

Fiction
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. The story follows a father and son as they try to survive after a world wide disaster.

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John le Carre. If you like spy novels, this one is set during the Cold War and is the best that I’ve read.

Other
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. A classic true crime story that I couldn’t put down.

A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr. This is a true legal thriller.

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer. The author uncovers the secretive life of Mormon fundamentalists.

Sports
October 1964 by David Halberstam. The young St. Louis Cardinals with a roster full of African Americans faced the established, aging, and very white New York Yankees in the 1964 World Series.

Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy in the Life of a Manager by Buzz Bissenger. The best baseball book that I’ve ever read. This is another book that is worth listening to as well as reading.

Devotional
Humility, Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing, and Sex, Romance, and The Glory of God: What Every Christian Husband Should Know all by C. J. Mahaney. Short, simple books full of profound, practical, and life changing truth.

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