summer reading 2011 thoughts

Okay, I’m taking suggestions for summer reading. I’m curious what others are reading and what others would recommend. So, here’s a bit of background. Then I’ll invite you to make your recommendations.

Books I’ve read this year so far (aside from the Bible):

  • Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tsu
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by CS Lewis
  • Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition, by Ken Carder & Laceye Warner
  • Friedman’s Fables, by Edwin Friedman
  • Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?, by Philip Yancey
  • Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense, by Steve Harper
  • Winnie the Pooh, by AA Milne (aloud with Ben)
  • You Only Have to Die: Leading Your Congregation to New Life, by James Harnish
  • Prince Caspian, by CS Lewis
  • Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, by Rob Bell
  • The Me I Want To Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You, by John Ortberg
  • Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Vision, by Andy Stanley
  • The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions, by Marcus Borg and NT Wright
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King
Books I’m currently reading and want to finish this summer:
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Year 4), by JK Rowling
  • Surprised by Hope, by NT Wright
  • Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, by Eugene Peterson
Books I’ve already got on my list, hoping for summer:
  • Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2, by Steve Stockman
  • Bonhoeffer, by Eric Metaxes
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by CS Lewis
So, I read a lot of spiritual formation, biblical/theological, and leadership stuff, which I both enjoy and have an obvious work/calling connection to! But, I like fiction and history too.
What do you recommend? What’s on your summer list?

Published by Guy M Williams

Christian | Husband, Father | Pastor | 8th-Gen Texan | Texas A&M ‘96 | Asbury Seminary ‘01 | Enjoy family, reading, running, golf, college football

5 thoughts on “summer reading 2011 thoughts

  1. Some I’ve read this year that might be of value include:
    1. Scott H. Moore, The Limits of Liberal Democracy
    2. Alan Hirsch, The Forgotten Ways
    3. Robert Putnam, American Grace
    4. Cornelius Plantinga, Engaging God’s World
    5. Merold Westphal, Whose Interpretation? Which Community?
    6. Eugene Peterson, The Pastor
    7. Miroslav Volf, Allah
    8. John Walton, The Lost World of Genesis One
    9. David Fitch, The End of Evangelicalism?
    10. Bryan Stone, Evangelism after Christendom
    11. David Brooks, Bobos in Paradise

    If you haven’t read Wright’s After You Believe, that’s a good one also.

    In the fiction realm, I’ve enjoyed Patrick Rothfuss’s triology, the second volume of which (Wise Man’s Fear) is just out.

  2. Good stuff. I’m currently reading –
    The Year of Living Biblically. AJ Jacobs

    Echoing Silence: On the Vocation of Writing. Thomas Merton

    I’m about to reread Follow Me to Freedom: Leading and following as Ordinary Radicals.
    John Perkins and Shane Claiborne

  3. I recommend Heaven is For Real. You may have heard about it. It is the story of a 4 yr old little boy who comes out of an emergency surgery with some amazing stories of the trip he took to Heaven.

  4. I loved Surprised By Hope and I plan on reading Bonhoeffer, by Eric Metaxes too. I finally finished The Idiot by Fydor Dost…(you spell the rest if you can) It was excellent. Luke T Johnson’s Creed is worth the read. It is in line with Keller’s Reason for God and N.T. Wright’s Surprised By Hope. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series is hard (content) but worth the read, make you think. Have you read Stephen King’s “The Stand” great fiction and story telling. For real light reading, I thumbed through an ESPN book that just came out. It would be a good Father’s Day gift. If you like light fiction and detective novels, the Harry Bosch series is good. How did you like Talking in the Dark? You did a series on it right? Message me on it, if you would.

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