Best Christian Books to Add to Your Summer Reading
I just returned from a family vacation to the beach. To me…summer and the beach means lots of time to read. I love reading. It’s one of my favorite ways to pass time.
The last time I posted here, I wrote about 4 Practical Ways to Guard Your Thoughts. Some of the things I suggested were reading the words of other Christians and watching your media input. Reading Christian books is a way that you can do this. With summer now in full swing, I thought I’d share some Christian books that I’d recommend you add to your summer reading list.
10 Christian Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List
–Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis- This is one of my all time favorite books. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend you read it this summer. Katie is a missionary in Uganda who gave up everything our culture values (comfort, family, friends, a boyfriend, college, etc.) to follow Christ. This book really challenged me and changed the way I look at the world.
–In the Land of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord- Kate (which is a psuedonym, she changed her name for protection) was a missionary in Afghanistan. This book gave me a glimpse into this culture which I think is often very misunderstood. It also helped me better understand the Bible as the context of Afghanistan is more similar to the context of the Bible than America is. It was a very easy read and it felt like having a conversation with the author.
–Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman- This is a very convicting book. Even so, it’s not a hard read because the author infuses tidbits of humor in the stories he shares in order to make his point. He really delves into what it means to truly be a follower of Jesus.
–Orphan Justice by Johnny Carr- Adoption and orphan care is a passion of mine, but I believe that this is a book that all Christians should read. The call to care for the orphaned and vulnerable is a call for all Christians, not just those who have a passion for it. This is one of my favorite books on this topic because I found it the easiest to read and the most applicable. I also love how it covers a wide range of topics from abortion to racism to human trafficking and beyond.
–The Most Misused Verses in the Bible by Eric J. Bargerhuff- God has recently been showing me how important it is to read the Bible in context. This was an enjoyable, quick read that went through some really popularly quoted verses and explained what they really mean in context. This is not a complicated, theological book. It’s written in a way anyone can understand.
–Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers- This is one of my all time favorite series. If you love historical fiction, you’ll enjoy this series. I have to admit, the first book is the best in terms of the story. The second and third books involve more of a personal journey of some of the characters and the plot moves a little slower.This is one of the few series that I’ve read more than once.
– Lowlands of Scotland series by Liz Curtis Higgs- This story may sound familiar because this series is based on the story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel from the Bible. It is set in Scotland in the late 1700s. This is another great book for the historical fiction lover.
–Refiner’s Fire series by Lynn Austin- This is another historical fiction. This one taking place during the Civil War. What’s interesting is that each story is from a different perspective. One story is about a girl living in the South, another is about a girl living in the North, and the last one is from the perspective of a slave living in the South.
–Lineage of Grace series by Francine Rivers- This series tells the story of each of the women mentioned in Jesus’ lineage. Obviously, the author has to use her imagination to make a full book out of each story, but I believe it gives you an idea of what it might have been like to have been one of these women.
–A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison- Disclaimer: This is not a “Christian” book, but I still would recommend it. It is about a topic that I think is very important to the Christian community-human trafficking. It gives you a glimpse into what it is like to be taken against your will and the sad reality of what people really go through all around the world.
What Christian books would you recommend adding to our summer reading lists?
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