Summer Reading Recommendations

Today, I was looking at my reading list for 2017 and it’s been a pretty good 6 months. 

If you’re looking for some good books to pick up over the holidays, here’s a few which stuck out in my mind in no particular order:

Letters to a Young Calvinist by James K.A. Smith   I picked this one up on Kindle because Smith teaches at Calvin College where my daughter goes to school.  He highlights many of the joys and sorrows I see in the reformed world.  I’d recommend this to both those new to Calvinism and to those, like myself, who are “covenant children”.

 Seeking refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis by Stephan Bauman   There is plenty to read online and in print on the refugee situation the world is now facing.  Here we have a book seeking to answer the question: “How does the church respond to the refugee crisis?”  It’s thoughtful, balanced and full of hope.

Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray   I first read this 25 years ago and picked it up again this spring. Murray is a Scot who taught at Westminster in Philly for many years.  He’s theology is deep but this book is small enough to be read at the beach!

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall   This book has come up in conversations again and again this spring.  It’s a fascinating look at how the physical features of a country impacts politics.  I’m not sure we’re “prisoners of geography” but there’s no denying that the physical space around us impacts our lives.

Silence by Shusaku Endo   I’ve only read a couple of novels this spring but this Japanese historical fiction deserves a mention.  There’s loads to be frustrated with as well as admire here.  This story of Portuguese priests seeking to bring the Christian faith to Japan in the 1600’s will make you angry, sad and encouraged.

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