Summer Reads for 2018

Summer is well underway in here in NI and we’re enjoying the most lovely weather!  I think that calls for more outside reading time and less housework – so if you need some inspiration, these are my top reads for this summer.

A Church for the Poor is the most challenging book I’ve read in a long time.  The statistics for churches across the UK tell a startling story of how we have become a very exclusive ‘club’.  Our pews are filled with educated, middle class worshippers.  This book attempts to explain how we reached this point and how we can reverse this trend in order to fully reach all communities with the gospel.

Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want is heart warming and easy reading.  It offers a christian perspective on the battles that face women in today’s world.  Maria Goff’s take on family and parenting is refreshing and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist.  I loved this book for a couple of reasons.  Firstly, I love the honesty with which it’s written – it’s raw and shows vulnerability. I admire people who put their stories out on a public platform, especially when those stories do not reveal their best side.  Secondly, the main themes spoke right into this season of my life.  With all three of my children at school age, I have never been more aware of the fleeting of time than I am right now.  The need to be fully present in our everyday lives is so important, as we cannot re-do these years.  I can remember a time when I thought the baby stage would never end, but looking back I would love to have some of the simplicity of those days again.  This was a great book.  I listened to it on audible and I really enjoyed that the author narrated it herself.

In This Moment: A Novel (Baxter Family) Of course no summer reading list would be complete without a Karen Kingsbury novel!  This one is from last year but if you haven’t read it yet, get yourself a copy!  A timely novel, it faces some of the social battles we face in the real world today.  Good for the soul reading – and a welcome trip back into the world of the Baxter Family.

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