Summer’s almost over so below is my summer reading list if you need some inspiration for the fall. Recommended titles marked by ***. What are your recommendations from the summer?
Willam Faulkner’s House. Oxford, MS.
A Short History of Europe: From Pericles to Putin (still in progress to finish by Labor Day) – Simon Jenkins. Sometimes you want more. Sometimes you’re glad he moves so fast, but a great refresher on everything you’ve forgotten from your Western Civ courses.
***The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam (in progress to finish soon) – Douglas Murray. Contemporary Europe (and soon to be US)—the consequence of a guilty western conscience or an unparalleled optimism? He has his take, but you can decide. Glad my mother-in-law didn’t read this before we went to Europe.
The First World War (in progress and will be through the fall) – John Keegan. A detailed account of the Great War, which, of course, was nothing but a great tragedy.
***Same Place, Same Things – Tim Gautreaux. If you like the ordinary, you’ll love these short stories about working Louisiana folk. By the end you can hear the accent.
Homesick for Another World – Ottessa Moshfegh (read portions). These short stories will definitely make you homesick for another world and maybe another book. It’s like Gautreaux but reflects a world more crude.
Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog – Dave Barry. The humorist waxes reflective and wistful, mostly in a humorous way, of course.
***Rhythms of Grace: How the Church’s Worship Tells the Story of the Gospel – Mike Cosper. The first half is good, much of it a summary of our time in the OT. I highly recommend the second half of this book (Ch 5ff) for a better understanding of worship.
The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a Sixteenth-Century Catechism– Kevin DeYoung. Enjoyed portions of these reflections on the Heidelberg Catechism in late spring while preparing to visit the city of its origins. If you’re headed that way, pick up a copy and enjoy the history and theology.
Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale– Ian Morgan Cron. Okay, this was a late spring read. A fictional/semi-autobiographical journey shaped by the great saint.
***The Old Testament– God (via the aid of some friends). Read it.
Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development – Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck. Because, you know, Leadership Cohort and the whole pastor thing.
Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. – Brene Brown. Second book I’ve read by the popular professor, author, and motivational speaker. I think I like most of what she says. I don’t love the format or style.