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Your 2018 summer reading list

Summer 2018 reading list - books to read and movies to watch

Looking for a book or movie for your summer vacation? Oh, and no ordinary beach read or formulaic blockbuster will do? Got it. Here are some of our favorite titles to inspire your faith and expand your worldview.

Do you like nonfiction?

Top picks for you

Best memoirs

  • Where the Wind Leads by Vinh Chung (An epic refugee story of survival, faith, and the American dream.)
  • Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis Majors (A girl from Nashville starts an orphanage in Uganda.)
  • We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria by Wendy Pearlman (This collection of interviews is riveting and personal.)

How-to books

  • Sacred Mundane: How to Find Freedom, Purpose, and Joy by Kari Patterson
  • The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life by Erwin Raphael McManus
  • Mending the Divides: Creative Love in a Conflicted World by Jon Huckins and Jer Swigart

Children’s lit picks

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Yes, the movie came out, but there’s a whole series of fantastic adventure.)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Eustace’s transformation in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is amazing.)
  • The Bible Belles by Erin Weidemann (This new series focuses on virtue and female heroes of the faith.)

Favorite novels

  • Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (Faith, family, justice, and miracles, all in an Airstream trailer in the ‘60s.)
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (A masterpiece of a novel about a boy with stunted growth and amazing faith.)


Make me think

  • The Case for Christ (PG) / Lee Strobel, a logic-loving journalist, sets out to disprove Christianity. Spoiler alert: He doesn’t succeed.

Build my faith

  • Paul, the Apostle of Christ (PG-13) / Luke is on a mission to document how Paul went from chief persecutor to most outspoken apostle.

Inspire my family

  • Mully (PG) / Abandoned at age 6 in Kenya, Mully, now a successful businessman, switches gears to care for orphans.

Something new

One Blood: Parting words to the church on race by John M. Perkins

A longtime civil rights advocate calls on the church to lead the country’s dialog on reconciliation.

Your 2018 summer reading list and recommendations - and some movies too

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