Summer Beach Reading Recommendations

Summertime usually means vacation time. Intentional downtime and rest are good and important practices to refresh our minds, bodies and spirits. If you love reading at the beach, or lake, or cabin, or on the back porch, here are some recommendations to both refresh your soul and deepen your walk with Jesus this Summer! *These are not full endorsements of these works.

The Classics:

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien


The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin Jr

The Northfield Way by Rick Dunn

Non-Fiction Historical:

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

John Adams by David McCullough

Letters from a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr.

Culture and Such

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place by Andy Crouch

The Rage Against God by Peter Hitchens

Spiritual Growth

None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing) by Jen Wilkin

Irresistible Faith by Scott Sauls

Leadership Growth

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins

The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus by Zack Eswine

For Kids

North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson

100 Cupboards by ND Wilson

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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