My Summer Bookshelf

Aug 19, 2009

Books are more delicious than dessert. And I’ve been enjoying extra helpings over the past couple months. Here’s a sweet sampling of some of the tastiest treats I’ve savored this summer:

  • Things Left Unspoken by Eva Marie Everson (A first read for this author, and a pleasant surprise. Captivated by the story, characters.)
  • Real Moms…Real Jesus by Jill Savage (The timing for this one was impeccable. Like a mentoring session with a good friend.)
  • The Heir by Paul Robertson (A Grisham-esque suspense. Loved this page-turner.)
  • Wide Awake by Erwin Raphael McManus (still chewing on this one a little at a time)
  • Riven by Jerry B. Jenkins (Great start, but lost momentum in the middle. This could have more to do with my schedule than anything else. JBJ is, as always, a writer extraordinaire.)
  • Welcome Home: Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy by Kimberley Woodhouse (Easy read, good story.)
  • Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner (WOWZA. Couldn’t put this one down.)
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (Great writing, with a literary feel. Thought provoking and intimate, leaving me slightly uncomfortable with it’s reality.)
  • Half of the Old Testament (part of my Seven4Seven project; I felt this deserved to be on my list because, frankly, sometimes getting through it feels akin to giving birth.)
  • Writing The Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass (Still in process with this one, but can see why its a must-read for fiction writers. Excellent.)
  • The Pearl Of Leadership by Timothy DeTellis (Good coverage of Haiti’s history and leadership track record)

Next on the list? The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns (Thanks, Rhonda!), Fearless by Max Lucado, and … I’m still looking for a great fiction read. Ideas?

You turn: What were your best summer reads?


  1. Sarah Beckman

    I loved the only thing I have found time for this summer “Ordering your Private World,” by Gordon MacDonald. It is a must for anyone in ministry and will certainly be a re-read. But now it’s a study. Also appreciated your list since I am going for 4 days away with my husband tomorrow!

  2. Michele

    Oooo, that’s a good one. Haven’t thought about that one for years. Might have to revisit it. Thanks, Sarah. Have a great vaca with your honey!

  3. Kay Day

    The Passion of Mary Margaret by Lisa Samson.

    Saints in Limbo by River Jordan.

    River Rising by Athol Dickson. I didn’t read this over the summer, but it’s a good one!

  4. Michele

    I can always count on you for a good read, Kay. Already reserved all three at the library!


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