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Sword & trowel: Summer reading

Summertime means extra daylight hours and extra fun in the sun. It also means that young people and adults alike may have extra leisure time for reading. C.S. Lewis once said, “I can’t image a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.” To that end, here are a few books on my reading list that you might enjoy reading—or re-reading—this summer.
‘Not What You Think’
by Michael and Lauren McAfee
This new book, written by an Oklahoma Baptist couple, gives a fresh perspective on God’s Word, showing that the Bible is perhaps nothing we expected but is everything we need. The book is particularly helpful in showing how to engage Millennials and young adults with the Scriptures.
‘Out of the Silent Planet’ by C.S. Lewis
While best known for his Narnia series, C.S. Lewis authored a brilliant three-part science fiction series. The lead book, “Out of the Silent Planet” depicts a thrilling episode of a man taken from earth to another planet where he encounters another race of beings (keep in mind, this is all fictional). Through his confrontations with danger and evil, the main character learns about sin, suffering and redemption.
‘The Hiding Place’ by Corrie Ten Boom
If you like biographies, this is the one for you. This classic work tells the amazing story about how one family risked it all by hiding Jews during the Nazi occupation of Holland and how God’s grace shined through even amid terrible suffering. I cannot remember a book, outside the Bible, that inspired me more.
‘The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home’ by Russell Moore
Russell Moore discusses key lessons for navigating family life. Moore’s book reminds us that families today are facing cultural stormy weather. He said, “You are in a family crisis, right now, whether you know it or not.” But we know that has always been the case, because family life is spiritual warfare. But it is often through the storm that God speaks to us most clearly.
‘Inside Out and Backwards’ by Walker Moore
It’s worth reading whatever our beloved Baptist Messenger columnist Walker Moore writes. But his books, including the newer release, “Inside Out & Backwards: Stories of Humor and Hope for Life’s Journey,” will touch your heart and “tickle your funny bone.” Many of the stories Walker has shared throughout his years writing for the Messenger are captured in this gem.
‘Transgender to Transformed’ by Laura Perry
Baptist Messenger readers may recall reading the amazing life story of Laura Perry, an Oklahoman who spent nearly 10 years living as a transgender male before God radically transformed her life. In a forthcoming book published by the Genesis Publishing Group, Laura shares her journey in a way that will bring glory to God and hope to all who know a prodigal child. In an age awash with sexual brokenness, this book comes at a time we desperately need it.
These are just a few of the books on my summer reading list for 2019. What’s on your list?

Brian Hobbs

Author: Brian Hobbs

Brian is editor of The Baptist Messenger.

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