Summer Book Recommendations

Whether this summer finds you sitting by the pool, traveling, or just following your normal routine, check out some of our staff’s top reading picks for the summer. Learn about life with God, relationships with others, examples from history, and self-discovery with these titles.

With – Skye Jethani

In With, Skye Jethani explores different approaches for relating to God that are ultimately unsatisfying–from, over, for, and under. He then delves into a more abundant approach–life with God–and demonstrates how life with God positions us to know true faith, hope, and love and to live in deeper communion with humanity and with God.

Heroic Leadership – Chris Lowney

This is the story of a man who lived for seven years as a Jesuit seminarian and morphed into a corporate man.  Chris Lowney reveals the leadership principles that have guided the Jesuits for more than 450 years and shows how these same principles can make each of us a dynamic leader in the twenty-first century.  Students are watching us, therefore, we are all leaders leading all the time, well or poorly.

The Road Back to You – Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

Perhaps you have heard people talking about their Enneagram number and their ‘wing’ … and you’re wondering, What on earth is that? Well, I’m one of those people. I’m a 9-wing-8. I’ve found a lot of wisdom in the Enneagram, which is an ancient personality type system that encourages deeper knowledge of God and ourselves. If you are curious to learn more, this book is a witty and insightful introduction.  

7 Men and the Secret of their Greatness – Eric Mataxas

In a culture obsessed with superheroes, it’s nice to read about real life Christian “superheroes” from history. 

East of Eden – John Steinbeck

This classic novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success – Julie Lythcott-Haims

This former Stanford University Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising, speaks clearly to the role parents have in helping “the next generation take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.”

The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren

A great read as we struggle with questions about what God’s plan is for us here on Earth

The Tech-Wise Family – Andy Crouch

Making conscientious choices about technology in our families is more than just using internet filters and determining screen time limits for our children. It’s about developing wisdom, character, and courage in the way we use digital media rather than accepting technology’s promises of ease, instant gratification, and the world’s knowledge at our fingertips.