Three Books Worth Reading this Summer

I love reading, especially during the summer time; hopefully you do as well. Here are 3 books I believe you would enjoy reading this summer (descriptions are from the author’s websites):

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

Note from Erich: I read this one a few years ago and absolutely loved it. I’m thinking about reading it again this summer…

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Note from Erich: I read this one last year. It’s a moving, powerful story of resilience. Trust me, you’ll want to read this one: “Unbroken has spent more than 125 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, fourteen at number one, and counting. Only five nonfiction books in history have been on the list longer.”

Calico Joe by John Grisham

A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball… In the summer of 1973 Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records. Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his Dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever…

Note from Erich: I read this one last summer while we were vacationing at my favorite place in the world: Destin, FL (actually I love the beach and haven’t been to one I haven’t loved yet… we just usually go to Destin when we can). By the way, John Grisham is one of my favorite writers (I usually save his books for vacation time). I was excited to hear recently that a sequel to his first novel, A Time to Kill, will be coming out in October — it’s called Sycamore Row. Any other Grisham fans out there?

Your turn… What are three books you would recommend for some great summer reading?

PS: I’ll be at summer camp with our student ministry from Sunday to Friday night so I might not be able to respond to your comments until the weekend but I’m looking forward to hearing your recommendations. Peace.

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  1. My wife and I enjoyed reading “The Poisonwood Bible” while on the mission field. We have gifted copies and recommended it to many friends. Any missionary can be bumbling, boneheaded and culturally insensitive, but Nathan takes it to amazing limits. He truly deserves a loud, “Huzunga!” Some people should not be missionaries, and every missionary should prepare, observe and adapt to their field. It is a good eye-opening read with plenty of meat, humor and feeling.

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