For some reason, we think of summer as a time of indulgence. The good weather beckons us to get outdoors and have some fun. We tend to think of the next few months as an acceptable time to turn inward and do what we want.
What if we tweaked that just a little?
What if we set as an objective to actually grow spiritually during the summer?
It can be done, even from a favorite beach or under the shade of a tree. That is, if you're up for some good reading over the summer months.
Here are a few titles from some of the book reviews I've posted that could serve for some beneficial reading over the summer:
1. "With" by Skye Jethani (published by Thomas Nelson). This is a great book to start with. We speak often of doing things for God, but He's much more interested in what we do "with" Him!
2. "Radical" by David Platt (published by WaterBrook Multnomah). I can't fathom any Christian who wouldn't find beneficial challenge from this book. Platt challenges Christians to live a "radical" biblical faith.
3. "I Am A Follower" by Leonard Sweet (published by Thomas Nelson). I think this is the best book currently on the market regarding church leadership. Why? Because it straightforwardly exposes the leadership myth that is rampant in the church, and challenges leaders to a more biblical view of followership. Sweet is brilliant on this subject. Every church leader should read this book!
4. "Dug Down Deep" by Joshua Harris (published by Multnomah books). Harris first challenges the reader with the question, "What are you building your life on?" then leads readers into finding some answers by going back to some real basics of Christianity. This would be a great summer refresher!
5. "Why Church Matters" by Joshua Harris (published by Multnomah Books). While you're back to basics, take a fresh look at the church and "discover your place in the family of God."
6. "Beyond Opinion" by Ravi Zacharias (published by Thomas Nelson). This is a helpful resource for equipping the believer to better share and defend the Christian faith.
I think it would be hard for the average Christian to get through the summer without some growth if they dug into the titles above. Of course, this reading is always in addition to your primary reading and study of the Bible ... right?