My Summer 2014 Reading List

FICTION

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

Best-selling novel about a wrong-headed attempt at mission work in the Congo, and the effect a strong-willed, inflexible husband and father has on his family. In light of our partnerships in Rwanda and, more recently, Mali, I’m finding it sobering and humbling.

 

A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor

A collection of her short stories. Flannery O’Connor is a master of storytelling, and short stories are perfect for beach or bedtime (although some of the stories border on horror stories).

 

Wonder, R.J. Palacio

Reading this with my 10-year-old son, Ben. About a 10-year-old boy who was born with a deformed face, and the effect this has on his family and the kids at his new school. Ben is absorbed…and so am I.

 

The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov, Vladimir Nabokov

Nabokov was a Russian-American novelist, whose short stories are renowned.

 

NON-FICTION

Coming to Peace with Science, Darrel R. Falk AND God’s Undertaker, John Lennox

Learning more about the compatibility between faith and science.

 

Enrique’s Journey, Sonja Nazario

The true story of a 17-year-old from Honduras, and his amazing journey to find his mother. Looks like a great read.

 

Gospel Wakefulness, Jared Wilson

Wilson is a pastor in New England, which is enough to make me respect him. He’s also a strong writer, and I’m looking forward to seeing how he encourages us to weave the story of Christ’s death, resurrection, and present life into all that we do.

 

The End of Memory, Miroslav Volf

Volf is a Croatian-American who lived through deep atrocities in his younger years…and writes some powerful stuff about forgiveness and grace. He’s known as one of today’s strongest theologians.