Well, it’s unofficially summer. Pools are open, cold brew coffee is a must and we’re all dreaming of vacation. I hope you’re also building a summer reading list of books that will stir your affection for Jesus and make you more effective in the local church. If you are, I wanted to share five relatively easy reads that have impacted me significantly over the last 12 months. They’re the kind of books you’ll get a lot out of and enjoy reading:
Saving The Saved, Bryan Loritts. Bryan shows how the performance free love of Jesus frees us from the meritocracy of religion and invites us into the freedom of the gospel.
Goliath Must Fall, Louie Giglio. Using the story of David and Goliath, Louie paints a beautiful picture of Jesus as our Giant Slayer and shows us how the gospel topples some of the most common giants in our lives.
Befriend, Scott Sauls. One of the best explorations of friendship, community and the gospel I’ve read in a long time. Scott examines what real friendship looks like and all of the ways we form them in our lives.
You Are What You Love, James K.A. Smith. James explores how our hearts shape our lives and how our habits shape our hearts. I may not agree with all the specific liturgical practices in this book but it’s well worth your time.
Designed To Lead, Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck. Geiger and Peck challenge us to see the church as a leadership development locus for the whole community. This is easily the most influential leadership book I’ve read this year.
I’m praying you’re able to enjoy one or more of these books over the summer. I’m also curious what suggestions you have for me. Leave a comment with your must read recommendation for the summer.