What I Read This Summer

If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree there is just not enough time in the day to read all the books that you’d like. Especially if you add in children and traveling. I way overestimated my time and ability to read when we were traveling this summer, and brought about 10 books with me, and guess how many I read while we were away? 

0. 

Oh I read a couple chapters here and there of books, but I didn’t finish one of them. 

[Insert rolling eyes emoji here.]

But that’s one thing that makes me excited about the fall. Routine, structure, football. [And by football, I mean reading…my husband watches, and I sit next to him and read. Win, win!] :)

But this summer wasn’t a total loss when it comes to books read, I only read 4 books, but they were ALL absolutely amazing books that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for recommendations!!

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

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If you like stories with MAJOR twists, this is the book for you. My cousin Katie and I chose this for our “text book club,” and she got to the twist first and told me to text her when I got to the part that made me say out loud, “WHAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!” And it did exactly that. I was reading in bed and my husband asked what the heck I was reading that garnered such an intense response. Literally, you WON’T see it coming.

If you like books along the lines of Gone GirlThe Girl on the Train and such suspenseful books as those, pick this one up immediately. [Or if you’re like me, put it on hold at your library.] It does start off sad, I’ll warn you, a little boy gets killed in a hit and run, but the whole premise of the book stems off that sad event. But I promise the book is written so it won’t keep you hung up on the little boy’s death. Just read it. Trust me. 

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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When I heard the premise of this book, it immediately made me think of the movie “Pearl Harbor.” Girl marries boy, boy disappears in plane crash and is presumed dead, girl grieves for years, but finds love again, gets engaged just as boy thought to be dead reappears as a living breathing ALIVE man. Cue movie music: dun dun dun.

This book will find you flipping back and forth between Team Jesse [first love], and Team Sam [second love]. But I must say, at the end I was quite happy. [Which is different than how I felt about Pearl Harbor…Team Josh Hartnett forever!] 

If you’re looking for a good beachy read that’s got some more “oomph” than a fluffy beach read, this is a great one! 

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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This book. As soon as my children will be able to grasp the message, I will read it with them. It’s about a boy named August, who has a facial deformity and how he goes about life, and how others react and respond to him and his deformity. The book is told from multiple points of views, most often from August, but also from his family and friends.

Wonder is probably a middle school/high school reading level, but it’s worth the read for any age. In our world today, one of the best things we can do for one another is to show kindness and love, and this book will definitely help you to realize how that kindness and love effects those who are shown especially little of it. 

Read it, it’ll change your life. 

Staying is the New Going by Alan Briggs

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Ok, I have to be honest, I haven’t finished this one yet. But since I only fully read 3 books I decided to add it. And, I LOVE IT so far. Especially as a missionary, so many people view missions as “going” to the world. But what about those that are immediately around us? Our neighbors. Our community. Those hurting and needy in our own backyard. Who will reach those with the love of Jesus if we’re constantly looking to “go?”

So many people view mission trips as something you do when you travel to 3rd world countries, build houses and love on orphans. It’s easy to forget that there are needy, hurting people everywhere. One of my favorite lines of this book so far is: 

“Our mission trip started the day we were born; it ends when God calls us home.”

It goes on to say, “Our mission with God plays out in how we walk, talk, eat, commute, party, pray, participate, communicate, spend money, make money, and invest our time wherever we are.” 

The best model to follow in reference to Brigg’s words is obviously, Jesus. His ministry began the day he was born, (really, before he was born…) and continued throughout his entire life. Every aspect of his life was lived out in ministry, not just when He went to an “unreached people group.”

Anyway, I could go on for pages and pages about this book and the passion it’s given me to reach my neighbors and community. Basically if you have a desire to reach your community, if you want to view missions from a new perspective, and if you love Jesus, you should read this book :)

Now that our crazy summer travels are over and I finally finished binge watching my latest show I have more time to keep my nose in books. Currently on my list to read next are: 

  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller
  • The Church of Small Things by Melanie Shenkle
  • The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell
  • Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand 
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

If you have any other suggestions, please share!!

 

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