Good Summer Reads

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:16, NASB
There’s something about summertime that spurs us to search for a good book, fall into a hammock or lounge chair, and get lost in literature for a few hours on a lazy afternoon.  The problem is there are so many books to choose from these days—how can we select the perfect one for those precious moments we’ve got for summer reading?
Below you’ll find some suggestions that will not only offer you great information but also truths based on Biblical principles. See if any of these pique your interest:For Men and Women:
A Lineage of Grace:  The Stories of Unlikely Women Who Changed Eternity by Francine Rivers
Sons of Encouragement:  Five Men Who Quietly Changed Eternity by Francine Rivers
*I’ve read many books by Francine; she’s amazingly talented and never disappoints her readers!

For Devotions:
Jesus Today by Sarah Young
*If you liked Jesus Calling, you’ll enjoy this one too!
New Beginnings:  Daily Devotions to Develop the Greatest Romance by Rebecca Wilke
*A devotional written for couples at all stages of their marriage.
Grace Notes:  Thoughts on Prayer by Laura Georgakakos
*This author shares from her heart to draw you closer to the Lord.

For Parents:
The New Dare to Discipline by James Dobson
*Everything Focus on the Family publishes is designed to strengthen families, and this book has touched millions of lives.
Straight Lines for Parents: 9 Strategies for Raising Exceptional Kids by Steve & Rebecca Wilke
*After raising our children into adulthood, we wanted to share our strategies for great parenting based on the pillars of Faith, Family, and Education.

Classic Christian Reads:
Hind’s Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
*Written in the 1950s, this allegory will inspire you to think deeper about your walk with the Lord.
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
*A satire that provides insights into human weaknesses—and how the enemy likes to take advantage of those.

Something Different:
The God-Shaped Brain:  How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Brain by Timothy Jennings, M.D.
*Brain research meets Biblical truths!
Everyone Communicates, Few Connect:  What the Most Effective People Do Differently by John Maxwell
*I haven’t found a Maxwell book I didn’t like—and this one helps with both personal and professional growth.

We’ve included some of our Sonkist books above, but there are many more you may wish to peruse in our Products section or by visiting Amazon.com.  Sonkist is a self-funded ministry, so our proceeds go back into publishing more faith-based resources as well as giving free materials to people and other ministries here in the United States and abroad.  Thanks again for your support over the years!

Most importantly, as the verse above from Colossians reminds all of us, let’s stay plugged into God’s Word this summer!  May His truths “richly dwell within you” so that you’ll be encouraged—and you can inspire others in your life too.

Happy Summer from all of us at Sonkist Ministries!

Thought of this Summer

For the word of the Lord holds true,
    and we can trust everything he does.
He loves whatever is just and good;
the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.

Psalm 33:4-5, NLT