Ten Summer Reading Recommendations

I heart reading. I really heart reading during the summer. On the porch. On the couch. By the pool. By the beach. Before bed. Listening when I go for a walk. Listening when driving down the road. I love to gain information and entertainment from books. If you are always looking for a new and good read, let me recommend to you some books I think you would enjoy this summer.

The Advocate by Randy Singer


The Judge by Randy Singer

I don't read tons of fiction. But I am finding that reading "insignificant" stuff is more "significant" than checking Twitter again . . . and again . . and again. Randy Singer is becoming a fast favorite as a Christian fiction author. If you have to choose between one or the other, read the Advocate first.


Honest Evangelism: How to Talk about Jesus Even When It's Tough by Rico Tice

I am always in need of help, reminders, rebuke, and encouragement to personally share my faith. Rico's book is another good one that will hit you where you need it.


Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller

Tim Keller. Prayer. What else can I say? Unless you are totally satisfied with your personal prayer life, get this book now. Seriously, don't read the rest of my list. Get it now.


Counter Culture: A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture in a World of Poverty, Same-Sex Marriage, Racism, Sex Slavery, Immigration, Abortion, Persecution, Orphans and Pornography by David Platt

David Platt. Countering our Culture. What else can I say? Really, this is yet another vintage Platt book that hits all of us evangelicals right between the eyes.


Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung

Busy? Me either. But in case you know someone who is . . .


The Stories We Tell: How TV and Movies Long for and Echo the Truth by Mike Cosper

This is a very interesting read, especially if you are a Hollywood buff. Or, if you want to think about how so much of what we watch actually does point to the Gospel - helpful read. This work also helped me think about how to disciple my kids when we watch shows/movies and how they point us to a greater reality in the Gospel.


The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family by Patrick Lencioni

Helpful read to help you think about how you can better prioritize your family's future and plans. In other words, Lencioni will help you "not waste the time you have with your family."


When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor. . . and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Several have told me over recent years how I needed to read this book. I wish I had listened sooner. This really is a convicting, yet helpful book.


Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters by N.T. Wright

I hear you have to be careful when you read N.T. Wright (in particular his dealing with Paul and the doctrine of justification). But everything I read in this book was really, really good. Wright offers an interesting and very biblical look at Jesus.


My good friend Danny Franks recommended some of his favorites here. He also pointed to yet another reading list here.

What books would you recommend for good summer reading?