June 4, 2009

Making use of the summer

Recently I have really been thinking of how I can make best use of my summer. I really want to accomplish something this summer. So, after much thought, I think I have come up with something that would really help me grow. I want to read as many theological books as I can to challenge me, strengthen my faith and deepen my knowledge. I also want to focus more and devote more time to studying my Bible.

So, my questions to you all is: Do you have any suggestions for good reads? Do you have any favorite theological books or any favorite authors? Any other suggestions on what I could do this summer that would be challenging and/or create spiritual growth? Does anyone else have plans for the summer? Anyway I can be praying for you and any goals or thing you might have going on this summer?

Thanks guys and girls =)


Emily S. said...

This sounds like a great way to spend the summer! :)
I need to spend more time in reading the Bible and praying. So that's my goal for this summer.
A few books I really like are Growing Up Christian, Worldliness, and Stepping Heavenward.
Have fun reading!

Anonymous said...

Terri Virgo's God's Lavish Grace

Surprised By The Power Of The Spirit by John Deere (this book originally formed part of the basis of Sovereign Grace Ministries...I haven't read it yet but my parents have and I plan too)

The Deadliest Monster by Jeff Baldwin
(About worldviews and apologetics)

When I Don't Desire God--John Piper

Crazy Love--Francis Chan

Vintage Jesus--Mark Driscoll (haven't read all of it...but I received it for my Birthday ^_^)


Marissa said...

*endorses all of Steffi's and Emily's recommendations*

Any C. S. Lewis book - "The Weight of Glory" is really good, and I really enjoy "The Screwtape Letters." Oh, and do read "The Great Divorce" - totally amazing. I haven't read all the way through "Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer" yet, but it is soooo thought-provoking.

Elizabeth George writes more devotional books for women/girls, but you may be interested in her books - I've read "A Young Woman After God's Own Heart," and I believe there's also one about prayer for young women.

And, as Emily suggested, "Stepping Heavenward" - read it. Yes.

And I can lend any of the above books to you (minus Elizabeth George's prayer one), if you wish. :-)

My goals this summer are totally different, and you make me feel rather guilty - I want to finish reading all Charles Dickens's and the Bronte sisters' books. >_< But I have already grown a lot in preparing for the mission trip (two weeks!!), so my main prayer request is to keep growing in God through that - and that He will work through me in Mexico.

Andrew said...

Hey, I just stumbled across your blog. I don't know if you care for my opinion, but I would suggest Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis. Very good book, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

That sounds great Emily!
I would definitely recommend:
-The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
-Chasing Daylight, Erwin McManus
-Extreme Devotion:The Voice of the Martyrs
-The World Is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman

Pretty much in that order too. Happy reading!