Dear Friends in Christ,
Summer is here! And the days are longer and the nights are shorter. American author and journalist Jeannette Walls said,
One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.
And as Dr. Seuss said,
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
So, what are you reading this summer? I have several books on my shelf that have been recently published that I am looking forward to reading and contemplating. And I am looking forward to finding a good fiction book to read on vacation too.
- Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler Bass. We know that gratitude is good, but many of us find it hard to sustain a meaningful life of gratefulness; Diana Butler Bass talks of gratitude as the virtue that heals us and helps us thrive, she reclaims gratitude as a path to greater connection with God, with others, with the world, and even with our own souls.
- Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans. As a young girl, the Bible was a magical book for Rachel Held Evans; but as she grew older the voice of God grew quieter and the voices of others grew louder. Stories that once captured her imagination triggered her doubts and darkest fears. And then the adventure began.
- On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old by Parker J. Palmer. Looking back on eight decades of life, Parker Palmer writes about cultivating a vital inner and outer life, finding meaning in suffering and joy, and forming friendships across the generations that bring new life to young and old alike.
As philosopher and author Mortimer J. Adler said,
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Whether you read for enjoyment, escape, relaxation, knowledge or inspiration, may you feel rejuvenated and be blessed through your summer reading.
Have a great summer!
— Pastor Joan