5 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

It’s summer y’all! For this Minnesota-born Texas transplant, summer is more of a threat than it is reason to celebrate.  As I brace for the 100-degree weather and stock up on sunscreen, I’m also preparing to read a number of new books.  Summer is always when I get the most amount of reading done because I can be inside and blast the air conditioning.  I know in the coming months many people in our College Ministry, and our church as a whole, will spend a fair amount of time away from Waco.  From camp, to vacation, to visiting family, summer is typically the time for travel.  Even though you might be away from Harris Creek, we want to stay connected with a summer reading list.  These are books that I have read recently which have left an impact on me.  I’d highly recommend picking one or two of them up!


The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Clayborne Carson

If you are to read one book this summer, I hope it will be this.  While King did not write an actual autobiography, Clayborne Carson does a masterful job of compiling King’s writings so that they form as a de-facto account of his life.  At Harris Creek, we are working to lead the cause in racial reconciliation and learning at the feet of Dr. King is the best type of training.

The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann

The Prophetic Imagination is deep dive into Scripture which produces a deep and incredibly timely book.  In an age where evangelical Christianity and culture seem to be ever connected, Brueggemann offers a piercing response.  He writes that unfortunately the Church hasn’t been able to, “resist a mindless humanity of despairing conformity.”  Rather than presenting a bright hope, the Church has all too often given away a dull flicker of light.  The Prophetic Imagination helps us get our light back.


Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull

Pixar has reached a staggering amount of success over the past 30 years.  They have produced movies like Finding Nemo, Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc.  As one of the founders of Pixar, Ed Catmull describes what has helped lead to their success.  Creativity Inc. is a fantastic example of how to create a culture dedicated to excellence.


Jesus Continued… by J.D. Greear

The saying goes that for Baptists the Trinity consists of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Bible.  We aren’t known for a vibrant understanding of the Holy Spirit, which has been a grave mistake.  Greear writes, “The apostles understood the church to be birthed by the mighty, rushing wind of the Spirit of God. Is that how you see your church?”  If you want to have a better grasp of the Holy Spirit, pick up this book!


The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken

You’re going to need a seatbelt and a box of tissues for this one.  I read this book in only a few days because of Nik’s remarkable story telling ability.  Nik has been all over the globe sharing Jesus in the hardest of places (Somalia, Russia, and China just to name a few).  If you’re interested on how the Church is doing on the other side of the globe, you’re going to want to grab this one.  However, if you want to stay comfortable I’d recommend you stay as far away from this book as humanly possible.


Wherever you are this summer, I hope we can stay connected through our bookshelf.  These books have been tremendously helpful for me and I’ve got no doubt you can gain much from them also.  Head on over to Amazon or your nearest Barnes and Noble and let’s get reading!


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