Summer Reads

There’s no doubt that summer is the season for reading. Sure there is something lovely about being curled up in front of a fire, with hot chocolate and a good book, but right now, it’s about reading with the sun on your face and a cold glass of lemonade beside you.

Whether you're going somewhere sunny, having a 'staycation', or are just relaxing in your back garden, we’ve put together a selection of books that will hopefully pique your interest – there are biographies, fiction and even some theology in there!

 

The Hiding Place

by Corrie Ten Boom

The Hiding Place is Corrie ten Boom’s personal story of faith, forgiveness, and love for the persecuted Jewish community during the World War II Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland. Part of an underground resistance movement, Corrie and her family risked their lives to hide Jewish friends within a secret wall space of the Beje, their beloved clock shop and home in Haarlem, Netherlands. Her heroic actions eventually led to her arrest and imprisonment at Ravensbrück, the German Reich’s largest concentration camp for women.

For the first time, the ten Boom family’s heart-wrenching story of sacrifice and survival is presented as a special edition complete with rare family photos, accents of Dutch Delft–style design, artwork by Dutch artists, and personal ephemera. Hand-lettered inspirational quotes and Scripture combined with artwork reminiscent of World War II Europe make The Hiding Place come alive like never before.

 

The Lady's Mine

by Francine Rivers

1875. When Kathryn Walsh arrives in tiny Calvada, a mining town nestled in the Sierra Nevadas, falling in love is the farthest thing from her mind. Banished from Boston by her wealthy stepfather, she has come to claim an inheritance from the uncle she never knew: a defunct newspaper office on a main street overflowing with brothels and saloons, and a seemingly worthless mine. Moved by the oppression of the local miners and their families, Kathryn decides to relaunch her uncle’s newspaper–and then finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom, pitted against Calvada’s most powerful men. But Kathryn intends to continue to say–and publish–whatever she pleases, especially when she knows she’s right.

Matthias Beck, owner of a local saloon and hotel, has a special interest in the new lady in town. He instantly recognizes C. T. Walsh’s same tenacity in the beautiful and outspoken redhead–and knows all too well how dangerous that family trait can be. While Kathryn may be right about Calvada’s problems, her righteousness could also get her killed. But when the handsome hotelier keeps finding himself on the same side of the issues as the opinionated Miss Walsh, Matthias’s restless search for purpose becomes all about answering the call of his heart. Everyone may be looking to strike it rich in this lawless boomtown, but it’s a love more precious than gold that will ultimately save them all.

 

Surprised by Jesus

by Dane Ortlund

When God-in-the-flesh showed up twenty centuries ago in Palestine, the religious PhDs rejected him and the prostitutes and social outcasts flocked to him. Why? Because the open welcome of divine grace that Jesus offers, open to anyone who would simply leave their moral resume at home, is not predictable. It is not safe. It is subversive ... In this book, Dane Ortlund reflects on this subversive grace as it uniquely emerges in each of the four Gospel accounts. In each Gospel, the message and mission of Jesus is deeply surprising: In Matthew, we see the surprise of disobedient obedience. In Mark, we see the surprise of the king undergoing the fate of a criminal. In Luke, we see the surprise of the insiders becoming outsiders and the outsiders becoming insiders. In John, we see the surprise of the Creator of the universe becoming one of his own creatures. Such surprises confound our law-marinated hearts. But the good news that Jesus won with his own blood will not be tamed. This good news is defiant. This book exists to exult in this good news and the scandalous mercy Jesus loves to pour out on needy sinners–on people like you and me.

 

10 Women Who Overcame Their Past

by Dayspring MacLeod

This book contains the stories of ten women whose circumstances and choices led them to a place that seemed far removed from the fruitful, joy–filled life we are called to live in Christ. But each of their stories is a testament to the work God does through his imperfect children. Their stories will encourage and inspire, and remind you that you are not alone in your struggles. The names of some of these women are well–known, some are less so. The first five stories are about relationships with other people; the next five stories are about inner struggles. Through exploring how other women of Christ’s Kingdom began anew in him, you will be encouraged on your own path of joy and freedom. Although you may not be in the same position as these women, there are things we can learn from each of them. In every chapter, MacLeod focuses on bearing fruit for Christ even in these circumstances and includes questions to think through and discuss how the truths learned by these women could be applied to your own life.

 

The Astronaut's Wife

by Stacey Morgan

A true story about making the most of your one incredible life. On July 20, 2019, Stacey Morgan kissed her husband goodbye before he donned his space suit and headed to his waiting Soyuz rocket. With an overwhelming mix of pride, excitement, and terror, she and her children held hands and watched the rocket ignite and lift off for a nine-month mission aboard the International Space Station … This is the story of the astronaut’s wife. And it’s full of unexpected twists she never saw coming. Because while the love of her life orbited Earth, Stacey was about to embark on a knock–your–socks-off adventure right here at home. Being an astronaut’s wife was different than Stacey expected. The risks were greater, the loneliness was deeper, and the stress was more intense. Containing behind-the-scenes glimpses into a side of space flight that most of us will never experience, The Astronaut’s Wife is a funny, poignant, and meaningful exploration of living life to the fullest–no matter where you roam.

 

Tangled Web

by Eunice Wilkie

It's 2020 and three neighbours are locked down in the Covid pandemic; but they have discovered a secret fortune which could change their lives. They would never have chosen to share this secret–or the fortune–with each other, but circumstances conspire to bring them together. Now they must decide what to do. Can they trust each other? Are they really what they seem? A police detective is hunting for a case of missing cash. It's not a safe hoard: in fact, it belongs to a drug cartel. Will he find the money before someone gets hurt? Or are two local deaths already a consequence of the missing cash?

The twists and turns of this mystery novella will keep you guessing, and fundamental questions provoke thought about human nature: about right and wrong; the relevance–or irrelevance–of God; about the origins of personal conscience. Ultimately, the question you must ask yourself is, how far would you go if no one was looking? This mystery novella provokes thought about fundamental questions in life, while at the same time providing an intriguing, entertaining mystery. This book will be a thought-provoking read to people of all worldviews.

 

Seven Days that Divide the World

by John Lennox

What did the writer of Genesis mean by "the first day?" Are the seven days in Genesis 1 a literal week or a series of time periods? If I believe that the earth is 4.5 billion years old as cosmologists believe, am I denying the authority of Scripture? With examples from history, a brief but thorough exploration of the major interpretations, and a look into the particular significance of the creation of human beings, Lennox suggests that Christians can heed modern scientific knowledge while staying faithful to the biblical narrative. He moves beyond a simple response to the controversy, insisting that Genesis teaches us far more about the God of Jesus Christ and about God's intention for creation than it does about the age of the earth. With this book, Lennox offers a careful and accessible introduction to a scientifically-savvy, theologically-astute, and Scripturally faithful interpretation of Genesis.

 

Sea Glass Cottage

by Irene Hannon

Christi Reece is desperate. The one-time golden girl's life has tarnished, and a cascade of setbacks has left her reeling. She needs help, and she's certain Jack Colby is in a position to provide it. When she shows up in Hope Harbor, however, Jack wants nothing to do with the woman who betrayed him. He's built a new life on the Oregon coast–and there's no room in it for Christi, even after she takes refuge in a charming but mysterious cottage nearby. Yet it soon becomes apparent his opinion of her may need revising … especially when he ends up needing her help. Can these two hurting souls make peace with their past and open their hearts to a new beginning? Come home to Hope Harbor–where hearts heal … and love blooms. Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon delivers another heartwarming and romantic story set in the enchanting seaside community of Hope Harbor that is loved by readers the world over. Once you visit, you'll never want to leave.

 

A Tale of Two

by Donald MacKay

The story of redemption is studded with men and women who had a direct and personal relationship with God, so many studies of biblical characters tend to be of individuals. But no man is an island. Many of these individuals also had relationships with other individuals which were important and even crucial to their success or failure. 

In 40 short chapters Donald MacKay explores pairs of characters in the Bible. Some have obvious connections like Martha and Mary or David and Jonathan, but other relationships may be less clear, such as Timothy and Titus or Ahab and Jehoshaphat, but there is something to be learned from all of them. These helpful stories will encourage readers to reflect on the lives and choices on these biblical characters, and also on the impact they have on the people around them and vice versa.

 

Expect Something Beautiful

by Laura Boaz

Is motherhood only about self-sacrifice? Or will it bless your life, too? You know that motherhood makes high demands. Yet you know it's worth the cost because it benefits your child. On some grand level, it's also good for civilization. And of course, it's a calling from God. So is that what you're doing here–pouring out your life for God and others while getting little in return except the consolation that you've done the right thing?

Laura Booz wants you to expect something more out of motherhood–something truly beautiful. You might be asking: Will I lose myself in motherhood? Compromise my career? Squander my potential? What's the point of all that unseen (and uncelebrated) serving, cleaning, caring, snuggling, discipling, and praying? Laura wants to help you see that behind all the giving that mothers do is the receiving of something special–a profound growth in God that is cultivated through motherhood's everyday ups and downs. Let this book give you a renewed vision of motherhood: to see God's good purpose for you as a mother, a woman, and a follower of Christ.