This is my summer reading list post. Ignore if you are not interested.
Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem
I picked this up at Mars Hill last week and I think I’ve probably read about two thirds of it so far. So, so interesting. Over this last year, I’ve had so many conversations with so many people about what women are and aren’t allowed to do, what biblical womanhood really looks like, and why we have such a hard time accepting our roles. What I’ve learned, from those conversations and from this book, is that none of the guidelines set out in Scripture are arbitrary rules designed to keep us from being ourselves or living up to our potential– just the opposite, actually. I’m still learning what that means, but this has definitely helped.
The Toughest Indian in the World, by Sherman Alexie
We have a lot of Sherman Alexie in our bookshelves, and I’d never read any of it. And I think I picked the wrong one to start with. It was…interesting. Not bad. Definitely not bad. But also definitely not my taste.
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
This is going to be one of the harder ones to get through, I’m sure. I can tell because I’ve only read the first thirty or so pages and I’ve fallen asleep multiple times. We’ll see how this goes.
Four Great Plays, by Anton Chekhov
I know how especially pretentious this one sounds, but I hear/see Chekhov quoted all the time, and I wanted to read some myself.
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
I have read almost all, I think, of John Steinbeck’s books, many of them multiple times, but never this one. It’s weird, because it’s almost certainly the most famous (I think East of Eden and Of Mice and Men are the only ones that could potentially also take that title, but even so, I think this one would win), but I’ve just never gotten around to it. I’m excited to read it.
The Four Loves, by C.S. Lewis
Bible college=C.S. Lewis. The end.
Everything Is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer
Just one of those ones that’s been on my shelf for a long time but I’ve never read.
What is the What, by Dave Eggers
This is kind of like Grapes of Wrath, in that I’ve read pretty much everything else this author has written but this. So now I’m going to.
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I have no reason for this one. I just wanted to read it. Also, I’m clearly losing interest in writing blurbs for each of these.
Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy
Both of these (the last one and this one…and in fact the next one as well) are just things I’m reading because I’ve been curious about the authors for a while. An uninteresting reason, I know, but it’s all I’ve got.
Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Practicing Hospitality, by Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock
I’m writing something about this one in spite of the fact that I can’t type “hospitality” without first typing “hospitalivy.” Anyway, I’m going to read this because last year my dear friend Olivia (I don’t know if she reads this or not…) talked about how, before coming to school, she felt like God was laying the idea of hospitality on her heart. And she had no idea what that would look like when all you have to work with is a dorm room. Then she ended up in a suite, and her room became where we all hung out, and she was always having to deal with people and their stuff in her space. So it quickly became very practical. Now, since I have a suite next year, I get to try it out for myself.
Crazy Love, by Francis Chan
So, the first thing I thought I’d say about this book was that everyone I know who’s read it is crazy about it, and then I realized that would sound like a pun. And the second thing I thought I’d say was that everyone I know who’s read this book loved it, but then, um…you see where this is going. Basically, people I like like this book. So I’m reading it.
Follow Me to Freedom, by Shane Claiborne and John Perkins
Shane Claiborne makes me think. I don’t always agree with him, but he is definitely challenging. I’m looking forward to this one.
When I first made this list, I thought it was a little ambitious, considering that I’m also getting ahead on my reading for school next year (which is to say, reading the Old Testament minus the first five books). But it’s been a week and I’ve already read two and two halves (there was one book that got dropped from the list after I read the first half), so I feel like I might be okay.
This post is too long. I hope everyone enjoys their extra weekend day!