Summer Reading

books on a hammock

One of the things I enjoy most about summer is lazy afternoons by the pool with a good book in hand.  I thought I'd share several "pool-worthy" books with you in case you were needing a good title or two.

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I finally finished the second and third book of The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.  It was really good!  I can tell which book was my favorite by the time it took me to read them.  Book 1 {24 hours}, Book 2 {48 hours} and Book 3 {two months!}

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Already Gone by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer is an excellent resource for anyone who works with youth.  This book was dead on about the heartbeat of our youth in the Church today and the statistics were astonishing.  "A majority of twenty somethings - 61% of today's young adults - had been churched at one point during their teen years but they are now spiritually disengaged (i.e., not actively attending church, reading the Bible, or praying)." {George Barna}   I highly recommend this book for anyone who is passionate about discipling the next generation.

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I really enjoyed The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller.  This book explains the concept of a consumer relationship vs. a covenant relationship.  Our society treats the marriage relationship as a consumer relationship that can be terminated once our needs are no longer being met.  A Biblical worldview sees marriage for what it is: a covenant relationship between a husband and wife that is binding and can only be separated by death.  Our marriage is to be a picture of the Gospel to a lost world.  

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We were all made to connect.  Larry Crabb introduces a paradigm shift in his book, Connecting.  His premise is that the Church has been outsourcing our counseling needs to "professionals" when in reality, the Spirit has given every believer the power to connect with another in the safety of community.  To do this we must first have a God-centered vision for those God has placed in our lives so that we can affirm the work that the Holy Spirit has already begun in them and release the desires that He has already put in their heart. 

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