We are just about to close the book on Spring, and Summer is about to fall off the shelf. (It felt like Summer already today — hot and humid.) Now that the days are long and ice cream is plentiful, we are all making plans for long weekends, barbecues in the backyard, vacations to beaches and far-away family. And of course, READING!

Ann and LL both posted summer reading lists today and asked about what the rest of us would be curling up with during the busy months of fun and sun. I haven’t actually thought about the fiction I might read, though a trip to the library is imminent.

But I couldn’t help but laugh that I literally had ten books sitting on my dining room table, all begging for their turn in the palm of my hand. Some I have started and have been working on for weeks; others literally came in the mail this week. So, this summer, here’s a little bit of what I will be considering.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
I actually just finished this book tonight for the IAM Readers’ Guild that meets here in Indianapolis on the third Thursday of each month. This book was raw and brutal and honest. I’ve never read anything like it . . . it supposedly defines “modern African literature.” If you live in the Indianapolis area and are a fast reader, grab a copy of the book and join us in a week. Or check out other titles the group will be discussing later this summer.

Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture by Makoto Fujimura
I am nearly through this book, but will be thinking on it all summer. How do faith, art and culture intersect? And how does art help us find our way as peacemakers in the world? Fujimura writes as an artist and as a prophet. I also am hosting a conversation about this book later in the summer. If you are interested, drop me a comment, and I’ll send you the details. Or if you are on Facebook, I can send you an event invitation.

The Right to Write by Julia Cameron
I went to my favorite coffee shop this morning with three pieces of 8 1/2 by 11 paper to do some free writing after reading the first chapter of this book. I am hoping to read this book in community with others at The High Calling Blog over the next few weeks. And I also am hoping to be spurred on to more and greater writing after reading this book.

Heaven is a Place on Earth by Michael Wittmer
I attended a conference at my church this past winter featuring Dr. Wittmer as the speaker. There, he presented his thoughts on the new heaven and new earth where things would look a little like they do now on this earth, only so much better. I was fascinated by his ideas, most straight from the Bible, and have slowly been revisiting them through his book. I hope to finish it this summer.

God is the Gospel by John Piper
There was a time in the past when I could say I had read everything John Piper had written. In the meantime, he has outpaced me and I have a hard time getting through some of his thick prose. His message is penetrating, however, and I am determined to take in all the truth of this book that God himself is the greatest news to us. 

Twelve Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur
I am expecting to receive this book any day and will be reading it in preparation for teaching one of our Fall/Spring Women’s Bible Study sessions at College Park Church. (Plan to join us if you live in Indy and have Wednesday evenings free during the school year!) I am excited to get more in depth with the mothers of our faith and with the women of our church.

Two other books I’ve written about in an earlier post . . .
Inside Out and God in the Yard by LL Barkat 
Barbies at Communion by Marcus Goodyear

And finally, join me here at Wide Open Spaces tomorrow for a look at the tenth book on my list.

Happy Summer, and Happy Reading!