June 6, 2011: Summer Reading List

Posted on : Jun 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Still Speaking

Summer and reading are synonymous to me – curling up in a comfy chair, a cup of tea and a book that feeds my spirit and soul. Now that’s my idea of an ideal lazy summer afternoon.  So, this time of the year I usually start scanning magazines and newspapers for book reviews – trying to find just the right book to lose myself in. So, I decided to enlist your help. If you’ve read a book that spoke to your soul and fed your spirit share it with us.

I just finished two books that I just could not put down. The first is Kingdom Works by Bart Campolo. Bart is the President of Mission Year, a national Christian service program that recruits young adults to serve in outreach teams that work and live in inner-city neighborhoods. The book tells the true stories of God and God’s people in inner city America. If you want to understand what Jesus meant when he said: “The truth is, every time you did this for the least of my sisters and brothers, you did it for me,” then read this book.

The second book is Tattoos on the Heat: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle. It contains a collection of stories of a Jesuit priest – Father Greg’s life and work with gang- involved youth. Father Greg is the founder of Homeboy Industries which provides jobs, job training, and a second chance in life for kids growing up in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles. This book is a collection of essays on those who live in despair and shame and yet discover God’s boundless and restorative love; people who despite their failures and circumstances learned how to feel worthy of God’s “no-matter-what love.”  If you want to understand in your heart of hearts what is meant with the words in Exodus 33: 12 (“I know you by name and you have found favor with Me”), then read this book.

If you’ve ever wondered if God is still speaking, if God really cares, if God is still involved in this world – then read these two books.

Which are the books that spoke to your heart and fed your soul? I would love to hear from you – share your favorites with us,