June 21 is the first day of summer. Americans aged 20-54 spend an average of 11 minutes reading for leisure each day. Why not make it your goal to dive into some great books over the next four months? To help you get started, we've come up with a list of non-fiction titles—some old, some new —that will feed your heart and your mind for at least 11 minutes each day!
Become a mountain mover: Action-oriented nonfiction
1. The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows by James Bryan Smith (Intervarsity Press, June 2009)
This interactive book acknowledges the power of our thoughts and tests our ideas about God against the realities of the God that Scripture reveals.
Do you genuinely desire to share your faith but struggle with finding the right method? This book collects years of Hybels and Mittelberg's experiences in ministry and contains practical insights that will help you develop your personal evangelistic style.
3. Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (HarperOne, May 2009)
This classic guide to spiritual formation chronicles minister and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer's experiences in an underground seminary in Nazi-controlled Germany in 1945 with enduring potency and sophistication.
4. So Long Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us by Beth Moore (Tyndale House Publishers, 2010)
Do you struggle with certain insecurities? Beth Moore shows you how to say goodbye to your insecurities by discovering truths through God that will set you free emotionally and spiritually.
Being a follower of Christ is more than saying a prayer or believing certain things. David Platt reveals what it means to truly be a committed follower of Christ, and emphasizes the importance of going wherever God calls you to.
Relationship tips: Tools for marriage, parenting, and spiritual friendship
1. What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul David Tripp (Crossway, April 2012)
Tripp shares six practical directives that will help you and your spouse foster the kind of relationship that responds daily to God's grace and reconciliation, preparing you to weather stormy seasons armed with understanding and love.
2. We Are Our Mothers' Daughters by Cokie Roberts (HarperCollins, April 2010)
Roberts celebrates womanhood in her collection of stories about powerful women in all of their roles: as wife, mother, sister, friend, advocate, advisor, colleague, and more. A tribute to individuality and giftedness, this book serves as an encouraging reminder that we all have a unique role to play.
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