I had great summers as a kid. My mom worked full time and she would line up some chores for me to do every day plus sign me up for lessons of various kinds: swimming, tennis, baton twirling. I rode my bike a couple of miles during June in the early morning to pick strawberries. (I hated that job!) Afternoon’s were spent either going back to the pool to swim, playing Barbie with neighbor girls, riding our bikes everywhere, playing board games in the shade under a tree, having lemonade stands, climbing trees to eat cherries, making homemade perfume and trying to sell that, building forts of all kinds, playing office (mom would bring home papers from her job and we would use those), playing school. AND riding my bike to the Library and getting as many books as my basket would hold and then reading, reading, reading! Comic books as well.
I’ve been noticing on a number of other blogs I read on a daily basis that they are announcing their Summer Reading Lists and so I thought I’d join in! I don’t have the leisure to read hours upon end in the summer like I did as a kid because I now have a full time job, but I am purposing to free up my weekends more and turn off the TV more and read. Sitting outside with a glass of iced tea or lemonade or inside on the sofa if it is too hot to be outside reading a good book; it simply doesn’t get any better than that IMO.
This past year I have delighted myself by establishing some new traditions for various seasons of the year. It has been such fun. Some are silly and others are more meaningful. So, my new one for summer now is to each year create my very own Summer Reading List.
Why am I telling you all of this? I want to share a little more of my real day-to-day life with my readers. I use quotes, thoughts and inspirations from these books for my blog posts and for my own personal growth. I want my readers to understand how life can be after meetings. The new communities that can be established, the new rituals and traditions that can be created, the different ways we can spend our quiet time. There no longer is a cookie cutter way of living, dressing, behaving, worshipping, and ministering to the Lord. There are so many possibilities that await us outside of the meeting system; ways to glorify God that we never dreamed of before.
So, without further ado, here is my summer reading list.
A Million Little Ways by Emily J. Freeman
Soul Keeping by John Ortberg
On Writing by Stephen King
Finding Spiritual Whitespace by Bonnie Gray
Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber
The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
Manage Your Day-To-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei and 99U
2000 to 10,000 – How to write faster, write better and write more of what you love by Rachel Aaron
Knowing me, I will keep adding to the list!
Anyone out there got their summer (or winter for my Australia and New Zealand readers) reading lists made?