Summer Reading

     I remember when my kids were little, my mother gave me a subscription to Family Fun Magazine.  It always had so many incredible things in it, but one thing always upset me.  When the May issue came out, it was the beginning of the “summer fun” issues.  I would see pictures of picnics and happy families frolicking in their insanely green backyards.  UGH!!!  If you live here in the desert, you know that is not what summer means for us.

     July is almost here, and everyone in my city is saying how they have to get out of here this month.  I drive around and even the trees and plants all look terribly dehydrated.  So…around our house, we are kicking our summer reading challenge into high gear!  I have two reluctant readers in my house, so this summer, I challenged the whole family to read 100 books and they will each get $100.  Crazy I know, but I am shameless, and they need some motivation.  I will talk more about this in future posts.  Today I want to share what is on MY reading list this summer.

     This week, I FINALLY finished my six week study on Gideon…the one I started a year ago.  I am seriously proud of myself.   So this afternoon, I walked into the Christian bookstore and found the perfect study!  Of all things, it is called All Things New.  Written by Kelly Minter.  I knew this MUST be my next study, because that is the phrase God keeps putting on my heart.  I instantly picked it up and perused the store for another hour, just because there are so many pretty things in that store.  I was so excited because I found Everybody Always by Bob Goff…and it was 50% off!!  I have been wanting to get this book, and it is discounted!  Thanks Jesus!!

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When I got home, I opened the book by Bob Goff and read just a few pages.  I am hooked and challenged already!  Here’s a little taste:

“They give away love like they’re made of it.  Like my friend, they do this because they have developed completely unrealistic ideas about what their faith can do in the world when it’s expressed in love.  They decided to spend more time loving people than trying to game the system by just agreeing with Jesus.  You see, they wanted to follow Jesus’ example; instead of telling people what Jesus meant, they just loved people the way He did.”

Yes God!!!  This is how I want to love and live!  I seriously cannot wait for more reading time!!!  I am sure I will need to share some of the new things God is teaching me through this book.  For now, I am going to sign off, but I have to know, what are you reading this summer?  Let me know by commenting below!

 

The books I mentioned above can be found on Amazon.com here:

Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People

All Things New – Bible Study Book: A Study on 2 Corinthians (Living Room)