“Who would you say mentored you in your pivotal years of spiritual growth?” A question similiar to this one was asked to a pastor on a podcast I was listening to this week. (Son of a Church Planter – highly recommend- https://yarn.fm/podcasts/282538-son-of-a-church-planter) I chuckled as the answer came, “Dead guys.”
This pastor said he has a heart for mentoring, but much of his learning came from extensive reading from authors like C.S. Lewis. I thought for a moment, thankful for the physical people who have coached, mentored and showed me more fully what it means to follow Jesus. However, I could say “dead guys” have mentored me too. Luther, Calvin, G.K. Chesterton, and C.S. Lewis were authors I devoured in college. I saw a more complete picture of the church by seeing how those in other generations lived out their faith.
So as I’m looking to summer, thrilled for a season of rest from writing and getting to read books I choose, I want to be purposeful in what I read. I know I’ll throw in some good historical fiction, but I’m also challenged to choose wisely how I invest my time and my thought life.
I long to follow God with a whole heart and learn from those who have studied, processed, and written about their walk with Jesus- especially when they lived in a different culture or time period. So I’m sharing my ambitious summer reading list with you. I’d love to hear your list and any suggestions you might have!
While I know I won’t accomplish reading all of these, I would rather half finish a goal than set none. If you aim for nothing, you hit it every time. I’d encourage you to prayerfully consider what you’d like to engage your mind and heart with in the coming months. Television will be full of reruns and the weather is gonna get gorgeous! (It already is here in Ohio!) So lets get outside and enjoy God’s beauty… and a great book so that we too can learn from dead guys and gals.. and I guess we’ll also read stuff by authors that are still living too!
- The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis
- The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
- Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
- Prayer by Phillip Yancey
- Switch on Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf
- Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila (Spanish nun and mystic in the 1500s)
- A Cup of Dust by Susie Finkbeiner (Historical fiction)
- Coronado’s Children by J. Frank Dobie (Texas fiction)
Your list may include parenting books, science fiction (yuck), or some other genre altogether, but I hope you’ll be motivated to take a few moments and consider what you’ll be filling your brain with in the coming months. Happy Reading!