This year, all four Faulks are taking the Summer Reading Challenge. What’s the challenge? Well, each one of us has committed to reading ten books that line up with our reading level and interests. We’ve picked out the girls’ books, and I’m so excited to see them challenged and stretched as they make their way through their lists. And I’m excited about my own books and all that I’ll be able to learn this summer. I’ll still do my beloved Christian romance Kindle Unlimited books on my treadmill runs (because what else would I do while running?!), but I’m going to be reading these books as well…
Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems by J.D. Greear
I asked Wes to suggest three books for my list, and this was his first choice. J.D. Greear is up for president of the SBC this year, so there’s been plenty of news about him out there. Excited to read some of the theology coming from one of the most missional churches and leaders in our denomination.
The God Who Is There by D.A. Carson
This was Wes’s second suggestion. I read Scandalous by D.A. Carson years ago (pretty sure it was the first book I ever read on a Kindle), and it was really powerful.
Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul
This was Wes’s third suggestion. I’ve read Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul and was really challenged by it. Looking forward to being challenged again!
On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel That Sells by Leigh Michaels
I really appreciate those writers who take their craft seriously and are always looking to grow and further develop their skills. I’ve never been one of them (ha!), but I want to be! This writer really seems to know her stuff, and I’m all about learning from those who know what they’re doing.
A Novel Idea: Best Advice on Writing Inspirational Fiction
That last book focuses on romance, and this one focuses on inspirational fiction. I’ve had this book since 2009 (seriously) and am just now getting around to reading it. (Sigh. I know.)
How to Find Success Selling eBooks by Victorine E. Lieske
My marketing skills stink. There. I’ve said it. And while I’m content with sales as they are and am not in the market to become famous and fabulously wealthy, I like the idea of using marketing to expand my audience and share Christ through my stories. I’ve heard great things about this book and can’t wait to get some great tips from it. (And it’s a Kindle Unlimited book! Woo-hoo!)
The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
This one is on the list because EVERYONE who reads Christian fiction is reading this book. I was number 8637 on the library’s waiting list for this one (or close to it), and last night, I finally got that email saying that it’s my turn to read it. Winning!
A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander
Historical fiction isn’t normally my thing, but I make myself read some every now and then. It’s good to get out of my comfortable contemporary romance box sometimes, you know? I picked this one, not knowing that it’s number three in a series, but I’m already too into it to turn back now. It’s so good!
The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright
This is another one that a lot of people are reading right now. And it’s Kindle Unlimited, so it made my list!
Understanding Arabs: A Contemporary Guide to Arab Society by Margaret Nydell
I’m told that this book is one of the best for Westerners who are attempting to understand Arab culture. As our world becomes more global, I think having a better grasp of cultures apart from our own is a valuable thing. (And Holly’s book, y’all. I’m so excited about what’s up ahead!)
So… there’s my list. What’s on your summer reading list?