Summer 2018 Reading List

I’ll try to keep this simple. Minimal rambling:)

I’ve been overly ambitious with reading lists in the past, but I know myself better now. So I’ve picked three or four books I want to read this summer and I’m giving myself plenty of leeway for re-reading Orthodoxy or anything by Nicholas Carr about transhumanism.

What I want to read:

  • Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, by Eric Metaxas

I’ve read another book by Metaxas and for the most part I like his style. He’s a good biographer, and thus far into Amazing Grace he’s referenced William Cowper twice and mentioned Chesterton once. So I’m excited to keep reading.

  • My Antonia, by Willa Cather

I read this a while ago, but I didn’t understand it at all, just found it moving and beautiful. I want to read it again when I might understand it better. I want to read it again to see the red sunset on the plains and feel the ache of loving the land.

  • Phantastes: a Faerie Romance for Men and Women, by George MacDonald

“I was dead, and right content.” If you like lovely, rambling prose and a new adventure on every page, read this book. It’s another re-read, but I need to be refreshed–and this is the kind of fiction that refreshes your soul and prompts you to go deeper into real life, rather than escaping from it. It’s a wonderful story.

  • The Stargazer’s Handbook, Sweetwater Press

I’m going to read about constellations and study up so that when my stargazing buddy gets back, I can find more in the sky than Orion, the Pleiades, and Cassiopeia. I want to wonder, and maybe knowing more about the largeness of the sky and the smallness of me will help!

I told you I wasn’t ambitious. This is the smallest reading list I’ve ever made for a summer. You better finish this list, Jo.

I’m also interested in any recommendations you may have. What are you reading?


5 thoughts on “Summer 2018 Reading List

  1. Finished reading Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution — A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First and re-reading Recovering Mother Kirk: The Case for Liturgy in the Reformed Tradition. Next reads I think will be Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? and A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII. And if I read the second one, I will have a really good reason to re-watch one of my most beloved British series, Foyle’s War, in which Elllie Haddington’s character, Hilda Pierce, is simply a thinly veiled Atkins. I’m also hankering to read a play–not sure what that will be.


    • Those sound fascinating! I think you mentioned Recovering Mother Kirk once before, so I’m especially intrigued. I had a Methodist friend in college who bemoaned the absence of liturgy in the Baptist tradition and its replacement of creeds with extended altar calls. I’ve liked the reverence I’ve seen in the Reformed churches I’ve visited, and it seems like the liturgy they do use has helped their congregation know their beliefs deeply.

      I’d not heard of Vera Atkins, but I will have to look up the series and the story! Thank you!


  2. Oh, I forgot to mention that back in the fall, when the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation was being celebrated, I sat in on a lecture Eric Metaxas gave on Luther. And yes, I agree that he is a good biographer.

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