Summer is the perfect time for reading. Many families break free from the rigorous schedule of the school year and spend time relaxing and enjoying the warm weather. Day trips and vacations spring up, providing family members with more time that can be spent digging into a good book or two (or three or four!)
The internet is full of summer reading lists for eager young readers, but many moms love to read too! Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you should miss out on the joy that comes from a good read. Make the most of a lightened summer schedule by enjoying a few terrific books. The three Christian themed books I’m sharing with you today will keep you turning pages and leave you wanting more! Read one in June, one in July, and one in August.
A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
Two friends introduced me to this book earlier this year and I was instantly hooked! Don’t let the romance novel looking cover fool you. A Voice in the Wind tells the story of Hadassah, a young Jewish woman living in Jerusalem just as it falls to the mighty Roman Empire. Hadassah’s life is forever changed as she experiences great loss and becomes a servant in a wealthy and prominent pagan Roman household. Though Hadassah desperately wants to share her Christian faith with the Valerian family, she afraid to do so. As a series of interesting and tragic events unfold, Hadassah makes difficult choices that impact her life and the lives of those around her.
Francine Rivers is well known among readers in the Christian community. Her books feature amazing and complex characters and her descriptions of the characters’ world is outstanding! If you enjoy this book, finish the trilogy by reading An Echo in the Darkness and As Sure as the Dawn.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Who says the Bible is boring? In The Red Tent, Anita Diamant reveals the complex story of Dinah, one of the Bible’s lesser known figures. Dinah is the daughter of Jacob the schemer and the sister of the Joseph the dreamer. Dinah narrates her own story, telling of the unique relationship among her father’s four wives: Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah and describing her own coming of age, all while sharing the interesting Biblical customs of the times.
The Red Tent makes a great selection for a women’s book club because of its varied themes. Expect lots of discussion about the many roles of women, the unique relationship between mothers and daughters, and the various complexities of love. These interesting and discussion worthy themes have helped make The Red Tent a favorite among book clubs for over ten years.
Hinds Feet On High Places by Hannah Hurnard
My cousin, Beverly, gave this book to me about 13 years ago as I struggled to come to grips with my father’s sudden death. I was heartbroken, full of uncertainty, and terrified, not unlike like Much-Afraid, the main character of this book. As she journeys toward the High Places, Much-Afraid encounters hardships along the way and must decide how to deal with each one.
Hinds Feet on High Places is an allegory, a story in which the apparent meaning of the characters and events is used to symbolize a deeper spiritual meaning. This book encouraged me as I moved through the grieving process, helping me to better understand God and reminding me that He has a divine purpose during times of suffering and uncertainty.
June is only a few days away, so grab your books and get reading! You won’t be sorry you did!
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