I enjoy reading.  I imagine you do too.  I can’t imagine life without a book.  Whether you’re at the summer beach, or enjoying a cool one on the deck, or just wanting to settle in with a good book before hitting the pillow, here are some great reads I’ve enjoyed which may satisfy your summer hunger for a good book.

Biography

Tesla, by Richard Munson

Nikola Tesla brought the AC electric current system to humanity, and invented the radio, robots and remote control.  His motors run our appliances and factories.  He designed plans for cell phones, the Internet, death-ray weapons, wireless transmission and interstellar communications.    Brilliant, bizarre,  enigmatic, an acute germaphobe, and strikingly handsome, he mastered eight languages and could recite entire books from memory.  His ideas have shaped the modern economy.  A truly remarkable life.  A fascinating read.

Leonardo Da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson

Leonardo was a creative genius.  “His creativity came from standing at the intersection of the humanities and technology.  He peeled flesh off the face of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history’s most memorable smile on the Mona Lisa.  He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper.  (Book Jacket)  “To read this magnificent biography of  Leonardo da Vinci is to take a tour through the life and works of one of the most extraordinary human beings of all time…” David McCullough

Theology/Philosophy

Total Truth – Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity, by Nancy Pearcy

“The most serious undertaking on Christian worldview to date – from one of the finest writers in America.”  Mike Adams, columnist and author

“Viewed by many as the Francis Schaeffer of her generation, I suspect Nancy

“Too intriguing too put down…a fervent call to evangelicals to wake up from our cultural captivity to the paradigms of the world.”  Steve Erickson, Smerickson.com

The Day The Revolution Began – Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion, by N. T. Wright

“N.T. Wright is the most prolific biblical scholar in a generation.  Some say he is the most important apologist since C.S. Lewis.”  Christianity Today

“I can’t think of anyone who has done more to clarify what thoughtful, historic Christianity looks like in our day than Tom Wright.’  John Ortberg

Devotional

The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning

“Brennan does a masterful job of blowing the dust off of shopworn theology and allowing God’s grace to do what only God’s grace can do – amaze!”  Max Lucado

“Most of us believe in God’s grace – in theory.  But somehow we can’t seem to apply it in our daily lives, yet God gives us grace, no matter what we’ve done.  We come to him as ragamuffins – dirty, bedraggled, and beat up.  And when we  sit at his feet, he smiles upon the chosen objects of his ‘furious love.’  Brennan Manning’s now-classic meditation on grace and what it takes to access it – simple honesty – has changed thousands of lives.  It will change yours, too.”    

Fiction

The Beautiful Mystery, by Louise Penny

Louise Penny, a Canadian, is a New York Times and Globe and Mail, best-selling author.   Her compelling series of crime novels feature Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.  In this brilliant work that “leaps the abyss between faith and despair,” Gamache must find a murderer among cloistered monks, but “before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human and the cracks in between.”  A mystery tour de force!

Blessings for good summer days of reading ahead,

Gord