If you were following this blog last summer, you will remember the Tough Girl Summer Challenge I issued. The goal of the summer challenge was to make the most of these lazy summer days and do something that matters. If you didn’t do it or if you did it and really enjoyed it, I would highly recommend doing it again.
This year, I’d love to invite you to participate with many high schoolers and college students at my church who are participating in what we call “Summer Reading Intensive.”
The goal? 5 books to stretch your mind, heart, and faith in 3 months. That equals out to one book every two weeks.
Why are we doing it? Simple – we need to read! How amazing is it that we can spend time with heroes of the faith like John Calvin? That we can hang out with fantastic preachers like John Piper and Francis Chan? We’d never miss the opportunity to spend face to face time with these guys – and we can…through books.
Here’s the list of books. Our group is getting together every other week to talk about the book we just read. If you decide to read along, feel free to post your comments, questions, and reflections here. I will post a review of each book after I read it.
Book 1 – Think by John Piper (you can download a free copy here): June 24
Book 2 – Crazy Love by Francis Chan: July 8
Book 3 – Portrait of Calvin by T.H.L. Packer (you can download a free copy here): July 22
Book 4 – The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan: August 5
Book 5 – Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis: August 19
If you’re a total nerd like me, feel free to join our summer intensive Facebook group. We will have study guides for each of the books (a couple written by yours truly )
So, are you up for the challenge? Ready to work out those mind, heart, and faith muscles this summer? I’d love to have you join me!
P.S. If you decide to do last year’s summer challenge, the FIRST thing on the list is to read five Christian books. Well, isn’t that something…