This post was contributed by Jeremiah Chandler, former intern at Sho.resh. We are so excited to have him share with us today!
Summer is upon us, and time seems to be in abundance as we lounge by the pool, bathe in the sun, and let the cares of the world drift away.
Whether it be from the philosophical college atmosphere or simply an early existential crisis, I find myself pondering the deeper things in life in these moments of downtime. Who are we? Why do humans do that? How do I live better?
The information age encroaches upon us, granting more and more information at our fingertips. Obviously, they first thing any millennial would do while reposing in a comfy chair on a warm summer night is Google the question. However, I challenge myself this summer to look towards other resources: books!
A pretentious (but knowledgeable) upper classman once explained books to me like this; it is the greatest minds of the world chronicling their discoveries and thought processes simply through words on a page. Is that not one of the most enticingly profound things you’ve ever heard?!
From that moment, I’ve been slowly gathering my collection of books composed of my purchases and contributions from family. I promise you, asking for nothing for your birthday and getting yet another Starbucks gift card fails to compare to the wonders that a new book can offer.
Reading: Mere Christianity
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis began this little collection of mine (yes, setting the standard high). Lewis originally created this masterpiece to speak hope and truth into the lives of Londoners during WWII. As they bunkered down underground, not knowing the chaos they would return to after the nightly bombing runs of the Nazis, Lewis’ voice would begin speaking the hopes of Christianity through the radio. Years later, his broadcasts were soon adapted to a book, thus the creation of this beauty. Perfect to start of this summer’s reading list!
You can check out this book here!
Shared via Kindle. Description: In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast t…
Reading: Walking on Water
For the artists, next on this reading list is Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith & Art by Madeleine L’Engle. If that name seems familiar, it is most likely because she authored the book A Wrinkle in Time. My sister and mother adored reading that book growing up and on my 18th birthday, my sister sends me this gem. This book explores the question, “What does it mean to be a Christian artist?” She breaks down what she calls the prime tasks of the artist: to listen, to remain aware, and to respond to creation through one’s own art. She sheds a refreshing light on art as an outlet to express one’s feelings and experience of not only creation but also the Creator. Truly an inspiring work.
You can find this gem here!
Reading: Invitation to Tears
Last on the reading list today is an Invitation to Tears by Jonalyn Fincher & Aubrie Hills. Fincher came to speak at my University one day and spoke with such an understanding of the generation. Being in a difficult time myself, I jumped at the chance to buy one of her books after the talk. This little, eighty page, blue book says that grief must take place when there is a deep shift in our lives. A lot of the time, people never grieve and fail to allow healing and new life to enter where the old no longer exists. It is a quick but important read.
Find this book here!
Shared via Kindle. Description: Grief can come in many forms and for many reasons. But grief of any kind forces us to ask the questions “What do I do next?” and “How will I go on?” Unfortunately, as we ache for our lives to be the way they once were, we are…
While my list goes on, I will leave you with these three today. Tell me what you think of these books and if you want any more recommendations! (Trust me, I have plenty).