Here is a short list of books offered for your summer reading pleasure.
The Road to Grantchester by James Runcie. Runcie is the author of the popular Grantchester Mysteries about an Anglican priest, Sydney Chambers, who also dabbles in crime solving with the local police. This book is a prequel to the series. It begins with Chambers as a young man fighting on the Italian front during World War ll. Chamber’s experience of the horror and grief of war, leads him afterwards to begin a journey towards faith and the priesthood. Sensitively written with powerful imagery and genuine emotion.
The City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell. Set in the early 20th century, Will Kiehn, a Mennonite farm boy, seems destined for the life of a humble farmer when, feeling a call from God, he travels to China as a missionary. Set against the backdrop of a crumbing 2,000 year-old dynasty that plunges the country into civil war, Caldwell sensitively shows Kiehn and his new bride working improve the lives of people they have come to love. A deeply spiritual story, it shows how those who work to teach others often have the most to learn.
A trivia question: which book, after the Bible, is the most translated book in the English world? If you guessed Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe, you would be right. This year is the 300th anniversary of its publication so it might be a good time to read it. (If you want an in depth review, follow the link provided). God Bless You Please, Mr. Robinson
A winsome introduction to the Christian faith by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. Williams wears his great learning lightly as he outlines our faith in three short chapters: What is Christianity all about?, What is faith?, and What difference does it make? This is part of ‘The Little Books of Guidance’ series published by SPCK.