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Ten books for summer (part II)

“Ten Books for Summer” has become an annual tradition. I read a lot and love to recommend books to others. Here are the second five of my 10 favorite books for summer of 2016. They are not always religious, but they are interesting. With each book there is information provided by Amazon.com, followed by, “Why I like this book.”

• ”Defying Gravity: Break Free from the Culture of More” by Tom Berlin. Our possessions can create unbearable weight and affect our ability to serve and thrive. Pastor and author Tom Berlin explores what is required to sustain a vibrant life, what we need versus what we wan, and what we can do to avoid being pulled into the orbit of materialism.

Why I like this book: “Defying Gravity” shares Berlin’s personal path toward generosity that includes intense struggles as well as satisfying stories of lives changed through his giving. The end result helped shape Tom’s leadership at Floris UMC, the church he pastors.

• “Becoming A Disciple: A Lifelong Venture” by Adolf Hansen and colleagues. Eight United Methodist clergy, all ordained since 2008, explore the definition disciple and help with efforts to pursue the adventure of a lifetime.

Why I like this book: There are so many facets to becoming a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ. “Becoming A Disciple” explores many of them.

• “The Christian Wallet: Spending, Giving and Living With A Conscience” by Mike Slaughter. The author explores the culture of consumerism and the impact of what we buy. Throughout the book, profiles of real people inspire thoughtful reflection about the true value of money and the rewards of conscious spending.

Why I like this book: Slaughter shows how we spend too much, save too little and give not nearly enough. But there is more: What about responsible investing? How we handle our taxes? What is our attitude about our jobs? How do we treat our neighbors?

• “I Will! Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian” by Thom S. Rainer. Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. What are we to do about it? Rainer answers these questions by offering nine simple traits that you can incorporate into your.

Why I like this book: Rainer provides practical and down-to-earth advice on how to move from being a church attender to a committed disciple. This should be required reading for every church leader.

• “Front-Row Leadership: Stop Criticizing and Start Leading” by Rob Ketterling. Whether you›re a CEO, a volunteer, or a homemaker, leadership is your responsibility Learn to engage the leadership process and contribute with your God-given strengths. One person can still make a difference, and “Front-Row Leadership” offers tools that will empower you to do just that.

Why I like this book: Ultimately, leadership is about change.

REV. LARRY E. DAVIES can be reached at larrydavies@sowingseedsoffaith.com.