Yes, the end of summer is creeping closer and closer, but there's still time to get a few books read before the season ends.

We urge you to make time to stimulate your brain and keep reading a part of your life. No time? Consider logging off Pinterest or Facebook for a half an hour and all of a sudden, you'll find yourself getting through at least a few pages a day, maybe even more.

Find a comfortable place to curl up with the right book. Starbucks is eating away at your budget? Consider your couch, maybe not the most exotic location ever, but with the right book, you'll find yourself in another world.

Okay, fine, you say. Need some ideas for books to consider? What a coincidence. We've compiled a list of ideas of what we plan to read and what we recommend, from the serious to the silly.

Amy Julia Becker

What Happened to Sophie Wilder, by Christopher Beha (2009)
I'm reading What Happened to Sophie Wilder, by Christopher Beha, a novel about a struggling young writer who re-encounters his first love.

Noticing God, by Richard Peace (2012)
I'm also reading Noticing God by Richard Peace, and I'm very grateful for the insight it has offered in practicing the presence of God every day.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman (1997)
This book is next on my list, a true story of a culture clash between American doctors and their Hmong patient.


MOMumental, by Jennifer Grant (2012)
I thoroughly enjoyed (and needed) Her.meneutics writer Jennifer Grant's MOMumental, a wonderful series of vignettes about family life that gives me hope for our sanity as our children get older and that gave me reassurance that I'm not the only mother of young children in need of help (or a day at a spa) all the time.

State of Wonder, ...

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