Time magazine recently published its list of 5 History Books for the Beach, including Edwin Gaustad's biography of Puritan dissident Roger Williams. That got us thinking about our own list of fun and informative Christian history titles. So kick up your feet, feel that ocean breeze, and crack open one of these books this summer:

Marriage to a Difficult Man: The Uncommon Union of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards (originally published 1971; second edition Audubon Press, 2004) by Elisabeth D. Dodds

While your friends are buried in their paperback romance novels, settle down to a very different kind of love story—between Jonathan Edwards, the awkward, absent-minded, intellectual preacher of "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" fame, and Sarah Pierpont, the well-bred beauty as gifted in social grace as she was in Christian devotion. Dodds's newly republished classic has delighted readers for decades, and she offers a glimpse not only into this complex, devoted relationship but also more generally into what it was like to be married with children in Puritan New England.

—Jennifer Trafton, associate editor of Christian History & Biography

The Passionate Intellect: Dorothy L. Sayers' Encounter with Dante (Wipf and Stock, 2005) by Barbara Reynolds

This warm portrait of a Christian mind in love with creativity, clarity, and truth is unsurpassed. Reynolds was a close friend of Sayers and finished Sayers's hugely popular Penguin translation of the Divine Comedy. Reynolds is also the editor of Sayers's letters and the author of a wonderful biography of Sayers. If you want to fall in love with the Christian life of the mind, there's no better beginning. Or if you would just like to enter the world of a rambunctious, opinionated, deeply ...

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