Homeless at Harvard by John Christopher Frame
While the author was a student at Harvard, he decided to spend one summer living on the streets with the homeless people that he had become acquainted with through his volunteer work. He became “homeless” becoming part of the Harvard Square community. This book is the story of that summer and the stories of three individuals who befriended him, taught him how to survive and shared their lives with him.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
There is a great joy in rereading a beloved book from one’s childhood. You are transported through time to remember again the awe and wonder such tales invoked and, simultaneously, are brought to realise how the work has shaped and reshaped your thinking and your imagination from the first encounter.
Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time offers to its readers first and foremost an excellent story. The characters are engaging, the writing evocative and at times even lyrical. Without giving away too much, we encounter, through the characters, a cosmic battle between good and evil. The dangers of conformity and the importance of standing on the side of truth even, and perhaps especially, when it costly are unfolded. This is a book for adults and children alike. If you have not read it before, please do. If you have, try re-reading it. I promise you that you will enjoy it still more.
More iced tea and sunglasses books for your spring and summer reading:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallowsby J. K. Rowling
This conclusion to the Potter series by Rowling, filled with theologically significant images and incidents, makes a great summer read. The ultimate battle of good vs. evil with some interesting twists thrown in for good measure.
Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott
I love a good spiritual memoir. Lamott shares her story with candor, reminding us that the road to faith is as unique as the individual traveling it.
May part 1 Monthly Staff Picks May part 3
Here in the Crux-world, the winter term is over. This means we can do some relaxing reading! Hammock! Sun-glasses! Relax! Here are the first couple of relaxing reading recommendations. Look for more in the next few days.
A Wee Worship Book
As we head into the summer months and things start to slow down, it is a perfect time to get creative in worship. Maybe you’re planning a contemporary service at night with a jazzed up Liturgy, or perhaps a campfire prayer service at a summer camp, this book can help you plan those services ans many more! From special prayers for creation, peace, and healing to liturgies broken down by the time of day of the service, this book has something for any priest, pastor, or worship leader looking to try something new!
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
This is a great read. It has baseball, biblical studies, fathers and sons, and friendship. What more could you want in a relaxing summer read?
April Monthly Staff Picks May part 2