2019 Summer Reading List

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As the days grow long and the sun grows warm, we know it’s time for our 2019 Summer Reading List.

Dreaming of reading moments on the beach, in the hammock, on the dock… or just curled up in our favorite chair. There’s something for everyone on this annual list.

From new releases to classic tales; from inspiring reads to business and relationships… we’ve curated our favorite reads.

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Happy summer reading! 

UPDATED LIST! We’ve updated our reading list on Amazon. You can view that list here!

2019 Summer Reading List

A Love Letter Life

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Most of us, the author says, live unexamined lives. We repeat the same errors, we don’t learn from our decisions, whether good or bad, we don’t know why we’re here or where we’re going. Journaling forces us to examine our lives. In one page… daily.


The Artisan Soul

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“In The Artisan Soul, Erwin Raphael McManus, author, thought leader, and founder of MOSAIC in Los Angeles, pens a manifesto for human creativity and the beginning of a new renaissance. McManus not only calls us to reclaim our creative essence, but reveals how we can craft our lives into a work of art.”


Tasting Grace

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“In Tasting Grace, Melissa d’Arabian shares sixteen invitations that will transform your perception of food and the role it plays in your own life, from equality to connection to hospitality to stewardship and more. She explains how through her experiences, she learned to trust the ingredients–in recipes and in life–and join God in the act of creation.”


Do It Scared

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“Equal parts inspiration and tough love, Do it Scared combines practical, easy-to-implement strategies for overcoming fear and resistance in your life, along with the motivation and encouragement to actually start making real changes that lead to big results. “


Clarity Wins

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“In a world filled with noise and distraction, the secret weapon any business can use to break through is CLARITY. Clarity of strategy (leading to focused direction), and clarity of messaging (leading to sales and referrals). Clarity Wins is a proven handbook to create competitive advantage in any marketplace.”


Chase the Lion

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Chase the Lion is more than a catch phrase; it’s a radically different approach to life. It’s only when we stop fearing failure that we can fully seize opportunity by the mane. With grit and gusto, New York Timesbest-selling author Mark Batterson delivers a bold message to everyone with a big dream. “


Think Learn Succeed

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“Our thought lives have incredible power over our mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. Our thoughts can either limit us or release us. When we choose a mindset that extends our abilities rather than limits them, we experience greater intellectual satisfaction, emotional control, and physical health.”


Prayer, The Great Adventure

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One of my favorite inspirational reads this year. “Drawing from his prayer journals and decades of work, Dr. Jeremiah shares his experiences – blessings, struggles, and insights. “


Ordering Your Private World

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Most of us, the author says, live unexamined lives. We repeat the same errors, we don’t learn from our decisions, whether good or bad, we don’t know why we’re here or where we’re going. Journaling forces us to examine our lives. In one page… daily.


My Prayer Journal

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Is there a better time to begin journaling than in the summer? This 3-month Prayer Journal is sized perfectly for summer travel, and with its helpful prompts will start you on a journey you’ll never forget.

 

 

Fiction

A Gentleman in Moscow

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A 2019 Bill Gates read: “In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors.”


The Reckoning

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“Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son—a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, and committed a shocking crime. Pete’s only statement about it—to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family—was: ‘I have nothing to say’.”


We Were the Lucky Ones

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“Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds.”


The Big Rock Candy Mountain

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“Bo Mason, his wife, Elsa, and their two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks out his fortune-in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running through the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest. In this affecting narrative, Wallace Stegner portrays over three decades in the life of the Mason family as they struggle to survive during the lean years of the early twentieth century.”


The Number of Love

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“Amid biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.”


Bound Heart

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“Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Yet even when all hope seems dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony, it may be that in this New World the two of them could make a new beginning–together.”


The Bride of Ivy Green

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“Come home to Ivy Hill, where friendship endures, romance triumphs, and mysteries are revealed in this eagerly anticipated conclusion to Julie Klassen’s “Tales from Ivy Hill” series.”


The Governess of Penwythe Hall

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“Launching a brand-new series, beloved Regency author Sarah E. Ladd shares the tale of a governess who would risk anything to protect five recently orphaned children—even if it means returning to Cornwall.”


The Lost Heiress

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“Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.”


Becoming Mrs. Lewis

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“Now a USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestseller! “Patti Callahan seems to have found the story she was born to tell in this tale of unlikely friendship turned true love between Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis, that tests the bounds of faith and radically alters both of their lives.”


History

The Pioneers

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“Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. This is a revelatory and quintessentially American story,”

 

 

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

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