Summer Reading

Did you ever participate in those summer reading campaigns at your local library? Do you enjoy reading while on an airplane or in the back of a mini-van or on the hammock in the backyard? There is something about summers that make me want to read!


I have been getting some kind emails from people who have been reading Peppermint-Filled Pinatas on their vacations this summer.

Chuck sent me a really encouraging email and posted this on his Dangerous Dreamer blog: “i put the book down and began to weep. i was so broken…. i was convicted that my ability to “connect” with people doesn’t always have the right motive. i’m sometimes more interested in my agenda and motives than i am in them as a person.”

Joseph at “Seasons of Change” mentioned “Peppermint filled pinatas was a really good reminder of what it means to be relevant to a culture” in response to Craig Groeschel’s post on “Vacation Reading.”

Thanks for the kind emails and posts!

During my vacation last week, I enjoyed reading Seth Godin’s small is the new big and other riffs, rants, and remarkable business ideas plus listening on cd to Wikinomics.

My other summer reading goals include:

Tom Peters’ Thriving on Chaos and The Circle of Innovation
Seth Godin’s Free Prize Inside: How to Make a Purple Cow
Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges
Wide Awake by Erwin

What are you reading and recommending?

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  • Rita

    I enjoy reading novels to reduce stress. However, since I’ve started writing two blogs, I haven’t had much time to read novels.

    I write a boomer consumer blog called The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide at and a blog called the Boomer Consumer for the Seattle Post Intelligencer at


  • Johnny Laird

    Hey Eric

    My most recent reads are:

    “PunkMonk” by Andy Freeman & Pete Greig – recommended to me my Keith Ayling – tells the powerful story of the 24/7 Prayer movement’s Boiler Rooms – radical prayer-focussed communities of Jesus followers. It’s powerful & inspirational stuff worth checking out. A nice easy read too.

    “The Sacred Way” by Tony Jones – I’ve been looking a lot at spiritual practices, so found this very helpful.

    Then, one book I keep going back to over and over is Michael Frost’s “EXILES: Living Missionally in a Post Christian Culture” – massively challenging. In my opinion, it’s one of the best books on mission out there.

    Finally, anything by Shane Claiborne is worth a read. The one I’ve tackled most recently is “Jesus for President” – great read, beautifully illustrated, with plenty of humor as well as a deeply challenging call to radical Christianity.



  • Sam Vara

    I have a quite a few books I will be reading this summer. I am a High School Math Teacher, so summer is a time to relax and recharge. I just finished John Edridge’s “Walking with God”…LOVED this book. I have not been a fan of his other books except “Waking the Dread” but this one went straight to my heart. Other books on my list this summer…”Crazy Love” by Francis Chan, “Wide Awake” by Erwin McManus, “Primal Leadership” by Daniel Goleman, Richard E. Boyatzis and Annie McKee and “Twelve Mighty Orphans” by Jim Dent.

    Look forward to adding to my Summer Reading List and hope yours is ENJOYABLE and RESTFUL!

    Living the Dream,


  • Jordan

    Hey Eric,
    I caught the teaching sessions that you and Erwin did in Edmonton back in January. I hope all is well!
    Some good books that i’ve been pondering lately are:
    Surprised by Hope- N.T. Wright
    Simply Christian- N.T. Wright
    The Radical Reformission- Mark Driscoll
    The End of Religion- Bruxy Cavey
    In the Name of Jesus- Henri Nouwen
    Telling the Truth- Frederick Buechner

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