Looking for something good to read? I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading as of late, and thought I would share a few good ones that would make for excellent fall reading. Everyone makes summer reading lists, but fall is a glorious time to read as well, sitting outside on a crisp day with a cup of hot tea and the sun shining….smelling the leaves changing and enjoying all the delights of the best season of the year!
So, without further ado, here are the books, separated by genre:
Biography: Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret. Written by Taylor’s grandson and grand-daughter-in-law, it is a sweet look at the life of an amazing man of faith. Taylor was the founder of China Inland Mission during the 1800’s when China was still a much unexplored area, and he and his team laid the foundation for much of mission work that is still going on in Asia today. He lived in the same time as George Müller – another hero of the faith I mention often – and had a similar life of trust in our great God and sacrificial love and dedication to the mission God gave him. This book will challenge complacency in your life, and help you to see that we have the same Spirit and ability to trust God just like Hudson Taylor.
Lifestyle: The Colors of Hope, by Richard Dahlstrom. This book examines how we live out our relationship with Jesus. Dahlstrom argues that as believers we are created to be artists of hope, called to color our world and the people in it using the gifts and abilities the Lord has given us. He shares stories from his life, and gives a lot of practical application to help us learn ways in which we too can be artists of hope in bringing the gospel to a dark and troubled world. I highly recommend this to anyone who is living to make an impact for Christ in their life!
Classics: Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott AND Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. I read Little Women earlier this year, and am currently enjoying Treasure Island. Although very, very different genres, both are classic works of literature that explore the themes of family, friendship, and trust. Little Women is more of a drama, and Treasure Island more of an adventure tale, although they do have elements of both found within their pages. And if you’ve seen the movie Muppet Treasure Island, reading the book will help make sense of the movie. 🙂 At least it did for me.
Challenge: If you are up for a challenge and are looking for something a little more lengthy and in-depth, I recommend reading Victor Hugo’s masterpiece Les Miserables. I have been reading it pretty consistently for a couple months now, and am still only 20% of the way through the book, to give you some idea of its length and depth. Hugo masterfully weaves the stories together of a the various lives of a group of people who suffer misfortune upon misfortune, yet with such beauty and authenticity that it leaves you wanting more. You get to know and love (or hate) the characters extremely well as Hugo spends much time sharing intricate and personal details that many books today leave out for sake of space.