“School’s” Out for Summer!


Summer readingFriends, 

We had a wonderful morning of fellowship and reflection this past Thursday as we closed out our study for the summer.  One of the things we talked about was the need to have a vision and a plan for remaining in the Word when we don’t have the accountability of a weekly meeting.  Several women shared ideas that they either have used in the past or are planning to use this year.  Below is a compilation of the ideas shared for your reference and encouragement. 

Summer is a wonderful time to go on adventures with your family, enjoy extended time with your kids, and be outside!  It can also be kinda lonely and disconnected with varying travel plans and loose schedules.  If this is something you struggle with, like me, consider asking a friend to join you as you read through one of these resources this summer, and either get together once a week, or maybe meet virtually via FaceTime, Skype, or some other online way of connecting, to talk about what you are reading and to pray together. 

We hope you have been stretched, encouraged, and changed by your time in the Word with us this year, and we look forward to gathering with you again in the fall for our study of Mark’s Gospel.  We may be checking in here from time to time this summer with reflections, encouragements, or other articles we have found to be of benefit that we would like to share, but regular weekly posting is not likely. 

Have a wonderful summer!

 Ideas for Summer:

Daily Devotionals/Bible Studies

  • For the Love of God, Volumes 1 & 2, by D.A. Carson
  • Voices from the Past: Puritan Devotional Readings, Edited by Richard Rushing
  • New Morning Mercies, by Paul David Tripp
  • Heart of the Matter: Daily Reflections for Changing Hearts and Lives, from CCEF
  • The Valley of Vision, by Arthur Bennett
  • Bible Study for Busy Mamas: Inspiring, in-depth Bible study, five minutes at a time, by Pam Forster.  (Particularly recommended are the studies on Colossians 3, Thirty Days in Psalm 37, and Thirty Days in 1 Corinthians 13)

Books to Read:

  • The Hidden Smile of God: The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd, by John Piper
  • The Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce, by John Piper
  • Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God, by Noel Piper
  • Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, by Donald S. Whitney
  • Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life, by Donald S. Whitney
  • Practical Theology for Women, by Wendy Alsup
  • George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans, by Janet & George Benge (Christian Heroes, Then & Now series; any of these are great to go through with your kids)
  • Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home, by Gloria Furman
  • The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English professor’s journey into Christian Faith, by Rosaria Butterfield
  • Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ, by Rosaria Butterfield
  • Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation, by D.A. Carson
  • Rejoicing in Christ, by Michael Reeves
  • Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy, by Paul David Tripp


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