Christ-Centered Summer Reading List for Families
Summer is almost here and school is about to end. During this time, there is no better way to stay academically in shape than by reading books. Children can continue their academic practice and families can spend quality time with each other by making their very own summer reading list.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Books of The Bible
When thinking about assembling a reading list for the family, is there a better place to start than with God’s Word? Here are some recommendations from books in the Bible that you can enjoy as a family:
Matthew - Christians are followers of Christ, so it is important for us to know the story of Christ. The book of Matthew can give us that story through the eyes of one of Jesus’ trusted disciples.
Daniel – Our families are constantly tempted by society to do what everyone else does. In this book, we can see Daniel breaking the law in order to serve God and continue praying to Him, despite the consequences he could face from the king.
Esther – When reading this narrative you will have many opportunities to discuss courage, obedience, and loyalty with your family. Esther is a young woman that courageously follows the path God has laid before her.
Jonah - This is a great story from the Bible that every child of any age can enjoy and learn from. This book gives an excellent moral lesson that God will protect us from harm and that with Him anything is possible.
Christian Non-Fiction and Fiction
There are also many great books that speak of the present day teachings and experiences of Christians. The following are some book suggestions that demonstrate the teachings of Christ.
“The Reasons for God” by Timothy Keller - Christian faith is constantly bombarded by the teachings of evolution and atheism. So, as young Christians stepping into the modern world, how can we defend our faith against the religious skeptics? This book is based on a Christian subject called “apologetics,” which gives reasoned basis for the Christian faith and the existence of God. This is a must -read for teenagers who are about to enter the adult world.
“The Chronicles of Narnia” by C. S. Lewis – This is a series of seven books that were written by the renowned Christian author, C. S. Lewis. As you read, you will be teleported to a fantasy world where Christian morals and virtue glow in the darkness that surrounds the characters. This series can be read by most age groups and guarantees a great experience in the world of Narnia.
“The 5 Love Languages of Children” by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell – You might recognize the first part of this title from the bestseller that was released in 1992. This addition speaks to the love languages that children show toward their parents. It is a great book to read through as a family and spark conversations around how your children show their love and how you can show your love to them.
“The Devil in Pew Number Seven” by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo – This is a high school level book about a true story that the Nichols family had experienced in the early 1970s. This book shows the true test of faith that the family had to overcome with one of their cynical neighbors. This book shares the fact that we as Christians will constantly be tested in many ways, and encourages us to overcome our temptation and live in accordance with the Bible.
Reading as a family can be an incredibly bonding experience. It allows you to use your imagination and go to another place and time – together! You can take turns reading out aloud or read independently, and come together to discuss the book. Either way, we encourage you to take time this summer to read as a family.