The CP Summer Reading List

Theology & Christian Living

Read/Mark/Learn St Helen’s Bishopsgate: Book of John (also available for books of Mark and Romans)

The Read / Mark / Learn series is “designed to equip people to study God’s Word for themselves–and in studying it, know God’s purpose for their lives.”

Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds, by Jen Wilkin

This book needed to be written and we are so excited that it has been! Jen Wilkin takes her readers on a tour of her own personal Bible study time by providing a clear and concise plan to help women engage and interact with God’s Word. Jen’s intention in writing this book is to help women see and savor Christ in His Word. As she says in her introduction, “there is nothing more transformative to our lives than beholding God in His Word.” Wilkin provides practical tools to guide and equip us in our own time of study.

 Cross-Centered Life, by CJ Mahaney

As finite beings, we will always have a tendency to want to “move on” from the gospel of grace. But the gospel is not something to move on from; rather, it is a driving force behind everything that we think, say, and do as Christians. CJ Mahaney does a wonderful job at displaying the difference between knowing about the gospel and having the gospel inform all your thoughts, attitudes, and decisions in everyday life. As one of our writers said, this is a “handbook for anyone who struggles with works-based inclinations.”

 Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, by Gloria Furman

Motherhood is difficult. At any given moment there are a multitude of needs vying for a mother’s attention. What a mother does not need is another how-to book on how to become a better parent. In this book, Furman doesn’t provide advice but rather good news. As Jessica Thompson and Elyse Fitzpatrick said, “Moms need a book that will lift their eyes away from themselves and onto Christ.” Gloria Furman accomplishes this exceptionally well. Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full is filled with rich and encouraging gospel truth.


Under a Thatched Roof in a Brazilian Jungle, by Rosemary Cunningham

This is the firsthand story of Rosemary Cunningham—a missionary, along with her husband, to the Cayapo Indians in Brazil. Shortly after the report of three missionaries being clubbed to death by the Cayapo Indians, Rosemary and her husband felt called to evangelize to this lost people group. Not only did she face an untamed environment in the wild jungles of South America, but she experienced deep loss and grief as she sought to bring the Gospel of Christ to an unreached people. Witness the grace of God in the lives of two missionaries as they leave all that they know and love to seek the immeasurable glory of the Gospel.

The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, by Mary Rowlandson

In February 1676, Mary Rowlandson—an English Puritan woman living in Lancaster, Massachussetts—was taken captive by Native Americans when the Nipmuc, Narragansett, and Wampanoag Indians invaded her town during Metacom’s War . She was abducted along with her children and neighbors. This historical autobiography details what is often called the first “Indian captivity narrative.” This story is especially for those who love history, but also for those who seek to read of the true and trying experiences of Christians and learn of their strength in trials. Mary Rowlandson believes in the sovereignty of an almighty God, and this belief only grows stronger as she is violently taken from family and home into a foreign people. The older language that she writes in is difficult to understand at times, but if you are looking to grow as a reader, this story is a good one.


Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

A beautifully crafted work following a poor orphan boy who strives to rise above his poverty, this story includes diverse areas of fiction—from mystery and social issues to romance and wisdom. Its near 600 pages will take up a good chunk of summer reading, but it is a story not easily forgotten.

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre is a beloved classic poignantly written to display the inner struggles of a character who is both passionate and reasonable, pious and sinful. Pastor and author Tim Keller states that this story contains one of the most “clear and eloquent examples of what a Christian single person’s inner dialogue should be with regard to temptation.” Whether you’re single or married, this gothic narrative will be inspiring and gripping for both your spirit and imagination.

The Mark of the Lion Series, by Francine Rivers

This three-book historical fiction series is hard to put down. The narrative maneuvers through the life of a young Jewish girl taken captive and enslaved in the pagan Roman empire. As the heroine, Hadassah, clings to her faith in an all-powerful God in the midst of a corrupt culture, she must battle with the passions of a young hedonist aristocrat. This story displays the inner strength and beauty of a Christian woman caught in the whirlwind of spiritual battle.



We always love good recommendations! What are you reading this summer?


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1 Comment

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    Reply March 11, 2015


    GREAT book list. 🙂 Excited to read a few of these, even though it’s an old list. More book lists please!

    Also, so grateful for this blog!

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