Yesterday was Memorial Day, which really inaugurates Summer. The wate rparks open. The weather changes. School is almost out. With apologies to Christmas, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Summer is the best time of year. Beach. BBQ…and books.

I read as many books in the summer as I do the rest of the year. So, don’t let the number of books listed below deceive you into thinking this is my usual pace. I wish.

I’d love to know what you’re planning to read this Summer. Here’s what’s on the docket for me—my Summer Reading List for 2015. You may click on the links to shop for these books at Amazon…and help support this humble blog in the process.


Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larson. Larson (one of historical fiction’s best) is also the author of one of my 10 favorite novels of all time, The Devil in the White City.

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. As is tradition, I’m reading this year’s Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction.

Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee. That’s right, Harper Lee—author of my favorite fiction book of all time (To Kill a Mockingbird), has her recently discovered 2nd novel coming out this summer.


When to Rob a Bank, by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. The latest from the Freakanomics crew. I will read anything these two behavioral economists write, say, or podcast. Preachers, if you’re looking for illustrations, their material is a treasure house.

Getting Things Done (Revised and Expanded), by David Allen. This completely rewritten edition of this business classic is a must read. GTD guides my world from a time & task management standpoint.

Getting There: A Book of Mentors, by Gillian Zoe Segal. 30 world-class leaders from various fields offer their advice on success in leadership and share some of their own biographies in this book that will make great morning reading. A chapter a day for month will do just fine. Among the “mentors” in this book are—Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg, Hans Zimmer, and Jillian Michaels.


Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism, by Timothy Keller. I’m reading this because I read everything Keller writes, and because we haven’t had a great preaching book come out in about 30 years. I’m hopeful.

Wisdom from Lyle Schaller the Elder Statesman of Church Leadership. Schaller is a legend, and this book is an anthology of his thoughts on church leadership compiled by Warren Bird of Leadership Network.

The Road to Character, by David Brooks. This isn’t a Christian book in the classic sense. However, Brooks is a leading columnist for the New York Times and I enjoy reading how people approach ethics and character formation from a secular standpoint, or that of moralistic therapeutic deism (one of the fastest growing perspectives among the younger generations). Brooks is a terrific writer, and having worked myself about half-way through, it’s an insightful read.