Summer Reading List 2014

Reading is absolutely wonderful, can I get an Amen? Some people don’t think reading is much fun and I will confess openly I’ve never understood why. Everyone loves stories, and books are really just well-crafted stories. Not all books are created equal. Some are awful. Some are dry. Some are technical. But, the great ones are absolutely riveting…like the greatest movie you’ve ever seen–only a week long.

I spend much of the year reading primarily theology, leadership, business, and biblical studies books. I hardly read any fiction during the year, so in the summer, I often read only fiction and my Bible. It offers me a creative reload. Memoirs also make the cut…because they read like fiction. There are so many books out there, I have to find some way to narrow the field. So, I tend to pick award winners, classics, books that have been on the New York Times Best-Seller List for some time, or a book that has enormous buzz around it.

Here’s the list. I’d love to hear yours. I’m leaving a couple of slots for books you all recommend. So, help me out! Feel free to read along. I’ll be offering some thoughts based on these books over the summer.

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain – Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Think Like a Freak






7 Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness, by Eric Metaxas

7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness






The Accidental Creative: How to be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice – Todd Henry

The Accidental Creative






The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

The Goldfinch Donna Tartt






 The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

Adam Johnson - The Orphans Master's Son







Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

steinbeck of mice and men







What are you reading this summer?


Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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