I know it’s the hip thing to post a summer reading list, so I thought I’d join the throngs and let you in on what I’m currently reading. It’s an odd collection, and I didn’t sit down and decide at some point what I would read this summer; this is just a snapshot of what’s going on right now.
Drags Grizzly, by Chris Luke. Chris is the former chief of the Lower Kootenay Band here in the Creston Valley, where he served as chief for thirty years. He is a personal friend, and he gifted me a copy of his autobiography. I am enjoying it immensely.
The Climax of Prophecy: Studies on the Book of Revelation, by Richard Bauckham. Considered one of the foremost biblical scholars on the book of Revelation, Richard Bauckham walks through a series of themes that emerge in this stunning revelation of Jesus. I’m loving it.
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez. I’ll be honest–this book is written in a style that stretches me. I can’t say I’m a terrific literature reader in the first place, and I’m trying to find my feet in this unique, seemingly mythical story spanning one hundred years of a dysfunctional family.
When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals, by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy. I found this a fascinating read, although I often parted ways with the author philosophically. This book features many intriguing stories of animals, from an elephant who tries out a kids swing-set to a chimp in mourning who bums live smokes off zoo visitors in order to chase his cage mates around while threatening to burn them.
Shingwauk’s Vision: A History of Native Residential Schools, by J.R. Miller. My good friend Duff Crerar, Canadian historian extraordinaire, gifted me this book on my recent trip to Grande Prairie, claiming it to be one of the best histories of this tragedy.
The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, by Lesslie Newbigin. Undoubtedly the most influential book, aside from the Bible, that I have ever read. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve read this book, but it’s time of a most inspiring re-read.
So, tell me: what are you reading this summer?