Summer Reading List

SummerReadingSummer is packed with travel and activity, but there is always a bit more time to decompress and read than during the rest of the year. In addition to preparing for the upcoming fall at SEBTS, here are some of the books on my reading list this summer.

Our Global Families by Todd Johnson and Cindy Wu – The global church is on the rise. In light of this reality, Johnson and Wu explore the interconnectedness and common identity of Christians around the world using statistics and stories. This book explores in four parts: Our Changing World, Our Changing Identity, Our Changing Relationships, and Changing Our World.

Adoniram Judson by Jason G. Duesing – When one thinks of Baptist missions, Adoniram Judson’s name rises to the forefront. I am looking forward to reading this contribution by Duesing to the array of Judson biographies. In Judson one is confronted with a life riddled with suffering, yet consumed with God’s call to the nations.

The Fruit of the Spirit is… by J.V. Fesko – In my opinion, evangelicals do not pay enough attention to the Holy Spirit, especially when it comes to our sanctification. Fesko’s book promises to explore pursuing a life of godliness through a deeper understanding of the fruit of the Spirit. I’ve learned over the years to fear small books since they often pack a lot of conviction in a few pages. My hope is that Fesko’s work is no different.

Booked by Karen Swallow Prior – I am familiar with Karen Swallow Prior through her other articles and writings, but this book caught my attention because of the content—autobiography plus great works of literature. Building from John Milton’s famous quip that books should be “promiscuously read,” Karen tells her personal story of struggle and faith through the impact of classical works. This book should be an encouraging and fun read.

What’s Best Next by Matt Perman – Who doesn’t wish there was more time in the day to get everything done. Perman’s book explores a holistic, gospel-centered approach to productivity. A needed and practical read in my world of administration and deadlines.


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Greg Mathias serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Great Commission Studies. His area of focus is international missions, and Greg works closely with our students who desire to serve in this context.
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