When I think of summer, I think of books and sweat. Mostly because I remember sitting outside on summer days, swinging on the porch swing, reading the day away. Even in my adult years, summer is the time I read more than any other time of the year. And for my kids, when I hear, “I’m bored,” the answer is usually, “Go read.”
When Andrew was a toddler and still napped in the afternoon, the older boys and I would sit on the screen porch and read together. This was a time I would read out loud to them books that wouldn’t hold Andrew’s attention. Andrew is now old enough to join us, and this time has become a little tradition. I sip coffee, they sip lemonade, we rock in chairs, and we listen and linger over words.
I’m a big believer in reading anything. Read, read, read. However, reading offers a perfect opportunity for some intentional spiritual nurturing. I thought today would be a good time to share our favorite summer books.
These books are PERFECT for the ages of my boys 5, 8, and 10. But honestly, we’ve been reading them for 2 years now and they enjoyed them then. There are many years ahead to enjoy them as well.
Case for Christ, Case for Faith, Case for Creator. All the Case for…. books by Lee Strobel are amazing for kids. The information is so easy to understand, and it really challenges them to think beyond, “I believe because you tell me to.” He has a whole series just for kids. They are fun, and my kids love listening to me read these books.
I’m a huge Josh McDowell fan. He writes apologetics I can understand. The same holds true for the books he writes for kids. Our favorite is The Awesome Book of Bible Answers for Kids. I have always read this aloud. Now they enjoy reading it on their own. The chapters are short, so it’s a great book to leave on the table, and they can pick it up and read a few minutes here and there without feeling they have to have the time to become involved in a storyline. Zachary loves to tell me the cool facts he is learning. The questions are the types even we as adults struggle with.
I’ve tried buying my boys individual devotions and they never stick with it. These books are different. They don’t feel it’s something added to their to-do list.
If you are looking for a way to weave in spiritual training this summer, I highly recommend these books. It’s effortless and entertaining, yet the truths sink deep.
Summer kicks off officially in my house in exactly one week. Our books are out and ready to read!
What are some of your favorite summer books? Both children and adult?
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