Hello Choctawk readers! It's Nolie and Andrew, and we love reading! We asked our fellow Choctawkers and the folks in Admissions for some book recommendations. To say the types of books recommended were varied is a huge understatement, and so hopefully, we have included something for everyone. Without further ado, here are ten books to add to your summer reading list!
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
Maybe you grew up on The Chronicles of Narnia and feast on the classics like Mere Christianity or The Screwtape Letters, but have you ever read the book that Lewis, himself, considered his best work? In this fantastic novel, Lewis re-imagines the mythological tale of Cupid and Psyche while exploring the themes of love, human nature, and the mystery of the Divine! Both Nolie and Andrew recommend this one.
Gifted Hands by Ben Carson
Love inspirational life stories? Then look no further than Ben Carson's Gifted Hands. This autobiography stretches back to Carson's childhood where he grew up in the inner-city of Detroit and ends with him performing a groundbreaking surgery to separate conjoined twins. Fun fact: Ben Carson spoke at MC in 2014!
EMDR Therapy Techniques: Getting Past Your Past by Francine Shapiro
Hannah is a psychology major, and therefore, an expert on all things...psychological. She has loved reading this book and learning about how memories shape and develop our personalities. Engaging personal stories are coupled with practical exercises for understanding why people think and do the things they do!
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Sink your teeth into this seventeenth century Gothic novel that tells of of the infamous Count Dracula! Andrew hasn't read this classic yet, but put Dracula on his personal reading list for the summer after reading this quotation:
"There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights."
People Over Profit by Dale Partridge
In popular American culture, time is money, and so people fall through the cracks. Businesses have begun to look over their employees needs to promote profit over all else. Partridge challenges this mindset, and encourages his readers to see how valuing people and profit can go hand in hand. Andrew recommends this book.
Humility: The Journey Toward Holiness by Andrew Murray
Humility is a trait that should characterize our Christian walk, but it is also one that can be exceedingly hard to live out. Though Andrew Murray wrote his book in eighteenth century, it still holds a wisdom for the modern day Christian on how to live a humble life. Hannah found that Murray offered a picture of humility with clarity.
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Relive your childhood with Roald Dahl (or experience Roald Dahl for the first time if you are like Nolie). When Mary recommended this go on the list, Andrew emphatically chimed in agreement. The Big Friendly Giant (BFG) and Sophie set out to save the world against some giants who aren't so friendly.
Through the Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
The 1950's. Ecuador. Five missionaries set out to bring the Gospel to an unreached people group deep in the rain forest. Through the Gate of Splendor chronicles the events leading up to and following the first face-to-face contact between the five men and natives. Nolie considers this one of her favorite books.
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
Two men that have lived completely different lives, one homeless, the other rich, discover that the apparent differences that separate them aren't so great after all. This true story will pull at your heartstrings and serve as a reminder that we are called to love others despite our differences. Our newest admissions counselor, Emily Upchurch, recommends this compelling read.
The River by Michael Neale
“Yesterday is gone and you can't change it.
There are no guarantees for tomorrow, so save it.
The best stuff is now, so live today and don't dare waste it.”
Shardae spoke highly of Michael's Neale debut novel and appreciated its application to daily life.