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Summer Reading: Resting, “Atomic Habits,” Grief, C.S. Lewis

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What book should you put on your summer reading list? We asked Intersect contributors this question, and we’ll share their recommendations over the coming weeks.

Today, Intersect contributors highlight books on sabbath rest, habits, grief and C.S. Lewis.

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The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath
by Mark Buchanan (Thomas Nelson, 2008)

Benjamin Quinn: The Rest of God is an excellent biblical and practical introduction to the important practice of Christian rest. 

Buchanan’s talk of a “sabbath heart” is particularly helpful to drive home the importance of sabbath and rest for Christians while avoiding legalisms. Buchanan’s book is a challenging and insightful read.

Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones 
by James Clear (Avery, 2018)

Eli Byrd

Eli Byrd: Atomic Habits is a great book that will help you understand how habits work and encourage you to put some of these practices in place to achieve the habits that you want to start.

Clear also talks about how to break bad habits. He encourages readers to make bad habits detestable and good habits unavoidable. This book is a great summer read.

Goodbye to Goodbyes
written by Lauren Chandler, illustrated by Catalina Echeverri (The Good Book Company, 2019)

Stephanie Jackson

Stephanie Jackson: As parents, we get the opportunity to walk alongside our children in seasons of greatest joys and those of deepest sorrows. In the book, Goodbye to Goodbyes by Lauren Chandler, readers are presented with the narratives of Lazarus, Jesus, and the empty tomb. This provides an excellent framework for families to have conversations about grief and loss in a way that points to the joy that is everlasting life in Christ. 

The Weight of Glory
by C.S. Lewis (1941; reprinted Harper Collins, 2009)

Sam Morris

Sam Morris: The Weight of Glory is an old book, but a good one. If you’ve not read this you’ll want to. If you have already read it, the book is a great work to revisit and be encouraged by. Lewis’s discussions on the implications faith has on everyday life is thought provoking and, of course, quotable at every turn.

What book do you recommend? Comment below and let us know.

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