Summer Growth Journey

2021 Summer Reading List


Anyone who knows me knows I love a good book. As a kid, I could lock myself in my room for hours and just read. I loved the idea of taking a trip to some unknown destination or to someplace in time, seeing the world through different characters, villains, and heroes. As I got older, I realized I was learning new things every time I read a book. My books have been the party on a Friday night, the friend to share Sunday afternoon brunch with. Books have been my morning companion on a sandy beach, magically transforming me with every page. 

Every year I’d admire when President Barack Obama posted his Summer Reading List. I also loved his dope summer playlists lists. This summer, I decided to do my own summer reading. I called it my Summer Growth Journey. I decided I wouldn’t teach, speak professionally or write all summer. I didn’t speak or teach, but I did write (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). Since Memorial Day weekend, I’ve started 31 books, and I finished 22. Some books I loved, some not so much. Most of the books I used to help me study God’s word. A few were used to enhance my professional growth in my career. And on weekends, I read Christian romance novels. That was new for me, and it was awesome!

Instead of watching tv every evening, I read. Instead of scrolling on social media, I read,… well, that’s not entirely true. I did develop a new love for Tic Tok, but that’s another story for another day. Anyhow, I can honestly say I had a fun and enlightening summer growth journey. 

Now, my friends, I’m ready to teach! Cause that’s what I do. I read, I learn, I study, I pray, and then I teach. Watch out, tribe… here I come!

Here are some of the books I read this summer that I enjoyed. I hope you’ll discover your own growth journey and consider some of these books for your trip!

Professional Troublemaker

Luvvie Ajayi Jones

In Pursuit of Purpose

Myles Munroe

Redeeming Grace

Jill Eileen Smith

The Mastery of Self

don Miguel Ruiz Jr

Hello Tomorrow

Cindy Trimm

Think Like a Monk

Jay Shetty

Ego Is the Enemy

Ryan Holiday

Destroying the Spirit of Rejection

John Eckhardt

The Power of the Other

Henry Cloud

Jesus: The God Who Knows Your Name

Max Lucado

Pulling Down Strongholds

Derek Prince

Abigail (The Wives of King David Book)

Jill Eileen Smith

The Egyptian Princess: A Story of Hagar

KD Holmberg

Michal (The Wives of King David Book #1)

by Jill Eileen Smith

The Holy Spirit: An Introduction

John Bevere

Redeeming Love

Francine Rivers

Know What You’re For

Jeff Henderson

Psalm 91: His Secret Place, His Shadow, and the Mystery of His Protection Daniel C. Okpara

Win the Day: 7 Daily Habits to Help You Stress Less & Accomplish More

Mark Batterson

My Beloved Is Mine (Song of Solomon)

Elsa Quinones

The Master of One

Jordan Raynor

The Thing Beneath the Thing

Steve Carter

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