We’re posting summer reading suggestions from some of our contributors here at DSR. These are recommendations that we want to share with you to hopefully point you to some good books, as well as let you get to know some of our writers a little better. These recommendations will be made up of both old and new books from a variety of genres.
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Today’s summer recommendations come from Amy Campbell, the wife of Cade Campbell. They’re both from Mississippi, but currently live in Henryville, Indiana where Cade serves as one of the pastors at First Baptist Church. She’s a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Seminary Wives Institute of Boyce College. She works in the central office of Communities in Schools of Clark County.
I’m admittedly not as much of a reader as my husband Cade. He’s the book-guy. But I’ve always liked to read and have read a lot more over the last few years. I’m glad I can recommend some books that I’ve liked and a few that I plan to get to read this summer. Some of the books on my list would be great for anybody, and some of them are especially recommended to other ladies like me who keep up with DSR.
- Knowing Christ, by Mark Jones
J. I. Packer’s Knowing God is a classic. Now Mark Jones has provided us with a remarkable companion giving readers a beautiful portrait of our Savior.
- Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring Christ in Your Home, by Gloria Furman
Gloria Furman is one of my favorite authors. This book provides refreshing insight and encouragement to buy wives and moms.
- The Pastor’s Wife, by Gloria Furman
This one is directed to a specific reader – the pastor’s wife. I’ve been a pastor’s wife for six years, and this book has been one of the best sources of wisdom and encouragement that I’ve found. If you’re a pastor’s wife you need to read this. Guys, if you’re a pastor, you need to get this for your wife.
- Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn’t Give Up, by Larissa and Ian Murphy
I love love-stories. I’m a sucker for the Hallmark Channel. This book isn’t your normal love story. It’s a story of romance, tragedy, faithfulness, and the goodness and love of the sovereign God who never leaves his children.
- Feminine Threads: Women in the Tapestry of Church History, by Diana Severance
I was a history major at USM. I love history, and I love church history, but for much of my life I’ve been unaware of the important role that women played in that story. This book shines the light on important female figures in the history of Christianity.
- A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon, by Sophie Hudson
- Home is Where My People Are: The Roads That Lead Us to Where We Belong, by Sophie Hudson
Sophie Hudson (BooMama) is one of my favorite writers! She combines a gift for clear, approachable, and often hilarious writing at the intersection of faith, family, and the South. She encourages me, and she makes me think of home…my Mississippi home and my heavenly home. She has a new book coming out this summer: Giddy Up Eunice: (Because Women Need Each Other).
- And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
I like mysteries. I like “mole” stories – tales that provide multiple suspects so that we’re not quite sure who is actually guilty. So Cade suggested I read this one. It’s one of the most popular mystery novels ever written. A group of strangers end up together at a weekend retreat on an island. Once there they are each accused of murder. Then they begin to die one by one. The only questions left are: Who is really guilty, and can they be identified before it’s too late?
- Disciplines of a Godly Woman, by Barbara Hughes
I want to be a godly woman. I want to be a godly wife. I want to be a godly mama one day. This book is a really great resource that helps provide the biblical foundations for what that looks like and how I can apply the truths of the biblical portrait to my life. It’s a great book to read alongside your husband reading Barbara Hughes’ husband Kent Hughes’ book Disciplines of a Godly Man.
- Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression, by Zack Eswine.
I have struggled with bouts of intense anxiety all my life. I battle worry and panic attacks. At different times I fear the worst. That’s why I need to constantly be prompted to rest in the gospel. Granted, intense anxiety and fear aren’t exactly the same thing as depression, but they’re similar. They often look the same. This book, looking at Charles Spurgeon’s lifelong battles with depression, grounds our hope in the gospel. Ladies (and guys) who find themselves struggling with panic attacks, depression, anxiety, and self-esteem issues will be greatly helped and encouraged by this book.