Summer is finally upon us and with it days of relaxing, traveling, and outdoor adventuring. Somewhere in those precious days most of us find time to enjoy a good book or two. For your summer reading enjoyment we present a list of books recommended by CCA staff.

FAVORITE READ ALOUD BOOKS FOR YOUNGER KIDS:
Jumping Mouse by John Steptoe recommended by Peter Fetterly
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown recommended by Kimberly Meenach
King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Don & Audrey Wood recommended by Linnea Spicer
Christian Heroes Then and Now book series by Janet and Geoff Benge recommended by Pat McGuin
You are Special by Max Lucado recommended by Leah Mangel
Mercy Watson Series by Kate DiCamillo recommended by Ann Warren
The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen recommended by Zach Keenan

FAVORITE BOOKS FOR OLDER KIDS:
Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis recommended by Peter Fetterly
Land of Stories by Chris Colfer recommended by Kimberly Meenach
The Secret of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien recommended by Linnea Spicer
The Hardy Boys by various authors recommended by Heather Johnson
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian recommended by Sara Carlson
Left Behind Series for Kids by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins recommended by Heather Johnson
Seven Men and The Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas recommended by Pat McGuin
Seven Women and The Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas recommended by Ann Warren
The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung recommended by Zach Keenan

BEST BOOK TO READ AT THE BEACH OR BY THE POOL:
The Killing Series by Bill O’Reilly recommended by Peter Fetterly
Karen Kingsbury books recommended by Kimberly Meenach, Leah Mangel and Heather Johnson
A Prayer for Owen by John Irving Linnea Spicer
Put Down the Book and Jump In by Your Kids Who Are Playing in the Pool highly recommended by Pat McGuin
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist recommended by Ann Warren
Metamorphisis by Franz Kafka, Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder recommended by Zach Keenan

BOOK YOU CAN’T STOP TALKING ABOUT:
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell recommended by Peter Fetterly
The Shack by WM Paul Young recommended by Kimberly Meenach
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach recommended by Linnea Spicer
Captivating by John Eldredge and Stasi Eldredge recommended by Leah mangel
Kisses from Katie by Katie J. Davis recommended by Nancy Moodie
Author Flannery O'Connor recommended by Zach Keenan

FAVORITE BOOK YOU’VE READ THIS PAST YEAR:
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman recommended by Peter Fetterly
Reframe: From the God We’ve Made to God with Us  by Brian Hardin recommended by Linnea Spicer
If You Want to Walk on Water You Have to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg recommended by Leah Mangel
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller recommended by Zach Keenan

FAVORITE BOOKS:
Love Does by Bob Goff
Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin recommended by Larry Zimbelman
Good to Great by Jim Collins recommended by Larry Zimbelman
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr recommended by Mitch Doughty


BOOK THAT HAS IMPACTED YOU THE MOST:
Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
“(This book is) very entertaining and challenging and helpful in understanding those frustrating differences between men and women.” Peter Fetterly

Love Does by Bob Goff
"Love Does has been one of the most pivotal reads in my life in the last 10 years.  It has challenged my notion of margin in terms of time, resources and relationships and introduced whimsy as a life and faith altering principal.  This book has literally taken our family across the world, expanded our view of who God is, and reminded us of the abundance of faith and love and possibility.  This book is fun and funny and reminds us that God is limitless in an unbelievable and unpredictable way!"  Sara Carlson

Telling Yourself the Truth by William Backus and Marie Chaplan
"Not a typical self-help book!  This book highlights misbeliefs and falsehoods that are behind our common frustrations of not living that abundant life Jesus talked about in John 10:10.  The authors, christian psychologists, skillfully help you identify what the misbeliefs are in your life that keep you from thriving and then practically help apply scripture in a freeing manner.  I was able see things in myself that I did not expect and then was led through a process to claim and live in truth in a powerful, life-changing way." Linnea Spicer
 

The Journals of Jim Elliot by Jim Elliot
“He was an extraordinary mission minded man passionate for God and his Kingdom who lived, prayed, and died radically.  Some of his journal entries were saved by his wife Elizabeth Elliot. Very powerful.” Pat McGuin

Captivating by John Eldredge and Stasi Eldredge
“It helped me to realize that all women struggle with the same questions in our lives-"Are we enough?" "Does my heart matter?" "Am I beautiful?" Leah Mangel
 

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
“This book was recommended to me by someone who raved about it. I finally purchased it and also found it excellent. There is enough of a story/testimony about Nabeel's quest for truth in his life that you do not realize you are learning key things about the Muslim faith. I found that I viewed Muslims much more as individuals and saw how much Christ loves them. As Muslims move into our community this book would be an excellent read.” Nancy Moodie

Like Dreamers by Yossi Klein Halevi
“This book also is such a great story that the learning from it is painless. This year, 2017, is the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. What most Christians don't realize is that before that happened our Holy Sites there were off limits. The story follows the key battle and the lives of the men who were famously photographed at the Western Wall after its recapture. The human drama is excellent and you will understand much more about Israeli thinking when you are done.” Nancy Moodie

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
"This book is more theology than narrative. It caused me to slow my reading and ruminate on eucharisteo. In gentle tones Ann teaches how real joy is found only in thankfulness. Not a facade of thankfulness, but true gratitude overflowing from God's grace. When the pace of life gets to me, remembering lessons in this book helps me keep perspective." Ann Warren
 

The Reason for God by Tim Keller
"In all the oftentimes painful complexities of life, this book destroys the alternative worldviews one might be tempted to embrace that conflict with the historic Christian faith. This book constantly keeps me in check." Zach Keenan

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Though it's been over 10 years since I read it, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo probably has impacted me the most. Upon reading, it brought to surface so many different emotions, thoughts and even lessons about life that I still think about it even after all this time.

Love Does by Bob Goff
"Love Does has been one of the most pivotal reads in my life in the last 10 years.  It has challenged my notion of margin in terms of time, resources and relationships and introduced whimsy as a life and faith altering principal.  This book has literally taken our family across the world, expanded our view of who God is, and reminded us of the abundance of faith and love and possibility.  This book is fun and funny and reminds us that God is limitless in an unbelievable and unpredictable way!"  Sara Carlson