Summer is upon us, so now is the time to plan your summer reading. As you craft your reading list, Intersect contributors would like to recommend their favorite books. We’ll share their recommendations over the coming weeks. (Read list 1, list 2 and list 3.)
This week, our contributors highlight books on traveling, science fiction and home — from authors C.S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson and Tsh Oxenreider.
At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe
by Tsh Oxenreider (Thomas Nelson, 2017)
Amy Whitfield: At Home in the World makes a great summer read, especially if you are traveling. Tsh Oxenreider tells the story of her family’s nine-month journey around the world, and the thoughts that arise about the importance of place and the meaning of home.
This book is delightful and entertaining, yet thought-provoking all at the same time.
by C. S. Lewis (Scribner, 2003)
Josh Herring: Perelandra is book two in C. S. Lewis’ “Space Trilogy,” and it is a beautiful novel exploring questions of human identity, divine creation and God’s work of redemption in our midst. Here is Lewis writing as an adult to adults.
Home: A Novel
by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008)
Nathaniel Williams: Home is a companion piece to Marilynne Robinson’s brilliant novel Gilead. In Home, a prodigal son returns home to his older sister who is caring for their ailing father.
The narrative is simple, but the interactions between the main characters are fraught with tension, as they communicate less by what they say than by what they don’t. In the end, Home is a beautiful reflection on faith, doubt, race, redemption and belonging.
What books are you reading this summer?