For many people, summer seems to signal that it's time to take time to read.
And with social media, people are finding more ways to share their reading with others.
Publishing company HarperCollins just started pagechaser.com, with the tagline "Books, Kind Conversations and Believers." It has written and audio blogs, a fun things page and a page for deals on e-books.
Recent blog topics include "Should You Ever 'Titanic' A Book?" and "The 7 Stages of Beach Reading." An earlier post referred to the Read Harder challenge at meet.libbyapp.com. Rather than providing titles, the book list gives a type of book to read — a book published posthumously, a comic written and drawn by the same person or a romance novel by or about a person of color are examples.
And if you are looking for something a bit more spiritual for your beach read, you might consider some of these. Several writers have chronicled their journey of faith.
Lily Burana wrote “Grace for Amateurs: Field Notes on a Journey Back to Faith,” published by Thomas Nelson. Burana starts with a description of her deep depression and her therapy. She explains that she found Jesus “at the bottom of a tarry pit of despair” and that Micah 6:8’s instructions to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly were the inspiration for sharing her journey to faith.
Ronald Rolheiser shares a similar theme in “Wrestling With God,” published by Image. Rolheiser aims to help readers find their own rhythm on the walk of faith.
Also from Image is “The Fourth Cup: Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross” by Catholic author Scott Hahn. Hahn uses his belief journey, some detective work and Bible study in his work.
If you like to read Pope Francis’ words, look for “Our Father: Reflection on the Lord’s Prayer” from Image or “Happiness in This Life” from Random House.
For those wanting a feminine point of view, try “Made Like Martha” by Katie M. Reid. This book from Waterbrook is aimed at women who want to be like the biblical Mary but function like her sister Martha.
Publisher Llewellyn has two books for people seeking relief.
“The Body Heals Itself” by Emily A. Francis looks at being aware of our muscles and using that awareness to bring healing. For instance, Chapter 4 talks about the back and how that is where betrayal, protection and emotional support is stored, and Chapter 11 focuses on the neck, where we store stress, flexibility and awareness.
“Yoga for the Creative Soul” by Erin Byron is divided into three parts: The Path of Creativity, Accessing the Creative Soul and Creative Living with Yoga and the Expressive Arts. It is filled with mental and physical exercises, which have their own table of contents.
Moving to Buddhist publisher Shambhala, “Painting Peace, Art in a Time of Global Crisis” by Kazuaki Tanahashi is a beautiful volume. It uses poems and photos of art by the author throughout. Tanahashi is a calligrapher and painter as well as author. The book tells how his art is an expression of his life of social activism.
Others from the same publisher include:
- “The Logic of Faith: A Buddhist Approach to Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt” by Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel
- “Comfortable with Uncertainty, 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion” by Pema Chödrön
- “The Rinzai Zen Way” by Meido Moore
- “Buddhism Beyond Gender, Liberation from Attachment to Identity” by Rita M. Gross
- “Training in Tenderness, Buddhist Teachings on Tsewa, the Radical Openness of Heart That Can Change the World” by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
- “Gendun Chopel, Tinet’s Modern Visionary” by Donald S. Lopez Jr.
- “Zen in the Age of Anxiety, Wisdom for Navigating our Modern Lives” by Tim Burkett
- “Sadness Love Openness: The Buddhist Path of Joy” by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche