Summer is usually the time I manage to do some reading, or at least reading that's not explicitly or directly linked to some form of worship prep.
This summer I have set myself the challenge of reading three books...
Growing Young by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin aims to help churches to engage, empower and enable younger people... although from a US context, it comes recommended from UK 'next generation' specialists, so I am hoping it will be helpful... the couple of chapters I've read (but need to re-read) seem very promising.
Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham, is also from US context, and again comes highly recommended by those who have read it and whose opinions I value. The subtitle, what the happiest and most successful women do differently, sounds like one of those utterly annoying motivational guides (and the cover design complete with man with cheesy smile doesn't help) but again, having skimmed my way through the first part (I need to read it properly) again it has promise, and the personality types quiz it uses proved surprisingly insightful.
Undivided by Vicky Beeching, subtitled coming out, becoming whole and living free from shame, is something of a 'must read' for anyone seeking to learn more about the Vicky's story and the wider topic of LGBTQI people and Christianity. I need to read this to learn and understand, and quite possibly to repent.
A curious set of titles, but three books that promise much. Having stated here that I'll read them, I make myself, in some small measure, accountable for so-doing.