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Super Radical Wonderful Summer Reading!
By Julie Ferwerda
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Want to invest your time into something meaningful this summer? Don't miss this great selection of books for summer reading. Your family will be radically challenged (and changed) for the better!

  • RadicalRadical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream (David Platt, 2010). "David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple—then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus. Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment --a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.
  • Reckless FaithReckless Faith: Let Go and Be Led, (Beth Guckenberger, 2008). When Beth and her husband Todd took a missions trip to Mexico thirteen years ago, they just thought it was an opportunity to do a little good with their summer vacation. But they couldn't forget a chance encounter with a forgotten orphanage, couldn't forget that transcendent feeling of having participated in something truly profound and like addicts they wanted that feeling again. A year later, they moved to Monterrey, Mexico. This is her inspiring story.
  • Small Town, Big Miracle: How Love Came to the Least of These (W.C. Martin, 2007). One memorable day, God gae W. C. Martin and his wife, Donna, a one-word message: "Adopt!" Over the next five years, the Martins adopted four kids. The members of their church of 200 soon caught the same vision and at last count have all together adopted 72 children.
  • The Christian Heroes Series, (YWAM Publishing, 1999).
    HeroesThis is a simple, inspiring collection of biographies of great men and women of faith who have changed the world (great to read with your kids!).



  • Hands that Hold the World: The Biography of M.A. Thomas ("Papa") of India (Julie Ferwerda, 2009). Download and print up this inspiring biography of a man who has radically changed the world with love and faithfulness. It's free!
  • ScaredScared: A Novel on the Edge of the World (Tom Davis, 2009). When American photographer Stuart Daniels discovers an abused orphan girl near death in Swaziland, he enlists a pastor and a village chief to help her and her two siblings. Facing floods, confronting a humanitarian aid agency's fraud, and absorbing a brutal attack by one of many desperate starving people may be the only path toward atonement for Stuart's past life. Davis shows insight into African culture in this riveting novel.
  • The Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God
    Wild Goose Chase(Mark Batterson, 2008). Mark says, "Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit–An Geadh-Glas, or ‘the Wild Goose.’ The name hints at mystery. Much like a wild goose, the Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. An element of danger, an air of unpredictability surround Him. And while the name may sound a little sacrilegious, I cannot think of a better description of what it’s like to follow the Spirit through life. I think the Celtic Christians were on to something…. Most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time. And I know that is unsettling. But circumstantial uncertainty also goes by another name: Adventure.”
  • There is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Her Country's Children
    No Me Without You(Melissa Fay Greene, 2007). Two-time National Book Award nominee Melissa Fay Greene puts a human face on the African AIDS crisis with this powerful story of one woman working to save her country’s children. After losing her husband and daughter, Haregewoin Teferra, an Ethiopian woman of modest means, opened her home to some of the thousands of children in Addis Ababa who have been left as orphans. Haregewoin transformed her home into an orphanage and day-care center and began facilitating adoptions to homes all over the world. At heart, it is a book about children and parents, wherever they may be, however they may find each other.

About The Author

Julie Ferwerda with orphanJulie is recognized for making the Bible exciting and relevant to everyday life through her writing and speaking. Her articles are featured in many Christian magazines and websites for both adults and teens, and she frequently volunteers her time and talents to international orphan ministry. When not doing all these things, she lives by her mantra: Life is short, nap hard. Learn more at: »

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