Summer Reads: Christian Memoirs for $1.99 Each
HarperOne recommends these beautiful, moving, luminous Christian memoirs for thought-provoking summer reading—including books by C.S. Lewis, Frederick Buechner, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Sidney Poitier. Offer expires 6/18/2018. Valid only in the US.
Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow
Former University of Florida star quarterback, first round draft pick of the Denver Broncos, and devout Christian, Tim Tebow, tells the story of his faith, his life, and football. Written with Nathan Whitaker, a three-time New York Times bestselling coauthor (with Tony Dungy), this book will be the first look inside the mind of an athlete whose faith and ability have made him one of the most provocative figures in football.
The Longing for Home by Frederick Buechner
For Frederick Buechner, the meaning of home is twofold: the home we remember and the home we dream. In this deeply moving book of reflection and recollection, Frederick Buechner draws us into his deeply textured life and experience to illuminate our own understanding of home as both our place of origin and our ultimate destination.
All My Road Before Me by C.S. Lewis
From bestselling author C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity, Screwtape Letters) comes his diary from his early twenties about the war, atheism, religion, and humanity.
Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor
By now I expected to be a seasoned parish minister, wearing black clergy shirts grown gray from frequent washing. I expected to love the children who hung on my legs after Sunday morning services until they grew up and had children of their own. I even expected to be buried wearing the same red vestments in which I was ordained.
Today those vestments are hanging in the sacristy of an Anglican church in Kenya, my church pension is frozen, and I am as likely to spend Sunday mornings with friendly Quakers, Presbyterians, or Congregationalists as I am with the Episcopalians who remain my closest kin. Sometimes I even keep the Sabbath with a cup of steaming Assam tea on my front porch, watching towhees vie for the highest perch in the poplar tree while God watches me. These days I earn my living teaching school, not leading worship, and while I still dream of opening a small restaurant in Clarkesville or volunteering at an eye clinic in Nepal, there is no guarantee that I will not run off with the circus before I am through. This is not the life I planned, or the life I recommend to others. But it is the life that has turned out to be mine, and the central revelation in it for me—that the call to serve God is first and last the call to be fully human—seems important enough to witness to on paper. This book is my attempt to do that.
After nine years serving on the staff of a big urban church in Atlanta, Barbara Brown Taylor arrives in rural Clarkesville, Georgia (population 1,500), following her dream to become the pastor of her own small congregation. The adjustment from city life to country dweller is something of a shock—Taylor is one of the only professional women in the community—but small-town life offers many of its own unique joys. Taylor has five successful years that see significant growth in the church she serves, but ultimately she finds herself experiencing "compassion fatigue" and wonders what exactly God has called her to do. She realizes that in order to keep her faith she may have to leave.
Taylor describes a rich spiritual journey in which God has given her more questions than answers. As she becomes part of the flock instead of the shepherd, she describes her poignant and sincere struggle to regain her footing in the world without her defining collar. Taylor's realization that this may in fact be God's surprising path for her leads her to a refreshing search to find Him in new places. Leaving Church will remind even the most skeptical among us that life is about both disappointment and hope—and ultimately, renewal.
The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier
In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure—as a man, as a husband and father, and as an actor.
Tales of Wonder by Huston Smith
As Stephen Hawking is to science, as Peter Drucker is to economics, and as Joseph Campbell is to mythology, so is Huston Smith to religion. Tales of Wonder is the personal story of the author of the classic The World’s Religions, the man who taught a nation about the great faiths of the world, and his fascinating encounters with the people who helped shape the 20th century.
With God in Russia by Walter J. Ciszek, Daniel L. Flaherty
The re-released classic memoir by American-born Jesuit priest Walter Ciszek who survived while ministering to others in the Soviet Union for 15 years during the height of the Cold War.
Still by Lauren Winner
Lauren F. Winner, author of the critically acclaimed memoir Girl Meets God, here describes how the loss of her mother and the collapse of her marriage slam her into a wall of doubt. Witty, relatable, and fiercely honest, Winner lays bare her experience of what she calls the "middle stage" of the spiritual life. In elegant and spare prose, she explores why—in the midst of the overwhelming anxiety, loneliness, and boredom of her deepest questioning about where (or if) God is—the Christian story still explains her better than any other story she's ever known and how she arrived at a deeper and better place. Still is an absorbing meditation combining literary grace with spiritual wisdom. It is sure to provide comfort and hope to all spiritual travelers.