Here are some book reviews and recommendations to help you select your next summer read...
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants
-- Robin Wall Kimmerer
This book is written by a brilliant botanist who combines her deep knowledge of science with Indigenous ways of knowing, all with the purpose of healing our relationship with the earth, “in which people and land are good medicine for each other.” A gifted writer who makes science very approachable and accessible.
Why I liked this book: Braiding Sweetgrass impressed on me the beauty and complexity of nature and the Indigenous peoples respect and love for creation and the Creator. - Tony Vander Woude
-- Michael Yaconelli
I picked up this book at a point when I was angry at God, unable to trust them, and yet unable to walk away. This book brought me so much healing with its insistence that my mess was okay, even good, and that admitting my mess and letting Jesus work with it was integral to authentic spirituality. It brought me back to the Jesus who was mocked for hanging out with tax collectors and sinners, the Jesus who ran to the people who made a scene instead of going through the proper channels, the Jesus who couldn't stand it when people pretended to be perfect and have it all together. Reality is that we are all a mess. This book is a good reminder that Jesus works well with (and even likes!) messes. - Nicole Giesbrecht
-- Christopher Paolini
Eragon is a book series that follows the adventures of Eragon and his dragon, Saphira. Eragon grows up a poor farm boy until one day his life is changed and he finds a strange blue stone in the wood, which happens to be a dragon egg. Over the course of four novels Eragon and his dragon travel across the land fleeing and battling the evil king’s forces, while with training elves to one day battle the evil king. I enjoyed reading this series because of the mythical creatures, the adventures and the battles. - Chevelle Chapman
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