Summer Reading Lists for All Grade Levels

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Suggested Summer Reading for Grades K-5

The following titles represent a wide range of recommended reading for students in grades K-5. As always, please use your discretion in helping your student choose what to read.

Chapter Book Family Read-Alouds

▪ Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
▪ The Penderwicks (Jeanne Birdsall)
▪ Ramona, Mouse & the Motorcycle, Ribsy, etc. (Beverly Cleary)
▪ Tale of Despereaux, Because of Winn Dixie, etc. (Kate DiCamillo)
▪ Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, etc. (E.B. White)
▪ Little House on the Prairie (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
▪ The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate)
▪ Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, James & the Giant Peach, the BFG, etc (Roald Dahl)

Early Readers (Grades K & 1)

▪ Frog & Toad (Arnold Lobel)
▪ Amelia Bedelia (Peggy Parish)
▪ Mercy Watson (Kate DiCamillo)
▪ Elephant & Piggie (Mo Willems)
▪ Poppleton (Cynthia Rylant)
▪ Princess in Black (Shannon Hale)
▪ Henry & Mudge (Cynthia Rylant)
▪ Penny (Kevin Henkes)
▪ Little Bear (Else Holmelund Minarik)

Early Chapter Books (Grades 1 & 2)

▪ The Littles (John Peterson)
▪ Magic Treehouse (Mary Pope Osborne)
▪ Sophie Mouse (Poppy Green)
▪ Flat Stanley (Jeff Brown)
▪ Branches Books: Owl Diaries/Dragon Masters/Time Jumpers (Various)
▪ Ivy & Bean (Annie Barrows)
▪ Boxcar Children (Gertrude Chandler Warner)
▪ Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet (Jacqueline Kelly)
▪ Geronimo Stilton (Elisabetta Dami)
▪ The Kingdom of Wrenly (Quinn, Jordan)
▪ Cam Jansen (Adler, David A.)

Grade 3-5

Historical Fiction

▪ Avi. The Secret School, The Player King.
▪ Brink, Carol Ryrie. Caddie Woodlawn
▪ Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden, A Little Princess.
▪ Cole, Henry. Another Quest for Celeste: A Story about Abe Lincoln, Honesty, and the Power of Friendship.
▪ Dalgliesh, Alice. The Courage of Sarah Noble.
▪ Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain.
▪ Lensky, Lois. Strawberry Girl.
▪ Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars
▪ MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall.
▪ Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables series.
▪ Selznick, David. The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck.
▪ Spyri, Johanna. Heidi.
▪ Tarshis, Lauren. I Survived series.
▪ Travers, P.L. Mary Poppins series.
▪ Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House on the Prairie series.

Realistic Fiction

▪ Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy.
▪ Cleary, Beverly. Dear Mr. Henshaw
▪ Clements, Andrew. No Talking , Landry News, School Story, The Report Card, etc.
▪ Creech, Sharon. Saving Winslow .
▪ DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn Dixie
▪ George, Jean Craighead. My Side of the Mountain series.
▪ Gibbs, Stuart. FunJungle series.
▪ Gutman, Dan. Genius Files series.
▪ Holm, Jennifer L. The Fourteenth Goldfish.
▪ Johnson, Terry Lynn. Falcon Wild.
▪ Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking series.
▪ Parr, Maria. Adventures with Waffles.
▪ Rawls, Wilson. Where the Red Fern Grows

Animal Fiction

▪ Applegate, Katherine. The One and Only Ivan, The One and Only Bob, The One and Only Ruby, Wishtree.
▪ Avi. Poppy and Rye series.
▪ Birney, Betty G. According to Humphrey series.
▪ Bruel, Nick. Bad Kitty series
▪ Busby, Cylin. The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs.
▪ DiCamillo, Kate. Flora and Ulysses, The Magician’s Elephant, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Tale of Despereaux.
▪ Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.
▪ Lofting, Hugh. The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle.
▪ Sewell, Anna. Black Beauty.
▪ White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, Trumpet of the Swan.

Fantancy/Science Fiction

▪ Abbott, Tony. The Secrets of Droon series.
▪ Baker, E.D. The Wide Awake Princess and Tales of the Frog Princess series.
▪ Barrie, J.M. Peter Pan
▪ Barry, Dave, and Pearson, Ridley. Peter and the Starcatchers series.
▪ Brown, Peter. Wild Robot , Wild Robot Escapes.
▪ Colfer, Chris. The Land of Stories series.
▪ Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander series.
▪ Dahl, Roald. The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
▪ DuPrau, Jeanne. City of Ember series.
▪ Ferris, Jean. Once Upon a Marigold, Twice Upon a Marigold.
▪ George, Jessica Day. Dragon Slippers, Tuesdays at the Castle.
▪ Grabenstein , Chris. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series.
▪ Kessler, Liz. Emily Windsnap series
▪ L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time.
▪ Lewis, C.S. Chronicles of Narnia series .
▪ Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
▪ Messenger, Shannon. Keeper of the Lost Cities series.
▪ O’Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
▪ Stewart, Trenton Lee. The Mysterious Benedict Society series.
▪ Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit.

Suggested Summer Reading for Grades 6-8

The following titles represent a wide range of recommended reading for students in grades 6-8. As always, please use your discretion in helping your student choose what to read.

Little Women, Louisa Alcott
recommended for its portrayal of strong moral values and Christian virtues such as kindness, generosity, and forgiveness, which resonate with young readers. The novel highlights the importance of family bonds and the power of faith to guide individuals through life’s challenges, making it an inspiring and uplifting read for adolescents. Through the characters’ journeys of growth and self-discovery, “Little Women” imparts valuable lessons about integrity, perseverance, and the pursuit of righteousness, making it a cherished classic for Christian families and schools alike.

Fever 1793, Laurie Halse Anderson
recommended for its gripping depiction of courage and faith amidst adversity during the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia. Through the eyes of young protagonist Mattie Cook, readers witness the resilience of the human spirit and the power of community to overcome tragedy. This historical novel not only educates students about a significant event in American history but also inspires them to trust in God’s providence and exhibit compassion towards others in times of crisis.

The War That Saved My Life. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Is recommended for its powerful narrative of resilience, redemption, and the transformative power of love and faith. Through the story of Ada, a young girl evacuated from London during World War II, readers witness her journey of healing and self-discovery as she learns to overcome past trauma and embrace her worth in the eyes of God. This heartwarming novel not only educates students about the realities of war but also inspires them to find hope and strength in the midst of adversity, reminding them of God’s unwavering presence and grace.

Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane
Is recommended for its profound exploration of bravery, inner conflict, and personal growth during the Civil War. Through the experiences of young soldier Henry Fleming, readers are invited to reflect on the importance of courage, faith, and integrity in the face of fear and uncertainty. This classic novel offers valuable lessons on overcoming self-doubt and finding strength in God’s guidance, making it an inspiring read.

Elijah of Buxton. Christopher Paul Curtis
Is recommended for its inspiring portrayal of faith, freedom, and community in a historical context. Through the adventures of Elijah, the first free-born child in a Canadian settlement of escaped slaves, readers learn about the importance of courage, perseverance, and trusting in God’s plan. This engaging novel not only provides a rich understanding of history but also encourages young readers to value compassion, justice, and the power of helping others.

Catherine, Called Birdy. Karen Cushman
Recommended for its engaging and humorous portrayal of a young girl’s life in medieval England, offering valuable lessons about individuality and faith. Through Catherine’s diary entries, readers witness her struggles and growth, learning the importance of standing up for one’s beliefs and trusting in God’s guidance. This delightful novel encourages students to appreciate history, embrace their unique identities, and seek God’s wisdom in their daily lives.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Recommended for its captivating stories that emphasize critical thinking, integrity, and the pursuit of truth. Through the brilliant detective work of Sherlock Holmes and the steadfast loyalty of Dr. Watson, readers learn the value of perseverance, moral courage, and using one’s God-given talents for good. This classic collection of mysteries not only entertains but also encourages students to develop their problem-solving skills and uphold ethical principles in all they do.

The Samurai’s Tale, Eric Haugaard.
A captivating journey through feudal Japan, where honor, courage, and loyalty are central themes. Through the protagonist’s adventures, students learn valuable lessons about resilience and the importance of staying true to one’s beliefs, making it a meaningful and enriching read for our library collection.

Lifeboat 12, Susan Hood.
Blending history with faith-filled resilience. It follows the harrowing true story of a young boy’s survival aboard a lifeboat during World War II, showcasing the power of hope and community amidst adversity. Through its themes of courage and compassion, this novel inspires readers to trust in God’s guidance even in the darkest of storms.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
The timeless classic that offers more than just a captivating story; it’s a tale rich in moral depth and spiritual reflection. Through the character of Quasimodo, students can explore themes of empathy, acceptance, and the inherent value of every human soul, echoing Christian teachings of love and compassion. Its vivid portrayal of medieval Paris and its underlying messages of redemption make it a valuable addition to your summer reading, sparking meaningful discussions about faith and forgiveness.

The Trumpeter of Krakow, Eric P. Kelly.
A captivating historical novel that transports readers to the heart of medieval Poland. Filled with mystery, adventure, and a strong sense of faith, this tale follows a young boy and his family as they uncover ancient secrets and confront evil forces. Through its themes of courage, sacrifice, and the triumph of light over darkness, it instills important Christian values while sparking imaginations and fostering a love for history.

Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery .
The beloved classic that resonates deeply with readers of all ages, offering timeless lessons of grace, forgiveness, and the beauty of second chances. Through the adventures of the spirited Anne Shirley, students learn the importance of kindness, imagination, and the transformative power of love. Its wholesome storytelling and emphasis on virtues align with Christian values, making it a delightful and enriching read for readers young and no so young alike.

The Crossover, Kwame Alexander.
An inspiring novel written in verse that celebrates family, faith, and the power of resilience. Through the story of twin brothers navigating life’s challenges both on and off the basketball court, students learn valuable lessons about brotherhood, forgiveness, and the importance of staying true to one’s beliefs. Its engaging narrative and heartfelt themes make it a compelling read that encourages reflection on the Christian virtues of compassion and perseverance.

Lions and Liars, Kate Beasley.
A delightful adventure that combines faith, friendship, and courage in a captivating story suitable for middle school readers. As the protagonist, Frederick, embarks on a journey of self-discovery in the wilderness, students are reminded of the importance of trust, integrity, and standing up for what is right. Through its themes of redemption and the transformative power of honesty, this novel inspires young readers to embrace Christian values while enjoying an exciting tale of survival and friendship.

Space Trilogy, Lewis, C.S.
A remarkable series that intertwines science fiction with profound Christian themes. Through the adventures of Dr. Ransom across the cosmos, readers are invited to explore concepts of faith, morality, and the eternal battle between good and evil. This trilogy serves as a thought-provoking and spiritually enriching journey for young minds, encouraging deeper reflection on God’s presence in the universe and the significance of redemption.

A Wrinkle in Time, Madaline L’Engle
A cherished classic that invites readers into a world of wonder and imagination while exploring profound spiritual themes. Through the journey of Meg Murry and her companions, students encounter messages of love, faith, and the triumph of good over evil. Its blend of science fiction and Christian allegory sparks curiosity and fosters meaningful discussions about the power of light to overcome darkness.

Ana Maria does NOT live in a castle, Hilda Eunice Burgos
A touching and thought-provoking novel that resonates deeply with readers. Through Ana Maria’s journey of self-discovery and resilience in the face of adversity, students learn valuable lessons about empathy, compassion, and the importance of finding strength in faith. Its themes of social justice and the inherent dignity of every individual reflect Christian teachings, making it a poignant and enriching read for middle schoolers.

Ambrose Deception, Emily Ecton
a captivating mystery that engages young readers with its clever puzzles and intriguing plot twists. As students follow the intertwined stories of three contestants competing for a scholarship, they uncover themes of honesty, integrity, and the consequences of deceit. Its emphasis on the importance of truth and moral character aligns with Christian values, making it a compelling and thought-provoking novel for middle schoolers.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsberg.
A delightful adventure that celebrates curiosity, creativity, and the joy of discovery. Through the escapades of Claudia and Jamie as they run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, students embark on a journey of self-discovery and appreciation for the beauty of art and history. Its themes of family, friendship, and the pursuit of truth resonate with Christian values, making it a captivating and morally uplifting read for middle schoolers.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien.
Epic tales of courage, friendship, and the battle between good and evil that captivates readers with its rich storytelling and profound themes. Through the trials and triumphs of Frodo and his companions, students are reminded of the importance of faith, sacrifice, and standing firm in the face of adversity. Its timeless messages of hope, redemption, and the ultimate victory of light over darkness resonate deeply with Christian beliefs, making it a compelling and spiritually enriching read for middle schoolers.

Apollo 8: The Mission that Changed Everything, Martin W. Sandler
An awe-inspiring journey through history that highlights the courage, ingenuity, and faith of the astronauts aboard the first mission to orbit the moon. Through captivating storytelling and vivid illustrations, students are transported to the thrilling days of the Space Race, where humanity’s quest for exploration intersected with profound moments of reflection and wonder. Its exploration of the vastness of space and the wonders of God’s creation instills a sense of awe and humility, encouraging young readers to marvel at the mysteries of the universe while embracing the enduring truths of faith.

Hidden Figures: Young Readers’ Edition, Margot Lee Shetterly.
An inspiring portrayal of the remarkable contributions of African American women to the space program amidst the challenges of segregation. Through the stories of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, students discover the power of perseverance, determination, and faith in overcoming obstacles. Its portrayal of these unsung heroes serves as a testament to the dignity and worth of every individual, echoing Christian principles of equality and justice.

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust, Michael Hingson.
A deeply moving memoir that recounts the incredible bond between a blind man and his guide dog during the tragic events of 9/11. Through Michael Hingson’s experiences, students learn about courage, trust, and the strength found in relying on God’s guidance even in the darkest moments. Its portrayal of resilience and faith amidst adversity serves as a powerful reminder of God’s presence and protection, inspiring young readers to embrace challenges with hope and determination.

Suggested Summer Reading for Grades 9-12

If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth.

Ronald Reagan

In general, these titles are classics of Literature or they are current Christian titles. To be an American and to be a Christian means that we think nobly, act with kindness and love and believe in higher truths. As we grow and develop our ability to think critically, we are faced with many choices that will reflect our character as maturing learners and as persons with core beliefs. Developing these things requires learning from others and practice. Some of our best teachers and vision keepers are characters found in some of these books. Challenge yourself! Read 75 pages a week this summer (10 pages a day). Check out the links to extend the list. Read a good book this summer!

Many of the titles can be found at your Public Library all can be found on Amazon and some can be read on a screen. 😊/☹

The Last of the Mohicans: James Fenimore Cooper
A gripping tale set during the French and Indian War, following the adventures of Natty Bumppo, known as Hawkeye, and his Mohican friends, Chingachgook and his son Uncas. The story intertwines themes of love, survival, and cultural conflict as they strive to protect two sisters, Cora and Alice Munro, from various dangers in the wilderness. Rich in historical detail and vivid descriptions, this classic novel explores the complexities of frontier life and the tragic fate of the Native American tribes.

Mathew Alabaster Guided Meditations: Brian Chung and Bryan Ye-Chung eds.
A peaceful collection of meditative exercises that encourage mindfulness and spiritual growth, aligning well with Christian values of inner peace and reflection. Each meditation is thoughtfully designed to help believers reduce stress, deepen their faith, and enhance their daily connection with
God. This uplifting guide offers practical tools for Christians seeking to integrate meditation into their spiritual practice, fostering a closer walk with the Lord.

The Red Badge of Courage: Stephan Crane
a compelling novel that delves into the psychological trials of a young soldier named Henry Fleming during the American Civil War. As Henry grapples with fear, courage, and his desire for redemption, the story poignantly explores themes of bravery, self-discovery, and the harsh realities of war. This classic work offers a profound reflection on the human spirit and the moral challenges faced in the crucible of battle.

Rhythms for Life: Spiritual Practices for who God made you to be: Alistair Sterne
A transformative guide to embracing spiritual disciplines that align with God’s unique design for each individual. Through practical insights and biblical wisdom, Sterne encourages believers to cultivate habits that foster spiritual growth, rest, and a deeper relationship with Christ. This inspiring book provides a pathway for Christians to live out their faith authentically and purposefully, honoring the rhythms God has woven into their lives.

A Tale of Two Cities: Charles Dickens
A profound narrative set against the tumultuous backdrop of the French Revolution, contrasting the cities of London and Paris. The novel intricately weaves themes of sacrifice, resurrection, and redemption through the lives of its characters, particularly focusing on the noble acts of Sydney Carton. This classic work offers a compelling reflection on the transformative power of love and grace amidst the chaos of historical upheaval.

The Path Between us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships: Suzanne Stabile
An exploration of how understanding the Enneagram can enrich our relationships by revealing our unique interpersonal dynamics. Through a Christian lens, Stabile offers insights and practical guidance on how each Enneagram type interacts, helping readers foster deeper connections marked by empathy and grace. This insightful book equips believers to navigate their relationships with greater self-awareness and Christ-like love.

Selected Essays: Ralph Waldo Emerson
A collection of thought-provoking works by the renowned 19th-century philosopher and essayist. Emerson’s essays explore profound themes such as individuality, nature, and spirituality, emphasizing the importance of self-reliance and the divine presence in everyday life. For Christian readers, this compilation offers valuable reflections on the interconnectedness of faith, personal growth, and the search for deeper meaning.

The Connected Life: The Art and Science of Relational Spirituality: Todd W. Hall
A comprehensive exploration of the intersection between spirituality and human relationships from a Christian perspective. Through biblical principles and psychological insights, the author delves into
the significance of authentic connection with God and others in fostering spiritual growth and well-being. This insightful guide offers practical strategies for believers to cultivate deeper, more meaningful relationships, ultimately leading to a more fulfilling spiritual journey.

Sound and the Fury: William Faulkner
Post Reconstruction the Compson family of Mississippi grapples with the decay of Southern aristocracy and the burdens of their troubled past. Through the perspectives of the Compson sibling Benjy, Quentin, and Jason the novel explores themes of memory, loss, and the disintegration of traditional values. Set against the backdrop of the early 20th century, Faulkner’s masterpiece offers a profound meditation on the complexities of human existence and the quest for redemption.

A week in the life for a slave; A week in the life series. John Byron
From the “A Week in the Life” series provides a compelling firsthand account of the daily struggles and triumphs of enslaved individuals in America’s history. Through vivid narratives and historical context, readers gain insight into the harsh realities of bondage, while also discovering stories of resilience, faith, and the pursuit of freedom. This eye-opening book serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of empathy, justice, and the ongoing fight against oppression in the Christian journey towards social justice.

Grant: Robert Chernow
A comprehensive biography of the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant. Through meticulous research and engaging narrative, Chernow offers readers a deep understanding of Grant’s life, from his humble beginnings to his remarkable military leadership during the Civil War and presidency. This insightful biography not only explores Grant’s military and political achievements but also delves into his personal struggles, offering valuable lessons of resilience, leadership, and the complexities of historical legacy for Christian high school students to ponder.

Posting Peace: Why Social Media Divides Us and What We Con Do About It: Douglas S. Bursch
Exploration of the impact of social media on our relationships, communication, and society as a whole. Through thoughtful analysis and practical insights, the author unpacks the ways in which online platforms often contribute to polarization and conflict. By offering strategies for cultivating empathy, understanding, and constructive dialogue, this book empowers Christian high school students to engage with social media in ways that promote unity, compassion, and the pursuit of peace in the digital age.

Their Eyes Were Watching God: Zora Neale Hurston
A poignant exploration of one woman’s journey towards self-awareness and spiritual fulfillment in the face of societal constraints and personal trials. Through the character of Janie Crawford, Hurston delves into themes of love, resilience, and the search for meaning, inviting readers to reflect on the complexities of faith and identity. This classic novel offers Christian high school students a profound meditation on the intersection of race, gender, and spirituality, prompting discussions about the nature of God’s presence in our lives and the pursuit of authenticity in relationship with Him.

The Gospel of Peace in a Violent World: Christian Nonviolence for Communal Flourishing: Shawn Graves and Marlena Graves eds.
Illuminates the transformative potential of Christ’s teachings in addressing conflict and promoting reconciliation. Through biblical principles and practical examples, the book equips believers to embody Christ’s message of love and forgiveness, fostering peace in communities marred by violence. An invaluable resource for spreading the message of Christ’s peace and inspiring others to pursue nonviolent solutions for the flourishing of all.

Babbitt: Sinclair Lewis
A middle-aged real estate agent in the fictional city of Zenith. Through Babbitt’s experiences, the novel explores themes of conformity, materialism, and the emptiness of the American Dream. This classic work is recommended for its insightful critique of societal values and its potential to prompt reflection on the pursuit of authentic purpose and spiritual fulfillment.

The God Question: An Invitation to a Life of Meaning: J.P. Moreland
A thoughtful exploration of the quest for purpose and spirituality in a secular age. Through engaging narratives and philosophical reflections, the author invites readers to consider the existence of God and the implications for their lives. Recommend as a valuable resource for students seeking to deepen their understanding of faith and find meaning in an increasingly complex world.

The Call of the Wild: Jack London
Follows the journey of Buck, a domesticated dog who must adapt to the harsh realities of life in the Yukon wilderness during the Klondike Gold Rush. Through Buck’s experiences, the novel explores themes of survival, instinct, and the primal forces of nature, prompting readers to ponder the complexities of God’s creation. This classic tale is recommended for its gripping narrative and its potential to spark discussions about resilience, obedience, and the call to embrace one’s true nature in the face of adversity.

When Everything is on Fire: Faith Forged from the Ashes: Brain Zahnd
A poignant memoir by author and pastor Reinhard Bonnke, recounting his remarkable journey of faith and ministry amidst trials and triumphs. Through powerful anecdotes and spiritual insights, Bonnke shares how his unwavering trust in God sustained him through challenging seasons, inspiring readers to find hope and courage in their own lives. Recommended for its stirring testament to the transformative power of faith and the enduring grace of God in the midst of life’s fires.

Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language: Gary M. Burge and David Lauber eds.
A comprehensive exploration of fundamental theological concepts in an accessible format. Through clear explanations and thoughtful insights, the book addresses common questions about God, faith,
and the Christian worldview. A resource for students seeking to deepen their understanding of theology and engage with their faith in a meaningful way.

All Quiet on the Western Front: Erich Maria
A powerful novel that offers a haunting portrayal of the horrors of World War I through the eyes of a young German soldier, Paul Bäumer. As Paul grapples with the brutalities of war and the loss of his comrades, the novel explores themes of camaraderie, disillusionment, and the moral complexities of combat. Through its vivid prose and poignant reflections, this classic work prompts readers to contemplate the profound toll of violence and the enduring need for peace in a fallen world.

Eyes to See: Recognizing God’s Common Grace in an Unsettled World: Tim Muelhhoff
A profound exploration of finding God’s presence and goodness amid the chaos of modern life. Through insightful reflections and practical examples, the author guides readers to recognize and appreciate the everyday blessings that reveal God’s grace. This inspiring book offers Christian high school students a renewed perspective on the world around them, empowering them to cultivate gratitude and faith in the midst of uncertainty.

The House of Mirth: Edith Wharton
A novel set in New York City’s high society at the end of the 19th century. It follows the story of Lily Bart, a well-born but impoverished woman, as she navigates social gossip, financial struggles, and romantic conflicts in her pursuit of marriage and wealth. Lily’s indecision and tragic fate lead her from privilege to a lonely existence on the margins of society.

Simple Prayer: Learning to Speak to God with Ease: Charles Dawes
A refreshing perspective on prayer. Dawes emphasizes that prayer need not be complicated; instead, it can be as simple as a single word or short sentence. By focusing on these elemental prayers, readers can deepen their relationship with God and experience a heart level connection that transcends words.

To the Lighthouse: Virginia Woolf
Divided into three sections: “The Window,” “Time Passes,” and “The Lighthouse.” In “The Window,” the Ramsay family prepares for a dinner party at their summer home, with tensions and emotions simmering beneath the surface. In “Time Passes,” the novel fast-forwards through a decade marked by war, loss, and decay

Selections from:
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The 25 Best Christian Books for Your College Student