Lists of Books Submitted for Reading the Word

Here is the current list of books that have been recommended for our summer reading.  Please come back often as the list will be updated as new submissions are made.  Selecting the little triangles that appear in each column will allow you to sort the list by the information found in that column (books by title, by author, etc).

If you want to submit the name of a book to be added to the list you will find the submission form here.

Book Title:Author:Submitted by:Why I recommend:
Call It CourageArmstrong PerryPastor EdWhen I was about 10 years old, I read this book over and over again. It was a story about a young boy in an ancient Polynesian culture. Like me at that age he is plagued by fear. He confronts his fears by going on a solo adventure. This book is similar to Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen (another great book!) in that the young man must survive in a hostile environment.
The Man Who Moved a MountainRichard C. DavisMike HThe story of a man who tamed a while, whisky making,trigger happy group of mountaineers - very close to where my ancestors lived. Inspirational.
The Thirteen American ArgumentsHoward FinemanMike HThe never to be resolved debates that define our democracy.
The Boys in the BoatDaniel James BrownMike HThe story of the rowing crew that won the Gold Medal in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. A story of great courage and endurance in the face of great adversity.
HomegoingYaa GyasiJoyce HThis was my favorite book of 2016. Its about a black family - one part in Africa, one in the U.S. One generation follows another on both sides. Each chapter reads like a short story. Wonderful writing. This is a riveting book.
PachinkoMin Jin LeeJoyce HJust try to put this book down. It's about Koreans who settle in Japan. Its enlightening and a great read.
Barbarian Days: A Surfing LifeWilliam FinneganJoyce HOn a hot day consider getting into a terrific book about surfing. Even if you don't like to surf. Relive your youth. You'll be glad you did.
Pride and PrejudiceJane AustinWare WBest love story ever. Mr Darby is the best romantic character. Also a great look a t home first impressions are often wrong. i.e. filled with pride or prejudice and that we should be open to learning more.
A Gentleman in MoscowAmor TowlesWare WA Russin nobleman in the 1920's is sentenced to spend the rest of his life confined to the Metropole Hotel in Moscow. He turns his adversity into a great adventure - not resigning himself to circumstances but embracing them.
What Alice ForgotLiane MoriarityWare WProtagonist bumps her head during spin class and forgets the last ten years of her life. Rebuilding her life gives her a chance for a "do-over" and to discover what's really important and at her core.
Catherine the GreatRobert MassieCharlotte HAmazing biography.
Nicholas and AlexandraRobert MassieCharlotte HAmazing biography
Ordinary GraceWm Kent KruegerCharlotte H I loved the book and then I met him and he explained how this book was his passion. His other books are mysteries.
TrioKen FolletCharlotte HThese three books again are letting our world history thru fiction. First and Second World Wars and now five families - American, U.K. German, France and Russia
ReflectionsJohn Nobuya Tsuchida, EditorAudrey O It is a non-fiction book of memoirs of Japanese America women in Minnesota. My Mother and my Aunt tell their stories.
The Insatiable Search for TruthJoseph Norio UemuraAudrey OThis non-fiction book is about my Uncle Joseph Norio Uemura. It is his life story.
What Pet Should I Get?Dr SeussAudrey OI like this story because of the cute pictures.
The Book of JoyDouglas AbramsTom PThe author recaps a week where Archbishop Desmond Tutu visits the Dalai Lama.
Elizabeth StreetLaurie FabianoTom PA true story of an immigrant in NYC from Sicily in the early 1900's.
It is a gripping tale.
Perfect Hostage, The Life of Aung San Suu KyiJustin WintleTom PWhat she did and how she persevered through years of persecution and deprivation
to bring democracy to the people of her country.
AstoriaPeter StarkTom PJohn Jacob Astor had a vision. He collaborated with the president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.
The vision was to establish a colony on the west coast of North America. The book tells the story of the
unimaginable hardships these people endured to establish Astoria. In the end it failed but in failing many of
the elements of the effort carried over into many future successes.
The Century TrilogyKen FollettTom PAn epic tale of just a few families that lived through the 1900's
Escape from Camp 14Blaine HardenTom PThe life of one person born and raised in a North Korean prison camp. Just as he
was entering adulthood he escaped to find there was a world other than prison camp.
Love WinsRob BellBob W"Love Wins" is a passionate argument for a theology that embraces ALL of the world as saved by Christ's love, even those who do not know Jesus' name. Rob Bell was pretty much cast out of the evangelical community as a heretic after publishing this, but he has continued to find an audience that REALLY needs to know about God's unconditional love.
Pride and PrejudiceJane AustenBob WIt's a droll observation of human foibles that makes me laugh out loud, and it's still relevant two centuries later for exposing the hypocrisy that creeps into every society. My favorite novel!
The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy (series)Douglas AdamsBob WIt's a silly, brilliant, tongue-in-cheek explanation of just how naive we Earthlings are, and how bureaucrats run the universe. It also offers a surprisingly simple answer to the question of "life, the universe, and everything"...
Sometimes you just need something harmlessly amusing to read!
A Gentleman in MoscowAmor TowlesMartha KBeautiful artistic prose - Main character Count Rostov undergoes great changes because of the Russian Political Situations - Historically very interesting - laugh and cry with this one.
Captain PamphileAlexandre DumasMartha KIt is funny - 200 years old and still funny... The whole improbable tale is told in dignified words, as if it could be believable - This is a a comic Weekly serial that Dumas wrote for the Parisian newspaper, very popular at the time.
The Far PavilionsM. M. KayeMartha KAbout India at downfall of British Residence in Kabal (1879) Author lived through and understood the country, Its religions, politics, traditions, nature - Book is very long, but Kaye has much to tell: lovely writing style.