Summer Reading

I have always used summer months to refuel. When do you take time out from the frenzy of life?   I love to read fiction and biography during the summer, but balancing that with some biblical application and input is a good idea. We all need some alone time and space.  “Drop Everything and Read” can accommodate that.  I used to ring a bell.  But, summer should also bring the family together.  Reading aloud or talking about the same books can do that.  Some of the titles before, even for small children, can do that.  Adventure never grows old. Or is it that we never grow too old for adventure?

May I promote my own book, OLD PATHS FOR LITTLE FEET.  It is light and airy and direct with simple tips for  teaching children from a warm-hearted Calvinist perspective.  It can be ordered  at or www.Amazon.

Roger Ellsworth is one of the warm-hearted Calvinists in the ebook available from the main menu on this site.  He has written fifty books.  His latest is OPENING UP REVELATION.  It is devotional in format, and is easy enough reading to take to the beach or lake.  This is also from a Classical Reformed perspective so it will not have a dispensational division between Old and New Testament.  It can also be ordered from


There is a new edition out of PILGRIM’S PROGRESS for children in lower elementary, or for upper elementary to read alone.  It is from a Reformed perspective and has a CD for kids to follow along.  I would urge you to also read it aloud to them so you can talk about it.  If you have never read John Bunyan’s imaginative allegory of the Christian life, this is a good place for you to start.  Always remember this is an adventure story!  Order at  There is a paperback version that is good for the kids without getting into much money.  They could listen to it and then the family could talk about this great adventure.

THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE by Sally Lloyd-Jones is a good “get out of the sun” read for pre-school and lower elementary.  There is a CD as well as a DVD so you can have a break.  Order it at  Same thing here.  they can listen to the CD and then you all can talk about this great adventure story of the gospel.


One of the most useful lessons I had was from a Junior High English teacher who required us to read a book a month and select from a different part of the library card catalogue each time.  Travel, history, biography, fiction, science, social science, etc.  Why not do that this summer?  You could make it Christian history, biography, fiction, something on creation science, travel to Israel or Christian history sites. (As an example, I just recently went to Ft. Caroline in Jacksonville, Florida, where French Protestants escaping persecution in France for their religious beliefs  tried to set up a colony in the 1500’s.)

However,  I notice that children in high school are under such pressure to perform on standardized tests and to participate in whatever the college admissions committees are wanting that they might need a rest from structure and demands.  In that case, I would find a book to give them from a category they never have time for and encourage them to read it. FAIR SUNSHINE or LETTERS OF JOHN NEWTON can be ordered at  They are both adventure stories with some graphic details the older family members could discuss.  If all else fails, go back to the children’s selections.  Pilgrim’s Progress and The Jesus Storybook Bible never hurt anyone.

THE BIBLE.  So often during the school year, we run such a race there is little time for reading the Bible aloud.  Why not try it one chapter at a time this summer?


Have a wonderful summer.  Relax some.  Revitalize.  Spend time interacting with each other.  Talk about what you are reading.  Read aloud.



About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before “retiring” to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies.

My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years.

Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, “Warm-hearted Calvinists.”

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