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Summer Reading Recommendations

June 30, 2017 | by Sarah Parsons

While we know what our students are reading this summer, the Pacifica faculty has curated a diverse list of recommended reading for anyone. These works range from classic fiction to theological writings to comentaries on contemporary life. Our hope is for these texts to inspire discussion and growth as you share this season with your family.

Laura Batstone – English Faculty

  • The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
  • In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
  • Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical by Timothy Keller
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Jennifer Brase – Dean of College Counseling

  • Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni
  • The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey of Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile

Rev. Hayden Butler – English Department Chair

  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • Lyla by Marilynne Robinson
  • Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
  • Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection by Robert Capon

Alissa Clark – Artist in Residence

  • Art and the Bible by Francis A. Schaeffer
  • A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World by John Stonestreet & Brett Kunkle
  • Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning by Nancy Pearcey

Michael Dees – Mathematics Department Chair

  • The Secret Knowledge of Water by Craig Childs
  • The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous 18th Century Chess Playing Machine by Tom Standage
  • A Christian View of Men and Things by Gordon Clark

David O’Neil – Head of School

  • The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch
  • Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot
  • The World’s Last Night by C. S. Lewis
  • The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis

Sarah Parsons – Director of Admissions and Marketing

  • Awakening the Quieter Virtues by Gregory Spencer
  • Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Dr. Ben Roberson – Principal

  • Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
  • Love Your God with All Your Mind by JP Moreland

Rev. Chris Stratton – Dean of Academics

  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  • Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion