Summer Reading List - Refreshment For Your Spirit

Ahh Summertime!  It is here! 

Summer Reading List

I love Summer, the season to take a break from the whirlwind of life, to slow the pace and refresh the spirit.  This Summer, as always, I will take a sabbatical from posting on My Sunshine Room, a time to refresh my own spirit; and as I do, I want to leave you with a Summer Reading List, a few books that hopefully may inspire and encourage you as you take a break as well.  These are the books that I personally will be reading this Summer, some new, and some repeats of my all time favorites that never cease to inspire and refill my spirit.

The School of Greatness

1.  The School of Greatness, by Lewis Howes

This is a book I am so excited to read.  I have been a subscriber to Lewis Howes podcast for over a year and am continually inspired and challenged by the variety of guest speakers he interviews on how to become GREAT in all areas of life.   As stated by Howes, "This book is the distillation of the eight master lessons on greatness that I have discovered on my journey, with help of my network of mentors and coaches, colleagues and teachers.”  I have found Lewis Howes to be such a great motivator and teacher on issues ranging from health, to business, to volunteerism, and I hope this book and his website will inspire you as well.

2.  The Rhythm of Life, by Matthew Kelly


This is one of my all time favorite books!  

I have it in hard copy and on my Kindle and love to read through it at least once a year.  Kelly’s emphasis is on how to become the best version of yourself, by helping the reader discover their deepest desires, unique talents, and essential purpose, all with God at the very center.  His emphasis is on seeing all that we do as choices, which ultimately give us power to chose the life we desire, to become the happiest, healthiest, most effective and God fulfilled version of ourselves.  


3.  Essentialism:  The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg Mckeown

This is a book I bought last summer and wasn’t able to read, so it has floated to the top of my list for this summer.  As stated in the promo, "The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done.  … It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter."

If you have ever felt stretched too thin, are busy but not productive, feel like your time is hijacked by other people’s agendas, this might be a book to add to your summer reading list as well!

4.  Steal Like an Artist, 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, by Austin Kleon

steal like an artist

Whether you consider yourself a creative person or not, you will enjoy this book.  It is a quick read, yet entertaining and a great motivator for anyone who feels they might want to be more creative.  Everyone has God given creative tools within them and Kleon helps the reader to pull those tools out and use them.  Have some fun, challenge yourself , and see what creativity lives inside you this summer!  

I will be re-reading Steal Like An Artist and going a step further to read another of Kleon’s books - - -  

5.  Show Your Work:  10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered, by Austin Kleon (this one may not be pertinent to everyone, but some may find it a great fit!)  

If you are someone who needs to get your ideas and products out to the public, but hate the very idea of self-promotion, you might want to take a look at this book.  In Steal Like An Artist, Kleon teaches one how to be creative by taking, “stealing”, ideas from others and building on those ideas to create your own projects.  In Show Your Work, he flips the idea by encouraging the reader to “show" off of their own work, thus creating influence.  Like his other book, it is touted as being a quick and entertaining read!

Show Your Work

Wow!  Just pulling this list together is getting me excited!  I am getting excited for down time.  I am getting excited for refreshment of my spirit.  I am getting excited to see all the ways God will be motivating and challenging me to be the best version of myself I can be.  

I hope you find the same for yourself this summer as well, wherever you may be!

Blessings & Happy Summer - See you in September!


© margaret young