My brother in-law and I recently had an email exchange in which I listed out some books I would recommend for summer reading. Thought I would post my recommendations here for others in case your looking for some good books to read this summer.
1. Displines of Grace by Jerry Bridges. This is the best book I have read this year. In fact it is so good that I never had to mark my page because I just had to find the last page that was highlighted. I am planning to start reading again in the next month.
2. Prodigal God by Keller. Not sure if you have read this but it has made the second read list for me. It might be very helpful given your traditional culture you find yourself in as it has great insight into how to love the “older brother.”
3. Kingdom Triangle by JP Moreland. Another great book about the culture we live in and the spirit-filled life God is calling us to.
4. Finally Alive by John Piper. This is the second best book I have read this year as it takes on the doctrine of Regeneration at a practical and biblical level like I have never encountered. Sadly, many of us Christians understand how we are saved (the doctrine of Justification) but not what we are saved into (A new creation in Christ). Read this book slowly and follow along with all the biblical references to see how regeneration is all over the Bible.
The Institutes by John Calvin. The edition I am reading can be found here. I was told by some profs at seminary that it is the best one. and I have been deeply edified by reading The Institutes as I am now at the half point of my year long read through of the Institutes.