Summer Reading

Christ Church Cathedral Summer Reading Ideas

Do you have a pile of books on your bedside table waiting to be read? The Adult Education Committee asked the Dean what his literary picks are for summer reading.

His stack includes:


Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert by John Drury





The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality by Ronald Rolheiser





The Passion by Marcus Hummon and Becca Stevens




For those of you desiring deeper insight into the religious poet George Herbert (1593-1633), the biography Music at Midnight might fit the bill. If a theologically rich book intrigues you, you might want to pick up The Holy Longing. Author Ronald Rolheiser probes the question, “What is spirituality” using examples and stories relevant to today. For a quick read with some local connections, The Passion would be a great choice. Authored by local priest Becca Stevens and her husband Marcus Hummon, it is about the cantata Hummon wrote with a grant from Christ Church Cathedral. The book includes musical history and theological reflection.


The Adult Education Committee would like to commend two books:


Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray by Rosalind Rosenberg and Hallelujah





Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott





Jane Crow is a biography about Pauli Murray, a lawyer who played pivotal roles in the civil rights and women’s movements and who was the first African American woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest in the United States. Hallelujah Anyway is Lamott’s most recent book. It explores themes of mercy, purpose, kindness and forgiveness.