The semester has wrapped up and hopefully your stress levels have subsided and you are looking forward to some rest as the summer begins. But what a fantastic opportunity to use some of your extra time and grab a book or two to pour over at your own pace! The best part about these e-books is that you can borrow and return them from wherever you are conveniently residing this summer. Grab your laptop or e-reader, a cold coffee drink (if it ever warms outside!) and settle down with some of these good reads.
Creation Untamed by Terence Fretheim is an excellent book for those with the “big” questions about the unstable, often violent, and unforgiving environment that pervades our world. But it is also a sobering call to realize our role in creation. The author says, “Ultimately, the creation is in God’s hands, yes, but in the meantime, human beings are called not to passivity but to genuine engagement.” He gives a thorough analysis of creational themes in the book of Job as well as the matter of suffering. It is a responsible academic, yet still very practical work. Fretheim’s sensitivity to the contemporary issues, as well as to how Scripture speaks to the matter, is laudable.
All Work, No Pay by Lauren Berger is something that I would encourage anyone at any level in their education to pick up, but especially if internships are an academic requirement. When my wife had recently told me that she had applied to some fifty or more internships, I was not really impressed, I was aghast! That’s a lot of applications! I think we are all familiar to some degree with the seemingly grim prospect of opportunity in the job market. With internships being a popular trend in both education and the job market, getting internship experience is as competitive as ever. All Work, No Pay gives you just about everything you would need to know about internships from an experienced professional.
Editor’s note: Stay tuned for more summer reading reviews!