Summertime… and the living is easy June 20, 2018 – Posted in: Books, Events, Gifts, Religious Recommendations, Summer, Uncategorized

Dear Friends,

I love getting swept away by a great summer novel. New “beach read” titles are washing up on the bookstore shore everyday now. Below find the five I am most excited to read to read first…beginning with Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton.

June is also a good time for life changing non-fiction. Stop by the store for Courage & Faith past speaker Rachel Held Evan’s new book, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again, and future speaker Austin Channing Brown’s book I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness about racism and the church. Check out my favorite book of 2018 so far: Michael Pollan’s How To Change Your Mind, a mind expanding peek into the past and future of psychedelics and how they can open us up to healing and the mystical divine.

Trend flash: coloring books are out, and puzzles are in! Check out a few of our summer-fun favorites.

Lastly, join us for a special event: Sound Bath with Susy Markoe Schieffelin on June 23rd. Experience how the healing vibrations of sound can drop you into a deeper state of meditation from this long time parishioner (now LA transplant) and much sought after holistic healer. Sign up below.

With love and thanks,


Summer Fiction:

  • The High Season by Judy Blundell It’s Memorial Day weekend and Ruthie has packed up their belongings for what she calls “the summer bummer”: the family’s annual exodus to make way for renters. This year Adeline moves in and helps herself to Ruthie’s life—her house, her friends, even her husband (okay, ex-husband, but still). And after her job as the director of a local museum is threatened, Ruthie finally decides to fight back. By the end of one unhinged, unforgettable summer, nothing will be the same.
  • The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen The Glitch is the story of a high-profile, TED-talking, power-posing Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two who has it all under control, until a woman claiming to be a younger version of herself appears, causing a major glitch in her over-scheduled, over-staffed, over-worked life.
  • Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship. A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, this seductive story takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly new.
  • Who is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground scene in Greenwich Village. She’s working night shifts at a radio station when her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills get her noticed by a recruiter for the CIA. An exhilarating page turner and perceptive coming-of-age story, Who Is Vera Kelly? introduces an original, wry and whip-smart female spy for the twenty-first century.
  • Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen As animation studio CEO Scott Kraft’s right-hand woman, whip-smart Sophia is in the eye of the storm, sometimes floundering, sometimes nearly losing relationships and her health, but ultimately learning what it means to take charge of her own future the way the men around her do. But when she leaves to work for engineer/inventor Andre Stark, Sophia discovers that the big paycheck and high-status career she’s created for herself may not be worth living in the toxic environment of a boys-club gone bad.


New Books for Heart and Soul:

  • Inspired by Rachel Held Evans Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay. The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God’s loving and redemptive work in the world.
  • I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown Growing up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, Brown writes, “I had to learn what it means to love blackness,”a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America’s racial divide as a writer, speaker, and expert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusion. Brown writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric.
  • The Prayer Wheel by Dood, Riess and Van Biema In the tradition of lectio divina and walking a labyrinth, The Prayer Wheel simply and directly takes readers into a daily, wholly unique encounter with God. As the prayers in this book unfold, readers will find an appealing guide for contemplation, a way of seeing God in new ways, and an essential new tool for Christian formation.
  • How To Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan’s “mental travelogue” is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both suffering and joy, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.
  • The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty–nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free. But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.


Summer Puzzles by Galison: Rainbow Popsicle, Ideal Bookshelf, Andy Warhol Soup Can, New York Times Jones Beach and Rainbow Marbles $14-$18

Christ Church Books & Gifts presents: Sound Bath with Susy Markoe Schieffelin 

June 23 at 8-9pm in the Parish House Loft
Buy tickets online, or at the door.

Join us on Saturday, June 23rd for a very special meditative experience! Lie back, relax, and experience a whole new type of bliss as you embark on a Sound Meditation Journey led by Sound Healer/Reiki Master Susy Markoe Schieffelin. Before long, you’ll find yourself floating in a state of deep relaxation as all of your tension and stress melts away. Based on ancient healing techniques, vibrations of sound work on a cellular level to recalibrate the mind, body, and spirit. These healing frequencies stimulate alpha and theta brain wave frequencies, balance the hemispheres of the brain, and promote deep rest and relaxation. In addition to relief from chronic pain and migraines, benefits of a Sound Bath include improved sleep, reduction of stress and anxiety, as well as a renewed sense of well-being, calm, and happiness. A Sound Bath is like a deep tissue massage for your mind, body, and spirit!

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