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You won’t be able to put down these five summer readers from EU alums

July 15, 2015 | Bryce Wilks

Depending on your life stage and where you live, the summer months can feel like a dream or the doldrums.

But whether you’re sitting on a beach during vacation or barricading yourself indoors to escape the heat, a good book can be a great companion.

Regardless of your age, favorite genre, or purpose for reading, there’s an author somewhere who has penned that perfect piece for you.

Many of those writers are products of Evangel. As your summer wraps up, consider reading these five contributions to the literary world from our collection of alumni authors.

ButGodBut God: Changes Everything

By Herbert Cooper (’97)

Herbert Cooper is lead pastor of People’s Church, a multi-site congregation based in Oklahoma City. Early in life, he faced many personal challenges and was on a reckless path until two words intervened. But God is Cooper’s debut release and will both challenge and encourage people to follow the renewed path that God offers them.

“You may have any number of legitimate reasons why you won’t make it through what you are facing or achieve what you’ve dreamed, but two words can change everything. No matter how hopeless your situation looks or how discouraged you are, remember…But God changes everything.” – from foreword by Craig Groeschel

But God: Changes Everything is appropriate for many reading levels and age groups, but parents should know that some of the content is related to serious topics such as divorce and abuse.

CourageousCourageous Compassion: Confronting Social Injustice God’s Way

By Beth Grant (’71)

Beth Grant has followed Jesus in ministry for more than 38 years, including 18 as co-director of Project Rescue, a ministry to survivors of sexual slavery in Eurasia & Europe. In Courageous Compassion, she challenges leaders and followers in the church to Jesus-centered justice and compassion that changes lives.

“Courageous Compassion is a prophetic call to emulate Jesus – to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the poor and suffering.” – Review by Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope

You can sample the book by entering an email address and downloading a free chapter. As with Cooper’s book, some of the material is disturbing. Readers should be ready to deal with emotional and troubling content related to human trafficking and abuse.

JackStaplesJack Staples and the Poet’s Storm

By Mark Batterson (’92) and Joel N. Clark

Mark Batterson is lead pastor of National Community Church and has authored several books targeted at adults such as The Circle Maker and In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. But his Jack Staples trilogy is meant for a younger audience. The latest release, Jack Staples and the Poet’s Storm, is an adventurous and thrilling read for kids.

“In this epic conclusion to the trilogy, Jack and Alexia must make an impossible choice during their final battle against the Assassin – one that could alter time itself and the fate of the world.”

The suggested reading level is children ages 8-12, but anyone interested in the fantasy genre may enjoy the series. Parents could take advantage of an opportunity to discuss good and evil by reading the book with their child and discussing the themes and characters.

SmartWorkSmart Work U

By Hona Amer (’07)

A timely read for any high school student, college student, or parent, Smart Work U presents an Evangel faculty member’s philosophy for getting through college efficiently and without incurring debt. Hona Amer completed her bachelor’s degree in just two and a half years and decided to chronicle the tips and methods that made it possible.

“Smart Work U is brilliant! A well written, insightful, highly practical guide every college student should read.” – Review by Scotty Gibbons

Readers can sample the book by downloading a free excerpt. Amer puts her expertise to work in Evangel’s business department, teaching classes like entrepreneurship and personal finance among others.

MakingMagnificentMaking Magnificent Marriages

By Dr. Jared Pingleton (’76)

Pingleton’s book begins: “Mediocre, mundane, and monotonous marriages are miserable. But no marriage relationship starts off the way.” That’s why his team developed this book and resource guide to go along with an online marriage assessment at relationshiphealthscore.com.

“Making Magnificent Marriages is not just another garden variety book on marriage relationships. The practical tools and godly wisdom Jared provides in this excellent resource are gleaned from his many years of ministry to hurting couples.” – Endorsement from Dr. George Wood

Pingleton is a clinical psychologist and minister who serves as Clinical Director for Focus on the Family’s Counseling Department. He majored in psychology and biblical studies at Evangel, and has been in professional practice since 1977.