What differentiates regular reading from “summer reading?” It’s hard to say, maybe it’s the added bonus of enjoying a good read in a lounge chair by the ocean, a front porch swing on a warm summer morning, or a hammock under your favorite shade tree.

With that in mind, our favorite TMU Cofer librarians delved through an impressive list of books to provide everyone some enjoyment. We hope you enjoy!

Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests: An Ecological Guide to 30 Great Hikes in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia
By Stephanie B. Jeffries
This unique hiking guide to the southern Appalachian mountains leads readers to explore the rich forest ecosystems and other natural communities visitors encounter along the trail. Readers will learn to decipher clues from the tree canopies, forest floor, and other natural features to appreciate more fully the environmental factors that make the southern Appalachians home to an amazing biodiversity.

God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe
By Wallace J. Warner
There are four ways to die, and only one of them requires an intruder. Suicides, accidental, and natural deaths can occur without any evidence from outside the room. But murders typically involve suspects external to the crime scene. If there’s evidence of an outside intruder, homicide detectives have to prepare for a chase. Intruders turn death scenes into crime scenes. Join J. Warner Wallace, former atheist, seasoned cold-case detective, and popular national speaker as he tackles his most important case … with you on the jury!

Baptists in America: A History
By Thomas S. Kidd
In Baptists in America, Thomas S. Kidd and Barry Hankins explore the long-running tensions between church, state, and culture that Baptists have shaped and navigated. Despite the moment of unity that their early persecution provided, their history has been marked by internal battles and schisms that were microcosms of national events, from the conflict over slavery that divided North from South to the conservative revolution of the 1970s and 80s. Baptists have made an indelible impact on American religious and cultural history, from their early insistence that America should have no established church to their place in the modern-day culture wars, where they frequently advocate greater religious involvement in politics. Yet the more mainstream they have become, the more they have been pressured to conform to the mainstream, a paradox that defines–and is essential to understanding–the Baptist experience in America.

More Than a Prophet : An Insider’s Response to Muslim Beliefs about Jesus and Christianity
by Dr. Emir Caner, President TMU
The national best-selling authors of Unveiling Islam provide concise answers to the most common questions and misconceptions that Muslims have about Christ and Christianity.

Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia
By Fiona Ritchie
In Wayfaring Strangers, Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr guide readers on a musical voyage across oceans, linking people and songs through centuries of adaptation and change.

The Anabaptist Story
By William Roscoe Estep
Four hundred and seventy years ago, the Anabaptist movement was launched with the inauguration of believer’s baptism and the formation of the first congregation of the Swiss Brethren in Zurich, Switzerland. This standard introduction to the history of Anabaptism by noted church historian William R. Estep offers a vivid chronicle of the rise and spread of teachings and heritage of this important stream in Christianity.

A Dog Like Daisy (*a GREAT juvenile book for youngsters!)
By Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
Daisy has only ten weeks to prove her usefulness or else be sent back to the pound. Yet if she goes back, who will protect Colonel Victor from his PTSD attacks? Or save the littler human, Micah, from those infernal ear muzzles he calls earphones? What if no one ever adopts her again? But Daisy must first learn how to face her own fears from the past or risk losing the family she’s so desperate to guard—again.

The Van Gough Deception (*a GREAT juvenile book for youngsters!)
By Deron Hicks
When a young boy is discovered in Washington, DC’s National Gallery of Art without any recollection of who he is, he must piece together the disjointed clues of his origins while using his limited knowledge to stop one of the greatest art frauds ever attempted.

Of course, the list of potential summer reads could go on and on. From history to mystery and sports to classic fiction, there’s something for every taste, interest, and age when you find the time to kick back and enjoy a good read. Check out all the titles on the Cofer Library website, or visit them Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. 

Happy Reading!

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