Title:  "If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat"
Author:  John Ortberg
Publisher:  Zondervan

It’s been around for a couple years now, but Ortberg’s book is a natural fit for beach readers who’ll have the built-in visual aid of watching sailboats go by. It also works for anyone with comfort zone issues, those wondering how or if they are spiritually gifted and frustrated entrepreneurs. You’d never have thought Peter’s act of un-thinking faith while coming to Jesus over the water in a storm (only to start sinking as soon as he focused on his circumstances) could have so many far-reaching applications.

Title:  "To Own a Dragon: Reflections on Growing Up Without a Father"
Author:  Donald Miller & John MacMurray
Publisher:  NavPress

Everyone knows who Donald Miller is now … don’t they? If not, don’t begin this worthy quest here! Go get "Blue Like Jazz" first and devour it! However, if you’re already indoctrinated in Miller, or if you’ve ever had a father, lost a father, or been a father, you’ll find a companion in this book. There are things a child just won’t learn without a father figure, says Miller, including the notion that boys are born with what it takes to become men. You’ll laugh at Miller’s opening revelation that as a teen he believed “black people have it great” since Bill Cosby was such a fantastic TV father; you’ll nod in understanding at his illustration of mentoring habits of elephants; you’ll marvel at his candor as he addresses a frat house full of University of Texas Longhorns with the equivalent of a sex talk their own fathers likely never had with them.