5 Reads – Summertime Picks

Common Ground

By Justin Trudeau

As Canadians celebrate a 150 years as a nation since Confederation in 1867, it is important to recognize the current Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau who has spent his life in the public eye. From the moment he was born, the first son of an iconic prime minister, Canadians have witnessed the highs and the lows, sharing in his successes and mourning with him during tragic times. But few have heard his side of his unique journey. Now, in Common Ground, Justin Trudeau reveals how the events of his life have influenced him and formed the ideals that drive him today. Justin shares with readers his belief that Canada is a country made strong by its diversity, not in spite of it, and how our greatest potential lies in finding what unites us.


Between Heaven and the Real World

By Steven Curtis Chapman

For decades, Steven Curtis Chapman’s music and message have brought hope and inspiration to millions around the world. Now, for the first time, Steven openly shares the experiences that have shaped him, his faith, and his music in a life that has included incredible highs and faith-shaking lows. The book, Between Heaven and the Real World, is a must read this summer!


The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

By Beth Moore

Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. It’s not like they were close. She hadn’t seen him―or her grandmother, the ice queen―in almost 20 years. But when Adella Atwater, the manager of her grandmother’s apartment house, called and said Jillian’s expenses would be paid if she’d fly in for the burial, a free trip to New Orleans was too intriguing to resist. Beth Moore has once again demonstrated her remarkable writing talents with her first ever novel, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus.


Just Say It! Four Phrases That Will Change Your Life Forever

By Dr. Cheryl Bauman

Watch your relationships flourish and grow to completely new levels with the power of positivity. Just Say It! highlights four simple phrases that will have a profound effect on both professional and personal relationships. Author and educator Dr. Cheryl Bauman challenges you to form a habit of using these phrases in conversations with oneself and others in order to create meaningful, enriching and respectful connections. Begin the challenge and start the worldwide Just Say It! phenomenon today!


They Desire a Better Country

By Lawrence Scanlan

Twice a year, in summer and in winter, appointments to the Order of Canada occur. The range of professions represented is often dizzying, but there are common themes in the choices: excellence, service to the nation, passion, innovation, commitment, dedication, brilliance. The order’s motto effectively captures the generous and selfless spirit of these people: Desiderantes meliorem patriam – they desire a better country. The Order of Canada is our nation’s highest honor that was launched fifty years ago in 1967 by then Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Since then, almost seven thousand Canadians have received the award for service to their communities, to the nation and, in some cases, to the world. They Desire a Better Country was commissioned by the Rideau Hall Foundation. It celebrates the Order of Canada’s fiftieth anniversary in 2017.