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Meet the winners of our Sail into Summer Reading Contest

More than 80 readers entered the Fourth Annual Summer Reading Contest and twelve winning names were drawn at random to win a book of their choice.  Meet our winners here and find out about some of their favorite books...

Ashley recommends:

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R.R. Tolkien
"I love entering the fantastical world Tolkien created and reading about a miniscule hobbit that changed the world for the better."

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
"I greatly admire the close bond of the Finch family and how they showed courage and compassion amidst the racial controversy of the south."  

Ashley Sharik

Ashley Sharik '08 was a psychology major at Messiah College. She received a copy of Cry, the Beloved Country.

Jennifer Lycke Jennifer (Bonchek) Lycke '93 was an art major. She received a copy of Home to Harmony.

Jennifer recommends:

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
"As a youth, my favorite book was the Lord of the Rings series by J. R.R.
Tolkien, because I loved becoming part of the world of Middle Earth
and its characters. It was a fun and engrossing series of books,
especially for someone who was yearning to travel and meet new people."

Journey on the James by Earl Swift
"It provides very interesting historical tidbits about towns and cities along the James River in Virginia. I live very close to the James and appreciated the true stories and folklore about the river's historical significance."

Kimberly recommends:

How are you Peeling by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers
"Because I'm a teacher and a kid at heart, this is one of my favorite books. The 'natural personalities' of produce are enhanced with black-eyed pea eyes and the occasional carved mouth, then photographed in vivid colors. One page reveals a wistful-looking poblano pepper being comforted by a cheerful red tomato, while another shows the amused, confused, frustrated, and surprised expressions of a green pepper, red pepper, orange, and apple. It's a wonderful book that talks about emotions and how to use them the right way. Kids love it!"

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis

"Also, I just read through the Chronicles of Narnia again this summer, and have definitely decided that 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader' is one of the best books I've ever read. It keeps you on the edge of your seat with every new adventure, and hey... who can resist C.S. Lewis anyway?"

Kimberly Lambert

Kimberly (Kerstetter) Lambert '07 was an early childhood education major and is now a first grade teacher in Killeen, Texas.

She received a copy of Go, put your strengths to work.


Todd Anderson

Todd Anderson '85 was a communications and theatre major.  He is now a pastor in New Jersey. He has hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon twice and once went 17 miles in one day, which, he says, "is not recommended.  The second time was late fall and 15 inches of snow slowed our ascent. This is also not recommended."

Todd received the book Candyfreak.


Todd recommends:

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Persig
"I read it in college and liked how the author talked about education in the future not being based on putting in your time and getting a degree.  We are still not there."

The Shack by William Young

"Currently on my nightstand. I know my parishioners are going to ask me what I think of it so I need to be prepared to give a thoughtful answer."  

Doug recommends:

"No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers by Michael Novak. Novak takes on the strident chorus of anti-religion voices, more recently represented by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris and recasts the debate pitting faith against reason. With an impressive command of classical and contemporary philosophy and theology, Novak attempts to encourage dialogue between the two camps. ‘Neither the atheist nor the believer sees God. Both must live in darkness,’ he argues. He grapples with such perennial questions as the role of reason, the existence of evil and God’s nature.

"The Impact of God: Soundings from St. John of the Cross by Iain Matthew. A book that was introduced to me by my spiritual director a few years ago, a spiritual gem.  The Impact of God has profoundly impacted my spiritual life.  I have read it over and over again, prayerfully absorbing each page.  This work discusses Saint John of the Cross, his poetry, and his doctrine. But it is not a dry academic presentation, rather the book itself is a spiritual journey that entices you to a deep, loving communion/union with God. Matthew shows how far and how deep a relationship with God can go as he explains the saint's love poems, commentaries and doctrine. . . Anyone who desires to have a rich and profound spiritual life needs to prayerfully read this book.  John of the Cross makes it clear that this journey is not about our strivings but about God's pursuit of us."

Goud Gilmore

Doug Gilmore '74 was a religion major at Messiah College. He received a copy of Nowhere in Africa

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