Highland Reads: Engaging Both the Mind and Heart Through a Shared Library

We can’t always gather in the same room to explore ideas, but we can grow by exploring books in common this year. During each season of our Year of Freedom, we are recommending a book for adults and for children that can help spark conversation and ignite curiosity. This season’s adult book is Learning to Speak God from Scratch by Jonathan Merritt and the children’s book is What Do You Do with An Idea by Kobi Yamada.

Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words are Vanishing—and How We Can Revive Them by Jonathan Merritt
While we may love the quote, “Preach the gospel always; use words when necessary,” there are times where we’ve got to use words if anything is going to change. There is freedom when we are able to transform words that have been used as weapons into words that can heal. Jonathan Merritt challenges Christians to move beyond the “spiritual lockjaw” we feel. Learning to Speak God from Scratch empowers us to recover the power of words – a power that just might help us restore peace in a world that deeply needs to hear it. “When we lose our spiritual vocabulary, we lose much more than words. We lose the power of speaking grace, forgiveness, love, and justice over others.” Found on Amazon here.


What Do You Do With an Idea Written by Kobi Yamada, Illustrated by Mae Besom
“What Do You Do with an Idea” invites children of all ages to be curious about the ideas that won’t leave us alone—ideas that end up changing the way we see everything. Yamada’s words and Besom’s illustrations remind us all of the persistence of powerful ideas and the way the world changes when we are free to dream. How do we help children explore their ideas? How do we prepare for their ideas to change the world? “I liked being with my idea. It made me feel more alive, like I could do anything. It encouraged me to think big…and then, to think bigger.” Found on Amazon here.