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Editorial: Summer and reading go together


The following op-ed ran in the July 3, 2012, edition of the Dallas Morning News. R. Gerald Turner is SMU's president. Matthew Wilson is a political science professor at SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

July 11, 2012

Summer is renowned for its lazy, hazy days, the kind that open up one of those rare breaks for reading just for pure pleasure. Perhaps reading is more of a summer ritual because we all are a tad less stressed out during June, July and August. The trip to the beach or a mountain retreat is not complete without a juicy book to dig into. And summer reading is not just for adults — schools want young ones to keep their minds active until classes resume.

Reading is as much a part of summer as are the “boys of summer” and perspiring glasses of lemonade on the front porch. So what are North Texans reading this July Fourth? The answers we found are as diverse as the people we surveyed....

North Texas readers
On campus:

SMU President R. Gerald Turner: The Canon of Scripture and Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection and the Mission of the Church

• Austin College President Marjorie Hass: The Year of the Flood and Kamchatka

• Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell: When Nations Fail and The Education of Blacks in the South: 1860-1930

From the Texas Faith blog:

Matthew Wilson, Southern Methodist University political scientist: A Dance With Dragons

• Katie Sherrod, Fort Worth writer and producer: Tweet If You Heart Jesus

• George Mason, senior minister, Wilshire Baptist Church: Rethinking Christianity...