Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled: “This could change your life.”
– Helen Exley
Here are 6 books I recommend from what I finished reading in April.
1. The Power of Regret
How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward
by Daniel H. Pink
Everyone has regrets (even though not everyone realizes it). Our first thought is: regrets are horrible. But in Daniel Pink’s excellent new book, he shows us that regret can be used to our advantage, if we’re willing to put in the work. As with Pink’s other bestsellers, this one is full of interesting stories and an easy-to-follow structure.
The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
by Kristin Neff
I don’t know where to begin with how good this book is! This one will make my top 10 list of books I read in 2022. Bottom line: we’ve overestimated our pursuit of self-esteem the past few decades and grossly underestimated the value of self-compassion. If we want to make the world a better place, self-compassion is a necessary starting point.
3. Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Old
by Steven Petrow
I got this book for the funny things. And it did make me laugh. But it also had poignant chapters about things not do to when you get old.
Here are some chapters:
- I won’t lie about my age
- I won’t become a cranky curmudgeon
- I won’t refuse to change my ways
- I won’t wait until I’m deaf to get a hearing aid
- I won’t whine about how much things cost
- I won’t postpone for tomorrow what matters to me today
4. Shaking the Gates of Hell
A Search for Family and Truth in the Wake of the Civil Rights Revolution
by John Archibald
Content of a book may be king, but beautiful writing is a close second for me. This book offers both. This is an honest (and often painful) telling of a life in Alabama in the 1960s by John Archibald, who is the son of a Methodist preacher AND a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist that I’ve read for years. He pulls no punches, but he does it with such style. I didn’t want it to end.
5. Good Enough
40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection
by Kate Bowler
I read this book during Lent. It was a beautiful reminder that God is with us and for us in ALL parts of our lives, not just the sunny, happy parts. Perfection not required. The structure was a beautiful blend of stories, blessings, and to-do’s (Good Enough Steps).
by Sherri L. Smith
This young-adult novel is about Ida Mae Jones’ dream of becoming a pilot during World War 2. But her obstacles are: she’s a female and she’s black. This is a gentle chronicle of the burdens of her journey. Through the story you get a true-life education about the WASP, the Women Airforce Service Pilots.
- The Four Winds
by Kristin Hannah
How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole
by Susan Cain
- Whole Brain Living
The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life
by Jill Bolte Taylor
- Fearing Bravely
Risking Love for Our Neighbors, Strangers, and Enemies
by Catherine McNiel
- Do I Stay Christian?
A Guide for the Doubters, the Disappointed, and the Disillusioned
by Brian D. McLaren
- Plays Well with Others
The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know about Relationships Is (Mostly) Wrong
by Eric Barker
Capture Your Purpose. Rediscover Your Joy.
by Bob Goff
What good book are YOU reading this month? Please share in the comments.
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